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How Vocera Replaces Chaos with Quiet in Hospitals

By Nina Deka, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global Sometimes all a patient needs to heal is peace and quiet. This can be difficult to find in a hospital, where shouting, alarms, and other noises are the de-facto standard of communication. The newest addition to the ROBO  and HTEC indexes is disrupting that noise. Vocera is a communications technology company most known for its badge, which is a wearable, voice-activated device used by employees to speak with one another. What is largely over...

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Cognex: a company with vision delivering computers that can see

By Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global Since the inception of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index in August 2013, Cognex, the global leader in machine vision, has returned a total 262% and is the top performance contributor for this index of best in class robotics, automation, and AI companies from around the world. We returned from the company’s investor day with increased confidence in its technology leadership and growth prospects, boosted by the advent of machi...

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Global Telehealth is On the Rise

By Nina Deka, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global The National Healthcare Security Administration of China issued its anticipated guidelines on pricing and insurance coverage for internet medical services, marking a significant milestone for telemedicine adoption in China. This news is in line with our view that global telehealth adoption is accelerating, and is a positive catalyst for the ROBO Global Healthcare Technology and Innovation Index (HTEC). Ping An Healthcare and Technology Compan...

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Artificial Intelligence: the best weapon in the war against cyber attacks

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global Cybersecurity threats have steadily increased in recent years, with 3,800 breaches so far in 2019 alone—an increase of more than 50% over the last four years. In response, businesses around the world are seeking trusted solutions to address this fast-growing problem. At the same time, companies everywhere are finding it more and more difficult to hire and retain skilled security talent. Solution providers are rushing to the rescue, includin...

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Robots are Tackling the Next Big Global Challenge: Recycling

By Chris Buck, ROBO Global One man’s trash is, indeed, another man’s treasure. That truth is particularly true for trash that is made of recyclable materials that can be reused and made into new consumer goods, including everything from shoes, purses and backpacks, children’s toys, to a host of other new household goods. And while that reality is good for the planet, it presents a large and fast-growing problem: how to make recycling efficient and cost-effective. Luckily, recent advance...

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Investing in the promise of a longer life

At long last, the healthcare industry is undergoing a massive transformation. It’s a past-due shift in an area that seemed to remain stagnant for decades, even as the world around it evolved at a rapid pace. But new technologies are finally making change possible, moving from a healthcare model focused on caring for the sick to one that is focused on prediction, prevention, and the eradication of disease. The expected result: a longer lifespan—as well as a plethora of new investment opportun...

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Intuitive Surgical: Setting the gold standard in robotic surgery

ROBO Global index member Intuitive Surgical continues to drive the healthcare robotics revolution, and investors are taking note. Its shares have climbed 17% so far this year (as of March 25, 2019) and returned a total 184% in the past three years. That’s on the heels of a reported sales growth of 19% in 2018. But the current stock price isn’t what has been drawing the most attention to Intuitive Surgical in recent weeks. The main attraction has been innovation, pure and simple. Intuitive...

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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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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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