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In-Depth Analysis
Robot-needy China Readies to Build its Own?
Robots everywhere are key to industrial success, not just in China, but to all manufacturing from food, to electronics to durable goods to heavy industry. They are not luxury items but must-have critical national assets for any country’s economic survival and hoped-for prosperity. The opportunity for China to manufacture its own, indigenous robots—and even export them to places like India—has never been better. (June 30, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Rio Tinto’s $3.6B Bid to Marry Mining to Robotics
The Pilbara robot trials were a real-world success. The most-watched machine was the autonomous, AT version of the Komatsu 930E, the best-selling off-road dump truck in the world—and now soon-to-be strategic hauling tool of choice for the Pilbara’s millions of tons of China-bound iron ore. (June 29, 2012)

RBR Insights
Boeing: Steady Sales Promise Long-Term Results
Shareholders can expect increases in commercial aircraft production and international sales to counteract lower U.S. defense spending (June 26, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Thinking Twice On Rethink Robotics
According to expert analyst Dan Kara, Rethink Robotics is very well positioned, in terms of executive leadership, financing and first-to-market advantage to monopolize the market for its unique class of manufacturing robots for the foreseeable future. (June 25, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Facebook for Robots? Why Not?
Imagine a future with millions of robots worldwide making friends, keeping in contact with each other and sharing information together? Maybe a robot-only petabyte or two of Wall photos, Timeline memories and special robot-to-robot chat. (June 23, 2012)

RBR Insights
MAKO: A Disappointing Quarter For Shareholders Could Be A Buying Opportunity For Bulls
The developer of Robotic surgical systems for hip and knee replacement disappoints the street, citing "missed" RIO system sales (June 19, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
PharmacyBot: Miracle Rx for Drug Errors
It’s not just manufacturing jobs and factory automation where robotics is having an impact replacing human toil, professional jobs, especially repetitious, boring ones, are also affected. And if there ever was a professional occupation tailor made for robot conquest, dispensing drugs is it. (June 15, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Robots, Re-shoring and America’s Manufacturing Renaissance
With Euro financial chaos raging on, China’s industrial engines slowing, and BRIC countries feeling a decided fiscal drag, the U.S., even with its economic rebound still limping along, is looking more and more like a manufacturing renaissance is unfolding…ever so slowly. (June 10, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Seagoing Robots To Battle Shipboard Fires
Robot firefighters being developed by the U.S. Navy could fill a huge gap in the ranks of many needy volunteer firefighter departments while filling in the financial gaps in many public service budgets. (June 06, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
New-wave Carpet Queens From Phillips, Neato, Samsung, Sharp, iRobot, Toshiba and Infinuvo
Sharp marketers invented the name Cocorobo by combining the Japanese words for “heart” (kokoro) and “robot”. The implication is clear, Cocorobo is more than just a robotic tool. It is something closer to the heart. (June 04, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Deadly Aftermath: Robots Clearing Land Mines
Several companies are building robots for use by the military in former conflict zones around the world. (June 02, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Trillions in Treasure Await Asteroid Miners
Rather than exploiting scarcity on earth, Planetary Resources plan to exploit the new opportunities that an economics of abundance could create. (May 30, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Safe Harbor as Robot Fish Patrols for Polluters and Security Threats
The new applications include security and defense missions, from port security through potentially protecting ships against terrorists,cargo pirates, underwater and water-borne threats. (May 28, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Humans No Match for RoboButcher in $23B Poultry Industry
Big-bang innovation in poultry processing may hold an answer; big bang meaning revolutionary, disruptive change, something that redefines the productivity landscape of today’s annual 50 billion pound, $23 billion poultry processing industry. (May 21, 2012)

In-Depth Analysis
Soft Materials Robotics: Ready For Prime Time?
Clearly, we are on the verge of a soft robotics revolution. But exactly what type of revolution? Core academic research and accompanying videos are fine, but a revolution, at least for the readers of Robotics Business Review, requires that robotics technologies make for applications and some support for commercialization. In that light, we will review this fascinating subject. (May 12, 2012)


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