The Robot Report
  • Ayanna Howard first female dean of OSU College of Engineering
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    Ayanna Howard has been named dean of Ohio State’s College of Engineering. | Credit: Ohio State University Renowned roboticist Ayanna Howard today was named dean of Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. She will also be a tenured professor in the college’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a… Read more »
  • Han’s Robot rebrands itself as Neura Robotics, announces LARA cobot
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    Source: Neura Robotics Han’s Robot GmbH this month announced that it is rebranding itself as Neura Robotics. The company also announced its LARA collaborative robot arm, which it claimed is the cheapest one currently on the market in Europe. Han’s Robot is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shenzhen, China-based Han’s… Read more »
  • GrAI Matter Labs raises $14M for edge AI inferencing
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    The GrAI One Development Kit enables early adopters to take advantage of low latency computation. | Credit: GrAI Matter Labs GrAI Matter Labs, a Paris-based startup developing a neuromorphic computing architecture for edge AI inferencing, raised $14 million in a venture round led by iBionext. GrAI Matter Labs’ existing investors… Read more »
  • RoboGrammar wants to automate your robot’s design
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    MIT researchers have automated and optimized robot design with a system called RoboGrammar. The system creates arthropod-inspired robots for traversing a variety of terrains. Pictured are several robot designs generated with RoboGrammar. | Credit: MIT So, you need a robot that climbs stairs. What shape should that robot be? Should it… Read more »
  • MIT neural network learns when it shouldn’t be trusted
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    MIT developed a way for a deep learning neural network to rapidly estimate confidence levels in their output. The advance could enhance safety and efficiency in AI-assisted decision making. Credits: Credit: iStock image edited by MIT News Increasingly, artificial intelligence systems known as deep learning neural networks are used to… Read more »
  • Epson Robots updates RC+ development software
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    Epson Robots announced major updates to its RC+ 7.0 development software. This latest update (version 7.5.0) expands the IntelliFlex Parts Feeding lineup to include the new IntelliFlex 80 and 380 Feeders, as well as the release of Add On Instructions for users of Allen Bradley PLC platforms to program and… Read more »
  • Metamaterials could lead to transforming robots, say U.S. Army, MIT researchers
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    The U.S. Army and MIT’s way of linking metamaterials makes building a supermileage vehicles, like this one from collaborators Toyota Automotive Society, possible. Source: Kohshi Katoh, Toyota Automotive Society Scientists from the U.S. Army and the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a… Read more »
  • Advanced automation using ROS, UV disinfection robots using 3D vision to be discussed in RoboBusiness Direct
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    Manufacturers of aerospace parts, heavy machinery, and other industrial equipment require large automated systems for painting, surface finishing, inspection, and more. These systems often employ a gantry outfitted with an industrial manipulator to extend the work envelope over many meters. Due to their sheer size and associated costs, such automation… Read more »
  • Odense Investor Summit offers insights into robotics powerhouse
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    Despite having a population of under 200,000 people, Odense, Denmark has long been one of the strongest robotics clusters worldwide. Its home to powerhouses such as Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), OnRobot and Universal Robots, as well as one of our favorite events. The 5th annual Odense Investor Summit takes place… Read more »
  • First look: Company Six’s ReadySight situational awareness robot
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    Remember Company Six (CO6), the Sphero spinoff working on a situation awareness robot? Well, we now have our first look at ReadySight, a one-pound throwable robot that is expected to be available in Q3 2021. It’s designed for first responders and other commercial industries. While ReadySight doesn’t look anything like… Read more »
  • EvoWalk, Quix teams talk about progress in Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge
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    Evolution Devices is working on the EvoWalk wearable assistive device. Source: Toyota Mobility is more than autonomous vehicles or delivery robots; it also includes the use of assistive technologies for individuals. The Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge is a $4 million international competition launched in 2017 to support the development of… Read more »
  • Percepto partners with Boston Dynamics on industrial inspection
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    Boston Dynamics and Percepto have teamed up on industrial site inspection. | Credit: Percepto Percepto, an Israel-based developer of drones for monitoring and analyzing industrial sites, raised $45 million in Series B funding and partnered with RBR50 company Boston Dynamics. The Series B funding, led by Koch Disruptive Technologies, brings… Read more »
  • Compact Interior Paint Station designed by ABB to minimize space, costs, ecological impact
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    Applying coatings in automotive manufacturing is one of the tasks best suited to industrial automation because of the hazardous chemicals involved, as well as the need for precision and consistency. ABB last week said that its new Compact Interior Paint Station combines 12 robots to help automotive OEMs reduce the… Read more »
  • Coordinated Robotics wins Cave Circuit Virtual Competition in DARPA SubT Challenge
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    To encourage the development of autonomous systems to explore dangerous environments for first responders and the U.S. military, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been conducting the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. Last week, the agency announced Coordinated Robotics as the first-place winner in the Cave Circuit Virtual Competition. It was… Read more »
  • Gatik raises $25M for Level 4 autonomous delivery vehicles
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    A Gatik Level 4 autonomous box truck. | Credit: Gatik Gatik, the RBR50 company developing Level 4 autonomous vehicles for B2B short-haul, middle-mile logistics, raised $25 million in Series A funding. Founded in 2017, Gatik has raised a total of $29.5 million. Gatik will use the funding to expand its… Read more »
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