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Global Robotics Industry Comes Back Strong in 2010

Global Robotics Industry Comes Back Strong in 2010

More than 115,000 industrial robots shipped during 2010, almost double the number of units sold worldwide in 2009, which was the lowest year since the early ’90s, according to a statement from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). “The prospects...

Alabama Opens Robotics Technology Park

Alabama Opens Robotics Technology Park

RTP partners include OMRON Industrial Automation, a strong player in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor technology for healthcare and industrial markets; Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, which produces robotic automation for industry and robotic applications; FANUC Robotics America Inc., one of the largest...

Intuitive Automata’s Autom: The New Biggest Loser?

Healthcare needs are overwhelming the number of caregivers available, a situation that will only get worse as Baby Boomers age. Intuitive Automata believes robotic helpers can fill many support needs in the health field. Targeting weight-loss specifically, the company’s upcoming...

All Hands on Deck at Automate 2011

All Hands on Deck at Automate 2011

With robotics industry sales up more than 50 percent last year, attendees at the Automate 2011 show in Chicago earlier this week had good reason to be upbeat. Despite the tragic events in Japan, unrest in the Middle East, and...

The Promise and Pitfalls of Open Source in Robotics

The Promise and Pitfalls of Open Source in Robotics

Open source technologies provide a low barrier to entry and foster communities of contributors accelerating advancements, but developers need to pay close attention to licensing nuances and weigh commercial trade-offs.

Robots for Rapid Response

Of all the stories to emerge from disaster-ravaged Japan, one of the most inspiring and heart wrenching  concerned the workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility who understood the grave risks the plant’s leaking radiation meant to their health and...

Robots and Disasters

Robots and Disasters

As details of the tragic events in Japan continue to unfold, it should come as no surprise that the island nation, which is a world leader in the development of robots, should use that very technology in times of disaster....