RBR picks the top news events from the past year around robots, drones, and automation efforts
European Swarm Robotics Develops Continent’s Competitiveness, Awareness
From London to Venice, European swarm research around robots and drones is more than an academic exercise. It could provide the continent leadership in autonomous applications.
People More Comfortable with Public Safety Drone Use, Study Says
As more aerial drones are used for public safety and first response applications, the key for public support will be education and transparency, a survey suggests.
Black Friday Deals on Robot Vacuums, Drones, and Other Fun Stuff
Sales galore being offered for holiday shoppers on robot vacuums, aerial drones, and robot toys.
Robot Investments Weekly: Robot Makers Harvest New Funding
Agriculture, drone systems, and mobile robot makers scoop up investments around the world.
Robotics & Geopolitics: AI May Shake Up Middle Eastern Status Quo
What are the implications of the UAE turning to AI for oil and gas production? This week, we also look at Malta’s bid for AI leadership and British military robots.
Verizon, Techstars Announce Separate Challenges for Robotics, Drone Startups
Startup challenges to address 5G concepts and autonomous drone detection and sensors.
Robotics & Geopolitics: Copying China’s Facial Recognition Model; Rethinking Industry 4.0
In this week’s global roundup, we look at how Australia is following China’s example in using facial recognition for internal security. Also, is Industry 4.0 dying in Germany?
PrecisionHawk Expands Drone Tech Portfolio with Construction-Focused Acquisition
Fifth acquisition marks another market for Raleigh, N.C., drone technology firm.
Augmented Reality Drone Overlays Feed Data to First Responders
How a video game company pivoted its real-time drone software to help in search and rescue operations.
Halloween Tricks and Treats: Creepy, Scary, and ‘Mostly Dead’ Robots
It’s Halloween 2018, so grab your treat bag as we present robots that ‘died’ this year, as well as ones that creep us out. Bonus! How to make a robot costume!
Robotics & Geopolitics: Automation Could Affect U.S. Jobs and Politics
U.S. jobs in some regions could be more vulnerable to displacement from automation than others, having a direct affect on elections. And the governments of Taiwan and Iran look to artificial intelligence for new applications.
European Drone Applications Grow, Face Regulatory Debate
In this roundup, we look at how European drone regulations are developing, even as the market grows and innovators strive for new applications.
The Art of the Impossible: Drone-Maker Flies High With US-1
At Impossible Aerospace, creating a two-hour drone battery life and manufacturing in the USA was not impossible.
Commercial Drone Test Flights Expected to Increase Following FAA Program Updates
FAA reauthorization bill changes and LAANC deployment completion will likely spur more commercial drone testing.
Robotics & Geopolitics: Japan Builds Bridges With China, Becomes a Space Power With Robots
Japan and China are collaborating on a number of automation initiatives, but how does that affect their geopolitical rivalry? Plus, Germany wants a DARPA-like agency for cybersecurity.
Robot Investments Weekly: Mergers Mark Medical Robot Market; Mixed News in Drone Space
Consolidation continues in the surgical robot space, and aerial drone makers have one of those good news, bad news moments.
View From the Field: Commercial Drone Operations on the Rise
In an exclusive Q&A, CEO Oren Elkayam shares Mobilicom’s successes in commercial and industrial drone deployments.
Harmonic Drive Announces Super-Flat FLA Actuators for Robotics
The new FLA series of actuators will be on display at Harmonic Drive’s booth at RoboBusiness in Silicon Valley this week.
Robotics & Geopolitics: South Korean AI Could Surpass China, U.S.; Trade Spat to Boost Automation
While the jury is out on the effects of Chinese tariffs and South Korean AI investments on U.S. automation, robotics companies and customers must be ready for changes.
Persistent Drones From CyPhy Works Provide Awareness for Emergencies, New Markets
Not only can persistent drones such as PARC relay communications during emergencies; they are also serving security and commercial needs now, explains CyPhy Works CEO Lance VandenBrook.
Robot Investments Weekly: AI Components Shine Bright for Funding
Startups in the AI, robotics, and unmanned system space all saw financing in recent weeks.
Robotics & Geopolitics: India Fires Warning Shot at Foreign Firms
India’s policies that ban foreign drone pilots within the country indicate another step towards protecting its citizens from foreign influence.
Automation Safety Often Overlooked, Say Robotics, AI Experts
As robots spread quickly into multiple industries, the need for automation safety to be part of companies’ adoption plans also grows.
Robotics & Geopolitics: Chinese AI Startups Surpass U.S. in Funding; Drones Localize Defense Efforts
Chinese AI startups are an indicator of the nation’s ambitions to beat the U.S. Also, should the U.N. ban autonomous weapons, or could such systems help smaller countries defend themselves?