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2009 IERA Award goes to Cyberdyne

5th IEEE-IFR Invention & Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics & Automation presented

As in previous years the judging panel had a difficult choice to make. The unanimous selection for the 2009 IERA Award winner was Cyberdyne Inc. for its Robot Suit HAL, an innovative human assistance system using an exoskeleton.

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ISO robotics standardisation

Within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the robotics area is represented in the technical subcommittee ISO/TC184/SC2 "Robots and robotic devices".

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IFR Robotics and Economical Worldwide Downturn

The economical worldwide downturn is still going on, with no real signs of light at the end of the tunnel. The announcement that General Motor's CEO was asked to step down, sent another shockwave through Wall Street. The financial crisis has affected the global economy to a greater extend than expected. A recovery depends on a large extent of the banks and their willingness and ability to provide financing, which requires substantial government loans and support. This can still take a long time. In addition, the consumers' confidence is severely hurt and will take time to rebuild.

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