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News & Analysis
BirdBrain Turns to Kickstarter for Robotics STEM Kit
Intuitive Surgical Revenue Drops 24% in Q1 2014
First Drone Test Site Ready

Northrop Grumman Drone Sales Down Slightly in Q1
RBR50 company Northrop Grumman reported Q1 2014 net earnings increased 18 percent to $579 million, while sales for Aerospace Systems, including drones, was down 2.6 percent. (April 24, 2014)

BirdBrain Hummingbird Duo Robot Kit Launching on Kickstarter
BirdBrain Technologies is launching the Hummingbird Duo robotics kit on Kickstarter in April 2014, creating a new educational tool that leverage robotics and sensing technologies. (April 24, 2014)

NASA, Yaskawa Test Robotic Refueling of Satellites
NASA and Yaskawa Motoman tested new robotic refueling technologies that could help satellites live longer in space and keep humans safe during these extremely hazardous operations. (April 23, 2014)

Intuitive Surgical Q1 Revenue Drops 24%
RBR50 company Intuitive Surgical reported first quarter 2014 earnings dropped to $465 million from $611 million during the first quarter of 2013. (April 22, 2014)

Ocado’s Warehouse Robots Getting the Gift of Sight
Machine vision for the largest online-only retailer in the world. (April 22, 2014)

First Drone Test Site Ready for Flights
North Dakota has become the first of six U.S. test sites for unmanned aircraft systems to be cleared for flights. Beginning the week of May 5, 2014, the site will begin agricultural research using the Draganflyer X4-ES quadcopter. (April 22, 2014)

Is There Such a Thing as a Robot?
The law has found the Internet unsettling. (April 19, 2014)

3D-Printed UAVs Complete Preliminary UK Trials
Low production costs could lead to 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicles that could be disposable and sent on one-way missions. (April 18, 2014)

From Prototype to Sales in a Year, Two UK USVs Going to Sea
Entering production phase with confirmed orders for both vehicles (April 17, 2014)

Anki Drive Adds New Robotic Cars, Tracks, Race Mode
Anki Drive, the game featuring artificially intelligent robotic cars is expanding with new racing tracks, two new cars, and new game-play mode. (April 16, 2014)

In-Depth Analysis
Parker Hannifin Moves Forward with Indego Exoskeleton
Parker Hannifin is among a field of international companies competing in the exoskeleton market. We look at the latest developments of the Indego exoskeleton and challenges it will need to overcome. (April 16, 2014)

Rethink Robotics Expands Executive Team
Rethink Robotics has tapped Jim Lawton and Milan Shah, two software industry veterans, to spearhead market innovation and product engineering. (April 15, 2014)

4 Takeaways from Xconomy Robo Madness
More than 100 heavy hitters in the robotics industry gathered at Xconomy Robo Madness to discuss the safety of autonomous solutions, how data is the killer app, and redefining what makes a robot successful. (April 15, 2014)

And the Winner Is? Google, Once Again!
Up, up and away in Google's air force. (April 14, 2014)

$8.3M Nets Odfjell Access to Next-Gen Robot Oil Drilling
Oil and gas industry create robotized drill floors with autonomous machines. (April 14, 2014)