Author: Andra Keay

Robotics Analyst/Strategist
DASH Systems successfully lands Big Dipper expedition in Alaska

DASH tested its precision airdrop technology at government, tribal and commercial locations in Alaska. DASH Systems, the Los Angeles-based FreightTech startup using precision airdrops to expand the reach of next-day delivery, announced the successful completion of a proof-of-concept Alaska expedition this month. A partnership with the Office of Naval Research and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks […]

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Covariant Raises $80M in Series C Funding, Achieves Autonomy Across Industries

AI Robotics leader makes key executive hires and grows team globally Berkeley, CA (July 27, 2021) — Covariant, a leading AI Robotics company, today announced it has raised $80 million in Series C funding, bringing its total capitalization to $147 million within two years of the company’s public launch. The round was led by returning […]

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Multi million dollar American Made Solar Prize is now accepting new hardware or software ideas!

We’re excited to announce that Round 5 of the multi-million-dollar American-Made Solar Prize has commenced! This competition encourages innovators like you to come up with ideas to energize solar energy in new and exciting ways. We thought you might be a good fit for this revolutionary competition! Round 5 features a two-track structure, which invites […]

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Halodi Robotics secures $10.1m in funding for humanoid robots

HALODI ROBOTICS SECURES $10.1M IN FUNDING TO BRING HUMANOID ROBOTS INTO REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS IN A SERIES A ROUND LED BY VALINOR, ADT AND AUTOSTORE INVESTOR HATTELAND Inspired by innovation and making safe, capable, and affordable robots that serve the greater good, Halodi Robotics is moving forward to disrupt health care, security, retail, and the consumer […]

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Building a Fleet of Autonomous Service Robots Just Got Faster, Cheaper and Leaner with Ohmni Modular Robotics Platform

OhmniLabs can now develop, manufacture and deploy robotic solutions for any industry or application in record time    San Jose, Calif., May 18, 2021 – OhmniLabs, an award-winning developer of customized robotics solutions, today announced the availability of a new Ohmni Modular Robotics Platform that puts the power of specification into the hands of its […]

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Introduction of Prototype Production Service using Electronics 3D Printer FPM-Trinity:

FUJI has developed FPM-Trinity (https://www.fuji.co.jp/en/about/fpm-trinity/), an electronics 3D printer that combines resin 3D printing, electronic circuit printing, and electronic component mounting to create fully functioning electronic devices. FUJI’s Prototype Production Service using FPM-Trinity creates electronic modules with short delivery times and is ideal for making small quantities of a wide variety of products. FPM-Trinity enables […]

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The 2021 Perception Sensor Industry Map

75 Companies Powering Vision-Enabled Platforms Courtesy of Tangram Vision Over the past decade, the perception industry has exploded with new companies, new technologies, and the deployments of millions of sensors in industries ranging from the traditional (automobiles) to the cutting-edge (space travel). While incumbents have locked up majority market shares in some segments, other segments […]

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Roam Robotics Announces Ascend Smart Knee, Pioneering a New Era of Human Mobility

Ascend leverages robotics and proprietary algorithms to regain mobility and dramatically improve daily life for those experiencing knee pain SAN FRANCISCO April 28, 2021 — Roam Robotics, the company expanding human mobility with wearable robotics, announced today that Ascend, a first-of-its-kind smart knee orthosis that helps wearers reduce knee pain and improve mobility, is available […]

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Digital fashion meets robotics in this online summit

Anina Net is our latest ‘Roboticist in Residence’ although she usually resides on a catwalk or behind the scenes of the fashion industry around the world. Anina has been pioneering the use of technology in fashion for many years and she will be launching a luxury robot (shhh!) on Monday in her Digital Fashion Online […]

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Eight lessons for robotics startups from NRI PI workshop

Research is all about being the first, but commercialization is all about repeatability, not just many times but every single time. This was one of the key takeaways from the Transitioning Research From Academia to Industry panel during the National Robotics Initiative Foundational Research in Robotics PI Meeting on March 10 2021. I had the […]

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One robot on Mars is robotics, ten robots are automation

The difference between robotics and automation is almost nonexistent and yet has a huge difference in everything from trade shows, marketing, publications to academic conferences and journals. This week, the difference was expressed as an opportunity in the Dear Colleague Letter below from Professor Ken Goldberg, CITRIS CPAR and UC Berkeley, who suggested that students […]

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Robots4Humanity in our next Society Robots and Us conversation

Speakers in tonight’s Society, Robots and Us at 6pm PST Tuesday Feb 23 include Henry Evans, mute quadriplegic and founder of Robots4Humanity and Aaron Edsinger, founder of Hello Robot. We’ll also being talking about robots for people with disabilities with Disability Advocate Adriana Mallozi, founder of Puffin Innovations and Daniel Seita, who is a deaf […]

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Women in Robotics Update: Andra Keay, Nguyen Sao Mai and Selin Alara Örnek

Here’s a Women in Robotics Spotlight, where we share stories from women who are working on all sorts of interesting projects who haven’t yet been featured in our Annual Showcase. We hope these stories provide inspiration to everyone to join us working in the field of robotics. And if you’re a woman working in robotics, […]

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DOE’s E-ROBOT Prize targets robots for construction and built environment

Silicon Valley Robotics is pleased to announce that we are a Connector organization for the E-ROBOT Prize, and other DOE competitions on the American-Made Network. There is $2 million USD available in up to ten prizes for Phase One of the E-ROBOT Prize, and $10 million USD available in Phase Two. Individuals or teams can […]

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Introducing the 2021 Women in Robotics Board of Directors

Women in Robotics is a grassroots community involving women from around the world. Our mission is supporting women working in robotics and women who would like to work in robotics. We formed an official 501c3 non-profit organization in 2020 headquartered in Oakland California. We’d like to introduce our 2021 Board of Directors: Andra Keay, Women […]

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Commercially successful robotics startups are the stars of our Good Robot Industry Awards

Getting to $1 million in revenue is a huge milestone for any robotics company. We asked for real revenue for this category of awards, not venture dollars. Some of our successfully commercialized companies went straight to revenue from early customers, saving the venture rounds for expansion capital. In these days of unicorn valuations, $1 million […]

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Who are the Visionary companies in robotics? See the 2020 SVR Industry Award winners

These Visionary companies have a big idea and are well on their way to achieving it, although it isn’t always an easy road for any really innovative technology. In the case of Cruise, that meant testing self driving vehicles on the streets of San Francisco, one of the hardest driving environments in the world. Some […]

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What does Innovation look like in robotics? See the SVR 2020 Industry Award winners

Self-driving vehicles would not be possible without sensors and so it’s not surprising to see two small new sensors in the 2020 Silicon Valley Robotics ‘Good Robot’ Innovation Awards, the Velabit from Velodyne and the nanoScan3 from SICK. We showcase three other innovations in component technology, the FHA-C with Integrated Servo Drive from Harmonic Drive, […]

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Louise Poubel wins Champion Award in SVR ‘Good Robot’ Industry Awards

Louise Poubel | Software Engineering Supervisor, Ignition Technical Lead at Open Robotics Louise Poubel is a software engineering supervisor at Open Robotics. The foundation’s mission is to support the development, distribution, and adoption of open software and hardware for use in robotics research, education, and product development. She is building on her work with Gazebo, […]

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