Investing in themes like robotics, 3D printing, synthetic biology, or nanotechnology isn’t easy to do sometimes given that most truly disruptive technologies are in early stages and not so many investing opportunities exist for retail investors in the stock market. Spending on Robotics is expected to reach 67 billion by 2025 with use Miitary, Industrail, Commercial and Personal (for entertainment, cleaning, education, security, and household application
(IRBT) iRobot -iRobot Corporation is an American technology company founded in 1990 by three MIT graduates who designed war robots.The company Incorporated in Delaware, iRobot builds robots such as military and police robots, such as the PackBot along with a range of autonomous home vacuum cleaners (Roomba), floor moppers (Braava), and other autonomous cleaning solutions. iRobot is a public corporation, based in Bedford, Massachusetts. iRobot offers Roomba robot vacuums for cleaning the floors; iRobot Braava family of mopping robots; iRobot Looj gutter cleaning robots; and iRobot Mirra pool cleaning robots. The company sells its robots through distribution channels including chain stores, national retailers, its online store, and value-added distributors and resellers. Company Website.
(GOOG) -Google - Boston Dyamics- Boston Dynamics builds advanced robots with remarkable behavior: mobility, agility, dexterity and speed. Boston Dynamics use sensor-based controls and computation to unlock the capabilities of complex mechanisms. Boston Dynamics is currently owned by Google but appears to be on the selling block. Boston Dynamics Website.
(YASKY) Yaskawa Electric -- The Yaskawa Electric Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of servos, motion controllers, AC motor drives, switches and industrial robots. Their Motoman robots are heavy duty industrial robots used in welding, packaging, assembly, coating, cutting, material handling and general automation. The company is listed on the Tokyo and Fukuoka Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index. Company Website.
(CGNX) Cognex - Cognex Corporation is a manufacturer of machine vision systems, software and sensors used in automated manufacturing to inspect and identify parts, detect defects, verify product assembly, and guide assembly robots. Cognex is headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. It has offices in more than 20 countries. Company Website.
(ABB) ABB Ltd. ABB (ASEA Brown Boveri) is a Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, operating mainly in robotics and the power and automation technology areas. The Discrete Automation and Motion division provides products and services for industrial production. It includes electric motors, generators, drives, power electronics and industrial robots. ABB has installed over 300,000 robots. In 2006, ABB opened a manufacturing centre in Shanghai, China. Also, wind generators, solar power inverters and UPS products belong to this division. Company Website
KUKA (KU2:GR) - KUKA is a German manufacturer of industrial robots and solutions for factory automation. The KUKA Robotics Corporation has 25 subsidiaries worldwide, mostly sales and service subsidiaries, including in the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Russia and most European countries. The company name, KUKA, is an acronym for Keller und Knappich Augsburg. In 1973, KUKA created its own industrial robot FAMULUS. The company is a member of the Robotics Industries Association (RIA), of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and of the German engineering association VDMA. Today, KUKA concentrates on solutions for the automation of industrial manufacturing processes. Company Website
(ROBO) - ETF available called the Robo Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF (NASDAQ:ROBO). Established in 2013 and with $93 million in assets so far, ROBO is a collection of over 80 different robotics and automation stocks around the globe. The ROBO index methodology divides this list of stocks into two broad categorizations:
ISRG - Intuitive Surgical - Intuitive Surgical Inc. manufactures robotic surgical systems, most notably the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgery to be performed using robotic manipulators. The company is part of the NASDAQ-100 and S&P 500. Intuitive Surgical has installed over a thousand systems worldwide. Computer Motion was a competitor that merged with Intuitive Surgical in 2003. Company Website.
(MZOR:IL),Mazor Robotics an Israeli company, provides state-of-the-art robotic surgical guidance systems. Mazor is medical device company and manufacturer of a robotic guidance system for spine surgery. Its flagship product, Renaissance, is cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE-marked for both spine and brain surgery. Company Website.
AVAV- AeroVironment (AVAV:US) is a provider of unmanned aircraft, systems and services and 85% of their revenue comes from UAS (unmanned aerial systems) sales. They regularly get DoD orders for their Raven and Wasp small unmanned aircraft systems. AeroVironment, Inc. is located in Monrovia, California, and Simi Valley, California. They have signed a strategic partnership with Lockheed Martin Corp to develop their 'Global Observer' to provide "persistent airborne observation. Company Website.
ADEP - Adept Technology (ADEP:US) is one of the very few industrial robot manufacturers based in the U.S. Most of it's revenue from robotics comes from manufacturing, food processing, automotive and warehousing applications. With their recent acquisition of Mobile Robotics, and after strengthening and modularizing their mobile acquisition,the company began to enter the service robotics sector. Company Website.
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