The Robot Report
  • How Ingenuity Helicopter performs state estimation and localization
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    NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter unlocked its rotor blades on Mars. | Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU I’ve been captivated by the NASA Ingenuity Helicopter in the past month. I was curious to know more about the helicopter’s localization and state estimation technology – what sensors and software does the helicopter use to figure out… Read more »
  • SAE clarifies autonomous driving level definitions
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    The SAE J3016 Levels of Driving Automation is the official definition of autonomy level. | Image credit: SAE International. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International announced some changes to the details of its six-level classification of autonomous driving capability. SAE International updated the way it officially defines the different… Read more »
  • Ready Robotics launches Forge/OS 5 universal operating system
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    Forge/OS 5 is the latest universal operating system from READY Robotics. The robotics industry has long been fragmented. Heck, Bill Gates mentioned it back in 2008. Progress has been made, sure, but a lack of common standards and platforms, as well as programming complexity, remain major hurdles for the industry.… Read more »
  • RTI announces new Connext software framework for autonomous systems
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    RTI announced the latest version of its RTI Connext software framework. | Image credit: Real Time Innovations Real-Time Innovations (RTI) today released the latest version of its software framework, RTI Connext. Connext version 6.1 is designed to address the development and deployment challenges faced by companies building remotely-operated, real-time autonomous… Read more »
  • ARM Institute names first robotics fellow
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    The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute announced that Jared Glover, CEO and co-founder of CapSen Robotics, has been selected as the institute’s first Fellow. As an ARM Institute Fellow, Glover will execute a technical project to address key challenges that hinder the adoption of robotics for manufacturers. During his… Read more »
  • Softbank leads $15M investment in Youibot
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    The Youibot product line includes a wide range of AMR solutions. | Image credit: Youibot Shenzhen China based Youibot, announced that it closed a $15M round of funding, led by SoftBank Ventures Asia. Youibot also has had continuous investment from SIG and BlueRun. Youibot services customers that include large, global… Read more »
  • 2021 perception sensor industry map
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    Perception sensor industry market map. Credit: Tangram Vision Over the past decade, the perception industry has exploded with new companies, new technologies, and the deployments of millions of sensors in industries ranging from the traditional (automobiles) to the cutting-edge (space travel). While incumbents have locked up majority market shares in… Read more »
  • Autonomous trucking startup Plus going public via SPAC
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    Automated trucks powered by Plus’ Level 4 technology. | Credit: Plus Calif.-based Plus is hopping on the SPAC train. The startup, which is developing self-driving truck technology, is being acquired by Hennessy Capital Investment Corp. V, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). If the deal is approved, the combined… Read more »
  • Hear the first sounds of Ingenuity flying on Mars
    For the first time, a spacecraft on another planet has recorded the sounds of a separate spacecraft. NASA’s Perseverance Rover used one of its two microphones to listen as the Ingenuity Helicopter flew for the fourth time on Mars. A new video, which you can watch above, combines footage of… Read more »
  • Robotics startup ViaBot announces public launch with $6.1M in funding
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    The ViaBot RUNO sweeper robot autonomously keeps your parking lot swept. | Image credit: ViaBot ViaBot, a robotics startup bringing maintenance and management automation to large properties, today announced its public launch with $6.1 million in funding. As part of the launch, it also disclosed a key strategic partnership with… Read more »
  • igus triflex TRX energy chain helps save space on robots
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    igus’ triflex TRX system saves space on the third robot axis and ensures a retraction length of up to 40%. | Credit: igus To ensure cables on industrial robots can be guided in motion safely, easily and compactly, igus developed the four-dimensional triflex TRX energy chain. The new design study… Read more »
  • Einride raises $110M to autonomous truck development
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    Swedish startup Einride develops autonomous trucks for freight transport. | Credit: Einride AB Einride, a developer of electric, autonomous trucks, raised $110 million in Series B funding today. New investors Temasek, Soros Fund Management, Northzone, Maersk Growth and Build Capital led the round. Existing investors EQT Ventures, Plum Alley Investments,… Read more »
  • Robot orders for non-automotive industries surge in Q1
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    Robot orders in Q1 2021 were up 20% over the same period in 2020, according to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). There were substantial increases in purchases coming from non-automotive industries, including metals (up 86%), life sciences/pharmaceutical/biomed (up 72%), food & consumer goods (up 32%), and others (12%). A3… Read more »
  • Drone helps disinfect Churchill Downs before Kentucky Derby
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    The race was on – safely – for more than 50,000 spectators Saturday at the 147th Kentucky Derby in part thanks to Pittsburgh-based AERAS. The company used its patented charged-electrostatic drone technology to sanitize Churchill Downs against COVID-19. This in part helped allow fans to return to the oldest sporting… Read more »
  • Embodied acquires conversational AI startup Kami Computing
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    The Moxie companion robot from Embodied. Credit: Embodied Paolo Pirjanian is not only a successful robotics entrepreneur, he’s also a savvy investor. That’s part of the reason why the Embodied Inc. founder and CEO was recently named a venture partner at Calibrate Ventures, a California-based early stage venture capital firm.… Read more »
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