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SynTouch Gets $2.5M in Grants for New Machine Touch Applications
The DoD and NSF award two grants to commercialize systems for fragile grasping and standardized haptic properties. (October 01, 2015)

Five Things We Learned at RoboBusiness 2015
This year's RoboBusiness in San Jose was our eleventh gathering of robotics researchers, makers, investors, and users. See what one newbie found out from panelists and exhibitors. (September 26, 2015)

Advanced Manufacturers Build a Jobs Pipeline With Schools
There's a mismatch between what parents and job seekers expect and the actual opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Organizations are working to help make employment matches. (September 24, 2015)

Omron to Acquire Adept Technology for $200M
Omron is buying Adept, the largest industrial automation provider in the U.S., for $200 million. Both companies stand to gain distribution, and Adept hopes for financial stability. (September 16, 2015)

German Robotics Research Targets New Horizons
Germany has long been a strong user of industrial automation, but expanding applications, university research, and savvy PR are helping the country retain its robotics leadership. (September 15, 2015)

Throwbot Maker ReconRobotics Forced to Regroup
The rise and fall of ReconRobotics isn't because its Throwbot is a bad product; federal budget wrangles and questionable expenses took their toll. (September 09, 2015)

Vecna Cares About Robotics Standards, Absorbs VGo
Vecna is working with other organizations to develop robotics standards, says CTO Daniel Theobald, who says that automation for its own sake isn't enough. (September 03, 2015)

Competitiveness, Education at Stake for MassRobotics
Vecna CEO and other MassRobotics board members talk about regional robotics initiative's goals and the need to stay competitive. (September 01, 2015)

University of Limerick Pilots Intelligent ROVs
Irish researchers develop semi-autonomous sea drones that can be controlled from around the world. (August 21, 2015)

Rethink Robotics Gets Packaged With Sonoco Alloyd
Baxter and Sawyer become part of integrated offering, as Rethink responds to job fears and opens offices in Asia. (August 14, 2015)

Industrial Automation Acquisitions Show Bullish Market
Deals between Robotnik and Smokie Robotics, Lincoln Electric and Rimrock, and Hypotherm and Jabez try to take advantage of automation synergies. (August 06, 2015)

Bubble Wrap Maker Buys Packaging Company
Sealed Air continues acquisitions for logistics automation, as Clearpath Robotics also hires staffers. (August 05, 2015)

ABB Robots To Help Changan Ford Be Responsive
Changan Ford has bought $52 million worth of ABB robots for its new factory, which will be able to manufacture multiple vehicle models. (July 08, 2015)

The Essential Interview: Helen Greiner, CEO of CyPhy Works
Helen Greiner, co-founder of both iRobot and CyPhy Works, discusses challenges that she has faced and offers some recommendations to people just starting careers in robotics. (June 30, 2015)

Equity Markets Approach Robotics With Caution
Investors are wary of the high expectations for robots and tend to value software over hardware, but the industry is growing and changing. (June 29, 2015)

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