Tag: Robotics

Miso Robotics seeks $30 million in equity crowdfunding campaign

Pasadena, California-based Miso Robotics is pursuing an unconventional approach to fundraising. The robotics company announced that instead of securing a tranche from institutional investors, as is typical for young startups, it will kick off an equity crowdfunding round targeting $30 million, in collaboration with Circle’s SeedInvest and Wavemaker Labs. Reservations open this morning. For the […]

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MIT CSAIL’s swarm of robotic cubes can shapeshift at will

Collaborative robots have captured the public’s imagination for decades, and it’s no wonder — machines can achieve incredible feats by working together as a team. One need look no further for evidence than a new study from the MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), which was supported in part by the National Science […]

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Fabric nabs $110 million to expand its automated micro-fulfillment centers

Warehouse automation is a red-hot sector — it’s anticipated to be worth $27 billion by 2025. Attabotics raised $25 million in July for its robotics supply chain tech, and InVia Robotics this summer nabbed $20 million to bring its subscription-based robotics to ecommerce warehouses. Meanwhile, in the E.U., supermarket chain Ocado deployed a robot that […]

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DeepMind transfers cube-stacking skills from simulation to physical robot

What’s the easiest way to teach a robot arm to stack blocks? That’s the nuanced question to which researchers at Google parent company Alphabet’s DeepMind sought answers during a recent study. AI solutions to the problem invariably require lots of data, which in robotics can be tough to come by. But even assuming there’s enough […]

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OpenAI teaches a robotic hand to solve a Rubik’s cube

Robots with truly humanlike dexterity are far from becoming reality, but progress accelerated by AI has brought us closer to achieving this vision than ever before. In a research paper published in September, a team of scientists at Google detailed their tests with a robotic hand that enabled it to rotate Baoding balls with minimal […]

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Google Brain’s ROBEL benchmark lets devs track AI quality on affordable robots

Benchmarks made to measure the performance of AI systems that control robots are often limited to expensive hardware designed for industrial environments that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Researchers from UC Berkeley and Google Brain addressed this problem by introducing Robotics Benchmarks for Learning with Low-Cost Robots (ROBEL), an open source platform designed […]

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Facebook’s AI uses schemas to teach robots to manipulate objects in less than 10 hours of training

How might a two-armed robot go about accomplishing a task like opening a bottle? Invariably, it’ll need to hold the bottle’s base with one hand while grasping the cap with the other and twisting it off. That high-level sequence of steps is what’s known as a schema, and it’s thankfully uninfluenced by objects’ geometric and […]

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Osaro raises $16 million to make warehouse robots smarter with AI

Osaro, a San Francisco startup developing AI-based solutions for industrial robots, today announced that it’s closed a $16 million series B funding round led by King River Capital (KRC), with participation from Alpha Intelligence Capital, Founders Fund, Fenox Venture Capital, GiTV Fund, and existing and strategic investors. It brings the startup’s total raised to $29.3 […]

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Amazon’s Vesta no-show highlights the challenges of home robots

You’d think Amazon would be the one to shake up a product category that has chewed up and spit out startups and corporate giants alike, but the company’s next flagship robot seemingly remains a work in progress. At a press event in downtown Seattle, some expected Amazon to preview a home robot that’s reportedly like […]

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Simbe Robotics raises $26 million for autonomous inventory robots

Robots are coming for the grocery aisle, and that’s because they promise to save storeowners invaluable time by inventorying shelves of stock quickly and accurately. Research and Markets anticipates that the global brick-and-mortar automation market will be worth close to $18.9 million by 2023, which some analysts say could cut down on the billions of […]

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AI researchers translate language into physical movement

Carnegie Mellon University AI researchers have created an AI agent that is able to translate words into physical movement. Called Joint Language-to-Pose, or JL2P, the approach combines natural language with 3D pose models. The pose forecasting joint embedding is learned with end-to-end curriculum learning, a training approach that stresses shorter task completion sequences before moving […]

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Misty II begins shipping to crowdfunding backers

In June 2017, shortly after Misty Robotics spun out of Boulder, Colorado-based startup Sphero, it announced intentions to develop a “mainstream” home robot with the help of hobbyists and enthusiasts the world over. With $11.5 million in venture capital from Venrock and Foundry Group in the bank, it wasted no time in getting to work, […]

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Sphero acquires modular electronics company LittleBits

Sphero, the nine-year-old Colorado-based company best known for its lineup of programmable robots, this week completed a major acquisition that catapults it to the top of the burgeoning science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) product market. Today, the company announced it has purchased New York City-based modular electronics startup LittleBits for an undisclosed sum, […]

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Ford acquires Quantum Signal to bolster autonomous car effort

Mere months after Ford announced it would collaborate with Agility Robotics to explore a range of autonomous home package delivery concepts, the automaker revealed that it’s acquiring a firm whose bread and butter is self-guided machines, modeling, and simulation. Ford purchased Quantum Signal for an undisclosed amount, a 20-year-old company behind computer-generated environments (ANVEL) used […]

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Attarobotics raises $25 million to miniaturize fulfillment centers with robots

Attarobotics, a robotics supply chain company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, this morning announced that it’s secured $25 million in a series B funding round led by financial and strategic investors Coatue, Comcast Ventures, and Honeywell, alongside returning backers Forerunner Ventures and Werklund Growth Fund. The fresh capital brings the company’s total raised to $32.7 million […]

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Freedom Robotics raises $6.6 million for software that manages fleets of machines

Freedom Robotics, a San Francisco-based provider of cloud-hosted robotics management software, today announced that it’s raised $6.6 million in a seed round led by Initialized Capital, with participation from Toyota AI Ventures, Liquid 2 Ventures, PagerDuty cofounder Andrew Miklas (from S28 Capital), and Heroku CEO James Lindenbaum. A number of existing investors also contributed, including […]

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CommonSense Robotics announces ‘world’s first’ underground micro-fulfillment center

Israel-based CommonSense Robotics, a micro-fulfillment startup that last October launched its first autonomous sorting center in downtown Tel Aviv, today announced that it’s broken ground on what it claims is the world’s first underground automated warehouse, in partnership with one of Israel’s largest grocery chains. It’ll be located blocks from Rothschild Boulevard, in a parking structure beneath […]

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Robot maps a room using just sound and AI

Can sightless robots reconstruct a room well enough to avoid endlessly bumping into walls? That’s what scientists at the University of Technology Sydney set out to discover in a study published on the preprint server Arxiv.org. They claim their approach, which employed a speaker and a microphone-sporting robot tasked with following a path-planning strategy, drove […]

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Cobalt Robotics raises $35 million for security robots that patrol offices, warehouses, and parking lots

Cobalt Robotics, a three-year-old startup building indoor security robots designed to work alongside human guards, today revealed that it’s secured $35 million in series B financing led by global investment firm Coatue. The capital infusion builds on a $13 million series A round in March 2018, bringing the San Mateo, California-based company’s total raised to […]

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Facebook launches robotics framework PyRobot

Facebook’s AI team has been extra thirsty for robotics lately. Over the course of the past year, Facebook has expanded its robotics operations around the world and taught hexapod robots to walk. Last week, Facebook AI released the Replica photorealistic training data set and Habitat, a simulation engine for embodied AI, like robots. As part […]

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