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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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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COVID-19, robots and us – summary

Join us for a discussion with experts from the robotics and health community Every week at 7pm on Tuesdays from March 24 until May 12 2020 we spoke to experts and practitioners from the robotics, health and manufacturing community, to understand our response to COVID-19 and the robots that would be required. The event was […]

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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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‘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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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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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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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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RAC ‘Emerging Trends in Retail Robotics’ report released

Robots are increasingly being deployed in retail environments. The reasons for this include: to relieve staff from the performance of repetitive and mundane tasks; to reallocate staff to more value-added, customer-facing activities; to realize operational improvements; and, to utilize real-time in-store generated data. Due to the impact of the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak, we can now […]

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Where are the robots when you need them!

That’s a question we’re trying to answer in our weekly discussions about ‘COVID-19, robots and us’, but it was repeated with urgency by Rachel ‘McCrafty’ Sadd. Rachel has been building systems and automation for COVID mask making, as the founder of Project Mask Making and #distillmyheart projects in the SF Bay Area, an artist and […]

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Can robots make food service safer for workers?

Health care workers are not the only unwilling essential services frontline workers at increased risk of COVID-19. According to the Washington Post on April 12, “At least 41 grocery workers have died of the coronavirus and thousands more have tested positive in recent weeks”. At the same time, grocery stores are seeing a surge in […]

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Robots providing social support while we’re social distancing

Wired Magazine recently called for us to, post pandemic, “ditch our tech enabled tools of social distancing”. But are our telepresence robots creating emotional distancing or are they actually improving our emotional lives. This week in our weekly “COVID-19, robots and us” discussion with experts, we’re looking at the topic of virtual presence and emotional […]

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Formant free for COVID deployments!

Humans, please help us spread the word that our platform is available to anyone that can leverage it in the fight against coronavirus. We’re very focussed on accelerating the deployments of robots, however I’m sure there are other applications that you might imagine where we could have some impact. Let’s get creative. #robots #coronavirus #covid19 […]

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Act now to support the robotics ecosystem

Guest Post by Owen Nicholson, CEO, SLAMcore For many in the robotics community the current coronavirus pandemic is the best of times and the worst of times. Our industry is seeing huge interest as people around the world come to appreciate the power and potential of robotic solutions in overcoming current and emerging challenges. But, […]

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Even construction robotics has COVID-19 related opportunities

One of the Silicon Valley Robotics Construction Forum members, Module, has cofounded a COVID-19 Housing Task Force hoping to bring digital construction design techniques that they’ve been deploying for energy self sufficient modular buildings and convert that into rapidly deployable safe housing. Initially for the Pittsburgh areas but potentially available further afield to assist hospitals […]

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