The Robot Report
  • Dynamic gripper developed at University at Buffalo offers versatility
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    BUFFALO, N.Y. — Most humans take the ability to adjust the firmness of their grip for granted, but many robots lack a dynamic gripper to gently but accurately manipulate a range of objects. Researchers at the University at Buffalo has developed a two-fingered dynamic gripper that they said could not… Read more »
  • ‘Soft tactile logic’ decentralizes processing with liquid metal at NC State
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    Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a biologically inspired structure that has characteristics of both computers and robots but is not quite either. The technology can sense, compute, and respond without any centralized processing. The researchers noted that the “soft tactile logic” could be useful for a variety… Read more »
  • Skybot humanoid robot grounded after Russian space flight
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    FEDOR Skybot parameters. Source: Roscosmos Instead of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses, seven-axis arms in factories, or potentially life-saving surgical devices, humanoid models are what most people think of when they think about robots. However, practical applications of androids are still a ways off, as demonstrated in recent tests of… Read more »
  • DHL Innovation Center displays state of warehouse robotics
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    A piece-picking demo at DHL’s Innovation Center. | Credit: DHL DHL this week opened its 28,000-square-foot Americas Innovation Center in Rosemont, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. This is DHL’s third innovation center, joining the initial center in Cologne, Germany, and another in Singapore. DHL’s U.S.-based Innovation Center showcases the latest… Read more »
  • Voyage Auto raises $31M Series B for self-driving cars
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    PALO ALTO, Calif. — Voyage Auto Inc., which offers autonomous taxicab services in retirement communities, today announced that it has completed a $31 million Series B fundraising round. The company plans to use the money to further develop its technology, grow its team, expand its fleet of G2 self-driving cars,… Read more »
  • Applied Intuition raises Series B funding for autonomous vehicle simulation
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    Source: Applied Intuition SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Applied Intuition Inc., which provides software tools and infrastructure for autonomous vehicle development worldwide, today announced it has raised $40 million in Series B financing. The company said it plans to use the funding to accelerate its growth and continue its international expansion. Applied… Read more »
  • Cartica and Moodify join Toyota AI Ventures’ investment portfolio
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    LOS ALTOS, Calif. — In the past week, Toyota AI Ventures LLC has invested in two Israeli startups, Cartica Ltd. and Moodify, as it continues its support of innovative technologies around mobility. Cartica AI is a spinoff of computer vision company Cortica Inc. and is developing a perception system for… Read more »
  • Simbe raises $26M for Tally retail robot, expands SoftBank partnership
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    Simbe Robotics Tally robot. | Credit: Simbe Robotics Simbe Robotics Inc., maker of the Tally retail robot, disclosed two funding deals today. The first is a $26 million Series A led by Venrock with participation from Future Shape, Valo Ventures, and Activant Capital. The second is an inventory financing agreement… Read more »
  • Tier 1 automotive supplier Visteon improves productivity with MiR AMRs
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    Visteon Corp. is the only Tier 1 automotive supplier exclusively dedicated to cabin electronics. The company claims to have the broadest portfolio of such technologies, putting it “in an unrivaled position to meet the needs of automobile manufacturers of smart digital cabins for electric and automatic vehicles.” Visteon was spun… Read more »
  • Open Robotica launches, aims to ease robotics software development
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      AALBORG, Denmark — Preben Hjornet, who previously founded Blue Workforce A/S, last week announced the formation of Open Robotica, which aims to create “global sustainable technology.” The startup plans to help companies develop and adopt industrial automation through consulting and shared services. “Industrial production with a more organic/randomized settings,… Read more »
  • Team Cerberus readies for Round 2 in DARPA Subterranean Challenge
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    Source: Team Cerberus RENO, Nev. – Team Cerberus, an international collaboration based in the University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering, has been selected to move on to the second round of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Subterranean Challenge. Team Cerberus is one of 11 robotics teams from around… Read more »
  • Unified interface from OnRobot intended to simplify cobot tooling
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    ODENSE, Denmark — OnRobot A/S today announced a unified electrical and mechanical interface for its end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robot arms. The company said it will make robotic applications faster and easier to implement, dramatically simplifying automation. With a single robotic system, a single platform for programming and training, and… Read more »
  • XAIN builds infrastructure for training Porsche vehicle AI with FedML
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    BERLIN — Self-driving cars are benefiting from advances in a host of technologies, including sensors, navigation — and blockchain? XAIN AG is applying a decentralized approach to machine learning that it said offers greater privacy, security, and efficiency for data storage. The startup is working with Porsche AG to enhance… Read more »
  • Dematic partners with OPEX as an integrator of Sure Sort for small item sorting
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    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dematic Corp. yesterday announced a partnership agreement with OPEX Corp., allowing it to act as an integrator of the Sure Sort small-item sorting system. The agreement expands Dematic’s existing omnichannel order-fulfillment offering and provides customers with more options for bringing productivity and efficiency to item order… Read more »
  • Shopify acquires 6 River Systems for $450M
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    6 River Systems’ Chuck autonomous mobile robot. 6 River Systems Inc., a Waltham, Mass.-based warehouse automation startup best known for its Chuck autonomous mobile robot (AMR), was acquired by Shopify for $450 million. Shopify Inc., the Canadian e-commerce giant, paid 60% in cash and 40% in shares for the deal,… Read more »
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