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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)
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)
Intuitive: Share Price Stratospheric, Yet Questions Linger
Management expects growth of 25 percent to 27 percent in procedures, up from the previously forecast 24 percent to 26 percent. Also impressive were sales of 140 Da Vinci systems for the quarter compared to 120 during the same period last year and 126 forecast by JMP Securities. Whopping year-on-year increase of $107.10 million.
(May 09, 2012)
Redwood Could Well Be The Apple, Inc. Of Robotics?
Redwood Robotics is questing after one of robotics’ most exclusive and elusive killer apps: robotic arms and hands. And by the look of the triumvirate it has assembled to pursue that challenge, it just might pull it off.
(May 06, 2012)
AeroVironment: Missed Estimates Cause Stock Stumble. Rebound Ahead?
AeroVironment recently developed the smallest unmanned aerial vehicle to date. Named one of the "50 best innovations of 2011" by TIME Magazine, the Nano Hummingbird was designed by AeroVironment as a compact surveillance unit capable of covert and controlled observation.
(May 02, 2012)
Renewable Energy & Zero Emissions: How Robots Are Leveraging Fusion Reactors
Fusion reactions promise cheaper, cleaner energy than that provided by conventional nuclear fission reactor facilities. While fission involves splitting elements, fusion works by overcoming certain elements' natural repulsion to fuse them together, releasing huge amounts of kinetic energy in the process.
(May 02, 2012)
Adept: Strong Sales & Bright Future, But Looming Issues
The company's focus on unique markets which are new to robotics, like the natural foods sector, is likely to produce increased future revenue. In these areas, Adept Technology has little competition from peer companies.
(April 30, 2012)
Robolution Capital is Bruno Bonnell
If Robulution Capital printed its own currency, Bruno Bonnell’s likeness would probably appear on every note, which would be a good thing: a well-deserved tip-of-the-hat gesture to a powerhouse of French robotics who makes things happen, which is to say that robotics—worldwide—needs more Bruno Bonnells.
(April 25, 2012)
Robots May Help Kids with Special Needs
“Robots are always charming to children. The idea that a child in a hospital with issues can stand in front of an object, human or otherwise, and the child would have curiosity about that object was fascinating to me,’’ Ferran says. To test his theory—back in the late 1980s—Ferran and Doornick conducted a psychiatric interview behind a mirror while Seco was in the room with a child. Doornick controlled the robot with his voice, and once the child began to feel at ease, he would slip in the questions Ferran needed addressed.
(April 18, 2012)
Robot Surgicals Soar Higher on Wall Street
A quick look at the numbers of surgeries performed annually in the US, especially who the patients are—most notably their age—is enough to hint at why investors are more than a little overjoyed with their new-found wonder stocks: Intuitive Surgical and MAKO Surgical, both with skyrocketing share values with seemingly no end in sight.
(April 17, 2012)
The Robots Among Us
An exclusive, year-long Robotics Business Review series “Robots Among Us” tracks the evolution of robots into an ever broader participation with humans. From farming to deep-sea mining to automated transit systems to robot teachers, surgeons and household guardians, to autonomous aircraft, automobiles, freight trains and restaurant wait staff, we’ll report on how these new-age mechanical assistants are slipping into our lives and why—and what they are up to next.
(April 14, 2012)
Musings on eCommerce, Automation and Societal Change
The long-term ramifications of the purchase are not clear, but in the end Amazon could become an architecture provider for ebusiness order fulfillment (own the architecture, win the war). It could also develop fulfillment and distribution centers that for all practical purposes contain no people. That’s more than a paradigm shift, it is a seismic change and one with profound implications for businesses and society.
(April 10, 2012)
The Deal that Shocked Robotics
The Amazon/Kiva deal came as cannon shot across the bows of warehouses everywhere—and not just at pick & pack, goods-to-person order fulfillment shops. All warehousing, up and down supply chains everywhere, is now on notice that the robots are coming.
(March 24, 2012)