Category: California Robotics News

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

Robot Launch startup competition – round three vote now!

For the past two weeks, Robohub readers have been voting for the “Readers’ Pick” startup from the Robot Launch competition. This week we publish the final 10 videos from our Top 30. During our live final in September (details TBD), we’ll announce the ultimate Robohub Readers Favorites. Each week we’ve been showcasing a different aspect of robotics […]

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Robot Launch startup competition – round two vote now!

This month, Robohub readers can vote for the “Readers’ Pick” startup from the Robot Launch competition. Each week, we’re publishing 10 videos from our Top 30. Our ultimate Robohub Readers’ Favorites, along with lots of other prizes, will be announced in a September live final. Every week we’ll showcase different aspects of robotics startups and their […]

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Robot Launch startup competition – round one vote now!

For the next three weeks, Robohub readers can vote for their “Readers’ Pick” startup from the Robot Launch competition. Each week, we’ll be publishing 10 videos from our Top 30. Our ultimate Robohub Readers’ Favorites, along with lots of other prizes, will be announced in a September live final. Every week we’ll showcase different aspects of […]

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Industrial robotics pioneer Joe Engelberger turns 90

“Happy Birthday!” to industrial robotics pioneer Joe Engelberger who turns 90 today, July 26. That also means that robotics as an industry is around 60 years old. Joe Engelberger and Georges Devol formed Unimation, the world’s first robotics company in 1956 and the first Unimate arm was installed in General Motors in 1961, transforming the automotive industry. Today […]

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Renowned technology commentators and authors John Markoff, Jerry Kaplan and Martin Ford entranced the audience with their perspectives on robotics, automation, AI and the impact on society. The event at IDEO on July 16 was one of a new series of salon talks organized by Silicon Valley Robotics to create a venue for enjoyable, intelligent and informed discussion around the […]

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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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