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ABB exits Power Grids and paves the way for accelerated growth

ABB, a member of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index since inception, has finally announced its long-awaited exit from Power Grids in a logical strategic move that will allow the company to focus more heavily on the robotics, automation, and electrification markets and presents attractive dynamics driven by the digitalization of industry. ABB will sell 80% of Power Grids to Hitachi, its JV partner in Japan, at a valuation of $11B, or 11.2x EV/operating EBITA, with predefined exit ...

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Scared to eat that lettuce? Robots & AI are coming to the rescue

2018 has been quite a year for food-borne illnesses. What’s even more disturbing than the sharp rise in food safety investigations (the CDC has investigated a shocking 22 food safety investigations to date) is the fact that food safety could have—and, yes, should have—been dramatically improved with the help of the newest advancements in robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI). In an age when technology is better skilled than ever to improve food safety and keep us healthy, having more invest...

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In the age of Amazon and Alibaba, logistics automation is the key to competing with giants

E-commerce has exploded. A decade ago, the industry barely existed. But in the age of Amazon and Alibaba, retailers with any hope of competing must adapt, adopt, and automate—or perish. This focus on automation had already driven the logistics automation market to astronomical highs. Valued at over $46B today, the market is projected to nearly double in the next five years[1]. Much of this growth can be directly attributed to the e-commerce boon and soaring consumer demand for quick, easy onli...

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ROBO Global’s sub-index series puts research and trend monitoring at your fingertips

The robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence sector—or RAAI—has been grabbing headlines as one of the most sought after investment opportunities of the decade. That opportunity has led to a flood of robotics-themed investment products hitting the market in the past 24 months. Navigating this expanding landscape can be a complex and time-consuming puzzle. The challenge is by no means restricted to RAAI. Today, it seems there’s an index available to tackle nearly every theme and ...

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In the face of an AI trade war, it’s the tailwinds that matter most

It wasn’t long ago that artificial intelligence was considered a futuristic pipe dream. Novels, films, and television shows have been serving up images of an AI-driven world for decades. Fiction authors like Neal Stephenson and Isaac Asimov painted a picture of a world in which whoever controlled technology and AI controlled the world—including the resources and, more importantly, the people. I have to wonder if Stephenson or Asimov had any inkling how accurate their visions would be—or ho...

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Here’s what’s coming in the world of robotics and AI. Investors: Are you ready?

Any experienced investor knows that a down market isn’t something to dread. In fact, if you’re investing for the long term, it’s something to celebrate. If today’s market has you wondering where to invest to help bolster your portfolio down the road, one of the most exciting places to look is robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI). What’s happening in RAAI today can feel like it’s been plucked straight out of a science fiction fantasy. But make no mistake: these innovations are 100% ...

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Why invest in AI? Core technologies hold the answer

By Henrik Christensen, PhD, Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair in Robot Systems, Director Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego For some, investing in artificial intelligence feels like banking on the unknown. The concepts behind AI can range from sounding futuristic to downright fictional. And yet, when you break down AI and explore the core technologies that drive it, look at what they are delivering today, and then consider what they are capable of delivering tomorrow, it’s suddenly quite easy...

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The Story Nobody’s Telling About Our Robot Future

Bring on the robots... That’s the message from today’s Inner Circle expert. Once the realm of sci-fi movies, robots are now finding their way into every American industry. From brick-laying robots that build a house in a day to robotic brain surgeons that operate with sub-millimeter accuracy, robotic technologies will revolutionize our world the way the internet did nearly 20 years ago. And here’s the kicker… Rather than destroying jobs, robots will add millions of jobs and create tri...

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Henrik von Scheel on Industry 4.0 and the AI investment opportunity

An interview with Henrik von Scheel, the originator of the Industry 4.0, by Richard Lightbound, ROBO Global. If you’ve ever spent time on an angry sea, you’ve seen first-hand just how powerful a fast-changing storm can be. Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, is the biggest storm to come ashore in our history. And of the three waves of this storm, the second—which is happening now—is transforming the world as we know it. And it’s all rooted in Artificial Intelligence. ...

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In robotics & AI, now is the time to dive in and buy the weakness

The market may have taken a turn, but in the world of robotics and AI, the future remains glaringly bright. That’s great news for those already invested in what has been called the greatest investment opportunity of our generation. It may be even better news for investors who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the ideal time to dive in. Of course, even though it was widely anticipated, the latest dramatic dip in the market could easily cause even the most dedicated, long-term in...

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ESG investing in the age of transparency

We have entered an extraordinary age of transparency. For the first time in history, shareholders, customers, employees, and society as a whole are demanding that businesses make themselves 100% visible. The outside world is now seeking an open window into every aspect of operations, such as financial data, employee grievances, email communication, #MeToo scandals, and more. Included on that long and growing list is ESG—a company’s environmental, social, and governance policies. And almost e...

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Is it a correction? Is it a bear? Robotics, automation & AI investors couldn’t ask for better news

Something funny happened on Wall Street this week, but almost no one is laughing. After seeming to prove that it was nearly impervious to any threat, the market suddenly—and dramatically—moved south. We won’t include the numbers here; every investor knows not just the impact on the major indices, but how that shift has impacted your personal holdings. And yet, for any investor who is in this game for the long haul, lower prices are nothing but a pleasant surprise. That’s especially true ...

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Investing in robotics & AI? Understanding the trajectory is key

By Louis-Vincent Gave, CEO, Gavekal Research and Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global Media coverage of the robotics industry over the past two years has gone into hyper-drive, making it appear as if robots are set to take over the world or, at the very least, take over enough jobs to put the human workforce at risk. That focus has everything to do with the dramatic improvements in performance capabilities of robotics and AI. No longer confined to the factory floor, many new app...

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3 Reasons Investors are Turning to Robotics & AI

"The most unloved bull market in history” has continued to barrel forward, and its age alone has many investors worrying about what’s just around the corner. I get it. On August 15, the bull market became the longest in recent history—and that was more than a month ago. Last week we watched the Dow climb another 2.25% and the S&P 500 rose 0.85%—now up more than 300% since March 2009. And though the NASDAQ was down just a touch, it was still within an arm’s length of its August peak...

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Seeking the Holy Grail: The quest for a safe, reliable, and universally accepted self-driving car

By Daniela Rus, PhD, Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Autonomous vehicles—or AVs—have not had an easy ride. Few doubt the extraordinary potential of self-driving vehicles. As Lawrence D. Burns, GM’s past tech exec and consultant on Google’s driverless cars, states in his just-released Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car, self-driving cars “will transform the way we live, the way we get around, and the way we do busi...

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International Manufacturing Technology Show 2018

Last week we attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, and we returned with increased confidence in our bullish outlook for the robotics and automation market. From what we saw, there is no doubt: the factory of the future is now! The mood for the entire show was clearly positive, and that energy was reflected in a truly record-breaking event. Attendance was up by nearly 8,000, hitting 129,415, and more than 2,500 companies were featured on the exhibition floor, inc...

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Chipmakers are battling it out for a claim in the high-flying AI chip market

At the core of artificial intelligence (AI) is machine learning—a computer’s ability to use data (and lots of it) to learn and continuously improve its decision-making based on complex algorithms. In order for data centers, robots, drones, autonomous vehicles, and devices like digital assistants and smart phones to process these massive quantities of data, they require a key component: semiconductor chips. The result: the robotics and AI revolution has sparked a new battle for leadership amo...

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Brooks Automation Strives for Life Sciences Leadership

Wise business moves aren’t always recognized immediately, but for Brooks Automation, divesting its semiconductor cryogenics business to Edward Group, an affiliate of Atlas Copco, for $675M in cash delivered a big same-day reward: an immediate pop in its share price of more than 30%. The company has said it plans to use the influx of cash to spur its fast-growing life sciences business. The notable bump in price was just more good news that highlighted the company’s stunning performance overa...

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Drones are taking flight indoors. Are you ready?

By Raffaello D’Andrea, PhD Every day, the unique abilities of drones are being applied in amazing new ways: To help battle this year’s epidemic of wildfires, the California National Guard is using drones to capture images through the smoke and map fire behavior in real time. Last week, WakeMed Health & Hospitals began testing drones to deliver critical medical supplies between buildings at its multi-acre campus in Raleigh, NC. Spurred by drone delivery programs at Amazon, G...

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5 Years later, Wall Street is finally paying attention to robotics and AI

What a different world it was just 5 years ago. At that time, robotics and AI still seemed like something straight out of a summer blockbuster. In most people’s minds, it was pure fantasy. Very few people understood it, and even fewer believed in it as an investable opportunity. It was then, in October 2013, that our small band of believers started digging into the sector. We were passionate about finding a way to gain exposure into what we already saw as the best investment opportunity of ...

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When investing in robotics and AI, the devil is in the details

Common business sense says that rising competition is one surefire way to know you’re on to something good. Clearly, ROBO Global’s approach to investing in robotics and AI has been validated—in spades! In the past 24 months, more than 10 new ETFs have come onto the market in an attempt to generate returns by investing in robotics and automation. With the heightened competition, however, come questions. How should investors sift through the noise? What should investors be looking into when ...

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REMEMBER THE TECH BUBBLE? TO AVOID A REPEAT PERFORMANCE IN ROBOTICS & AI, DIVERSIFICATION IS KEY

As the stock market has slowed in recent months, more than a few investors have begun to wonder: Are we in the next bubble for technology stocks? It’s a worthy question. All it takes is a brief look at the history of the stock market to understand why the alarm bells are ringing. At the height of the tech bubble in 2001, 4 of the top 7 market-cap leaders were technology companies. At the height of the oil bubble in 2008, 5 of the top 7 market-cap leaders were in the energy sector. And at th...

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In today’s trade war, robotics, automation, and AI may be the only winners

You’ve heard it over and over again: No one wins in a trade war. As the trade war between the US and China continues to escalate, the tariffs and barriers on imported products threaten to slow business activity, create supply chain friction, and dampen international trade—not only between the two countries themselves, but around the globe. So, in a general sense, it’s true. No one wins a trade war. But robotics, automation, and AI—or RAAI—is notorious for breaking the rules. And whe...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: June 2018

Twenty-seven startups raised money in June to the tune of $2.1 billion, another great month for robotics fundings! Also during June there were ten acquisitions and two IPOs. See below for details. The top robotics fundings were: Rockwell (NYSE:ROK) made a $1 billion equity investment in PTC (NASDAQ:PTC), an automation control software provider to government and industry. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is investing $500 million in JD (JingDong) (NASDAQ:JD), the Chinese equivalent to Amazon...

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ESG moves towards ‘impact investing’ to become a global investor priority

Just a few years ago, ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing was making headlines for its ability to give investors a vehicle that allowed them to align investments with their personal values. Often labeled as ‘impact investments,’ funds and stocks that adhered to ESG guidelines were considered feel-good vehicles—but not necessarily the best options from a returns perspective. These were largely niche solutions targeted at Millennials, liberals, and anyone who put their hear...

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Advisor Insights: The robotics market is still booming

At the 2018 Automatica Fair in Munich, the International Federation for Robotics (IFR) presented a preview of the annual sales statistics for the robotics sector at the CEO roundtable. The final statistics will be published by IFR in cooperation with VDMA in October. The preliminary numbers are interesting in many ways. First of all the sales of robots increased by 29% year-over-year during 2017. The total number of shipped robots went up to 381 thousand units, of which 2/3 are sold in Asia. ...

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ROBO Global Adds Esteemed MIT Professor Daniela Rus to Advisory Board

We're thrilled to announce the strengthening and growing expertise of our advisory board with the addition of Daniela Rus, Ph.D., Professor and Director of CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) at MIT, one of the largest AI departments in the U.S. In addition to 30 years of experience as a professor, Rus’ leadership in research, innovation, and education has won her the prestigious Engelberger Award. The third ROBO Global advisory board member to obtain the award,...

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Market keeping you up at night? Add Robotics & AI to the mix for a better night’s sleep.

If you’re like most investors, you’re longing for a return to the “good old days” of 2017. Although the market has yet to slide into dreaded bear territory, you’re not the only one who can’t sleep at night. Market momentum overall has slowed to a near halt, which can make any investor worry: what’s next? One way to help protect your portfolio against the risk of a downturn (and to finally get that great night’s sleep you’ve been longing for!) is to add robotics, automation, ...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: May 2018

By: Strategic Advisor Frank Tobe of The Robot Report Twenty-seven startups were funded in May for a total of $2.5 billion. The top five were: Cruise Holdings announced a two-phase funding by SoftBank Vision Fund totaling $2.25 billion. $900 million will be funded right away. Future funding of $1.35 billion is contingent on two things: regulatory approval and at the time when Cruise AVs are ready for commercial deployment. At that time GM will also invest another $1.1 billion thereby pro...

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Renishaw is manufacturing the future of 3D Printing

When I say that I work in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (RAAI), the first things most people think of are humanoid robots (think Star Wars), AI (think Alexa), or self-driving cars (think Tesla). But the spectrum of RAAI transcends the obvious. ROBO Global index member Renishaw, the oldest and perhaps boldest player in the world of 3D printing, is just one example. Established in 1973, the company is transforming the application of additive manufacturing—more commonly called...

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With nurses in short supply, eldercare robots are coming to the rescue

A shortage of nurses is already taxing an already stressed healthcare system, and there’s seemingly no end in sight. According to the American Nurses Association, there are currently about three million nurses in the US—about one million short of the number that will be needed to provide sufficient care for the fast-growing population of elderly men and women requiring care in the next five years alone. Dr. Manish Kothari, President of SRI Ventures and a ROBO Global strategic advisor, see...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: April 2018

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor & editor of The Robot Report Twenty startups were funded in April 2018. Fifteen disclosed transaction amounts totaling $808 million of which the $600 million to SenseTime, the Alibaba-funded Chinese deep learning and facial recognition software provider focused on smart self-driving vehicle systems, was by far the largest. Year to date, fundings total $2.3 billion! Seven acquisitions also occurred in April. The most notable was the acquisitio...

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ROS is Fueling Today’s Robotics Renaissance

By Prof. Wyatt Newman, Ph.D. In 1956, Joseph Engelberger founded Unimation, Inc., the world’s first robotics company. It was a promising step toward a future enabled by robots. But over the decades that followed, advancements in robotics were consistently disappointing. Despite research efforts around the world, most robotics projects delivered only demonstrations and curiosities that died in the lab. The reasons were many. First, new projects were nearly always started from scratch. New...

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Self-driving car manufacturers are building the world’s most experienced drivers—but it won’t happen overnight

Who doesn’t remember that first time behind the wheel of a car? As a teenager growing up in Minnesota, for me, driving meant one thing: freedom. And that, for the first time ever, I could go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, on my own. And, oh man, it was easy. At 16, life was all about me and the open road. Of course, that was more years ago than I like to admit. Today, my daughter isn’t nearly as enthusiastic about driving. Like most of her friends, she is more than happy to rely on...

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Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab offers up-close look at the impact of climate change

On Earth Day this year, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to take part in the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. We’ve come a long way since the first Earth Day on April 20, 1970—almost 50 years ago. Not only are more people than ever taking personal action to help protect the Earth, but we also have tools that finally make it possible to see and make sense of the very real changes that are taking place today. On Earth Day, our team at Carnegie Mellon’...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: March 2018

Twenty-four startups were funded in March 2018 raising a combined total of $350 million. That brings the 3-month total to $1.5 billion! There was an additional funding of $2.5 billion to JD Logistics, an 81.4%-owned spin-off that is the logistics arm of JD, China’s 2nd largest online retailer. Funding came from Hillhouse, Sequoia, China Merchants, Tencent, China Life, China Development Bank, China Structural Reform and ICBC International. JD Logistics has 14 smart warehouses serving a netwo...

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Even in a down market, the robotics trajectory is up and away!

Investing in a down market requires a higher level of due diligence. While it can feel a bit more daunting, if you’re aiming for long-term gains, you can actually find yourself in a sweet spot—especially if you’re able to identify opportunities that are poised for growth, no matter what the state of the market overall. If you’re seeking a buy low/sell high opportunity (and, quite frankly, who isn’t?), the first place to look may be the exciting and fast-growing universe of robotics. ...

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iRobot Paves the Way for Smarter Homes

iRobot is the world’s leading consumer robot company and a bellwether member of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index. Founded in 1990 by MIT roboticists, iRobot pioneered the smart home robot category with the introduction of its Roomba robot vacuum in 2002. Since then, the company has sold more than 20 million robots—a phenomenal success that drove remarkable shareholder returns. In the ten years prior to 2017, iRobot’s Nasdaq-listed stock returned a total 351% to shareholders,...

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How the Race for AI Dominance Will Determine Tomorrow’s Superpowers

It should come as no surprise that the Trump Administration put the brakes on a takeover bid of Qualcomm by Singapore-based Broadcom on Monday on the grounds of national security. The decision is about much more than trying to win the race toward dominance in artificial intelligence. While AI is certainly an area that is poised to impact every area of the supply chain for nearly every industry around the globe, what Qualcomm has to offer is much bigger—and the potential to take it out of the h...

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Is “National Security” Trump’s Excuse for a Trade War?

President Trump has finally delivered on his promise of trade protectionism. But by promising to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on “national security” grounds, President Trump addresses a problem that doesn’t exist—and creates a host of new ones. Several notable economists think the proposed tariffs of 10% on aluminum and 25% on steel will, at least to some extent, hurt—not help—US manufacturing by triggering declines in orders for critical investments such as roboti...

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New Growth in Earnings and Outlooks for Robotics, Automation & AI

The 2017 earnings season is finally coming to a close, and all numbers point to a tremendous year of growth in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (RAAI). ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index members—including a diverse mix of companies large and small across the RAAI supply chain—posted the strongest positive earnings surprise since the inception of the index, with 88% of index members beating consensus sales estimates. What’s more, the key trends driving the industry...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions, IPOs and Failures: February 2018

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor, The Robot Report Nineteen different startups were funded in February, raising $377 million; a substantial two-month start for the new year. Five acquisitions were reported during the month, while the IPO front had no activity whatsoever. CB Insights said that China dominated the funding of AI-related startups during 2017. So far in 2018, the China funding percentage appears to be less than the 48% of 2017. Robotics Fundings 1. PROCEPT BioRobo...

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RESEARCH ARROWS ARE UP WITH ONE COMMON THREAD: DIGITAL DATA

By Frank Tobe, Strategic Advisor to ROBO Global, The Robot Report MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga said that “data is the new oil.” Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank, says that artificial intelligence combined with data gathered by billions of sensors is bringing on an information revolution. Manufacturers everywhere are changing – some, with government assistance – because of new technologies, new competitors, new ecosystems, and new ways of doing business. Companies that adopt these new digita...

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, INDUSTRY DISRUPTORS, AND FINDING THE PERFECT FIT

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global Artificial Intelligence. It’s something that has captured the imaginations of futurists of every age since long before it was a reality. I’m no exception. As a kid, my favorite characters were the Terminator, D.A.R.Y.L., and Short Circuit’s “Johnny 5.” As I got older, I became obsessed with The Matrix, I, Robot, and Ex Machina. Nothing could quench my appetite for a new take on the future of AI. Perhaps it’s no surprise that...

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DISTINGUISHED CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR ILLAH R. NOURBAKHSH JOINS ROBO GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD

ROBO Global, the creator of the first benchmark index tracking the global robotics and automation market, has increased the depth and expertise of its advisory board with the addition of Illah R. Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. “At ROBO Global, our singular focus on the robotics, automation and artificial intelligence ecosystem is to extract the value of these growing, dynamic sectors for investors” Nourbakhsh, who is Director of...

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ROBOTICS INDUSTRY FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS & IPOS: JANUARY 2018

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor, The Robot Report Twenty-five different startups were funded in January cumulatively raising $784 million; a great start for the new year. Four acquisitions were reported during the month while the IPO front lay waiting for something to happen. According to Silicon Valley Bank’s annual survey of 1,000+ executives, startup founders are confident 2018 will be a good year for funding and for business conditions – except hiring and retaining forei...

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FROM FUN AND GAMES TO INDUSTRY DISRUPTORS: LET THE ROBOT GAMES BEGIN!

Written by: Richard Lightbound, CEO, EMEA I was fortunate to be one of the few hundred investors and investment professionals to attend the ETF Securities conference in Milan. While there was plenty to enjoy, the highlight for me was seeing Raffaello D'Andrea, one of our amazing advisory board members, as the headline presenter at the event. As I sat in the audience in Milan, I watched a couple of hundred people settle into their seats for what, I am sure, they expected to be yet another techn...

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Behind the Machines: An Interview with IPG Photonics CEO

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Behind the Machines: International Robotics Exhibition (Tokyo) With ROBO Global

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WHAT’S AHEAD IN ROBOTICS AND AI? 5 TRENDS THAT HAVE INVESTORS BUCKLING UP FOR A WILD 2018!

By: William Studebaker, President & CIO, ROBO Global There’s never been a more exciting time to be an investor—especially in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence where the rate of change and innovation has become exponential and is poised to surpass anything we’ve ever seen before. Perhaps it’s because of the sheer pace of change that headlines about driverless cars and self-flying delivery drones don’t turn heads these days. In fact, with advancements in robotics, au...

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DECEMBER 2017 ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS & IPOS

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor, The Robot Report Twenty-one different startups were funded in December cumulatively raising $430 million, down from the $782 million in November. Three didn’t report the amount of their funding. Only three were over $50 million of which one was a Chinese startup. Three acquisitions were reported during the month including two takeovers of Western robotics companies by Chinese ones. Nothing new on the IPO front. FUNDINGS: Farmers Business ...

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TO FUTURE-PROOF YOUR PORTFOLIO IN 2018, INVESTORS SHOULD LOOK TO ROBOTICS AND AI

By: Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global 2017 has given investors a thrilling ride. Of course, heading into the New Year, the market highs have all of us wondering how much life is left in what has been one of the longest bull markets in history. For investors seeking a way to future-proof your portfolio into 2018, look no further than Robotics, Automation, and Artificial intelligence (RAAI). Indeed, RAAI may be one of the most important investment opportunities of our generation...

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HOW SMART FACTORIES ARE TRANSFORMING MANUFACTURING AS WE KNOW IT

By: William Studebaker, CIO & President, ROBO Global There’s an amazing thing happening on factory floors around the world today—something that consumers are only just beginning to witness its dramatic impact on their daily lives. If that statement surprises you, it’s no wonder. While robots have been in use for decades to provide basic automation, even the most advanced of these machines were confined to a corner where they completed basic, repetitive tasks. After all, although Henr...

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AT TOKYO’S INTERNATIONAL ROBOTICS EXHIBITION, INNOVATION WAS THE STAR

By: Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global Last week, the ROBO Global team traveled to Toyko for a whirlwind week of meetings, research, and exploration at the bi-annual International Robotics Exhibition.  One of the biggest industry events in the world, the conference hosted more than 130,000 visitors and featured more than 600 exhibitors and 2,775 booths. To say that the 50% growth of the show floor since just two years ago is impressive would be an understatement. But what was ...

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NOVEMBER 2017 ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS AND IPOS

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor, The Robot Report Twenty-two different startups were funded in November cumulatively raising $782 million, down a bit from the $862 million in October. The big $400 million funding for UBTech and the $55 million for TuSimple were the only two fundings over $50 million and they were both for Chinese startups with funding from Chinese VC firms. Six acquisitions were reported during the month including another takeover of a European robotics company b...

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DRIVERLESS CARS ARE POISED TO DELIVER BENEFITS FOR DRIVERS, INVESTORS—AND EVEN THE UK ECONOMY

By: Richard Lightbound, CEO of ROBO Global EMEA In the world of robotics, many ideas that once seemed to be the unattainable dreams of forward-thinking visionaries are quickly coming to life. Robot-assisted surgery is delivering better patient outcomes at less cost. Automated warehouses are making it possible for retailers like Amazon and Ocado to fulfill customer orders faster and cheaper than ever. Amputees can now control robotic limbs with their minds. Agricultural robots are revolutio...

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30 NEW RESEARCH REPORTS FORECAST SIGNIFICANT GROWTH FOR ROBOTICS INDUSTRY

Press releases for this batch of 30 research reports all agree that most segments of the robotics industry are expected to grow at a double-digit pace at least through 2022. Although these reports vary widely in their forecasts – often on the same topic, they all seem to agree that the global robotics industry is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the teens or greater. UNMANNED MOBILE AIR, LAND AND SEA VEHICLES (COMMERCIAL AND MILITARY) Commercial UAV Report Aug 2017...

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CYBER MONDAY & E-COMMERCE SUCCESS? THANK THE FANTASTIC GROWTH OF ROBOTICS

While it’s nearly inevitable that there will be some crazy headlines following the shopping frenzy that has come to define Black Friday, investors have their sights not on the shopping brawls, but on the trajectory of Cyber Monday—and the stock prices of the companies behind e-commerce. Anyone who shops—for anything at all—is well aware of the tremendous rise of e-commerce. It’s been a fast and furious two decades of constant adoption and escalation, and all fingers point to exponenti...

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BOSSA NOVA RAISES $17.5 MILLION FOR SHELF-SCANNING MOBILE ROBOTS

Bossa Nova Robotics, a Silicon Valley developer of autonomous service robots for the retail industry, announced the close of a $17.5 million Series B funding round led by Paxion Capital Partners and participation by Intel Capital, WRV Capital, Lucas Venture Group (LVG), and Cota Capital. This round brings Bossa Nova’s total funding to date to $41.7 million. Bossa Nova helps large scale stores automate the collection and analysis of on-shelf inventory data by driving their sensor-lad...

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INVESTING IN ROBOTICS? FOLLOW THESE 5 SIMPLE RULES

It seems everyone wants to jump on the robotics bandwagon these days. It’s no surprise. Robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence—or RAAI—includes many of the most exciting companies in today’s universe of emerging technologies. Plus, because this sector is considered a must-have capability in nearly every industry in every corner of the globe, the potential for growth across the robotics supply chain is tremendous. That doesn’t mean, however, that all robotics investments or ...

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OCTOBER 2017 ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS & IPOS

Twenty-eight different startups were funded in October cumulatively raising $862 million, up from $507 million in September. Three of the top four fundings were for startups involved in the self-driving process. An additional five lower-amount startups were also funded for self-driving applications or components along with two of the six acquisitions. Six acquisitions were reported during the month including Delphi Automotive’s buying nuTonomy for $450 million and Boeing’s acquisition of 55...

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MEDICAL ROBOTICS MARKET CONTINUES TO SOAR FOR INVESTORS, BUT PATIENTS ARE THE BIGGEST WINNERS

On Tuesday, Orian Research released a report on the current state of the healthcare robotics market growth. Their estimates may surprise even those who are focused on this sector. In brief, the growth to come is expected to be nothing short of explosive: the current market of $4.12 billion is expected to reach $13.9 billion by 2023. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 27.53% over the next six years.[1] It’s stunning. What may be even more surprising is that, historically, analysts hav...

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ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF Celebrates 4 Years on NASDAQ

ROBO GLOBAL ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION ETF (ROBO) CELEBRATES 4 YEARS ON NASDAQ WITH $1.5 BILLION UNDER MANAGEMENT The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation ETF (Nasdaq: ROBO) is heading into its fifth year of trading with the wind at its back, having attracted over $1.5 billion in assets since inception on Oct. 22, 2013. Year-to-date, it’s delivered a total return of 37.73 percent.* Comprised of 85 securities that span 14 countries, the fund invests in the robotics, automation and art...

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ON SMART PEOPLE, THE BIG PICTURE, AND THE FUTURE OF ROBOTICS

Steve Wozniak once said, “Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.” I’m completely humbled by the intelligent people I get to work with every day. It’s one of the incredible perks of working at a research company rather than a product mill. And it’s one of the primary reasons I am constantly energized and re-energized about our mission at ROBO Global. It’s on days like this—when smart people paint a crystal-clear picture of where our industry is heading—that, in Steve Woz...

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ROBO GLOBAL Q3 2017 REVIEW

The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index gained over 13% for the quarter and a total of 36% in the first nine months of 2017.  ROBO continues to outperform most global equity indices. ROBOTICS MARKET CONTINUES TO RISE This was another in a string of profitable quarters for investors. 3Q17 marked the eighth consecutive quarter of positive returns in the U.S. stock market. Not only were stocks higher in the third quarter, but nearly every major asset class moved higher. The S&P 5...

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READY TO INVEST IN ROBOTICS? YOUR TIMING COULDN’T BE BETTER

Shark Tank’s star investor Mark Cuban was spot on when he stated that, “the world’s first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters AI and all its derivatives and applies it in ways we never thought of.” His audience at Austin’s popular SXSW Conference back in March may have trusted his opinion, but only a handful likely understood why that statement is so true—and why that reality may make today the perfect time to invest in robotics. Clearly, Cuban has seen the...

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ROBOTIC HAIR TRANSPLANT DEV RESTORATION ROBOTICS RAISES $25 MILLION IN IPO

Robotic hair restoration company Restoration Robotics raised $25 million in an initial public offering and saw its shares rise nearly 40% after its debut, according to a Silicone Valley Business Journal report. The 91-person company, co-founded by surgical robotics pioneer Fred Moll, sold 3.6 million shares at $7 each, then proceeded to open at $8.55 per share today, up 22% from its IPO price, according to the report. So far today, the company has seen shares rise 38%, at $9.66 as of 2:06 p....

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THE FUTURE OF JOBS (IN A WORLD OF ROBOTS)

Ask my 11-year-old daughter Helena what I do for a living, and her answer is simple: “My Dad makes robots.”  Despite valiant efforts to correct my daughter, I’ve clearly failed. For better or worse, making robots is not my line of work. Of course, telling her that I’m the CEO of ROBO Global US means nothing to her. And in truth, it probably explains very little of my day-to-day activities to anyone who doesn’t work with me side-by-side. Why? Because the tasks that I spend the bulk...

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SEPTEMBER 2017 ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS & IPOS

September 2017 was a big month for robotics fundings, acquisitions, and IPOs. 26 different startups were funded to the tune of $485 million, up from $369 million in August. Six acquisitions were reported during the month including Deere’s acquisition of California Blue River Technology for $305 million. And Restoration Robotics’ IPO will start being listed on NASDAQ early in October. FUNDINGS LeddarTech, the Canadian developer of sensors and LiDAR distancing systems for ADAS and ot...

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NOT SO MODERN TIMES: THE BACKWARDS THINKING OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND JEREMY CORBYN

The fear of change is nothing new. Charlie Chaplin’s classic film Modern Times—one of the last silent films of the era—is perhaps the most famous critique of technology and its perceived impact on modern society. When the film was produced in 1936, Chaplin wasn’t alone in his fear of how a mechanized world would change lives and, indeed, the world as he knew it. When Jeremy Corbyn, the U.K.’s current Labour leader, spoke at Wednesday’s Labour conference, his response to the “t...

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ABB Robotics – Index Investment Commentary

We returned from ABB’s inaugural Innovation and Technology Day with increased confidence in the company’s prospects for continued profitable growth in its robotics and automation businesses. ABB has been a member of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index since inception. CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and his team hosted shareholders and analysts at the Auburn Hills, Michigan manufacturing facility. We had the opportunity to catch up with many of the firm’s senior technology ...

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CHINA’S PUSH TOWARD EXCELLENCE DELIVERS A GLOBAL ROBOTICS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

China is on a mission to change its reputation from a manufacturer of cheap, mass-produced goods to a world leader in high-quality quality manufacturing. If that surprises you, you’re not the only one. For decades, China has been synonymous with the word cheap. But times are changing, and much of that change is reliant on the adoption of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence, or RAAI (pronounced “ray”). For investors, this shift is driving a major opportunity to capture growth...

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ETF SECURITIES AUSTRALIA TARGETS GROWTH IN ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION WITH GLOBAL ROBOTICS ETF

ETF Securities Australia, part of the ETF Securities Group, has created the first exchange-traded fund (ETF) in Australia giving investors access to global companies focusing on robotics, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. ETFS has teamed up with US-based specialist robotics and automation index and research provider ROBO Global to launch the ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX code: ROBO). ROBO will track the ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index (RAAI)...

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ESG VS. ROBOTS? IT’S SIMPLY A BATTLE THAT DOESN’T EXIST

By: Richard Lightbound, CEO of ROBO Global EMEA For the past week, I’ve been traveling around Italy on a fascinating, whirlwind tour of some of the best and brightest companies and investors in the region.It’s an excursion with a purpose: as we approach the end of Q3, it’s time to rebalance the ROBO Global Index, which means potentially adding some rising stars to the mix that pass through our research and quality filters. It’s been amazing to ride on the coattails of Professor Wyatt N...

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ROBOTICS INVESTING SPOTLIGHT: AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS ARE SET TO SOLVE THE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS

By: Richard Lightbound, CEO of ROBO Global EMEA In the UK, the challenges of Brexit are many, but one that will likely have a near-immediate impact on food supply—and food prices—is the looming shortage of agricultural workers. It’s estimated that once Brexit takes effect, the UK will lose tens of thousands of farm workers from across the EU who will be unable to work in the county. That dramatic loss will leave a vast gap in our agricultural labour force. In Japan, so many workers have...

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SMOOTH TOMORROW’S MARKET VOLATILITY WITH A SMART APPROACH TO ROBOTICS & AI

By Chris Buck, Head of Sales & Capital Markets Every advisor knows that volatility can wreak havoc on your clients’ psyches, and managing this “risk” or “sleep factor” can be challenging. These days, every friend, co-worker, and neighbor is more than happy to share a great investment success story. Everyone is thrilled to recount the details of a winning trade, but no one (and I mean no one) willingly brings up their latest loss—especially not over cocktails. That means that wh...

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INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS SOAR IN CHINA

By: Frank Tobe, Strategic Advisor to ROBO Global, The Robot Report China has rapidly become a global leader in robotics and automation. 2016 annual sales of industrial robots reached the highest level ever for any single country: 87,000 units (up 27% from 2015) and China’s stock of industrial robots is now, at 340,000 units, also the highest total in the world. while Chinese robot manufacturers increased their market share to 31% (up 120% from 2015). The International Federation of Robotics...

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AUGUST 2017: ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS, IPOS & FAILURES

By: Frank Tobe, Strategic Advisor to ROBO Global, The Robot Report August robotics fundings totaled $369 million but the number of August transactions, seven, was down from previous months, eg: both July and June had 19 fundings each. Acquisitions, on the other hand, remained steady with a big one pending: Snap has been negotiating all month to acquire Chinese drone startup Zero Zero Robotics for around $150M. FUNDINGS Auris Medical Robotics, the Silicon Valley startup headed by Dr...

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ROBO Global Rings the NASDAQ Opening bell

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Know What Your Robotics & AI Investment is Doing for You

It takes dedicated experts many years to learn and understand the universe of robotics as an investable space. Make sure the experts really know their stuff and come with a robotics pedigree. True robotics and automation companies are difficult to find through commonly used classification systems and their traditional investment sectors. It takes a deep bottom-up analysis of companies and dedicated expertise in that field to understand from the top-down the technology and applications that ar...

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DEAN KAMEN’S FIRST INSPIRING FUTURE ROBOTICISTS

Inventor of the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics, recipient of the prestigious 2015 Engelberger Award, and holder of 440 global patents - Dean Kamen has quite the resume and it doesn't stop there. Kamen is also the mastermind behind the Segway and the FDA approved prosthetic 'Luke Arm.' Thanks to Kamen's medical developments, millions of lives have seen drastic improvements over the past four decades due to revolutionary techniques in terms of diabetic treatment, chemotherapy, increas...

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AWARD WINNING YEAR FOR STRATEGIC ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER RAFFAELLO D’ANDREA

ROBO Strategic Advisory Board member, Raffaello D'Andrea is to receive the prestigious Engelberger Robotics Award, the highest honor in the industry. The award is given in honor of the 'Father of Robotics' Joseph F. Engelberger by the Robotics Industries Association. He is the second member on the ROBO Global board to be presented with this award, the first being Henrik Christensen in 2011. The award will be presented on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Chicago, IL in correlation with the Automate 2...

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UBER JOINS THE RACE TO THE AUTONOMOUS CAR

We live in a world where you can tap a button and a car service arrives right at your doorstep; now imagine if that car service didn't have a driver. Interestingly, that world may not be too far off. Last week, Uber announced that the app-driven car service will be taking steps in robotics research. Uber, founded in 2009, is one of the only app-based transportation companies focused on directly connecting customers to drivers. With the tap of a button, customers can call a ride to arrive with...

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THE LOWDOWN ON DRONES: EXPLORING EXEMPTIONS

For the past five years, the Federal Aviation Administration has worked to establish regulations for drone operations, but its self-imposed deadline of Dec. 22, 2014 came and went. Due to this hold up, the United States is expecting 2015 to be a year full of drone talk, but will it also walk the walk? Section 333 is a key initiative for the FAA in regards to the safety regulations for commercial applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Systems. Overall, there is a wide ban on commercial drone ...

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5 WAYS ROBOTICS IS REVOLUTIONIZING HEALTHCARE

From aiding medical professionals to those with disabilities themselves, robots are revolutionizing the medical world and playing a major role in the way that we view healthcare today. This is not something that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has overlooked - the organization is now funding robotics research to further extend the reach of healthcare for those with disabilities. The NIH is just one of the major names participating in the Interagency National Robotics Initiative to suppor...

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A DRIVING FORCE OF THE FUTURE: SELF-DRIVING CARS KEEP HUMANS SAFE

We've seen it before in sci-fi films, but today, technologic developments are driving autonomous vehicles out of our imaginations and onto our roads. Within the next six years, the world is projected to bear witness to a myriad of experiments and opportunities related to self-driving cars. By the year 2030, autonomous cars could represent about 25 percent of all passenger vehicles in mature markets, according to a Gartner's Maverick analysis conducted earlier this year. Human error alone caus...

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TELEMEDICINE: BRINGING DIGITAL DOCTORS TO THE FOOTBALL FIELD

Will a 4-foot-tall robot named VGo be your next teammate? Researchers, scientists and athletes alike hope to increase efficiency in concussion diagnostics on the football field. Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Telehealth is trying to combat this problem by bringing robots to the sidelines. VGo serves as a stand-in sideline doctor and has the potential to save lives. At least 50 football players high school age and younger have died or sustained serious head injuries on the field since 1997 a...

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ROBOTICS RESPOND IN ALPINE RESCUE MISSIONS

For decades the world has seen Alpine disasters that leave hikers stranded in the subzero, mountainous terrain without immediate rescue due to dangerous conditions for search teams. Each year, tens of climbers die in the European alps and life-threatening storms are growing more and more frequent. Fortunately, the SHERPA project, short for Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments, is implementing research and development...

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3D PRINTING IN ZERO-G

One of NASA’s most important missions to date reached its final destination early last week. After nearly one year of travel, the Maven spacecraft passed into the Mars orbit. The spacecraft was shortly followed by India’s Mars Orbiter to collaborate on the study of the Red Planet. The Maven’s mission is to study the planet’s upper atmosphere in hopes to gain invaluable information about its molecular composition. NASA is confident that this information will shed light on questions that ...

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CREATOR OF FDA APPROVED ROBOTICS EXOSKELETON REWALK SET AT $50M IPO

The life-shattering news of “you will never walk again” may soon become a figment of the past. ReWalk Robotics, a healthcare company, is one of the leading names revolutionizing the paraplegic world as we know it. It has created an FDA approved exoskeleton that is helping paraplegics do the impossible- walk again. Dr. Amit Goffer, a paraplegic himself, founded and created the company in 2001. ReWalk’s exoskeleton is the first FDA approved device of its kind to be cleared for personal use...

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