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Touch Bionics Debuts Bionic Finger

Scotland-based Touch Bionics has released the world’s first bionic finger. With the ProDigits-powered fingers, Touch Bionics expands its upper-body prosthetics product line. The most notable member of that line, the i-LIMB Hand, is the first commercialized, fully articulated prosthetic device...

UAV Market Possible Swing Vote in EaglePicher Technologies Acquisition

OM Group Inc., a producer of specialty chemicals and advanced materials, is acquiring EaglePicher Technologies LLC, a manufacturer of batteries and battery management systems for the defense, aerospace, and medical industries, from parent company EaglePicher Corp. The acquisition, announced in...

IMRIS Continues to Build on Solid 2009 with NeuroArm Acquisition

IMRIS Inc. (TSX:IM), a provider of neurosurgical, neurovascular, and cardiovascular interventional suites that incorporate real-time imaging systems, continued a string of positive news with the acquisition of NeuroArm Surgical Ltd. (NASL), a privately held developer of magnetic resonance-compatible neurosurgical robot...

New Lease for Seegrid Signals Plans for Growth

Seegrid Corp. has signed a lease for 30,150 square feet of additional space at an industrial park located near Pittsburgh International Airport (“Seegrid Gets Spot in Ex-Airline Facilities“). The privately held Seegrid (www.seegrid.com) is a Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) spin-off...

Green is the Color of Money, So Get Over It

Kiva Systems has added another notch to its belt with the announcement that the home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel had selected the Kiva Mobile Fulfillment System (Kiva MFS) to automate its Tracy, Calif., distribution complex. At first the announcement...

Opportunities in Autonomy

The addition of autonomous behavior to robotic systems presents opportunities for solution providers and investors serving many different markets

Vecna Throws Hat into Robotics Ring

Vecna has made inroads into the defense robotics market, but its QC Bot hospital courier and a repurposed medical version of its BEAR battlefield extraction and rescue robot have the best chance for commercial success in the near term.

Baby Boomers’ Surprising Influence on Emerging Technologies

I recently came across a study dated October 2009, co-developed by Microsoft and AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons), that has implications for the consumer robotics industry as well as the medical robotics market. The study,...