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The cluster gathers yet prestigious protagonists like the CEA LIST or the CNRS LAAS, but also various innovative start-ups, recognized experts of their fields, like Gostai, Robotswin or Workfly. Even ...

The cluster gathers yet prestigious protagonists like the CEA LIST or the CNRS LAAS, but also various innovative start-ups, recognized experts of their fields, like Gostai, Robotswin or Workfly. Even though, Aldebaran Robotics was clearly the star company in the Genesics2 forum, held in Paris on the 7th of February 2011, many promising French companies showed up and exhibited their robots to the audience. Most of these robots are a...

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  • EXIBITION WATCH REPORT GENESICS2 – Paris, La cantine, Passage des Panorama Research, Testing and Industrial Instrumentation exhibition Pour tous renseignements : contact@veillesalon.com Tél. 08 71 57 21 78 - Fax. 01 34 35 04 89 made by the VIEDOC company A report Un site produit et édité par VIEDOC Solutions 8 rue de Malleville, 95880 Enghien Les Bains, FRANCE 8 rue de Malleville, 95880 Enghien les bains For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com - Tel : +33(0)1 30 43 45 27 Websites : www.veillesalon.com and www.viedoc.fr
  • P a g e |2 TABLE OF CONTENTS ABSTRACT ................................................................................................................................................................ 4 RESUME ................................................................................................................................................................... 4 Part 1. The french robotics industry ................................................................................................................. 5 1.1 Background ............................................................................................................................................ 5 1.2 The Japanese push for robots ................................................................................................................ 6 1.3 Cap Robotique: The french connection ................................................................................................. 6 Part 2. Robots for helping people in their houses............................................................................................. 8 2.1 Aldebaran .............................................................................................................................................. 8 2.1.1 Presentation ...................................................................................................................................... 8 2.1.2 Innovations ........................................................................................................................................ 8 2.2 EOS-Innovation .................................................................................................................................... 11 2.2.1 Presentation .................................................................................................................................... 11 2.2.2 Innovation ....................................................................................................................................... 11 2.3 Gostai ................................................................................................................................................... 13 2.3.1 Presentation .................................................................................................................................... 13 2.3.2 Innovations ...................................................................................................................................... 13 Part 3. Others robots and services .................................................................................................................. 16 3.1 Robotswim ........................................................................................................................................... 16 3.1.1 Presentation .................................................................................................................................... 16 3.1.2 Innovation ....................................................................................................................................... 16 3.2 Workfly ................................................................................................................................................ 19 3.2.1 Presentation .................................................................................................................................... 19 3.2.2 Innovations ...................................................................................................................................... 20 Conclusion ............................................................................................................................................................. 23 About VEILLE SALON ............................................................................................................................................. 24 PRESENTATION of VIEDOC SARL ........................................................................................................................... 25 © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e |3 DISCLAIMER This report was compiled from interviews conducted by us with the exhibitors present at each event, from gathering and analyzing information in conferences and from the compilation of information on the web afterwards. Thus, the data contained in this report have information value. Although the objective is to disseminate timely and accurate information, VEILLE SALON cannot guarantee the result. Any damage that may result from use of this information can’t be imputed to this site. The use or reproduction of all or part of this document is prohibited without the prior written consent of VEILLE SALON. For full terms and conditions of use of this report, thank you for contacting us. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e |4 ABSTRACT Cap Robotique is the first business cluster in France dedicated to the robotics industry and was the topic of the th Genesics2 forum, held in Paris on the 7 of February, 2011. Cap Robotique is opened to every company or laboratory which wants to bring its expertise to the French industry of the domestic service robotics. The cluster gathers yet prestigious protagonists like the CEA LIST or the CNRS LAAS, but also various innovative start-ups, recognized experts of their fields, like Gostai, Robotswin or Workfly. Even though, Aldebaran Robotics was clearly the star company in the Genesics2 forum, held in Paris on the 7th of February 2011, many promising French companies showed up and exhibited their robots to the audience. Most of these robots are affordable (from 3 000€ to 12 000 €) and were developed to provide services to people. Unlike robots made in Japan, the French are not highly expensive units, stored in R&D departments in universities and big companies. Indeed, the French way of making robots is now well known in the world and France is considered one of the top countries in the robot industry. Expectations are really high for the French robot companies, as they have developed a very expertise. This should lead to good business opportunities in the years to come. Key words: robot, service, humanoid, NAO, UAV, security, telecommunication, education, care, visual recognition RESUME Cap Robotique est le premier cluster d’entreprise en France dédié à l’industrie de la robotique et il était l’objet du forum Genesics2 tenu à Paris le 7 février 2011. Cap Robotique est ouvert à toutes les sociétés ou laboratoires, qui veulent venir apporter leur expertise à l’industrie française de robotique en matière de service à la personne. Les membres de ce pôle comprennent des entités prestigieuses comme le CEA LIST, le CNRS LASS, mais aussi toute une myriade de start-up innovantes reconnues pour leur expertise comme Gostai, Robotswim ou Workfly. Même s’il faut reconnaître que les débats du forum ont été éclipsés par les prouesses de la société Aldebaran avec son robot modulable NAO, beaucoup de PME dans le domaine de la robotique ont eu l’opportunité de présenter au public leur activité et les spécificités de leurs robots. La plupart de ces robots avait un prix abordable (entre 3000 € et 12 000€) et ont été développés à des fins très pragmatiques. A l’inverse des robots japonais très onéreux, les robots français sont doués de prouesses techniques à des prix faibles. La France est désormais reconnu comme un des pays phares en matière de développement de robot, grâce à l’expertise technique des ses entreprises. Mots clés : robot, service, humanoïde, drone, NAO, UAV, sécurité, télécommunication, éducation, santé, soin, reconnaissance visuelle © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e |5 PART 1. THE FRENCH ROBOTICS INDUSTRY 1.1 BACKGROUND The personal and service robotics markets are immature markets. Nothing exemplifies this immaturity better than the lack of quantitative market sizing data and professional, critical analysis. The quantitative studies that do exist, however, indicate a market on the verge of dramatic growth. Recent research by the Japan Robotics Association (JPA), United Nations Economic Commission (UNEC) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) indicates that the nascent personal and service robotics market will exhibit exceptional near term growth and has already surpassed the size of the much older industrial robotic market as shown in the sketch below. It is also important to note that the JPA, UNEC and IFR studies do not include military robots, perhaps the largest service robot market, in their market sizing analyses. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e |6 1.2 THE JAPANESE PUSH FOR ROBOTS Japan, like many countries across the globe, is facing huge challenges in caring for its aging population. Its hospitals are stretched because there are not enough nurses to cope. The low birth rate there means foreign workers need to be recruited but there is a widespread opposition to immigration in the country as many Japanese value an ethnically homogenous society. Japan issues only about 50,000 work visas a year, a fraction of the 700,000 immigrants needed annually to prevent its population from shrinking, hence the focus on labour-saving tech such as robots for homes. Humanoid-style care robots were once the ideal. Japanese car makers who are behind some of the more advanced "domestic" robots even suggested a decade ago that there would be a robot in every Japanese home. Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe said he wanted robotics to be a core business for Toyota, which is now testing its robots at hospitals with what it calls "partner robots". It had hoped to crack the market by 2011. Recently the Japanese government announced the outlines of a less glamorous "Home-use Robot Practical Application Project". It has earmarked 7.6bn yen ($93m; £58m) to get these more prosaic drones and lifters into Japanese homes, to commercialize simple home-use robots and to develop safety technologies and standards, which have been major issues. So far billions has been thrown at developing multitasking human like home robots that have very little practical applications now or in the near future. The Japanese government and care industry now seems to agree after robots have turned out to be too expensive, impracticable and sometimes unwelcome, even in "robot friendly" Japan. 1.3 CAP ROBOTIQUE: THE FRENCH CONNECTION With over 22% of Japan's population already aged 65 or older, businesses are finding non-robot items such as remote-controlled beds and remote-monitoring gadgets are a better bet in a care technology market worth well over a billion dollars per year. As shown in the picture below, Japan is not the only place, where the percentage of aged 60 or older will be critical by 2050. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e |7 With a huge government funded program, France is having success in the robotics industry thanks to its small companies, which developed affordable robots that can be tuned by anybody. The French robotics industry gathered in “Cap Robotique”, as shown in the picture below (as of 2011). th The Genesic2 forum, held in Paris on the 7 of February 2011, deals with the development of the French companies making robots and the opportunities for people and business angels in this industry. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e |8 PART 2. ROBOTS FOR HELPING PEOPLE IN THEIR HOUSES 2.1 ALDEBARAN 2.1.1 Presentation Address : 168B Is, 1 rue Raymond Losserand , 75014 Paris France Contact : M Bruno MAISONNIER Tel :+33 (0)1 77 37 17 52 Mail: maisonnier@aldebaran-robotics.com Website: robotics.com/ http://www.aldebaran- Bruno Maisonnier, founder of Aldebaran Robotics, has been convinced for 25 years that the era of personal robotics is coming. During these years, he has developed prototypes, evaluated technologies, met with research teams and analyzed the markets, in addition to serving as the CEO of several companies in multicultural contexts. With the rise of mobile technologies and the coming together of key collaborators, the potentials have now become the possibilities: In 2005 he launched Aldebaran Robotics, the first French company dealing with humanoid robotics. The Aldebaran Robotics' team, which currently consists of 80 members, is entirely dedicated to the development and sales of its first products 2.1.2 Innovations a) NAO Project Nao was launched in 2005. Now, NAO is the most used humanoid robot for academic purposes worldwide. Aldebaran Robotics has chosen to make NAO's technology available to any higher education program. Fully interactive, fun and permanently evolving, NAO is a standard platform for teaching students of all levels. Complete with a user-friendly programming environment, students and teachers can use at any programming level. It is really easy to start working on NAO, and their educational kits will get you teaching with NAO in no time ! Nao has been available as a research and learning tool since 2008. Since November 2010, Aldebaran Robotics allows private programmers to take part in the development of Nao for the general public, through its developer program. 200 units are available. From simple visual programming to elaborate embedded modules, the versatility of NAO and his programming environment enables users to explore a wide variety of subjects at whatever level of programming complexity and experience. In order to further democratize innovative academic tools © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e |9 such as NAO, Aldebaran Robotics has a large product range to match with customers’ budget constraints and market needs: our price list stretches from 1,000€ to 12,000€ (VAT excluded). Aldebaran Robotics has decided to help ambitious educational projects that embrace their vision come to life. In exchange for visibility and an active role in the NAO Education Community, universities and research institute can benefit from special services and offers! The NAO network is already impressive and is still growing, as shown above. In October 2010, the University of Tokyo purchased 30 Nao robots to participate in research with their Nakamura Lab, with hopes of developing them into assistants. On August 15, 2007, Nao replaced the robot dog Aibo by Sony as the robot used in the Robocup ("Robot Soccer © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 10 World Cup") Standard Platform League (SPL), an international robotics competition. The Nao was used in RoboCup 2008 and 2009, and the NaoV3R was chosen as the platform for the SPL at RoboCup 2010. Technical Specifications Height 58 cm Weight 4,3 kg Autonomy 90 min. (constant walking) Degrees of freedom 21 to 25 CPU x86 AMD GEODE 500 MHz Built-in OS Linux Compatible OS Windows, MacOS, Linux Programming languages C++, C, Python, Urbi, .Net Vision Two CMOS 640 x 480 cameras Connectivity Ethernet, Wi-Fi b) Project ROMEO Romeo is a project led by the French Cap Digital business cluster and funded by the Ile-de-France region, the General Directorate for Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS ex DGE) and the City of Paris. This 10 million Euros project is subsidized up to 4.9 millions. The project's objective is to develop a humanoid robot that can act as a comprehensive assistant for persons © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 11 suffering from loss of autonomy. With this target in mind, the robot has to be able to interact with most familiar objects/movements (open and close a door, grasp a glass, a bottle, a bunch of keys…). But it will also have to assist people who need to move around their home and be able to help them should they fall on the ground. Beyond its physical abilities, Romeo has to come with a very “human-friendly” interface, voice and gestures being the principal means of communication with the robot. It will have to understand what is said to him, carry out simple talks and even feel the intentions and emotions of its interlocutor in order to deduce the actions it has to realize. A first humanoid robot prototype, from 1.20 m to 1.50 m high, will be prototyped before the end of 2010. In autumn 2011 - a few months before the end of the project - a second prototype will be delivered to be used and tested by actual users suffering from loss of autonomy. They will be selected amongst the patients of the Vision Institute. On the ground of Romeo’s project learnings, Aldebaran intends to develop a product which could be on the market by 2015. 2.2 EOS-INNOVATION 2.2.1 Presentation Address : 15 Cour Monseigneur Roméro 910OO Evry Contact : M David Lemaître Tel :+33 (0) 6-85-99-90-56 Mail: david.lemaitre@eos-innovation.fr SAS (36500€) Website: http://www.eos-innovation.eu/ EOS INNOVATION is a young innovative firm founded in March 2010, whose purpose is to create and sell a new type of mobile electronic companion. EOS INNOVATION provides customizable and evolutionary products with an extensive range of services, in the field of safety, education, home automation, leisure, communication and personal efficiency…EOS INNOVATION team is fueled with a common passion for robotic and a shared vision of its trends and access to the general public. Hence, EOS INNOVATION provides robotic solutions for the general public. 2.2.2 Innovation c) E-One It is a modular and scalable platform that can adapt to the needs of professionals. Equipped with various sensors and cameras, e-one is a mobile base that can pick up many technologies to best meet specific expectations. In its first version designed especially for the security field, it will conduct patrols on their own and will alert you if a problem occurs. With its interactive features, it can also be a guest host of a new genus. Easy to use, e-one is a service robot that is able to respond to the problems of remote monitoring and security of premises effectively. e-one is also working on new schools so that, in the near future, improving the lives of elderly and disabled in their homes or in specialized centers. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 12 As one can see from the photo at right, e-one has a relatively small size, 60 cm. It is equipped with a camera and a pico projector resolution. For audio, it has 2 speakers and 2 microphones omnidirectional. Finally, for the movements of the robot, there is 8 and 4 ultrasonic sensors infrared sensors. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 13 2.3 GOSTAI 2.3.1 Presentation Address : 15 Rue Jean-Baptiste Berlier 75013 PARIS, FRANCE Contact : M Ségolène ROCHE Tel :+33 (0) 1-55 43 76 70 Mail: roche@gostai.com SAS (36500€) Website: http://www.gostai.com/ Gostai is born in March 2006, when Jean-Christophe Baillie founded the company to foster the development of Urbi, an innovative operating system for robotics. Since these early years, the company has continuously developed a whole set of software technologies for robotics and AI, and created an ecosystem of partners and users. In 2010, to embody its years of expertise into software and hardware for robotics, Gostai launched its first telepresence autonomous robot: Jazz. Gostai is now a growing team of 20 people, all passionate about robotics and innovation, and decided to contribute actively to the ongoing robotics revolution! 2.3.2 Innovations d) Jazz The Jazz robot by GOSTAI, offers a mobile telepresence solution for corporate environments. It allows communicating remotely while experiencing full mobility. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 14 The principle is simple: the robot stands in a remote location and will serve as your personal avatar. It can move and perceive its surrounding with its embedded camera, speaker and microphone. Far away, in your office, you start your favorite web browser and connect to the robot through a simple web interface. You can see what it sees, and move it around to interact with the people there. Jazz Connect can be used by anyone, given an access to the Internet on a computer or smartphone. It is extremely easy to control the robot: you simply click on the real-time image displayed on the interface by using the 3D pointer to indicate the direction to follow. Unlike traditional videoconferencing systems, Jazz Connect is mobile and its head can rotate to give a sense of its surroundings.It is easily remote-controlled through an intuitive web interface, and it gives you more freedom to interact with the robot's surroundings the way you want. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
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  • P a g e | 16 PART 3. OTHERS ROBOTS AND SERVICES 3.1 ROBOTSWIM 3.1.1 Presentation Address : 7 rue de la Croix Martre, 91120 PALAISEAU, France Mail: info@robotswim.com Website: http://www.robotswim.com/ Contact : M Christophe TIRABY Tel :+33 (0) 1.83.62.85.06 Mob: +33 (0) 6 13 75 48 58 Mail: christophe.tiraby@robotswim.com Robotswim is a start-up founded in March 2009 whose objective is to put artificial life in aquariums and pools around the world. Thanks to its technology (with many international patents), Robotswim is able to design smaller and more maneuverable robotic fish with the ability to swim autonomously. Robotswim also offers service agreements for industry and research laboratories: robotics studies and construction, design of sensors for 3D localization, high bandwidth underwater communication… 3.1.2 Innovation In order to be able to quickly propose them for general public and to open the way with collaboratives solutions, it seeks to design a robotic fish of small size and low cost. After 2 years of research, it succeeded in developing at the end of year 2005 a prototype which proved the feasibility of a robotic fish which met these aims. After the research, the designing was launched... © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 17 The flagship product, Jessiko, is 20 cm long and can swim in a school of 10 or more robots, to create entertaining aquatic choreography and light effects. Three packages are currently offered:  Jessiko Fantasy: Synchronized swimming of Jessiko robots in illuminated, underwater formations. The service is charged by the day and is intended for professional events (trade or consumer fairs, science museums, major events, galas…)  Jessiko Live: A complete installation for aquatic or science museums and for large tank owners (commercial centers, hotels, restaurants…). The robots can swim alone or with other living animals.  Jessiko Lab: A full platform composed of many robots and a control and acquisition system connected to a computer. It is useful for academic and research studies in 3D navigation, swarm robotics, biology…  The mass market product for pools, Jessiko Pool, is under development. Last year, Robotswim won the “Grand Prix de l’innovation de la ville de Paris” for industrial decorative design for its robotic fish Jessikko. This award, constructed from an original piece of the Eiffel Tower, is the latest accolade for the piscine robot. The fundamental design is based on the morphology of a hammer-headed shark. The main propulsion is carried out by the sweeping of the caudal (tail) fin, which enables the robot to achieve velocities of a meter every 5 seconds. With a length of only 20cm, it can swim its body length every second. By modifying the position of the tail sweep, it can turn right or left. The pair of lateral fins are used to maintain stability moving to change the center of gravity as appropriate. The dorsal fin change the water displacement and therefore the buoyancy. The hammer-headed shark is distinctive for its “cephalofoil” – the part of the head that is flattened and laterally extended. In Jessiko, this becomes a fin in its own right. It allows the fish to move up or down while inhibiting any unwanted rolling. Furthermore, the rapid movement allows the fish to move backwards. A pair of embedded microprocessors, using artificial intelligence, is important in the swimming operation. Sensors allow the robot to receive messages from both coded transmitters and other robots, while light detection systems allow it to realize the presence of walls and other obstacles. A light emitting diode behind the dorsal fin can assist in recognition and avoidance. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 18 The Jessiko is aimed at a range of markets. When used in marine monitoring, its size means that it can reach poorly accessible places. Being able to communicate with other models increases the area of coverage while reducing the cost of the operation. Jessiko can also be used as a research tool, providing a platform for users developing aquatic navigation tooling without having to design their own vehicle. An important application of Jessiko, however, is allow the public to interface with the world of marine robotics. It is intended to be used in public and private events, scientific museums and aquaria. Each fish © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 19 carries its own illumination, and a school of 10 or more could realistically provide a night-time light spectacle with interesting choreographies. 3.2 WORKFLY 3.2.1 Presentation Address : 2 rue Gustave Eiffel 10430 Rosières (close to TROYES), France Website: http://www.workfly.net/ Contact : M Michel GUILHOT Tel :+33 (0) 1. 43 00 31 54 Mob: +33 (0) 6 60 82 65 67 Mail: michel.guilhot@workfly.fr The Workfly Company is a SME, created by Mr. GUILHOT-GAUDEFFROY and his partners in June 2004. It’s located in France, near Paris (Neuilly-sur-Marne). It has a legal status of a Joint-stock company with initial capital of 37.000 €. The objective of Workfly Company is to develop, to market and to operate a civil multifunctional UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). It acts in two spheres: the research work concerning the improvement of autonomous UAV type flying machines and their marketing. Workfly develops an applied research activity aimed on the elaboration of a full range of multifunctional civil UAV. For the moment, the company is specialized in rotary wings and in inverted rotary wings in particular. It possesses professional competences in aeronautics, aeraulics, electronics and informatics. The first machine developed by Workfly is a UAV Eyesfly, destined to the air observation. In comparison with its competitors the main advantage of the machine is that its structure makes the machine totally faired, avoiding the risk of accident, provoked by collusion with rotating blades. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 20 3.2.2 Innovations Workfly is going to make out of this first machine, Eyesfly, the test laboratory of all embedded control systems, as well as a test bed for validation of all aspects connected to complex mechanics of inverted rotary wings. As soon as the machine is declared ready to industrialization, it will pass from unit to serial production. The commercial goal is to attain at the end of 2007 the number of hundred machines in France, shared between multiple operating regional centers, externalizing the company at the European market. Here are the main technical characteristics of the Workfly innonvation:  central cabin with 2 tree blades rotors in opposite rotations;  blades with changeable thread;  rotor diameter : 1.25 meter;  outside diameter of cabin : 0.20 meter;  inside diameter of cockpit : 0.12 meter  all protection diameter 1.3 meter  over all height of around 0.4 meter;  weight : 6 kg (empty), 7 to 9 kg (in load);  autonomy : 0.45 hour;  electrical motor  Air invigilation in perturbed environment with remarkable simple remote controls. Beacons, measures and checking. Remote action. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 21 Eyesfly allows to fly in security and to take aerial pictures in places, where nobody dared to fly before (narrow street, confined space). The existing helicopters do not possess the required security level because of the danger that represents the rotor. Moreover, according to the University of Architecture of Marseille, <50m high, swirling winds make it unsafe flying a drone classic. Yet, thanks to technology and an autopilot EyesFly adapted this drone can easily be positioned within 5 cm. Today, the UAV Eyesfly, which can be equipped with all last generations of cameras, makes possible what nobody could imagine before. UAV Eyesfly’s advantages could summarized as follow:  Big carrying capacity  Quick installation of cameras on the machine  Possibility of use in limited spaces in contrast to traditional helicopters which request a big security © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 22 area for taking-off or landing.  Taking-off and landing all areas; the surface given by its specific fairing provides the access to all grounds, including the most uneven.  The platform’s auto stabilization and automatic piloting. A photographer who uses the UAV Eyesfly must feel as well at ease as with his favorite camera. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 23 CONCLUSION Cap Robotique is the first business cluster in France dedicated to the robotics industry and was the topic of the Genesic forum, held in Paris on the 7th of February, 2011. Cap Robotique is opened to every company or laboratory which wants to bring its expertise to the French industry of the domestic service robotics. The cluster gathers yet prestigious protagonists like the CEA LIST or the CNRS LAAS, but also various innovative start-ups, recognized experts of their fields, like Gostai, Robotswin or Workfly. The Romeo project is a founding and federative project which aims to design, within 3 years, a general public robot, tall and autonomous, dedicated to the service. Officially launched the 22th of January of 2009, the project is mainly financed by the “Ile de France” French region, the French DGE and Paris city. Aldebaran Robotics led the consortium in charge of its development, composed of 13 world-renowned companies and laboratories. th Even though, Aldebaran Robotics was clearly the star company in the Genesics2 forum, held in Paris on the 7 of February 2011, many promising French companies showed up and exhibited their robots to the audience. Most of these robots are affordable (from 3 000€ to 12 000 €) and were developed to provide services to people. Unlike robots made in Japan, the French are not highly expensive units, stored in R&D departments in universities and big companies. Indeed, the French way of making robots is now well known in the world and France is considered one of the top countries in the robot industry. Expectations are really high for the French robot companies, as they have developed a very expertise. This should lead to good business opportunities in the years to come. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 24 ABOUT VEILLE SALON Officially launched in early 2010 by VIEDOC Consulting, a business & competitive & technological intelligence company, VeilleSalon.com is the first professional service for watching and reporting on trade show innovations for companies and is based on one of the largest global directory of trade shows, symposiums and other international events. This new professional service is designed both for visitors / companies, for exhibitors and trade show organizers. Through a bilingual directory, VEILLE SALON has already referenced more than 7,500 exhibitions and international events sorted and searchable according to business areas:  for industrial sector : Aerospace, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Automotive, Materials, Construction, Consumer goods, Cosmetics, Electronics, Defense, Energy, Optics, Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications ...  for tertiary sector: Banking / Insurance, Hospitality, Real Estate, Media / advertising, Human Services, Tourism ...  for business area : Chemistry, Design / Architecture, Distribution, Packaging, Education / Training, Health & Environment, Computing, Innovation, Maintenance, Mechanical, Quality, Human Resources. Besides the powerful features of multi‐criteria searches (dates, places, keywords, sectors, organizers, exhibitors ...), VeilleSalon.com also offers visitors a customized and interactive calendar of forthcoming exhibitions, a monthly newsletter, a forum and many other services. For potential exhibitors and event’s organizers, VeilleSalon.com is a real communication tool: registration of new events, presentation of your company and of latest news (product & process innovations, new services), free or charged conference proceedings, real time information for the visitor ... VeilleSalon.com is also a forum where visitors can meet directly with you to prepare at best their visit and where they can get information about your company. Why offer a professional service dedicated to trade show innovation watching? Watching trade show innovations is an ideal way to identify and analyze competitors, suppliers, new products, equipment, and services, to detect technology transfers and innovations, to achieve business development with potential new customers and to enhance market and trends knowledge. Therefore the team VEILLESALON, through experienced consultants and seasoned business intelligence engineers from VIEDOC Consulting, offers a range of services in: reporting on trade show innovations, in France and abroad, supporting individuals on‐site events, conducting on demand investigations and interviews, staff training... So whether you are a company wishing to maximize your trade show innovation watch, a future exhibitor or an event organizer, we have developed tailored solutions to meet your expectations. To access our website: http://www.veillesalon.com. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
  • P a g e | 25 PRESENTATION OF VIEDOC SARL VIEDOC CONSULTING’s core business is information. VIEDOC is your company’s partner from strategy to operation. VIEDOC aims to assist its customers in the first stages of their activities (Business intelligence, knowledge management, competitive analysis, technological watch, market research, patent monitoring, benchmarking, technology transfers, state of the art ...) through information collect and analysis relevant to your business. Business Intelligence does not require mandatory life‐long skills within the company but impose to get the right information at the right time. VIEDOC has worked for customers both on extended and short periods of time to assist companies in decision making. VIEDOC advises companies from all industries (automotive, aerospace and defense, food, cosmetics, health, materials, optics, packaging, telecommunications ...). VIEDOC can assist companies that are ambitious and aware of the importance of investing at this level:  From the small innovative company looking forward to having strategic advice in tight milestones, up to major industrial groups anxious to keep their leadership position. Methodology: We have a pragmatic approach built on a rigorous methodology showing the issues of collecting, processing, analyzing and dispatching of information with high added value information. Through its multi‐sector experience, VIEDOC provides its clients with services tailored to their needs by listening to their concerns and being available to meet their requirements and methods. To successfully help its customers at different stages of the life of their company (from creation to recovery), of their products (from design to sale) or of their projects (from the first study to the end of the project), VIEDOC operates both on process and on product innovation. VIEDOC deals both with technical and economical information. You can benefit from our experience, of specialists in collecting and analyzing value‐added information, from our methodologies and analytical capacity to provide qualified information and high quality validation. As experts in technology transfer identification, we have consistently grown our multisectoral vision by providing our professionalism and expertise to many clients, large industrial groups and SMEs, in a dozen of distinct sectors. This experience allows us today to make available to our customers, a meaningful analysis which does not neglect any technical, economical, legal and human implications and fully complies with ethical rules that guide all activities of our company. © VIEDOC – For any further information: contact@veillesalon.com
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