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  • Favorable jury verdict may offset months of bad publicity for Intuitive Surgical

    By Frank Tobe - May 24, 2013

    By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report

    One of robotics' biggest stars, Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG), and their da Vinci robotic surgical systems, received a lot of unfavorable media attention - including a 4-part "exposé" by MSNBC - over the past few months because:

    1. A month-long suit alleging injuries tied to the robot surgery used in a 2008 procedure to remove a patient's prostrate claims that the surgeon was more »
  • Flurry of bad publicity for Intuitive Surgical

    By Frank Tobe - May 5, 2013

    By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report

    One of robotics' biggest stars, Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG), and their da Vinci robotic surgical systems, is receiving a lot of unfavorable media attention - including a 4-part "exposé" by MSNBC - because:

    1. A month-long suit alleging injuries tied to the robot surgery used in a 2008 procedure to remove a patient's prostrate claims that the surgeon was not adequately trained.
       
    2. A more »
  • Q1 2013 Robo-Stox™ Results

    By Frank Tobe - April 1, 2013

    By Frank Tobe, Editor/Publisher, The Robot Report

    As can be seen in the chart above, the robotics industry as a whole appears to have fully recovered from the stock market crash in 2008 and, in most cases, has returned to or surpassed their highs of 2007.

    Some of the country-by-country results are slightly skewed because of dramatic stock increases by a very few performers in volatile sectors: Mazor Surgical more »

  • Which companies provide robotics systems to the military?

    By Frank Tobe - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: AIR, AVAV, ATNY, D, ESLT, EXPO, FLIR, HON, IRBT, LLL, LMT, NOC, RTN, COL, TDY, TXT, BA

    By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report
     

    Elbit Systems' unique VIPeR Robot

    My friends at Robohub.org are running a week-long series of focused stories about robotics for defense, security and surveillance purposes. In an attempt to add to the conversation, here is a list of some of the companies that produce these types of robotic devices. This list is comprised of publicly-traded stocks in various stock exchanges more »

  • 2012 Robotic Stocks Wrap-up

    By Frank Tobe - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: ABB, ARAY, ISRG, IRBT, MAKO | Editor's Choice

    By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report

    If an enterprising firm set up a mutual fund reflecting the worldwide robotics industry, they might choose to separate their picks into three segments, which might look something like this:

    1. Industrial Robot Manufacturers
    2. Service Robot Makers of security, defense and space robots
    3. Service Robot Makers of robots for all other purposes

    Although I am neither a broker nor an analyst, I more »

  • Robotic Start-up Companies - A Glimpse At Our Robotic Future

    By Frank Tobe - November 3, 2012

    Click to enlarge and see details.

    This mash-up of our list of 159 robotic start-up companies onto Google's global map graphically displays how widespread robotic inventions and inventors are dispersed around the world, and particularly around major robotic research centers. For the purpose of this mash-up, we are defining a robotic start-up as a company established to develop a concept or product or robotic-related service for sale, but doesn more »

  • Eldercare Robots

    By Frank Tobe - November 3, 2012

    Games, sensors and robots are among the tools beginning to come to market to help aging people live in their homes as long as possible.

    By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report

     

    Source: BusinessWeek Magazine

    In December, 2003, BusinessWeek Magazine interviewed Joseph Engelberger, the robotics pioneer. The article was entitled "How Robots Lost Their Way." Included in the article was a plea for money to build an eldercare more »

  • Picking Robotics Stocks is Complicated; Some are a Waste of Time

    By Frank Tobe - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: ADEP, AVAV, CGNX, FARO, ISRG, IRBT, MAKO, TRMB

    By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report

    A copy of this article also appeared on RoboticsTomorrow.com,
    IT Business NetA New Domain Net and ECN Magazine

    "Pure play" is an investment term that refers to a company which is exclusively focused on a particular product or service. An investor buys stock in pure play companies in order to obtain a market share in the industry as well more »

  • Credit Suisse Picks 7 Automation/Robotics Stocks

    By Frank Tobe - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, ROK, SI, TSLA

    By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report

    Max Nisen of Business Insider wrote recently of a list of seven stock picks discovered in a Credit Suisse report on long term trends. One of those trends was increasing global automation (particularly in China) and the seven picks relate to companies poised to benefit from those needs.

    The article and list prompted a series of quick personal opinions concerning almost more »