The Robot Report
  • IDS Imaging releases ultra-compact Ensenso S10 3D camera
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    IDS Imaging’s Ensenso S10 3D camera. IDS Imaging Development Systems introduced its Ensenso S10 industrial-grade 3D camera. The Ensenso S10 has an ultra-compact, IP65/67-protected housing and generates 3D data using laser point triangulation, supported by artificial intelligence. IDS said the Ensenso S10 is suitable for a wide range of applications… Read more »
  • Oriental Motor adds Profinet communications to AZ drivers
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    Oriental Motor recently announced the latest addition to its AZ Series family of single axis stored data drivers, which now includes AC and DC input. Both input types are now available with Profinet communication. The AlphaStep AZ Series stepper motors offer high efficiency, low vibration and incorporates the company’s new… Read more »
  • Revenue for Teradyne robotics group hits $92M in Q2
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    Universal Robots’ ActiNav machine-loading system. Credit: Universal Robots After earning $80 million in Q1 2021, the good times continued for Teradyne’s industrial automation group in the second quarter. On the backs of Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) and RBR50 winner Universal Robots (UR), the group’s revenue reached $92 million. That’s a… Read more »
  • inVia Robotics raises $30M Series C for warehouse automation
    inVia Robotics, a developer of warehouse automation solutions, raised $30 million in Series C funding. The 2021 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award winner has raised $59 million since it was founded in 2015. The Series C round was led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, and Qualcomm Ventures. Hitachi Ventures and existing… Read more »
  • Ambi Robotics releases Ambikit, a new kitting robot system
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      Ambikit includes robots, vision and the AI to quickly learn how to pick and place items in kits. | Image credit: Ambi Robotics Ambi Robotics  introduces AmbiKit, a new multi-robot kitting solution that is designed to package “kits” . The automated solution uses artificial intelligence to learn how to… Read more »
  • Inside ABB’s acquisition of ASTI Mobile Robotics
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    Welcome to Episode 48 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community. You can subscribe to The Robot Report Podcast on Amazon Music, Apple… Read more »
  • Watch a Cassie bipedal robot complete a 5K
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    The Cassie bipedal robot during a recent 5K on the Oregon State University campus. | Credit: OSU When it comes to athletic bipedal robots, nothing compares to Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot. We’ve seen Atlas run, jump, dance, and do parkour. Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) are getting in on… Read more »
  • Covariant raises $80M to scale ‘universal AI’ for robotic manipulation
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    Covariant, a Berkeley, Calif.-based startup developing “universal AI” for robotic manipulation, raised $80 million in Series C funding. This brings the company’s total funding to $147 million just two years after its public launch. Covariant raised a $40 million Series B round in May 2020. The Series C round was… Read more »
  • Alphabet spins out Intrinsic to simplify use of industrial robots
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    Intrinsic’s motion planning software orchestrates four industrial robots to build wooden pods for an architecture project. | Photo Credit: Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich Google parent company Alphabet announced its newest venture today. Intrinsic is a robotics software company that launched out of the X moonshot division of Alphabet. Details… Read more »
  • Waymo expanding to Pittsburgh
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    Waymo’s lineup of autonomous vehicles. | Credit: Waymo Waymo is expanding its autonomous vehicle development efforts in the U.S. The 2021 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award winner is opening an office in Pittsburgh, joining a group of competitors already based in the Steel City. Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car project that’s… Read more »
  • Watch a soft robotic hand play Super Mario Bros.
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    A team of researchers from the University of Maryland has 3D printed a soft robotic hand that is agile enough to play Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. – and win! The feat demonstrates a promising innovation in the field of soft robotics, which centers on creating new types of flexible, inflatable… Read more »
  • InOrbit joins MassRobotics and supports AMR interoperability standard
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    InOrbit announces that the InOrbit Platform is now fully compatible with robots that implement the recently announced MassRobotics AMR Interoperability Standard. The standard allows autonomous vehicles of different types to share information about their robot(s) speed, location, direction, health, tasking/availability and other performance characteristics. As a result, companies may be… Read more »
  • Tangram Vision launches depth sensor comparison tool
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    A screenshot of Tangram Vision’s depth sensor comparison tool. Tangram Vision, a San Francisco-based startup specializing in sensor integration and optimization for robots, launched its Depth Sensor Visualizer. The interactive tool lets you quickly compare 3D sensors. The tool lets users select one or two 3D sensors to instantly analyze… Read more »
  • RE2 Robotics Sapien 6M arm designed for outdoor applications
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    RE2 Robotics is marking its 20th year in business with the launch of its newest robotic arm, the RE2 Sapien 6M. The milestone marks two successful decades of innovation and growth for the company in the robotics industry. The RE2 Sapien 6M robotic arm is currently being used in several… Read more »
  • OpenAI abandons robotics research
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    OpenAI developed a model that enabled a single-handed solution to a Rubik’s cube. | Image credit: OpenAI According to OpenAI cofounder Wojciech Zaremba, the company recently disbanded its robotics team. This announcement was made by Zaremba during a recent podcast interview with Weights & Biases host Lukas Biewald, and first… Read more »
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