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Weekly Wrap Up 02.03.2017

Businesses Ordered More Robots Last Year Than Ever Before

North American businesses ordered 35,000 robots in 2016, a 10% increase from 2015, according to a report on Tuesday by trade organization Robotic Industries Association. Meanwhile, sales on those orders in the region reached an all-time high of $1.9 billion last year, beating the previous record set in 2015 of $1.8 billion.

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Ocado reveals the fruit of its automation labour, a robotic hand prototype

While its common knowledge that retailers, most prominently perhaps Amazon, are looking to streamline their processes with automation, the robotic hand on show is the first major example of Ocado utilising tech to shake up the market in such a way. It’s not Ocado’s first foray into robotics, however, as the company unveiled a new system that used 1000 robots and a custom-built mobile communications network at Mobile World Congress last year.

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A Low-Cost Way to Teach Robotics to Your Employees

Robotics research is thriving in universities and robotics hubs across the country. The “industrial renaissance in North America continues unabated,” according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). Global brands and small-to-medium enterprises are adopting new technologies to gain competitive advantages.

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Robots as job creators in Pittsburgh? CMU professor Howard Choset explains

The Department of Defense chose American Robotics, a CMU nonprofit with more than 220 partnerships, to launch the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute in Pittsburgh. The new venture will join 13 similar institutes as part of the Manufacturing USA network, a program of private and public investors devoted to revitalizing American manufacturing through the development and deployment of new technology.

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A Roadmap for Robotics

Robotics as an industry has been around for approximately 50 years now, but it’s perhaps fair to say that the last few of these have seen a tremendous growth, both in the range of tasks robots can perform, but also the number of robots in operation. Back in 2009 a consortium of academics and industry figures produced a roadmap for robotics that looked at how things may evolve. An updated version of the roadmap has recently been published that makes interesting reading for anyone in the industry.

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