Category: California Robotics News

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Interview with Michael Oitzman, Sr. Product Line Manager, Adept Mobile Robots courtesy of Tanya Anandan, for A3 Association for Advancing Automation (edited for clarity) What are the current markets and types of applications for Adept mobile robots in the service robotics sector? Service robotics is a small, emerging part of our main target markets (manufacturing, warehouse/ […]

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Bots & Beer in SF Chronicle

Great article by Marissa Lang from SF Chronicle describing the vibrant mix of people at a Bots&Beer event, where you never know what sort of robots people have brought along to show off, ranging from home hackers to the latest research videos and crowdfunding campaigns. Thanks to Comet Labs for sponsoring our SF Bots&Beers (and […]

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Robotics has its first unicorn – small SF startup Cruise Automation

Forget about Google and Boston Dynamics. This week the real news is that GM acquired small San Francisco based startup Cruise Automation for a rumored “north of $1 billion”, according toFortune. Robotics has its first unicorn! For the last 3 years, Cruise Automation has been working on an ‘after market’ kit to make vehicles self driving. Cruise have […]

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SVR Case Studies: Hardware May Be Hard, But Strategic Investing Can Make It Smart | KMBIC

The Value of Bringing on Strategics in Robotics: Hardware May be Hard, But Strategic Investing Can Make it Smart by Ekta Sahasi, Vice President at Konica Minolta Business Innovation Center and Greg Lok, Business Strategy Lead at Konica Minolta Business Innovation Center After years of flying under the venture capital (VC) radar, the robotic industry […]

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See also the Guardian online debate Feb 25 GMT 1pm (5am California time) http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/feb/22/will-automation-make-us-happier-live-chat View in browser   |   Send to colleague FUTURE OF WORK CONFERENCE Future of Work  Policy, business models and growth in an evolving technology and skills landscape 27 June 2016 | The British Academy | London Dear Ms Keay   On […]

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For the first time, robotics has featured in the annual Economic Report of the President. The hefty 435 page report from the President and the Council of Economic Advisors was released to Congress on Feb 2016. This shows the increasing importance of robotics in world economic strategy. On the whole, the report found that productivity and labor growth were […]

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100s of job seekers turn out for RoboJobs Fair on Feb 10

Our first RoboJobs Fair was a smash hit – with well over 200 job seekers meeting 10 robotics companies and startups. The quality of job seekers was very high with all companies leaving with stacks of resumes. Companies and startups attending were: Society for Manufacturing Engineers, Fetch Robotics, SRI International, Bosch, Neato, Savioke, Sphero, Vantage Robotics, Nixie Labs, […]

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Call for Robots for “Nightlife with Robots”

Robot NightLife March 24th Set up: 5-6pm Event: 6-10pm Museum provides: 6′ tables, chairs, access to power Exhibitor perks: promotion, drink tickets, pizza, guest list spots Need to know: info about company, what company can bring to event, set up details and needs http://www.calacademy.org/nightlife https://www.facebook.com/calacademy-nightlife This is what last year’s SOLD OUT Nightlife looked like!

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SVR Case Studies: Fetch Robotics bringing warehouses to life

Fetch Robotics builds robot systems for the logistics industry. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA. Unveiled in April 2015, the Fetch Robotics system is comprised of a mobile base (called Freight) and an advanced mobile manipulator (called Fetch). Fetch and Freight use a charging dock for autonomous continuous […]

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Singapore Robotics Challenge

I am reaching out to invite you to participate in a collaborative effort being spearheaded by SATS, a major ground handler at Singapore’s Changi Airport. SATS has just launched a Call for Collaboration (CFC) to seek innovative and cost effective solutions to address their operational issues and achieve productivity improvement. I believe that your company […]

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SVR Case Studies: Lessons for robotics from enterprise computing by Michael Harries

 Many advances in our technologies occur through borrowing capabilities from one field to progress another. Our technological universe is built from a web of interrelated advances that push one another forward. The practice of Enterprise IT is being transformed by a variety of innovations that emerged in the last decade. Vendors who have traditionally sold into […]

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SVR Case Studies: Savioke solving delivery robots as a service

Savioke, who’ve just raised a $15M Series A round for their hotel delivery robot, feature in the recent Silicon Valley Robotics Service Robotics Case Studies. Savioke are now deployed in five hotel chains, have completed 12,000 successful deliveries and have an NSF grant to explore other applications for their robots, like eldercare. Savioke is creating autonomous robots for […]

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Savioke’s $15M Series A to help expand robot service

Savioke reach $17.6 Million in funding with a $15 Million Series A round from Intel Capital, EDBI, Northern Light Venture Capital. This funding will allow Savioke to scale their business, deploying Relay in hotels and exploring other business avenues. Relay is now in five major hotel chains and the robots have made more than 12,000 deliveries […]

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SVR Case Studies: Introduction to Service Robotics

Robotics is finally stepping out of science fiction and into service, if not in our homes, then at least in our hotels, hospitals, restaurants, warehouses, hardware stores and other retail outlets. This new report series from Silicon Valley Robotics highlights the first steps of startups Fetch Robotics, Fellow Robots, Savioke and Adept into the emerging […]

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SRI International Behind New Robotic Technology for Verb Surgical

SRI Robotics has long been known for advancing robotics and delivering new technology platforms to the market. As robotics moves beyond industrial applications to other sectors, such as wearables and medical devices, SRI continues to be a leader in the field. Today, SRI introduced another transformational robotic technology being brought to market by a new company […]

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Father of Robotics Joseph F. Engelberger Dies at Age 90

Father of Robotics Joseph F. Engelberger Dies at Age 90 Engelberger Legacy: Using Robotics to Automate Manufacturing Industry Newtown, CONNECTICUT – December 1, 2015 – Joseph F. Engelberger, an engineer and entrepreneur who pioneered the robotics field, died peacefully at his home this morning, December 1, 2015, in Newtown, Connecticut. Engelberger – widely known as […]

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Simbe Robotics launches new retail robot

The area of service robotics is getting active, with a new retail robot startup launching today. Tally is one of several robotics startups launching today at Haxlr8r’s 7th Demo Day. Tally is an inventory tracking robot platform from Simbe Robotics and the “world’s first robotic autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution” according to the press release. Tally is in […]

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