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Zacks Applauds iRobot’s Tenacity for Success
It’s always nice to point to a pure-play robot manufacturer as the star in the lineup. (November 18, 2014)

Ekso Bionics Licenses Patents to Prosthetics Giant Ottobock
Exoskeleton maker and RBR50 company Ekso Bionics will license two patents to Ottobock to accelerate the pace of innovation in the field of prosthetics. Ekso will receive a combination of license and royalty payments as part of the contract. (November 05, 2014)

Baxter Collaborative Robot More Flexible with Robot Positioning System
Rethink Robotics has introduced version 3.1 of its Intera software that allows the Baxter collaborative robot "to manage and adapt to ever-changing, real-world environments." The key feature in the software upgrade is Rethink's Robot Positioning System (RPS) that more quickly and easily re-deploys Baxter after common plant-floor variations occur, such as tables being bumped and fixtures being moved. (November 03, 2014)

Rubin Exits the GooglePlex. Here’s a Thought as to Why
Why did Andy Rubin leave the GooglePlex? (November 01, 2014)

Panasonic’s “Robot Effect” on Healthcare
Seeing Panasonic’s recent lineup of healthcare products, it's easy to anoint the company as the uncontested owner of the automated healthcare crown. (October 09, 2014)

The Essential Interview: Russ Angold, Co-Founder, Ekso Bionics
Russ Angold, co-founder and president of Ekso Bionics, discuss the evolution, commercialization and challenges of bringing exoskeletons to market. (October 09, 2014)

Amazon, Google Form Small UAV Coalition
Eight companies, including giants Amazon and Google, have formed the Small UAV Coalition to help shape the commercial regulatory environment and serve as an information resource to potential drone users. (October 03, 2014)

Autonomous Solutions Mobius Haulage A.I.
The Haulage A.I. leverages advanced multi-vehicle command and control software to set up and manage a coordinated system of haul trucks and excavators. The Haulage A.I. keeps all trucks consistently tasked, queues waiting vehicles, and regulates the haul cycle in the most efficient way possible. (September 30, 2014)

iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
The new iRobot Roomba 800 Series with patent-pending AeroForce Performance Cleaning System is the ultimate high performance robot vacuum cleaner. The tangle-free extractors eliminate the maintenance hassle of hair clogs and jams. As a result, Roomba 800 Series delivers up to 50 percent better pick-up of dirt, debris and hair from floors than previous Roomba models. (September 30, 2014)

iRobot Scooba 450 Floor Scrubbing Robot
Based on industrial style cleaners, iRobot's Scooba 450 Floor Scrubbing Robot uses the Scooba Three-Cycle Cleaning Process that automatically sweeps and pre-soaks, scrubs, and squeegees hard floors in order to maintain constantly clean floors and wash away up to 99.3% of bacteria. (September 30, 2014)

Boeing, Liquid Robotics Team Up on Maritime Drones
Boeing and Liquid Robotics, two RBR50 companies, have signed a multiyear agreement to collaborate on autonomous ocean robots that will handle a variety of surveillance jobs. Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but a Liquid exec says it could be worth hundreds of millions and lead to a future IPO. (September 24, 2014)

3D Robotics’ Wild Week: Richard Branson, Intel, Iris+ Drone
Things are looking up for 3D Robotics, which just announced a partnership with Intel, an investment from Sir Richard Branson, and its new Iris+ drone. We recap the developments for the popular drone startup. (September 17, 2014)

Canadian Military Spends $9.6M on iRobot 510 PackBots
The Canadian Depart of National Defence purchased 20 iRobot 510 PackBot CBRN Recce Systems to detect Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRN) threats. The robots are expected to be delivered by April 2015. (September 10, 2014)

Energid Testing Software for Self-driving Military Vehicles
RBR50 company Energid Technologies has landed a Pentagon contract to test software for self-driving military convoys to ensure it is safe. Energid will receive $150,000 for the first six months of the program, which is being funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). (September 04, 2014)

Unbounded Robotics Shutdown: A Lesson for All Startups
Legal expert says Unbounded Robotics shutdown highlights the importance of spin-offs properly negotiating the terms of their agreement. (September 03, 2014)



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