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Robotics | IoT

Google makes big robotics investment

… In a revealing NY Times interview with Google’s Andy Rubin, some heretofor unknown things came to light. Google is now in the robotics business. They’ve made seven acquisitions in the last six months to give them some talent and a head …

8 Robotic Gifts for the 2013 Holiday Season

… Romotive’s Romo App-controlled pet and WowWee’s RoboMe robot kit, both for the iPhone; iRobot’s new Roomba 880 vacuum cleaning robot; and Modular Robotics’ Cubelets Kit, offer interesting choices for adults buying for kids (…

New ETF (NASDAQ:ROBO) focuses on robotics industry

… UPDATE 11/12/13: NASDAQ’s 10-story tall sign was all about Robo-stox LLC, ROBO the ETF, and a Universal Robot with a Schunk hand ringing the NASDAQ closing bell. Quite a spectacle. Neat video.
… NASDAQ:ROBO is a new ETF (exchange traded fun…

5 Interesting Start-ups

… Robotic startup Knightscope is attempting to augment manpower of local police and city authorities with a smart robot paired with onsight cameras, data analytics, sensors and communications to help those agencies become more productive with limited…

Open vs. Closed Robot Systems

… Industrial robots use proprietary software and control systems but whole industries have been set up to bridge those barriers so that multi-vendor solutions can happen.
… Bob Bauer, from Willow Garage and Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot, debated the o…

Maps & Apps

… Two events, from different parts of the world, on the same day and subject: geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) and the use of “layering” to map, analyze and design.
… Today is 4-H National Youth …

Ship hull cleaning & inspection – ideal for robots

… Harvest Automation targeted their business after reviewing the top 10 areas where low-cost and often hard-to-find labor was most needed. They chose the ag business.
… Boating and shipping are another market. There are close to 1,500,000 large shi…

MAKO Surgical sells to Stryker for $1.65 billion

… Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) to acquire MAKO Surgical Corp (NASDAQ:MAKO) for $1.65 billion – an action which brought MAKO’s stock from $16 to $29 in one fell swoop.
… Stryker is a medical technology company providing a wide array of medi…

Bionic Man documentary to air October 20 at 9 pm in US

… A real-life million-dollar bionic man with artificial organs, synthetic blood and robotic limbs has been created to (1) showcase what’s possible with modern science and (2) hint at the future of prosthetics. The resulting bionic man has been exhi…