Tag Archives: robots

“…as a Service” applied to agriculture by the Small Robot Company

Back in 2012 I blogged about cloud computing and explained three alternative models of this –  ‘infrastructure as a service’ (IaaS), ‘platform as a service’ (PaaS), and ‘software as a service’ (SaaS).  The “… as a Service” business model is … Continue reading

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Spyce – the truly robotic restaurant

Spyce is a new restaurant concept recently opened in Boston, Mass.  Here’s a link to their website and a video that explains it all.

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How to make a motorbike every 18 seconds…

This video shows Hero Motorcycles mega factory in central India.

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5 different ways to stick a car together

“Not another car manufacturer video” I hear you cry… but this is Tesla…and it is “beautiful”.

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Alibaba’s robots dance to the music

A few years ago I wrote a blog entitled “The robots are coming!”.  Well, here they are….

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Having trouble maintaining your social media profile? Let a robot do it for you…

CNN Tech have a story about Facebook filing for a patent on a self-balancing, telepresence robot.   Apparently it could follow you around and stream live broadcasts onto your Facebook page – to save you the bother.   Oh joy!

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Don’t put the digital technology cart before the strategic horse

I’ve blogged a lot about the fourth industrial revolution and the technologies that are transforming the way in which business is done.  And I’ve provided links to a lot of articles like this one from the MITSloan Management Review – … Continue reading

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How to navigate the “digital deluge”

This article from Deloitte Insights is focused on how companies in the oil and gas industry can engage in digital transformation.  But it is also of general interest for two reasons.  First, it identifies the notion of a ‘digital deluge’ … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: New Balance – the additive manufacture of footwear

Shoe-making is typically thought of as a labour intensive operation, especially sports shoes.  This is because the product is made from soft materials, is manufactured in many different sizes, and many different models are marketed.  It is for this reason … Continue reading

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“Automation, robotics, and factory of the future”

Recently published article on the McKinsey and Company website is a great overview of the current state of the art with regards the use of robots in manufacturing.  It begins by explains how the cost of adopting robotics have gone … Continue reading

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