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Alibaba, Foxconn Up the Ante on SoftBank’s Pepper Robot
Alibaba and Foxconn spend a total $236 million on SoftBank shares as the empathetic Pepper robot is readied for release. (June 18, 2015)

Fetch Robotics Gets $20M to Meet Warehouse Demand
Investors display confidence in warehouse automation by supporting Fetch Robotics, which makes the Fetch and Freight co-robots for order fulfillment. (June 16, 2015)

Adept Technology Sells $8M in Shares, Gets Distributors
Adept Technology raised money for working capital and announced distributors for its industrial robots. (June 16, 2015)

RoboLaw Expert Tries to Educate European Legislators
As the European Parliament considers funding and regulation around robotics, one researcher studies liability. (June 15, 2015)

The Singular Mr. Kurzweil Center Stage at RoboBusiness
Expect as much from Ray at RoboBusiness. It’s bound to be seriously unforgettable. (June 13, 2015)

EC Slashes Horizon 2020 Budget for Robotics Research
Despite opposition from scientists, the European Commission cut funding for robotics research by $27 million. Some fear that it will harm global competitiveness. (June 11, 2015)

IBM Watson’s Rob High to Kick Off RoboBusiness 2015
IBM Watson's Rob High launches the 2015 version of RoboBusiness (now in its 11th year, September 23-25). (June 11, 2015)

Ocado Designs SecondHands To Be the Equal of Humans
The U.K.-based 'Amazon of food' ambitions include co-robots that can aid humans and then apply lessons independently. (June 11, 2015)

The Essential Interview: Esben Østergaard of Universal Robots
Eben Ostergaard, co-founder of Universal Robots, describes how his experiences as a researcher in different countries help him lead his company. (June 10, 2015)

Uber’s CMU Raid Raises Robotics Partnership Doubts
Carnegie Mellon University's reputation will recover, but Uber's poaching of self-driving vehicle faculty could affect other industry-academia relationships. (June 09, 2015)

Amazon Picks a Robotics Challenge Winner
Team RBO from the Technical University of Berlin won the Amazon Picking Challenge by a wide margin, but is more automation worth the costs? (June 04, 2015)

First 10 Startups Join Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator
Microprocessor maker Qualcomm is offering $1 million in funding, shared lab space, and industry mentors to build up the robotics community in San Diego. (June 04, 2015)

The United Arab Emirates Encourages Women in Engineering
Thanks in part to demand from the local nuclear power industry, robotics research involving female engineering students is thriving in the United Arab Emirates. (May 28, 2015)

Rival Drone Companies Race to Fund Startups
Accel and DJI's SkyFund and Airware's Commercial Drone Fund are responses to increasing competition. (May 28, 2015)

Autonomous Solutions Grows Despite Mineral Price Slide
ASI, which creates add-ons for vehicle automation, looks to fleet control software for long-term growth. (May 27, 2015)



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