Author: Andra Keay

Robotics Analyst/Strategist
Robotics innovation infiltrates 2022 Consumer Electronics Show

Casinos and robots? It must be CES time! A few years ago, the only robots at CES were toys. And as the robot toy makers at Ologic can attest, having your robot featured as the leading image for CES was still no guarantee that your robot would make it into production (AMP is pictured above). […]

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Investors warn Deep Tech founders about these 12 pitfalls

Firstly, what is Deep Tech as opposed to Tech or technology enabled? Sometimes Deep Tech is regarded as a science based startup, sometimes it is regarded as disruptive to the status quo, sometimes it is regarded just as slow and hard, capital intensive, with a long ROI horizon. Or as something that investors aren’t ready […]

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An Inventory of Robotics Roadmaps to Better Inform Policy and Investment

Much excellent work has been done, by many organizations, to develop ‘Roadmaps for Robotics’, in order to steer government policy, innovation investment, and the development of standards and commercialization. However, unless you took part in the roadmapping activity, it can be very hard to find these resources. Silicon Valley Robotics in partnership with the Industrial […]

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NVIDIA Isaac ROS Delivers AI Perception to ROS Developers

Perceiving and understanding the world around them is a critical challenge for autonomous robots. In conjunction with ROS World 2021, NVIDIA announced its latest efforts to deliver performant perception technologies to the ROS developer community. These initiatives will accelerate product development, improve product performance and ultimately simplify the task of incorporating cutting-edge computer vision and […]

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50 women in robotics you need to know about 2021

It’s Ada Lovelace Day and once again we’re delighted to introduce you to “50 women in robotics you need to know about”! From the Afghanistan Girls Robotics Team to K.G.Engelhardt who in 1989 founded, and was the first Director of, the Center for Human Service Robotics at Carnegie Mellon, these women showcase a wide range of […]

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Join the Women in Robotics Photo Challenge

How can women feel as if they belong in robotics if we can’t see any pictures of women building or programming robots? The Civil Rights Activist Marian Wright Edelson aptly said, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” We’d like you all to take photos of women building and coding robots and share them with […]

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It’s October Robot Fest! Developer Workshops, ROS World and Robot Block Party

Join us at Silicon Valley Robotics, MechLabs and Circuit Launch in Oakland for a week full of exciting robot activities OCT 20-23   On Wednesday Oct 20th and Thursday Oct 21st we’re hosting a Viewing Party & Screening for ROSWorld 21 : https://roscon21-viewing-party.eventbrite.com Register for ROSCon ’21 here : https://roscon.ros.org/world/2021 On Friday Oct 22nd we’re […]

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Future Acres to Collaborate with Sun World International and Expand Advisory Board 

University of California Davis Associate Professor Stavros Vougioukas joins Future Acres as Company looks to Progress Pilot  SANTA MONICA, Calif., September 28, 2021 – Today, Future Acres – a startup bringing sustainable agricultural robotics to the farm industry in order to optimize workforce efficiency and safety – announced a collaboration agreement with global plant variety breeder and genetics licensor Sun World International to further develop its proprietary technology. […]

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NVIDIA Announces New AI Perception Coming to ROS Developers

NVIDIA today announced new initiatives to deliver a suite of perception technologies to the Robotics Operating System (ROS) developer community.  NVIDIA and Open Robotics have entered into an agreement to accelerate ROS 2 performance on NVIDIA’s Jetson edge AI platform and GPU-based systems. These initiatives will reduce development time and improve performance for developers seeking to incorporate computer […]

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Videos of ANA Avatar XPRIZE SemiFinal Teams

In September 2021, ANA Avatar XPRIZE Semifinalist teams brought their avatar systems to Semifinals Testing in Miami, Florida, to be evaluated by the competition Judging Panel. 37 teams from 15 countries were selected to advance as Verified Semifinalists. You can read more about the Competing Teams on XPRIZE site. The avatar systems that the competing […]

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Ambi Robotics Announces $26 Million Series A Funding Led By Tiger Global

New round of funding will boost deployments of AI-powered sorting robots to supply chain customers EMERYVILLE, Calif. – (September 14, 2021) – Ambi Robotics, the pioneer in simulation-to-reality AI for highly-dexterous robotics, today announced the closing of a $26 million Series A funding round. The investment is led by new investor, Tiger Global Management, and builds on […]

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The Robot Block Party is BACK!!

The Robot Block Party is BACK! and there’ll be even more fun things to do and see at our new home Circuit Launch in Oakland (which is home to 50 robotics/hardware startups and hosts the DIY Robocar races and Brazilian BBQ and other awesome events). Save the date for Saturday October 23 2021 and get […]

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Kiwibot and Sodexo Bring Pioneering Robotic Food Delivery Services to Three University Campuses 

The collaboration represents a major milestone in Kiwibot’s journey to expand to over 50 locations over the course of the next three years.  [Los Angeles, CA/10 August] –  Kiwibot, a robotic last-mile delivery company, today announces its partnership with Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company, with the purpose of expanding its robotic fleet to drive […]

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Lucas Systems and Fetch Robotics Announce New Partnership To Optimize Collaboration Between Warehouse Workers and Robots

WEXFORD, Pa., Aug. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Lucas Systems, a leading provider of voice and warehouse optimization software for fulfillment and distribution centers, today announced a partnership with Silicon Valley-based Fetch Robotics to enable the next generation of smart warehouses. Through the partnership, Lucas and Fetch will offer tailored solutions to orchestrate and optimize how warehouse workers interact in […]

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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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