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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…

Farewell to Vic Scheinman, inventor of the modern robot arm

On September 26, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Farewell to Vic Scheinman, inventor of the modern robot arm

We are sad to learn that Victor Scheinman passed away on Tuesday Sept 20 from complications of heart disease. He was 73. Victor Scheinman was the inventor of the Stanford Arm, the first all-electric 6-axis mechanical manipulator for assembly and automation that was capable of computer control. Scheinman commercialized the robot arm as the PUMA, or Progammable Universal…

Last call for startups – Robot Launch 2016

On August 12, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Last call for startups – Robot Launch 2016

The robotics industry is maturing. The quality of startups in particular has really changed over the last 2-3 years, and this is backed up by the increasing investment levels, with over $1 billion invested in robotics in 2015. The scope of market areas that we are now seeing robotics startups in…

Where are the previous Robot Launch winners now?

On July 22, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Where are the previous Robot Launch winners now?

Catch up with past winners: CleverPet (2015), Preemadonna/Nailbot (2015 runner-up), and Leka (2014). Will you be our next Robot Launch winner? There’s 25 days left to register! You can register by going to 2016 Robot Launch global online startup competition. Grand prize winner (2015): CleverPet CleverPet is a smart dog feeder that lets…

Robot Launch 2016 searching for the world’s best robotics and AI startups

On July 13, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Robot Launch 2016 searching for the world’s best robotics and AI startups

Anki’s new Cozmo SDK brings back its robotics roots

On July 11, 2016, Posted by , In California Robotics News, With Comments Off on Anki’s new Cozmo SDK brings back its robotics roots

Anki’s new robot Cozmo (with free SDK) shows that this consumer robotics startup has got bigger plans than simply dominating the smart toy category. Founded in 2010 by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute graduates, Anki has become one of the most successful consumer robot companies around. Anki is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures…

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