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DARPA's Latest Defense Weapon Knocks Drones Out of the Sky Using Advanced... Confetti Streamers?

As drones become faster, smarter, and capable of carrying larger payloads across longer distances, they pose a genuine threat if leveraged as a weapon. As a result, militaries have been developing anti-drone countermeasures to knock them out of the sky, including a novel new approach that blasts them with streamers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Articles, Drone, Darpa, Robotics, Science and Technology, Embedded Systems, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Emerging Technologies, Avionics, Insect Reproduction, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle


SoftBank, Uber, Tencent set to reap rewards from Didi IPO

After years of speculation, Didi Chuxing, China’s ride-sharing behemoth, finally unveiled its IPO filing for the U.S., giving a glimpse into its money-losing history. Didi didn’t disclose the size of its raise. Reuters reported the company could raise around $10 billion at a valuation of close to $100 billion. Cheng Wei, Didi’s 38-year-old founder owns 7% of the company’s shares and controls 15.4% of its voting power before the IPO, according to the prospectus. Major shareholder SoftBank Vision ...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Asia, China, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Automation, Transport, Tencent, Brazil, Robotics, Carsharing, Reuters, Robotaxi, Didi


When Walmart comes knocking

As I’m typing this, I’ve just finished my second panel for our big TC Sessions: Mobility event. The write-ups will be ready in time for next week’s roundup, but a couple of things worth thinking about in the meantime. The first is partnerships with big companies like Walmart. I get the sense that Walmart really loves to play the field when it comes to partnering with small tech startups. And honestly, why not, right? There’s a lot of upside and relatively little downside. At the end of the day, ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Stanford, Tech, Walmart, Mit, Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Mike, Gideon, CMU, Bossa Nova, Kopic, Bossa Nova Robotics


Here’s what’s on tap today at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

It’s game day for mobility tech mavens around the world. Well, at least for the ones who made the savvy decision to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2021. Are you ready for a day packed with potential, overflowing with opportunity and focused on the future of transportation? Yeah, you are, and so are we! No FOMO zone: Did you wait until the last minute? We don’t judge — simply purchase a pass at the virtual door. Let’s take a look at just some of the speakers, presentations and breakout sessions on ...
Tags: TC, Europe, Technology, China, Articles, Tech, Renewable Energy, Tesla, Mining, United States, Automation, Silicon Valley, Fitbit, Judge, Robotics, Science and Technology


Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian is speaking at TechCrunch City Spotlight: Pittsburgh

TechCrunch is thrilled to announce Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian is speaking at our Pittsburgh event on June 29. You can register here. It’s free to participate and hear President Farnam’s interview. President Jahanian is an outspoken advocate for science and innovation, making him perfect to headline our event focused on startup activity in Pittsburg, PA. Speaking to a House committee in April, Jahanian identified recent trends shaping the research and development through...
Tags: TC, Tech, United States, House, Silicon Valley, EC, Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, CMU, Pittsburg, Farnam, Jahanian, Farnam Jahanian, Silicon Valley Pittsburgh


ISEE brings autonomy to shipping yards with self-driving container trucks

Robotaxis may still be a few years out, but there are other industries that can be transformed by autonomous vehicles as they are today. MIT spin-off ISEE has identified one in the common shipping yard, where containers are sorted and stored — today by a dwindling supply of human drivers, but tomorrow perhaps by the company’s purpose-built robotic yard truck. With new funding and partnerships with major shippers, the company may be about to go big. Shipping yards are the buffer zone of the logis...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Shipping, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, North America, Robotics, Logistics


ISEE brings autonomy to shipping hubs with self-driving yard trucks

Robotaxis may still be a few years out, but there are other industries that can be transformed by autonomous vehicles as they are today. MIT spin-off ISEE has identified one in the common shipping yard, where containers are sorted and stored — today by a dwindling supply of human drivers, but tomorrow perhaps by the company’s purpose-built robotic yard truck. With new funding and partnerships with major shippers, the company may be about to go big. Shipping yards are the buffer zone of the logis...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Transportation, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Shipping, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, North America, Robotics, Logistics


Croatia’s Gideon Brothers raises $31M for its 
3D vision-enabled autonomous warehouse robots

Proving that Central and Eastern Europe remains a powerhouse of hardware engineering matched with software, Gideon Brothers (GB), a Zagreb, Croatia-based robotics and AI startup, has raised a $31 million Series A round led by Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), the venture and growth arm of Koch Industries Inc., with participation from DB Schenker, Prologis Ventures, and Rite-Hite. The round also includes participation from several of Gideon Brothers’ existing backers: Taavet Hinrikus (co-founde...
Tags: TC, Europe, Germany, Boston, Massachusetts, US, Articles, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ceo, Geek, Artificial Intelligence, Munich, United States, Croatia


Tezlab CEO Ben Schippers to discuss the Tesla effect and the next wave of EV startups at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As Tesla sales have risen, interest in the company has exploded, prompting investment and interest in the automotive industry, as well as the startup world. Tezlab, a free app that’s like a Fitbit for a Tesla vehicle, is just one example of the numerous startups that have sprung up in the past few years as electric vehicles have started to make the tiniest of dents in global sales. Now, as Ford, GM, Volvo, Hyundai along with newcomers Rivian, Fisker and others launch electric vehicles into the m...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, China, Articles, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, AV, Automation, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Fitbit, Self-driving Cars


Delivery, drones and DHL

Locus (not to be confused with this Locus) is one of those names that’s been popping up a lot in the news — and this roundup — over the past year. Last time we spoke to the Massachusetts company, it was around a sizable raise — $150 million to be nearly precise. That effectively valued the company as a unicorn. Core to the company’s successes are its partnerships (as is the case with any robotics fulfillment company). DHL has been a big (or the biggest) name in the mix since 2017. Amid pandemic ...
Tags: Amazon, London, Boston, Massachusetts, US, Tech, Ford, Dji, Pentagon, Toyota, States, Robotics, DHL, Huawei, Hyundai, Loon


Former head of Alphabet’s Loon joins Starship Technologies as new CEO

Autonomous robotics company Starship Technologies has a new CEO. The company on Tuesday said Alastair Westgarth, the former CEO of Alphabet’s Loon, would be leading the company as it looks to expand its robotics delivery service. Westgarth previously headed Loon, Alphabet’s experiment to deliver broadband via high-altitude balloons, from 2017. The project shut down for good at the beginning of this year. The company said in a farewell blog post that “the road to commercial viability has proven m...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Project Loon, Robotics, Loon, Alphabet, Starship Technologies, Nortel, Ahti Heinla, Starship, Westgarth, Loon Westgarth, Alastair Westgarth, Delivery Robots, Robot Delivery, Lex Bayer


ChargerHelp co-founder, CEO Kameale C. Terry is heading to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Thousands of electric vehicle charging stations will be built around the country over the next decade. ChargerHelp!, founded in January 2020 by Kameale C. Terry and Evette Ellis, wants to make sure they stay up and running. The idea for the on-demand repair app for EV charging stations came to Terry when she was working at EV Connect, where she held a number of roles including director of programs and head of customer experience. She noticed long wait times to fix non-electrical issues at chargi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Technology, China, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automation, Transport, Reid Hoffman


Experts from Toyota, Ford and Hyundai will discuss automotive robotics at TC Sessions: Mobility

The events of the past year have only served to accelerate interest in all things robotics and automation. It’s a phenomenon we’ve seen across a broad range of categories, and automotive is certainly no different. Of course, carmakers are no strangers to the world of robotics. Automation has long played a key role in manufacturing, and more recently, robotics have played another central role in the form of self-driving vehicles. For this panel, however, we’re going to look past those much-discus...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Michigan, Toyota, Manufacturing, Robotics, Engines, Robot, Hyundai, New Horizons, Stanford University, Boston Dynamics


See what’s new from Wejo, CMC, iMerit, Plus, oVice, & Michigan at TechCrunch’s mobility event

We’re in the final run-up to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 on June 9, and the great stuff just keeps on coming. We’ve stacked the one-day agenda with plenty of programming to keep you engaged, informed and on track to build a stronger business. You’ll always find amazing speakers — some of the most innovative minds out there — on the main stage and in breakout sessions. Dramatic pause for a pro tip: Don’t have a pass yet? Buy one here now for $125, before prices go up at the door. “I enjoyed the bi...
Tags: TC, Uber, Japan, Technology, California, Tech, Ceo, Automation, Transport, Michigan, Mobility, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Driver, Officer


Body augmentation: Your brain can quickly learn to use extra limbs

Researchers trained people to use a robotic extra thumb in daily situations.Brain scan data suggest the brain's quick adaptability to new limbs. The scientists think body augmentation could transform human abilities.Would you be willing to attach artificial limbs to enhance your body? A research team that asked people to use robotic extra thumbs found that their brains quickly adapted to body augmentation. Humans of the future are likely to utilize body parts with improvements, the scientists pr...
Tags: Biology, Medicine, Computers, Brain, Innovation, Mind, Robotics, University College London, Dani, Makin, Science Robotics, Dani Clode, Tamar Makin, Paulina Kieliba, University College London How


Body augmentation: People adjust quickly to robotic third thumb

Researchers trained people to use a robotic extra thumb in daily situations. Brain scan data suggest the brain's quick adaptability to new limbs.The scientists think body augmentation could transform human abilities.Would you be willing to attach artificial limbs to enhance your body? A research team that asked people to use robotic extra thumbs found that their brains quickly adapted to body augmentation. Humans of the future are likely to utilize body parts with improvements, the scientists p...
Tags: Biology, Medicine, Computers, Brain, Innovation, Mind, Robotics, University College London, University College, Dani, Makin, Science Robotics, Dani Clode, Tamar Makin, Paulina Kieliba


Taipei-based computer vision startup eYs3D gets $7M Series A

eYs3D Microelectronics, a fabless design house that focuses on end-to-end software and hardware systems for computer vision technology, has raised a $7 million Series A. Participants included ARM IoT Capital, WI Harper and Marubun Corporation, who will each serve as strategic investors. Based in Taipei, Taiwan, eYs3D was spun out of Etron, a fabless IC and system-in-package (SiP) design firm, in 2016. It will use its new funding to build its embedded chip business in new markets. The company’s t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Asia, Japan, San Francisco, Tech, Taiwan, Virtual Reality, Robotics, Chips, Taipei, Computer Vision, Harper, Sdk


JD.com, Meituan and Neolix to test autonomous deliveries on Beijing public roads

People in a Beijing suburb will begin to see autonomous delivery mini-vans across their neighborhood, moving cautiously alongside human delivery riders belting down the streets. Beijing has greenlighted JD.com, Meituan, and Neolix to trial self-driving delivery vehicles on designated public roads in the Yizhuang Development Area, an economic and technological growth pilot initiated by the municipal government of the capital city, according to an announcement made by local authorities at a mobili...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, United States, Electric Vehicles, Automation, JD.com, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Meituan, Take Out, Nuro


How Driverless Cars Could Lead to More Pollution

Self-driving cars are still a few years away (at least) from being available to you or me. But there’s a lot of work to do to get them ready for prime time, including ensuring their climate-friendly. A new study underscores that last part, showing that nearly one-third of people would choose an autonomous vehicle as a…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Technology, Environment, Car, Automation, Transport, Robotics, Self Driving Car, Kontar, Land Transport, Vehicular Automation, Wissam Kontar


Only 3 startup demo booths left at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Listen up mobility mavericks. TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 is right around the corner of your calendar (June 9). If you want to place your ground-breaking, edge-cutting, envelope-pushing (no extra charge for clichés) early-stage startup in front of the world’s leading mobility movers, shakers and makers you gotta hustle. You have just one week left to buy one of our remaining three Startup Exhibitor Packages. Here’s what the $380 package includes, plus a few suggestions on ways to take full advant...
Tags: TC, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Economy, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, President, Private Equity, Robotics, Hyundai, Science and Technology, TechCrunch, Self-driving Car, Startup Company


You're Supposed to Be Comforted by This Faceless Robotic Vibrating Cat, Not Horrified

If there’s one sure sign a creature isn’t of this world, but some other horrific realm, it’s a lack of a face. For the creators of the MeowEver, a cat-shaped pillow that simulates purring, a lack of a face is instead supposed to be an endearing trait, and encourage users to cuddle up with the bot, while pushing…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Cat, Robots, Robotics, Human Interest, Cat Behavior, Aibo, Purr, Flatcat


Sphero's Adorable New Robot Wants to Teach Kindergarteners the Basics of Coding

The easiest way to get kids interested in robots is to show them Star Wars, but that’s admittedly a limited experience. The next best thing might be Sphero’s new kid-friendly robot called indi which can be programmed using simple colored tiles dropped on the floor, or a mobile app as kids further develop their…Read more...
Tags: Science, Education, Robotics, Robot, Boston Dynamics, Sphero


Pizza robot-maker Picnic raises another $16.3M

The events of the past year and a half could well mark the beginning of a sea change for the world of restaurant robotics. The essential industrial was slammed amid the pandemic, leaving many companies searching for a decent automated option that could both keep things running and potentially avoid transmission vectors. Seattle-based Picnic is the latest to benefit from that interest, announcing a $16.3 raise this week. Led by Thursday Ventures — with participation from Creative Ventures, Flying...
Tags: Tech, Robotics, Seattle, Vulcan Capital


China’s autonomous vehicle startups AutoX, Momenta and WeRide are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As the autonomous vehicle industry in the United States marches toward consolidation, a funding spree continues to exhilarate China’s robotaxi industry. Momenta, Pony.ai, WeRide and Didi’s autonomous vehicle arm have all raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the past year. And 21-year-old search engine giant Baidu competes alongside the startups with a $1.5 billion fund launched in 2017 to help cars go driverless. Their strategies are similar in some regards and diverge elsewhere. The bigg...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Technology, China, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Search Engine, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Baidu


The fulfilling world of warehouse robotics

With the pandemic finish line in sight — at least for some — now is a good time to start assessing which segments have been most impacted by the events of the past year and a half. In terms of robotics, investments have been all over the place — and for good reasons. COVID-19 seems destined to have a profound and lasting impact on work, and more than ever, robots and automation are going to play a part in that. Food has been a big target. Manufacturing and health, as well — all for pretty clear ...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, China, Boston, Softbank, Alabama, Tech, Canada, Michelin, Robotics, Shenzhen, Hax, John Bel Edwards, SPAC, Shreveport Louisiana, SoftBank Ventures


Mark Setrakian's Axis, a sinister-looking robotic hand that spins a globe

In this Tested video, Norm Chan visits the amazing robotics artist, Mark Setrakian. When I watched the first few seasons of Battlebots, it was always Mark's robots that delivered a serious wow factor. He seemed like he was on another level. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Engineering, Robotics, Mark, Norm Chan, Mark Setrakian, Mechanized Performance Art


Robot learns to brush tangly hair without inflicting pain

Teaching a robot to brush hair—especially without just powering through tangles and ripping them out of your scalp—is harder than you think. MIT roboticists and Harvard mathematicians collaborated on a computer vision system to "see" curls and tangles and come up with a gentle brushing strategy. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Mit, Harvard, Robots, Hair, Robotics


TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 early bird price extended for one more day

“I feel the need — the need for speed.” That could be the official mobility startup founder credo, amirite? Speed and agility are important, but don’t move so quickly that you miss the chance to save $100 on a pass to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 on June 9. We’ve extended our early-bird price for just one more day. Slow your EV roll, reroute your autonomous vehicle or dock your scooter just long enough to buy a pass before the extended deadline expires on May 7, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobi...
Tags: TC, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Automation, Gm, Robotics, Sap, TechCrunch, Self-driving Car, Cto, Starship Technologies, Volvo Cars, Ahti Heinla, Jens Lehmann, Clara Brenner


When Autonomous Cars Teach Themselves To Drive Better Than Humans

schwit1 shares a report from IEEE Spectrum, written by Evan Ackerman: A few weeks ago, the CTO of Cruise tweeted an example of one of their AVs demonstrating a safety behavior where it moves over to make room for a cyclist. What's interesting about this behavior, though, is that the AV does this for cyclists approaching rapidly from behind the vehicle, something a human is far less likely to notice, much less react to. A neat trick -- but what does it mean, and what's next? In the video [here], ...
Tags: Tech, Robotics, Cto, IEEE Spectrum, Evan Ackerman, Rashed Haq


Less than 24 hours to save $100 to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Calling all frazzled procrastinators, feet-draggers, lollygaggers and last-minute decision makers. The best price on passes to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, which takes place on June 9, disappears in mere hours. It’s now o’clock, baby. Shift your EV into gear, hail a robotaxi or tell Mr. Scott to beam you up — whatever it takes to buy your pass before the early-bird deadline expires tonight, May 6, at 11:59 pm (PT). TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 gathers the very best people in the mobility startup ec...
Tags: TC, Motorola, Europe, Technology, China, Events, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Robotics, Science and Technology, Self-driving Car, Scott