Tag: Robotics

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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Cruise open-sources Webviz, a tool for robotics data analysis

Cruise, the self-driving startup that General Motors acquired for nearly $1 billion in 2016, generates an enormous amount of data by any measure. It orchestrates 200,000 hours of driving simulation jobs daily in Google Cloud Platform, spread across 30,000 virtual cars in an environment running on 300,000 processor cores and 5,000 graphics cards. Both those […]

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MIT CSAIL’s AI can visualize objects using touch

Robots that can learn to see by touch are within reach, claim researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Really. In a newly published paper that’ll be presented next week at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in Long Beach, California, they describe an AI system capable of generating visual representations […]

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AI Weekly: Amazon’s robots could cut delivery times, but eliminate jobs

Today marked the end of Amazon’s inaugural re:MARS in Las Vegas, where roughly 3,000 engineers, academics, programmers, astronauts, artists, entrepreneurs, and NBA players from over 40 countries gathered to glean insight from luminaries in machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics, and space travel. It didn’t disappoint with respect to sheer breadth of content: roughly 100 breakout […]

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Ford Is ‘Exploring’ Robots…

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