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News & Analysis
Six Values Re-writing Laws of Healthcare Robotics
RVT Capitalizing on Robotic Vision Systems
U.S. Navy Testing Lockheed Martin Fortis Exoskeletons

Logistics Sector Lags Pace of Overall Economy
Complex machines that “uncomplicate” supply chains (August 27, 2014)

Adept Technology Posts Disappointing Results for Quarter
Adept Technology president & CEO Rob Cain describes fiscal year 2014 as an "inflection point" as sales in the U.S. "declined significantly" in the fourth quarter. (August 27, 2014)

Judge OKs Lawsuit Against Intuitive Surgical for Misleading Shareholders
RBR50 company Intuitive Surgical is staying busy in court, with judges disagreeing on whether it's provable company executives withheld crucial concerns about product safety from investors. (August 26, 2014)

HStar Technologies Literally Gives Patients a Lift
HStar technologies develops autonomous mobile robots that can carry patients and large payloads in multiple environments. (August 22, 2014)

Six Values Re-writing Laws of Healthcare Robotics
Professor Tom Sorell of the University of Warwick, U.K. and other experts involved in the European Union's ACCOMPANY project have created a list of six core values for use in the design of care robots. The six values can be promoted by a care-robot “depending on whether the purpose of the robot is to prolong normal adult autonomy and independence as far as possible into old age, or whether the purpose is to take the load off the support network for an older person”. (August 21, 2014)

RVT Capitalizing on Robotic Vision Systems
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Robotic Vision Technologies filed a patent for a vision-based safety system that either slows down a robot or shuts it down completely when an object is detected within the safety net. Once the object is out of the safety net, the robot continues on its way. (August 21, 2014)

Tomorrow’s Supply Chains Today
Complex machines that “uncomplicate” supply chains. (August 19, 2014)

U.S. Navy Testing Lockheed Martin Fortis Exoskeletons
The U.S. Navy has signed a contract with RBR50 company Lockheed Martin to test two Fortis exoskeletons help ship maintenance crews perform tasks that require heavy lifting. One exoskeleton will be tested at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia, while the other suit will be evaluated at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington state. (August 19, 2014)

Yaskawa Motoman Releases MH50 II-Series Robots
RBR50 company Yaskawa Motoman has introduced its high-speed MH50 II Series that features the MH50 II, the MH50 II-35 and the MH50 II-20 robot arms. All three models feature six axes and use the dynamic DX200 controller that features patented multiple robot control technology to control up to eight robots (72 axes). (August 18, 2014)

Game Changer Awards: Early Bird Deadline Approaching
The Robotics Business Review Game Changer Awards honor the robotics industry's remarkable technical accomplishments and their makers. The early bird deadline is Friday, Aug. 15. (August 14, 2014)

ABB Opens Regional Robotics Hub in Singapore.
RBR50 company ABB is opening a regional robotics packaging application hub in Singapore to co-create and implement future manufacturing solutions in Singapore, leveraging technologies such as advanced robotics and automation, additive manufacturing and ICT solutions (August 14, 2014)

Second Lawsuit Adds to Seegrid Drama
Former CEO of Seegrid keeps the fight alive in a shareholder derivative lawsuit, alleging Giant Eagle, the majority shareholder of Seegrid, blocked efforts to bring new funding to Seegrid’s rescue. (August 14, 2014)

In-Depth Analysis
Patent Eligibility of Software in the Wake of the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Decision
The Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision does not spell doom and gloom for robotic inventions. Robotics companies seeking patents on software-related innovations should focus on system claims directed to the combination of software and hardware elements. (August 14, 2014)

Savioke SaviOne Robot Butler Debuts at California Hotel
Savioke is testing its SaviOne autonomous service robot at the Aloft hotel in Cupertino, Calif. to help human employees deliver amenities to guest rooms and move linens and towels from the laundry room to guest rooms and to the fitness center in just three minutes or less. (August 13, 2014)

Aquatic Drone Collects Real-time Data of Hawaiian Storms
The Wave Glider Holoholo from RBR50 company Liquid Robotics autonomously navigated the Hawaiian seas and tweeted real-time photos and data. (August 13, 2014)


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