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Robots4Humanity in our next Society Robots and Us conversation

Speakers in tonight’s Society, Robots and Us at 6pm PST Tuesday Feb 23 include Henry Evans, mute quadriplegic and founder of Robots4Humanity and Aaron Edsinger, founder of Hello Robot. We’ll also being talking about robots for people with disabilities with Disability Advocate Adriana Mallozi, founder of Puffin Innovations and Daniel Seita, who is a deaf […]

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Introducing Roboticist in Residence Eliza Kosoy; E-liza Dolls

Eliza Kosoy is a Ph.D Student at UC Berkeley. She studied mathematics in college and then worked for Prof. Joshua Tenenbaum at MIT in his computational cognitive science lab. She then started on a Ph.D at UC Berkeley working with Professor Alison Gopnik in 2018. She is most proud of receiving funding and winning an […]

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Women in Robotics Update: Andra Keay, Nguyen Sao Mai and Selin Alara Örnek

Here’s a Women in Robotics Spotlight, where we share stories from women who are working on all sorts of interesting projects who haven’t yet been featured in our Annual Showcase. We hope these stories provide inspiration to everyone to join us working in the field of robotics. And if you’re a woman working in robotics, […]

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Introducing the 2021 Women in Robotics Board of Directors

Women in Robotics is a grassroots community involving women from around the world. Our mission is supporting women working in robotics and women who would like to work in robotics. We formed an official 501c3 non-profit organization in 2020 headquartered in Oakland California. We’d like to introduce our 2021 Board of Directors: Andra Keay, Women […]

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Commercially successful robotics startups are the stars of our Good Robot Industry Awards

Getting to $1 million in revenue is a huge milestone for any robotics company. We asked for real revenue for this category of awards, not venture dollars. Some of our successfully commercialized companies went straight to revenue from early customers, saving the venture rounds for expansion capital. In these days of unicorn valuations, $1 million […]

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Who are the Visionary companies in robotics? See the 2020 SVR Industry Award winners

These Visionary companies have a big idea and are well on their way to achieving it, although it isn’t always an easy road for any really innovative technology. In the case of Cruise, that meant testing self driving vehicles on the streets of San Francisco, one of the hardest driving environments in the world. Some […]

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What does Innovation look like in robotics? See the SVR 2020 Industry Award winners

Self-driving vehicles would not be possible without sensors and so it’s not surprising to see two small new sensors in the 2020 Silicon Valley Robotics ‘Good Robot’ Innovation Awards, the Velabit from Velodyne and the nanoScan3 from SICK. We showcase three other innovations in component technology, the FHA-C with Integrated Servo Drive from Harmonic Drive, […]

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Let’s talk about the future of Air cargo.

You invest in the future you want to live in. I want to invest my time in the future of rapid logistics. Three years ago I set out on a journey to build a future where one-day delivery is available anywhere in the world by commercializing high precision, low-cost automated airdrops. In the beginning, the […]

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Willow Garage wins Champion Award in SVR ‘Good Robot’ Industry Awards

Willow Garage  Founder: Scott Hassan                Founded: 2006            HQ: Menlo Park, CA       History shows that one single semiconductor company Fairchild created a large part of the wealth of Silicon Valley. This award goes to Willow Garage, one small group with big dreams that started the current robot revolution. Sadly, Willow Garage operated […]

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Celebrating the ‘good robots’ solving our global challenges

Announcing the inaugural Silicon Valley Robotics Industry ‘Good Robot’ Awards OAKLAND, California, Dec. 14, 2020 /Press Release/ — Silicon Valley Robotics, the world’s largest cluster of innovation in robotics, announces the inaugural ‘Good Robot’ Industry Awards, celebrating the robotics, automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will help us solve global challenges. These 52 companies and […]

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Fetch Robotics wins Overall Excellence Award in inaugural SVR ‘Good Robot’ Industry Awards 2020

CEO: Melonee Wise Founded: 2014 HQ:  San Jose, CA  Category: Commercialization Award and Overall Excellence Fetch Robotics is a San Jose, Calif.-based industrial robotics startup that develops and manufactures collaborative, autonomous mobile robot solutions for the warehousing and logistical markets. It takes advantage of its deep robotics expertise to provide reliable and safe collaborative AMR […]

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Ambidextrous wins Overall Excellence Award in inaugural SVR ‘Good Robot’ Industry Awards 2020

Co-Founders: Jeffrey Mahler, Ken Goldberg, Stephen McKinley, David Gealy, Matt Matl Founded: 2018 HQ: Emeryville, CA Category: Innovation Award and Overall Excellence Ambidextrous is empowering versatile robots for automated e-commerce order fulfillment with an AI-enhanced operating system that learns to pick, scan, and pack a wide variety of items in just a few hours, enabling […]

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Should robots be gendered? comments on Alan Winfield’s opinion piece

The gendering of robots is something I’ve found fascinating since I first started building robots out of legos with my brother. We all ascribe character to robots, consciously or not, even when we understand exactly how robots work. Until recently we’ve been able to write this off as science fiction stuff, because real robots were […]

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Why we need a robot registry | context

Robots are rolling out into the real world and we need to meet the emerging challenges in responsible fashion but one that doesn’t block innovation. At the recent ARM Developers Summit 2020 I shared my suggestions for five practical steps that we could undertake at a regional, national or global level as part of the […]

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Accessorize Your Robot

Bring your automated robot applications to the next level during this LIVE! online event hosted by EandM. Wednesday, November 4, 2020 8:00am PT Whether you’re buying or building a robot, EandM will have a solution for you! Discover modular designs, accessories and other important components to bring your industrial application together. Speaker topics include: •                     Techman […]

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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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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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