• NextShift Robotics Receives Patent for Vertical Lift Capability as Part of Robotic Picking Process
    LOWELL, Mass. — NextShift Robotics, a provider of autonomous mobile robot solutions for automated order fulfillment and warehouse materials management, announced this past week it had been granted its second patent, “Method and System for Automated Transport of Items” as of February 26, 2019. The new patent, first filed in 2014,… Read more »
  • Aria Insights, Formerly CyPhy Works, Shuts Down, Reports Say
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    According to reports from several websites, Massachusetts-based Aria Insights, which in January changed its name from CyPhy Works, has shut its doors. The tethered drone company was aiming to use the rebranding to focus on integrating artificial intelligence and machine language into its drones. In a blog post on the… Read more »
  • Robot Investments Weekly: Robots and AR Clean up With New Funding
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    Investors turned their attention and wallets to two main groups of companies this week – firms looking to add augmented reality features to systems, and robot companies – yes, actual physical robot companies! This week we’re highlighting 14 recent transactions covering the robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence space. If you’ve… Read more »
  • Component Roundup: Sensors, Slotless Motors and Free Python Tools
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    With companies continuing to prepare for the April Automate and ProMat shows, we’re seeing lots of product announcements for that show, but general product announcements as well. We postponed last week’s component roundup column, so we’re back with a big roundup this week. Put your seat belts on, here we… Read more »
  • Vecna’s Latest Tugger Includes Auto-Hitching, Auto-Charging Features
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Vecna Robotics is introducing its fifth generation Tugger with auto-hitching and auto-charging capabilities. This is part of a wide range of material handling solutions built with machine learning and AI for high confidence autonomy. The auto-charging feature will optimize power management and charging schedules through pivot.al, the… Read more »
  • New Jersey Hospital Invests in Germ-Eliminating UVC Disinfection Robot
    HAMILTON, N.J. — Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton recently added a new member to its staff. Here’s the catch, the new worker isn’t a human. The hospital has invested in Tru-D, “Total Room ultraviolet disinfection,” a UVC disinfection robot that helps keep patients and staff safe from harmful germs.… Read more »
  • How a WWII-era Plan may Provide a Robotics, AI Blueprint for Manufacturing in the Heartland
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    Most experts agree that revitalizing manufacturing in the U.S. will require some combination of automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics, but the blueprint to achieve this for many smaller and midsize manufacturers remains elusive. Next week, industry leaders and officials from federal, state, and local government will gather in York, Pa.,… Read more »
  • RoboBusiness 2019 Announces Dr. Robin R. Murphy as First Keynote Speaker
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    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — RoboBusiness is excited to announce its first keynote speaker for 2019, Dr. Robin R. Murphy. Dr. Robin R. Murphy is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and a director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, specializing in human-robot interaction… Read more »
  • Sarcos Robotics Wins Contract for Delivery of Full-Body, Autonomously Powered Robotic Exoskeleton
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    Earlier this week, Sarcos Robotics announced that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production version of its Guardian XO full-body, autonomously powered robotic exoskeleton. The XO exoskeleton is capable of operating for up to eight hours on a single battery charge… Read more »
  • RBR, IDC to Team Up on Selecting RBR50 2019 Top Robotics Companies
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    The RBR50 list of top robotics companies worldwide continues to set the bar in providing readers with information about the world’s leading innovators in robotics, artificial intelligence, and automation. Now in its sixth year, Robotics Business Review today announced a partnership with global analysis firm IDC to produce the 2019… Read more »
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