Author: Andra Keay

Robotics Analyst/Strategist
Robots in retail: From ROI to frictionless customer experience

Retail is the fastest growing industry sector for robotics, if we include the logistics associated with e-commerce, and the current pandemic is exacerbating the demand for and shortage of robotics. On July 7th Silicon Valley Robotics hosted a ‘Retail Robotics for Startups’ discussion with David Pakman, robotics investor at Venrock, Steven K. Platt, founder of […]

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Exploring the DARPA SubTerranean Challenge

The DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge aims to develop innovative technologies that would augment operations underground. On July 20, Dr Timothy Chung, the DARPA SubTChallenge Program Manager, joined Silicon Valley Robotics to discuss the upcoming Cave Circuit and Subterranean Challenge Finals, and the opportunities that still exist for individual and team entries in both Virtual and […]

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Fetch Robotics and Piedmont National Partner with PURO Lighting to Launch the SmartGuardUV Autonomous Disinfecting Robot

Leveraging Next Generation Pulsed Xenon UV technology from Violet Defense, the SmartGuardUV robot neutralizes harmful viruses and bacteria in high-traffic areas and provides real-time disinfection reporting. SAN JOSE, Calif., July 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fetch Robotics, the leader in cloud robotics and on-demand automation, and automated solutions provider Piedmont National today announced the launch of the SmartGuardUV disinfecting autonomous mobile robot […]

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Enter the SVR Industry Awards 2020!

Silicon Valley Robotics is celebrating the best of innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies in 2020, by announcing the 2020 Silicon Valley Robotics Industry Awards. Nominations will be accepted from Silicon Valley Robotics members and from the robotics community. Awards will be announced in a range of categories, for Innovation, for Commercialization, for Design, Advocacy […]

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Growing My Robot Company

Early stage startup: Silicon Valley Robotics helps you accelerate your startup. We have prototyping and small batch manufacturing facilities at Circuit Launch in Oakland. We have a mentor network, and provide introductions to investors, startup showcases, startup seminars and demo days. SVR startup membership includes listing in our membership directory. Small to Medium Enterprises: Network […]

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Where are the robots?

Shopping for robots, or shopping for more information about robots? Do you want advice about what robots to buy or rent and how to install them in your workplace? Would you like one of our R&D groups to design you a robot? Do you want balanced advice about robots in general? What is happening with […]

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Getting started with robots!

Robotics needs more people to make good robots and great robotics businesses. You don’t need a degree in mechatronics, unless of course that’s what you want! K-12 Resources: FIRST Robotics Botball Robocup Learning Robotics Silicon Valley Robotics videos Send us suggestions for more content! Career Resources: Robohub.org Robotics Today Seminars 50 Robotics Research Labs in […]

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‘Robotics for Infectious Diseases’ and other resources

In times of crisis, we all want to know where the robots are! And young roboticists just starting their careers, or simply thinking about robotics as a career, ask us ‘How can robotics help?’ and ‘What can I do to help?’. Cluster organizations like Silicon Valley Robotics can serve as connection points between industry and […]

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Why you need an ATS-targeted resume to win in the job market today.

So, you find the perfect job opportunity, customize your latest resume, and submit your application online. But unfortunately, it did not even reach the recruiter. Where did you go wrong? Guest post from Aditya Sharma There is a high chance that your resume is lost somewhere in cyberspace. After all, your resume needs to get […]

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Handshake: an exploration of robot interaction

In times of physical distancing, when touching becomes unreachable; “Handshake” is a platform on which strangers can interact with each other, virtually but also physically. The robotic installation by artistic duo AATB will run from May 28 to June 30 alongside a series of online conversations with robotics experts that discuss some of the questions […]

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SLAMcore raises $5 million to meet growing demand for robotics

London, 17 JUNE 2020: SLAMcore,a UK company developing spatial AI algorithms for robots and drones,has secured$5million in a funding round led by Octopus Ventures and MMC Ventures, with participation from Amadeus Capital Partners and Toyota AI Ventures. The funding will allow SLAMcore to meet the increasing demand of the robotics market, which has seen demand skyrocket due to COVID-19. […]

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Silicon Valley Robotics wins RBR50 Innovation Award

California’s Silicon Valley Bay Area is the quintessential business cluster for software, hardware, high-tech services innovation and now as a business cluster for robotics as well. The area contains more than 50 robotics research labs, with over 500 autonomous systems startups, thousands of investors, and many other robotics ecosystem participants, all driving the innovation and […]

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How does robotics research funding compare globally?

The Corona crisis highlights the important contribution that robots make to industry and to society. Research funding programs (R&D) are vital to enable and further support these developments. IFR summarized national funding programs in the new “World Robotics R&D Programs”. How Nations Invest in Robotics Research – report by International Federation of Robotics Tweet this […]

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Venture Deals Study Group

We’re hosting a STUDY GROUP for robotics/hardware and frontier tech startups who are working through the free “Venture Deals” course from Kauffman Fellows and TechStars, with instructors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. Gain additional mentorship and guidance through Silicon Valley Robotics and Circuit Launch accelerator. Free for Silicon Valley Robotics or Circuit Launch members. Sign […]

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Society, Robots and Us: the conversations we need to have (next July 28)

On July 28 at 6pm PDT we’ll be discussing the role of facial recognition in Society, Robots and Us. Free and open to all: https://societyrobotsandus.eventbrite.com Guest speakers include: TBC. The first and most important ‘conversation we need to have’ was on robotics and racism on June 16 2020. The video is online. This was followed […]

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ICRA 2020 launches with plenary panel ‘COVID-19: How Roboticists Can Help’

ICRA is the largest robotics meeting in the world and is the flagship conference of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society. It is thus our honor and pleasure to welcome you to this edition, although the current exceptional circumstances did not allow us to organize it in Paris as planned with the glimpse and splendor that our wonderful robotics […]

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