Category: California Robotics News

Including Commentary, COVID-19 Response, Events, Seminars and Media Releases

Siemens funds new Industrial Robotics Award in Robot Launch startup competition

Siemens has joined the Robot Launch as a sponsor, offering an impressive “Industrial Robotics Award” consisting of access to the Siemens Frontier Partner program, which provides mentorship and industry leading commercial software. It’s hard to put a dollar value on such a big award because the startup will receive access to a wide range of products and services, but […]

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Fetch and SRI show that useful humanoids are on horizon

*updated* SoftBank today announced a $236 million investment into their robotics division by Alibaba and FoxConn for marketing and distribution, including Pepper and Fetch robots. Fetch Robotics has just announced a $20 million Series A round lead by SoftBank, on top of the earlier seed investments of $3 million from Shasta Ventures and O’Reilly Alpha […]

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Intuitive Surgical offers technology research grants: deadline June 5

  Intuitive Surgical offers funding for technology research grants for projects in 2016. Researchers at non-profit institutions world wide can apply. The deadline for submitting an LOI is June 5. Overview: The purpose of these grants is to support technology research in the field of surgical robotics, or related fields. Successful proposals will address clinically-relevant technology […]

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Everyone is hiring roboticists – women please apply!

It’s like Rosie the Riveter all over again. Robotics companies are hiring madly and the best startups are proactively looking for women. The first SVR Influencer event on April 29 at IDEO SF brought together 5 female robotics experts, Katherine Scott, Erin Rapacki, Melonee Wise, Steffi Paepcke and Dale Bergman, all sharing their opinions about the […]

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Manufacturing Next Generation Robotic Manipulation

By Rich Mahoney, Director of Robotics at SRI International (this article comes from the SRI International blog – please cite or link directly to it) Every April, National Robotics Week fuels a heightened awareness around robotics, its impact on society, and its growing importance in a wide variety of fields and applications. Robotics, however, never seems to […]

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Qualcomm to power high school robotics with Snapdragon

On March 11, FIRST® announced that its worldwide high school robotics competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®), will be using the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor as the platform for its robot and driver station controls. Moving to a communication and control system based on Android and Snapdragon will keep FIRST Tech Challenge students at the forefront of new technology developments. FIRST teams will be […]

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Silicon Valley Robotics Accelerator

Silicon Valley Robotics brings startups together with cofounders, mentors, programs, facilities and funding to accelerate their growth. We are a meta accelerator.  What does your startup need?  People: Meet cofounders and find peer support at our network events, startup seminars and regular social events.  Program: Online resources for your startup include Y Combinator’s Stanford Startup Class, […]

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Silicon Valley team win IROS navigation challenge

The 2014 Kinect Autonomous Navigation Contest was held on the last day of the 2014 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) in Chicago, Illinois, USA on September 18, 2014. Sponsored by Microsoft and Adept MobileRobots, the contest showed off the state of the art of autonomous navigation in realistic and dynamic unstructured environments. In other words, a real world problem […]

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Science, startups and industry at RSS2014 part 2

Now to hear from some of the big industry players in continuation of the post on the ‘Academia, Startups and Industry’ workshop from RSS2014, the 10th annual Robotics Science and Systems conference on at the University of California, Berkeley, July 12 to 16. Opening with a plenary from Vijay Kumar, U Penn, the morning session asked industry experts from different […]

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