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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
The $78 Robot with a Multi-million Dollar Upside
“Romo is a toy with 'real' robot capabilities, meaning he is an intelligent machine, capable of being semi-autonomous, and able to be programmed with new features. We felt that a lot of 'robot' toys out there lack the capability to be programmed and expanded upon,” says Romotive co-founder Phu Nguyen.
(March 23, 2012)
Aircraft in Search of Robotic Assembly
Aircraft manufacturing is a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry –but one that's still in search of a completely automated set of solutions. The first ones to achieve that target will surely steal a segment of the industry --with very profitable results.
(March 20, 2012)
‘Disaster Bots’ Controlled by Multi-touch
The point of using robots in search and rescue missions is to send them where it's too dangerous for humans to go, something Mark Micire knows very well. Micire has worked with FEMA as a technical specialist and was with the group that used robots to search for people in the rubble left after 9/11.
(March 15, 2012)
Robot Waiters: No Tipping, Please
Although not quite ready for prime time, robo-waiters are on the rise in Asian restaurants and showing an upside for commercialization.
(March 15, 2012)
Seven RBR50 Firms Win Big in VC Deals
RBR50 robotics firms accounted for the top four positions and seven out of fourteen overall in annual Venture Capital sweepstakes for 2011, as reported by Travis Deyle in Hizook. With a total of $164.4 million invested in robotics ventures in 2011, seven of the RBR50 accounted for $117.5—over 70 percent of the total.
(March 10, 2012)