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CMU’s MoonRanger robot rover will be the first to search for water ice on the Moon in 2022

Carnegie Mellon University and spinoff space startup Astrobotic are developing a robotic rover to look for water on the Moon, and the little bot just passed the crucial preliminary design review phase, putting it one step closer to its inaugural mission planned for 2022. MoonRanger is aiming to be the first robotic detective to investigate whether buried ice is present in sufficient quantities to be useful to future lunar explorers. MoonRanger could well be the first, provided it sticks to...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Robotics, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Carnegie Mellon University, Viper, Outer Space, CMU, Masten Space Systems, Masten


SlothBot slowly monitors the environment, adorably

Gennaro Notomista, a PhD student in the Robotics and InTelligent Systems Laboratory at Georgia Tech, has created a unique alternative to drone monitoring, now commonly used in land management. Drones are not very energy efficient and can't remain in the air for very long. Notomista decided to look to nature for inspiration. Low-powered nature. The…
Tags: Post, News, Environment, Robotics, Biomimicry, Georgia Tech, Sloths, Gennaro Notomista, InTelligent Systems Laboratory, Notomista


Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global

Imagine yourself unable to see well enough to drive, and how that would change your life. I witness that scenario every day at home with my wife, who is legally blind, and a very busy person. She reveres Uber and Lyft because they provided her with the still remarkable option to get up and go whenever she wants, wherever she wants.  So imagine her excitement a year ago when she was treated to a brief ride in a self-driving Waymo taxi. The safety driver asked my wife to buckle up and hit the “st...
Tags: TC, California, San Francisco, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Robotics, Phoenix, Ashton, Wright, FBC, Waymo, Phoenix Waymo, LightHouse for the Blind, Waymo Driver


Despite slowdowns, pandemic accelerates shifts in hardware manufacturing

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t hit every factory in China at once. The initial impact to China’s electronics industry arrived around the time the nation was celebrating its new year. Two weeks after announcing 59 known cases of a new form of coronavirus, the national government put Wuhan — a city of 11 million — under strict lockdown. As with most of the rest of the word, the manufacturing sector was caught somewhat flat-footed. according to Anker founder and CEO Steven Yang . “Nobody had a g...
Tags: Health, Y Combinator, Asia, Hardware, China, Tech, Robotics, Anker, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Eric Migicovsky, Yang, Kate Whitcomb, Sonny Vu, Steven Yang, Rob Playter


United Airlines is now using high-tech robots to disinfect its planes during the pandemic

United Airlines United Airlines introduced a new antimicrobial spray — and a new robotic cleaner — to help combat the coronavirus on airplanes. The new cleaning product is in addition to the electrostatic spraying the airline does before each flight. The robot is only at United's Chicago hub right now, but will be rolled out at the airline's other six hubs in the coming months. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The next time you fly the friendly skies, you may have a new...
Tags: Transportation, Trends, Chicago, Epa, Airlines, Robotics, United, United Airlines, United Airlines United Airlines, Scott Hildebrand, David Slotnick, Coronavirus, COVID-19, BITranspo, Toby Enqvist United


Steven Yang and Sonny Vu discuss COVID-19’s impact on tech manufacturing

Like most of the rest of the world, COVID-19 hit the manufacturing sector by surprise. That China — which continues to comprise the vast majority of electronics manufacturing — was the first global epicenter of the virus certainly didn’t help the industry sufficiently brace for the impact of a pandemic on a scale the world has not seen for more than a century. “Nobody had a great reaction,” Anker founder and CEO Steven Yang concedes during our Disrupt interview. “I think this all caught us by...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, China, India, Robotics, Anker, South East Asia, Yang, Sonny Vu, Hồ Chí Minh Vietnam, Steven Yang, Arevo, COVID, Disrupt 2020


Boston Robotics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year

Boston Dynamics is just months away from announcing their approach to logistics, the first real vertical it aims to enter, after proving their ability to build robots at scale with the quadrupedal Spot. The company’s new CEO, Robert Playter, sees the company coming into its own after decades of experimentation. Playter, interviewed on the virtual main stage of Disrupt 2020, only recently ascended from COO to that role after many years of working there, after longtime CEO and founder Marc Raib...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Hardware, Softbank, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Coo, Marc, Marc Raibert, Boston Robotics, Playter, Disrupt 2020, Robert Playter


Boston Dynamics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year

Boston Dynamics is just months away from announcing their approach to logistics, the first real vertical it aims to enter, after proving their ability to build robots at scale with the quadrupedal Spot. The company’s new CEO, Robert Playter, sees the company coming into its own after decades of experimentation. Playter, interviewed on the virtual main stage of Disrupt 2020, only recently ascended from COO to that role after many years of working there, after longtime CEO and founder Marc Raib...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Gadgets, Hardware, Softbank, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Coo, Techcrunch Disrupt, Marc, Marc Raibert, Boston Robotics, Playter, Robert Playter


Crover’s robot swims in grain silos to monitor environmental conditions

Crover’s robotic platform isn’t the sexiest or most exciting — particularly for a startup that began life with space travel in its sights. But the real future of robotics and automation lies in the dull, dirty and dangerous tasks employers have difficult finding human workers to fill. Monitoring grain silos, at very least, qualifies for the first part. Today at Disrupt, the Edinburgh, Scotland-based company debuted its robotic solution. It’s a small, American football-shaped robot designed to...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, England, Scotland, Tech, Spain, Italy, Robotics, Battlefield, Edinburgh Scotland, Crover, Disrupt 2020


Quadruped robot patrols sidewalks to urge social distancing

University of Hong Kong researchers are testing a mobile robot to patrol sidewalks, track clusters of pedestrians, and encourage social distancing. At this point though, I think this approach is more likely to attract crowds, not disperse them. From their technical paper: We introduce a fully autonomous surveillance robot based on a quadruped platform that can promote social distancing in complex urban environments. Specifically, to achieve autonomy, we mount multiple cameras and a 3D LiDAR o...
Tags: Video, Automation, Robots, Robotics, University of Hong Kong, COVID-19, Social Distancing, Autonomous Social Distancing in Urban Environments


The 2019 TechCrunch Include Report

It’s no secret that the tech industry is historically white, straight and male. Despite promises to examine and reform hiring practices so that tech companies big and small better reflect the world we all live in, diversity reports chart a different path: Black, brown, female and LGBTQIA+ folks aren’t getting their representative seats at the table. And now, in the wake of a national response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade by police that has seen millions engage ...
Tags: TC, Verizon, California, China, Berlin, San Francisco, Tech, San Jose, Robotics, Black Lives Matter, UC Berkeley, Battlefield, Shenzhen, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Startup Battlefield


NASA is looking to buy Moon dirt from private companies – no return shipping required

NASA wants to procure samples of lunar soil from private contractors, the agency announced today in a blog post by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. This is part of the agency’s overall ambitions around returning humans to the Moon by 2024, and establishing a sustained human research presence there. NASA is asking for proposals from commercial space companies to offer up their proposals for collecting a small amount of rocks or dirt from “any location” on the Moon’s surface, along with a ph...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Moon, Robotics, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, NASA NASA, Private Spaceflight, Jim Bridenstine, Commercial Lunar Payload Services


From robots to 3D printing, transformation in manufacturing has led to efficiencies, and also worries over future employment

A collaborative robot, left, works alongside a manufacturing laborer on a chainsaw assembly line at the Stihl Inc. manufacturing facility May, 201 AP Photo/John Minchillo Robots, 3D printing, and drones are features of the new manufacturing world-order, which even a few years ago seemed experimental. Financing these innovations can sometimes be challenging, however, as margins in manufacturing tend to be thin. Innovation does cause concern over lost employment opportunities. ...
Tags: Amazon, Labor, China, US, Trends, 3d Printing, Innovation, Marriott, Metallica, Toyota, DuPont, Manufacturing, Robotics, Trump, Celine Dion, Andrea


Iron Ox raises $20 million for its robotic farms

Bay Area-based Iron Ox today announced a $20 million Series B. The funding, led by Pathbreaker Venture and family office firms, brings the robotics company’s total funding up to $45 million to date. A number of other investors also took part in the round, including Crosslink Capital, Amplify Partners, ENIAC Ventures, R7 Partners, Tuesday Ventures, At One Ventures and Y Combinator. Founded in 2015, Iron Ox has become one of the more prominent names in the world of agricultural robotics. In 201...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Farming, Agriculture, Robotics, Bay Area, Gilroy, California Today, Gilroy California, Iron Ox, Bianchini, Pathbreaker Ventures, Recent Funding, Brandon Alexander, One Ventures, Crosslink Capital Amplify Partners ENIAC Ventures


Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot goes on sale in Europe and Canada

Boston Dynamics this morning announced that it’s bringing Spot robot to a number of new markets, following sales in the U.S.   Interested parties in the European Union, U.K. and Canada can now purchase the technologically advanced quadrupedal robot. Spot is Boston Dynamics’ first commercially available product, building on a quarter century of pushing the boundaries of robotics for DARPA and beyond. The company has spent a good deal of time over the past couple of years demonstrating a facto...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Canada, Darpa, Robotics, Robot, Boston Dynamics, Spot, Rob Playter, COVID, European Union U K, Cognite Energy Robotics Clearpath Robotics


DNX Ventures launches $315 million fund for U.S. and Japanese B2B startups

DNX Ventures, an investment firm that focuses on early-stage B2B startups in Japan and the United States, announced today that it has closed a new $315 million fund. This is DNX’s third flagship fund and along with supplementary annexed funds, brings its total managed so far to $567 million. Founded in 2011, with offices in San Mateo, California and Tokyo, Japan, DNX has invested in more than 100 startups to date, and has thirteen exits under its belt. The firm, a member of the Draper Venture Ne...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Asia, Europe, Japan, Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Singapore, Tech, Taiwan, Cybersecurity, United States, Philippines, Venture Capital, Robotics, Cylance


Join us Wednesday, September 9 to watch Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator Demo Day live

The 2020 class of Techstars’ Starburst Space Accelerator are graduating with an official Demo Day on Wednesday at 10 AM PT (1 PM ET), and you can watch all the teams present their startups live via the stream above. This year’s class includes 10 companies building innovative new solutions to challenges either directly or indirectly related to commercial space. Techstars Starburst is a program with a lot of heavyweight backing from both private industry and public agencies, including from N...
Tags: Startups, TC, Astronomy, Space, Science, Electronics, La, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Satellite, Virtual Reality, Louisiana, Lockheed Martin, Robotics, Spaceflight


From robots to 3D printing, transformation in manufacturing has lead to efficiencies, and also worries over future employment

A collaborative robot, left, works alongside a manufacturing laborer on a chainsaw assembly line at the Stihl Inc. manufacturing facility May, 201 AP Photo/John Minchillo Robots, 3D printing, and drones are features of the new manufacturing world-order, which even a few years ago seemed experimental. Financing these innovations can sometimes be challenging, however, as margins in manufacturing tend to be thin. Innovation does cause concern over lost employment opportunities. ...
Tags: Amazon, Labor, China, US, Trends, 3d Printing, Innovation, Marriott, Metallica, Toyota, DuPont, Manufacturing, Robotics, Trump, Celine Dion, Andrea


This Labor Day, spare a thought for the workers who made your doorstep delivery possible

Arjuna Costa Contributor Arjuna Costa is a partner at Omidyar Network and early stage investor in Ruma. More posts by this contributor Tech workers looking to make a difference in the world should donate their skills A few weeks ago, I bought a used paperback mystery for $3 via a small online bookseller. Intrigued that the book came with free shipping, I dug in a bit and was shocked to see that my little impulse purchase traveled throug...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Labor, California, Cdc, Opinion, Tech, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Automation, Venture Capital, Robotics, Logistics, Jack, Omidyar Network


Meet the 8-foot-tall robot designed to insert Elon Musk's Neuralink AI brain chip — here's how it works

Neuralink surgical robot. Woke Studios Neuralink held a live demo showing off its ability to read the brain activity of a pig with a surgically implanted chip that transmits data wirelessly. Musk founded the neural tech company in 2016, and says the chip will enable a "symbiosis" between the human brain and AI. Engineers built a robot to implant the device that would work in clinical settings and make patients feel comfortable.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk...
Tags: Health, Elon Musk, Design, Trends, Tech, Features, Surgery, Ai, Implant, Robotics, Robot, Futuristic, Musk, Implants, Tech Insider, Neuralink


A Utah company just raised $40 million for commercial production of robotic exoskeletons that help wearers lift up to 200 pounds

Guardian XO. Sarcos Robotics Sarcos Robotics just raised $40 million in a Series C funding round. Sarcos Robotics makes robots designed to increase human productivity and safety in industrial settings. The money will be used to scale up production of the Guardian XO, a robotic exoskeleton. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sarcos Robotics raised an additional $40 million in a Series C funding round, which it will use to scale up production on its robotic exoskeleton, the ...
Tags: Wearables, Utah, Funding, Trends, Tech, Features, Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Robotics, Crunchbase, Salt Lake City Utah, Tech Insider, Sarcos Robotics, Mary Meisenzahl, Ben Wolff, CYTAR


This robotic coconut tree climber and harvester could save lives

India is experiencing a shortage of coconut harvesters. It's dangerous work, as harvesters must climb trees that are sometimes 50 ft tall. Once they reach the top of the tree they have to hack away at the stems with a machete, making their grip on the tree more tenuous. To deal with these problems, researchers have designed a robotic coconut tree climber and harvester. It wraps its way up the coconut palm's trunk, then deploys a remote-controlled circular saw to release the coconuts from their s...
Tags: Video, News, Makers, India, Robotics, Coconuts


Deep Science: Dog detectors, Mars mappers and AI-scrambling sweaters

Research papers come out at far too rapid a rate for anyone to read them all, especially in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect the most relevant recent discoveries and papers, particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence, and explain why they matter. This week in Deep Science spans the stars all the way down to human anatomy, with research concerning exoplanets and Mars explor...
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Mars, Robotics, University of Warwick, Computer Vision, Lidar, Kepler, Science and Technology, Emerging-technologies


XRobotics is keeping the dream of pizza robots alive

Zume pulled the plug on its robotic pizza wing earlier this year. A lot goes into making a decision like that — particularly for a company whose robotic dreams were a press darling for a while there. But its own inabilities to get the math right shouldn’t necessarily be taken as an indication of a lack of interest in food automation. Of course, until another startup fully demonstrates that potential, the Zume story will almost invariably be a preamble for any other company looking to automate th...
Tags: Food, Pizza, Tech, Robotics, Hax, SOSV, SOSV HAX


Alien-looking robot to stock convenience store shelves

This robot, named Model-T, is now stocking shelves at a FamilyMart convenience store in Japan. For this trial use, the alien-looking robot is controlled by an operator in a remote location. According to robot firm Telexistence, Model-T will enable stores to "operate with less number of workers and enable them to recruit employees regardless of the store's physical location." From their announcement: As the first step, TX will start remotely operating the restocking of PET plastic beverage...
Tags: Post, Japan, News, Robots, Robotics, Telepresence, TX, FamilyMart, model T, Telexistence Model T, FamiyMart


Would you let this robot swab your nose for a coronavirus test?

A Taiwanese Medtech company called Brain Navi has a new plan to speed up COVID-19 tests around the world: automated sinus swabs, adapted from a robot originally designed to prep patients for brain surgery. Here's how The Verge explains the roboprocess: To begin the procedure, a patient dons a nasal clip that the machine uses to orientate itself. They then place their head in a metal bracket similar to those used for eye examinations (gripping the handle bars like you're riding the world's...
Tags: Post, News, Robots, Robotics, NAVI, James Vincent The Verge, Good Robots, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus Testing, Covid testing, Robots and you, Robots Versus Humanity, Brain Navi, Koh Mobi Health News


Sarcos raises $40 million to bring its Guardian XO exoskeleton to market

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven a significant catalyst for robotics investments, as companies look to invest in automation. Utah-based Sarcos Robotics bucks the trend a bit, however, as the purveyor of a technology designed to augment an existing human workforce, rather than replacing a significant chunk through automation. Today the robotic exoskeleton creator announced a $40 million Series C raise, led by Rotor Capital, with a number of existing investors plunking down additional funding. ...
Tags: Startups, Utah, Tech, Darpa, Honda, Robotics, Exoskeleton, Raytheon, Sarcos, Sarcos Robotics, Recent Funding, CES Delta, Rotor Capital, Sacros


Take a closer look at Elon Musk’s Neuralink surgical robot

While the science was front-and-center in Elon Musk’s presentation about Neuralink, his human brain computer inference company, the surgical robot the company debuted made a splash of its own. The rounded polycarbonate sci-fi design of the brain surgeon bot looks like something out of the Portal franchise, but it’s actually the creation of Vancouver-based industrial design firm Woke Studio. To be clear, Musk’s engineers and scientists have created the underlying technology, but Woke built the...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Science, Articles, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Surgery, Vancouver, Biotech, Robotics, Robot, Head, Musk, Bot, Transhumanism


Elon Musk demonstrates Neuralink’s tech live using pigs with surgically-implanted brain monitoring devices

Elon Musk -founded Neuralink has made headlines over the past many years around it efforts to develop a new kind of interface between the human brain and computing devices. On Friday, the company provided a demo of the technology, and Musk kicked off the demo by saying that the purpose of the entire presentation was recruiting – not fundraising or any other kind of promotion. “We’re not trying to raise money or do anything else, but the the main purpose is to convince great people to come work...
Tags: Food, TC, Elon Musk, Bluetooth, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Corporate Governance, Fitbit, Biotech, Robotics, Hyperloop, Musk, Gertrude, U S Food and Drug Administration


This robotic tank will crawl through your gut

Endoculus is a miniature robotic that can drive through your intestines on treads, streaming video and grabbing tissue samples with its electromechanical forceps. Developed by University of Colorado engineers, Edoculus or its descendants could someday replace the tubular scopes that physicians snake up our rectums during a colonoscopy. Evan Ackerman writes in IEEE Spectrum: Endoculus gets around with four sets of treads, angled to provide better traction against the curved walls of your gut....
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Robots, Robotics, University Of Colorado, Evan Ackerman, Medical Robotics