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8 great startups will battle it out at Automate

On March 20, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on 8 great startups will battle it out at Automate

A3 ANNOUNCES FINALISTS IN AUTOMATE LAUNCH PAD STARTUP COMPETITION Emerging Companies with Range of Offerings from Platform-as-a-Service to Actuators to 3D Vision Technology ANN ARBOR, MI – Today the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the leading global advocate for the benefits of automating and producers of Automate 2017, announced the…

Japan’s World Robot Summit posts challenges for teams

On March 17, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Japan’s World Robot Summit posts challenges for teams

Japan is holding a huge robot celebration in 2018 in Tokyo and 2020 in Aichi, Fukushima, hosted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and industry (METI) and the New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). This is a commercial robotics Expo and a series of robotics Challenges with the goal…

Supporting Women in Robotics on International Women’s Day.. and beyond.

On March 8, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Supporting Women in Robotics on International Women’s Day.. and beyond.

International Women’s Day is raising discussion about the lack of diversity and role models in STEM and the potential negative outcomes of bias and stereotyping in robotics and AI. Let’s balance the words with positive actions. Here’s what we can all do to support women in robotics and AI, and thus improve diversity,…

Yves Behar designs a security robot for Cobalt Robotics

On March 1, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Yves Behar designs a security robot for Cobalt Robotics

Cobalt Robotics launched their stylish security robot today, March 1st 2017. The robot was designed by Yves Behar, and as a fabric covered robot, it’s putting a new spin on soft robotics! Behar’s goal was to create a robot that didn’t conform to Hollywood stereo types, but was an augmentation of…

Shakey is first robot to recieve IEEE Milestone award

On February 27, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Shakey is first robot to recieve IEEE Milestone award

Shakey the Robot, the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot, developed at SRI International between 1966-1972, was the first robot to be honored with a prestigious IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. The IEEE Milestone program honors significant inventions, locations or events related to electrical engineering and computing that have benefitted…

CleverPet is a home robot that people (and dogs) love

On February 6, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on CleverPet is a home robot that people (and dogs) love

The largest markets for robots is for when there aren’t any people around. We often call those jobs the dirty, dull and dangerous ones, but then there are devices like CleverPet which play with your dog when you aren’t home. What’s not to love about playing with dogs? And yet there…

Call for Startups at Automate

On February 1, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News,Media Releases, With Comments Off on Call for Startups at Automate

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has announced a call for startup companies in robotics, machine vision and motion control for its Automate Launch Pad Competition. The competition will be held at the Automate 2017 Show and Conference in Chicago, Illinois on April 5, 2017. The presenting sponsor of the…

Robotics News for Jan 2017

On January 30, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Robotics News for Jan 2017

On Jan 26 the Doomsday Clock was brought forward to 2 1/2 minutes to midnight. Worried? I’m glad to report that the robotics and AI industry is responding. IEEE seeks input into Guidelines for Ethically Aligned Design for AI and Autonomous Systems, the $27 million Ethics and Governance of AI fund was announced,…

Catalia Health uses social robots to improve health outcomes

On January 16, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Catalia Health uses social robots to improve health outcomes

Catalia Health is leading the surge in social robotics, with Mabu, their patient care management system. Catalia Health likes to be seen primarily as a health company that utilizes robots, rather than a robotics company. This focus on solving real world problems while shipping a product has seen Catalia attract both customers and…

HAX takes robotics to market in 2017

On January 6, 2017, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on HAX takes robotics to market in 2017

If you’re at CES2017 then you will be seeing more than 70 HAX powered startups in Eureka Park, the ‘playground of innovation’. As service robotics steals the spotlight, we wanted to showcase some of the ways that accelerators and programs like HAX help grow hardware and robotics startups, including taking them to…

Looking towards service robotics in 2017

On December 22, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Looking towards service robotics in 2017

Sophisticated household robots are only just starting to show up in our lives, but all the building blocks for a veritable “Cambrian explosion” of robotics are there, as Gill Pratt described it when he was running the recent DARPA Robotics Challenge. The service robotics industry IS emerging, and we will…

ViDi Systems wins Robot Launch 2016

On December 1, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on ViDi Systems wins Robot Launch 2016

Vidi Systems from Switzerland is the overall Grand Winner of the 2016 Robot Launch global startup competition, beating out many US contestants in a field that included sensors, artificial intelligence, social robots, service robots and industrial solutions. Overall, the European robotics startups performed very strongly this year with 8 making The Shortlist…

Live stream of Bay Area Robotics Symposium

On November 17, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Live stream of Bay Area Robotics Symposium

The 2016 Bay Area Robotics Symposium will be held at Stanford on November 18 2016. The annual event alternates between Stanford and Berkeley and aims to bring together roboticists from the Bay Area. The program will consist of a mix of faculty, student and industry presentations. The program will feature: Presentations from…

What is good robot design?

On November 7, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on What is good robot design?

Let’s stop talking about bad robots and start talking about what makes a robot good. A good or ethical robot must be carefully designed. Good robot design is about much more than just the physical robot, and at the same time good robot design is about ‘less’. Less means no extra…

Announcing the Robot Launch Shortlist

On October 28, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Announcing the Robot Launch Shortlist

It’s time to showcase the Robot Launch semifinalists, or ‘The Shortlist’. Every week over the next month you will meet 9-10 very interesting robotics and AI startups from all over the world and you will have a chance to vote each week on their pitch video. The most popular startup overall…

Who are the most active robotics investors?

On October 18, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Who are the most active robotics investors?

You may be surprised, but I’m not. These are the people I see regularly both in Silicon Valley and overseas actually interacting with the robotics community. That makes them the smart money (most of the time). According to CB Insights, the 7 most active robotics investors over the last 5…

Launching the Women in Robotics network

On October 10, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Launching the Women in Robotics network

Women in Robotics is a new international professional community. If you are a woman who works in robotics, or who aspires to, we are inviting you to join! Harvard Business Review cites recent studies showing that visibility and mentoring are critical for maintaining women in technology careers. Computer science degrees…

Welcome new Global Partners

On October 4, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Welcome new Global Partners

Silicon Valley Robotics held an innovation tour for some of our global partners ahead of the RoboBusiness conference in San Jose. Representatives from Odense Robotics Cluster, Invest in Denmark and Denmark Innovation Center joined up with Sumitomi Mitsui Bank, Siemens, A3/RIA, Robotics Hub and the Office of Science and Technology…

Silicon Valley companies show their stuff at RoboBusiness Expo

On October 4, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Silicon Valley companies show their stuff at RoboBusiness Expo

Silicon Valley companies were shining on and off the stage at the recent RoboBusiness conference in San Jose. Some of the speakers included: James Kuffner from Toyota Research Institute, Steve Cousins from Savioke, Marco Mascorro from Fellow Robots, Melonee Wise from Fetch Robotics and Sachin Chitta from Kinema Systems. Silicon…

Kobi wins Siemens Pitchfire at RoboBusiness

On October 1, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Kobi wins Siemens Pitchfire at RoboBusiness

The Kobi Company walked away with the $5000 check from Siemens’ next47 at the Silicon Valley Robotics Pitchfire at RoboBusiness for their 3 in one snow blower, leaf muncher and lawn mower. Another robot for the garden, from Franklin Robotics, was the runner up according to judge Jason Sydow from Siemens’ next47. Emceed by Andra…

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