Articles About Robotics
Let me tell you about Frank Frankovsky.
As the hardware chief at Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), Frankovsky’s team invented a way to use Blu-ray discs to save the oodles of photos that we all upload on that site every day. While Facebook still keeps its frequently accessed data on hard or flash drives, its deeper archives now reside on thousands of Blu-rays.
Frankovsky’s system – which involves robotic arms, thousands of discs, and hundreds of racks – turned out to be tremendously successful for the social-media giant. Facebook says the system cut costs by 50% and energy use by 80% compared to the hard disk drive system it was using.
So it’s no surprise that Frankovsky broke off from his “corporate overlords” back in 2014, opened up his own shop – Optical Archive Inc. – and started selling his system to other companies with Big Data storage needs.
If you’ve never heard of Frankovsky, that’s okay.
His beard may be a bit flamboyant – but he and Optical Archive operated in what I like to call “stealth mode”… quiet and under the radar.
But one once-struggling tech giant saw what was going on – and bought Frankovsky’s company in 2015.
That company was also operating in stealth mode at the time. After years of decline, it needed to stay quiet in order to rebuild.
In fact, around that time, it made three big stealth moves that have now put it back on the map.
It’s no longer in stealth mode… it’s absolutely crushing the market… and it’s just getting restarted.
Today I’ll tell you about the three big moves it made.
And I’ll show you how you can join in – and ride along as reclaims its place as one of the world’s preeminent technology companies.
Take a look…
If there’s one thing you can count from Wall Street, its repetitious analysis of big tech news.
Take the Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) purchase of Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq: WFM) for $13.2 billion last week.
A steady, predictable stream of stories quoting analysts about the “death of retail” followed the announcement.
Don’t get me wrong – that’s a big, ongoing story. It’s one I wrote about in the past, as recently as May 23.
What they missed is how this is a boon for technology: mobile commerce, Big Data, machine vision and learning, chips, sensors… and especially robots.
Robots already are all over Amazon’s warehouses and are a big part of its success.
Now they’ll be in Whole Foods’ warehouses, checkout lines, and maybe even a part of making deliveries.
You could buy Amazon – and I recommend you do establish a position if you haven’t yet – but that’ll cost you.
You could buy a robotics stock, but that will only scratch the surface.
Or you could make this one move and get at least double the market’s return…
As many of you know from our past chats, sailing is one of my real life passions.
And living out here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was thrilled to get to see some of the just-concluded America’s Cup competition, which was one for the ages.
In fact, Yachting World‘s David Glenn called it “a comeback story of unbelievable proportions.”
Down a stunning eight races to one, and facing elimination, the U.S. entry known as Team Oracle refused to accept defeat – and won eight straight races to take yachting’s most prestigious prize.
I found myself thinking about Team Oracle’s miracle rebound yesterday for one very good reason: It reminded me of another comeback saga – a turnaround involving a tiny-and-troubled robotics company whose “we-won’t-quit” attitude has thrust it back toward the top of the heap.
But the best part of the story is still to be told.
And that means that this $7 tech stock still has plenty of room to run …
Robots are getting smarter, faster, more independent, and more valuable – almost by the day.
You can find them today scrubbing floors, assembling cars, even performing hair transplants on human patients. With a new $149 accessory debuting this summer, your smartphone can go to work for you as a robotic pet, babysitter, or even your “personal avatar.” Before long, robots will be roaming the halls of your hospital, providing patient monitoring and beaming your vitals back to the attending physician.
Indeed, robots are making a growing list of industries and businesses more efficient and more productive. The “Robotics Revolution” is unfolding at an almost unbelievably rapid pace right now.
Some of you might find that a little unnerving – especially if you’ve watched “Terminator 3” or “Blade Runner” or “I, Robot” recently…
I urge you instead to see this for the tremendous (and fast-moving) tech profit opportunity it is.
Robotics is about to take off in a big way – for two reasons:
- First, a series of breakthroughs in machine learning is making today’s robots smarter and easier to program.
- Second, and even more important for investors to know about, is a new software service that will let robots join one of the hottest trends in high tech today – “cloud computing.” It promises to help the next generation of advanced robots gain a whole new level of independence and make them lighter, cheaper, and more useful.
Today I want to show you the importance of this second development – and the potential boon for investors.
Let’s go to the cloud.
Robots are becoming more human all the time.
I predict that in the near future, robots will be so human-like that it will seem natural for us interact with them. We’ll also see the advent of people who are what I call “bionics” – those who put computer chips or other devices in their brains or bodies.
As I see it, we are fast approaching the day in which man and machine become fused together.
Just in the last few days, researchers reported major breakthroughs that promise to do just that. In a moment, I’ll tell you all about it.
First, remember the new hydrogel we investigated Tuesday – the material that could greatly improve human health and aging by replacing damaged cartilage? Turns out there’s another part of the part of the story we need to know about.
This type of hydrogel could play a vital role in the cutting-edge field of robotics, too.
See, we’re getting very close to the day in which we augment robots with “smart” human tissue. We’ll grow tissue in labs and equip it with onboard electronics made possible by nanotech circuits.
That’s where the hydrogel would come in handy. We won’t just replace damaged cartilage in people. We’ll use that or something like it to link sensor-laden tissue inside robots or in people with organ transplants or artificial limbs.
Just two weeks ago, a research team from MIT and the University of Pennsylvania said they had blurred the boundary between biology and machines even further. They genetically engineered skeletal muscles for robots that work by responding to light.
This is just amazing…