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Innovation & Technology Resource Center
The Rise of Vision Systems: Turning Point for Robotics
Special Report examines the technology behind vision systems, the market's key players, vision's impact on different robotics sectors, and the industry's recent performance and future expectations. Read more.
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Innovation & Technology News
San Mateo to Host Robotics as a Business Conference
Silicon Valley Innovation Center to provide robotics networking opportunity in San Mateo, Calif.

NASA Centennial Challenges Push Robotics
WVU team has winning combo of mobility, machine vision, and manipulators.

EC Slashes Horizon 2020 Budget for Robotics Research
Portion of innovation funds diverted as European economies sag.

NIST Develops Tests for Robotic Grasping
Get a hold of this: Robotic hands and gripper software to get more consistent tests for eventual flexible usage.

DARPA’s Robotics Fast Track to Aid Smaller Firms
Program provides faster contract approval for smaller amounts and rapid prototyping.

Vecna Offers Testing Facilities to MassRobotics
Startup incubator to benefit from proximity to corporate labs.

Labor Shortages Prompt Strawberry Picking Automation
Prototype automated harvesters are being tested in Florida and California.

EU Preps Robot Laws But Shouldn’t Cut Spending, MP Says
Diversion of Horizon 2020 funds raises questions about European priorities.

MassRobotics Seeks to Build Industry Standards
Vecna's CTO talks about how the tech community can help the industry and society.

Rethink Welcomes New Money, New Investors & New Robot
As Rethink Robotics announces closing on $13.4 million, VC investments in robotics hit new highs for 2015

Swiss Team Develops Self-Stabilizing Drones
Autonomous drone launch, stabilization, and landing improve safety, commercial prospects.

The U.K., France Partner on Anti-Mine Robots
European naval pact contracts for the next phase of automated testing.

Boeing’s Robot Riveter Flys Through 737 Assembly
Slashes production flow time, defects, and worker injuries—on half the floor space.

Open Bionics: New-Age Prosthetics that Disrupt the Status Quo
A 3D-printed prosthetic hand at a tenth the cost of the going rate in a market forecast to exceed $4.5 billion by 2017

Robot Achieves Self-Awareness, Is Quickly Turned Off and ‘Dies’
A human-robot interaction test goes awry.



Special Focus: Robots and the Law

Special Focus: 3D Printing
3D Printing

The new reality of customizable, one-off production:
Additive Manufacturing (AM). Where it’s going, why and what’s
driving its emergence.


3D Printing Podcast: Growth Projections, Drivers and Major Players

3-D Printed Metal Bridge to Span Dutch Canal

GE, Boeing Use 3-D Printing for Durable Aircraft Parts
More in 3D Printing



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Healthcare Robotics 2015-2020: Trends, Opportunities & Challenges

Conducting R&D with Government Funding

2015 RBR50 Nominations Now Open

Philae Robot Space Probe Makes Historic Comet Landing