robotics

  • The Future Of French Robotics Crunch Network

    The Future Of French Robotics

    French robotics can boast of several innovative robotics startups, entrepreneurs and researchers. But robots aren’t ubiquitous in the French industry, which has experienced steady decline in the past decades. Couldn’t robotics help? Read More

  • Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

    Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

    Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with “technology-hardware” products. Google confirmed the departure to us with a prepared statement from Google CEO Larry Page: “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. Read More

  • UK Plans To Demo Robots In The Wild

    UK Plans To Demo Robots In The Wild

    The UK’s first official robotics strategy, drawn up with help from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), is calling for the establishment of real-world test sites over the next five+ years where robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) can be rigorously put through their paces to help speed up development. Read More

  • Consumer Robotics Is Finally Ready For Prime Time Crunch Network

    Consumer Robotics Is Finally Ready For Prime Time

    The robotics revolution has been in the making for decades, but market expectations have historically outpaced technology readiness. While industrial and military sectors have adopted a number of high-priced robotics solutions, the consumer sector has lagged due to lack of technological maturity and high costs. Read More

  • SoftBank Will Sell Humanoid Robot Pals Starting Next February

    SoftBank Will Sell Humanoid Robot Pals Starting Next February

    We don’t have robot butlers just yet, but as of next year, it will be possible to have your very own human-like robot companion. Japanese telecom giant SoftBank revealed to Reuters that it will begin selling personal robot buddies by February. These bots are able to learn and express emotions, and will sell for just under $2,000, with the company believing they’ll be able to serve… Read More

  • These Extra Arms Will Help You Lift Heavy Objects Like A Super Cyborg

    These Extra Arms Will Help You Lift Heavy Objects Like A Super Cyborg

    It’s hard out there for men and women who are not the multi-armed goddess of destruction and rebith, Kālikā. MIT researchers have created a pair of robotic arms that connect to your shoulders and give you another pair of pinchers to help you lift heavy objects, keep objects in place while you attach them overhead, or subjugate Lord Shiva with your power to both create and destroy. Read More

  • AI Experts On The Reality Behind The Sci-Fi Thriller “Transcendence” Crunch Network

    AI Experts On The Reality Behind The Sci-Fi Thriller “Transcendence”

    An ambitious blend of fact and fiction, “Transcendence” is Hollywood’s latest dystopian-edged take on the implications of artificial intelligence. Here are some examples of where the film displays some chops in computer vision, intelligent systems and brain imaging. Read More

  • Anki Drive Expands Its Robotics Expertise With New Cars, Tracks, And AI

    Anki Drive Expands Its Robotics Expertise With New Cars, Tracks, And AI

    There are a couple of things that differentiate Anki from any other robotics company. First, it’s the only one I know of to launch on an Apple keynote stage, with an introduction from Tim Cook. Second, it’s one of a select few that’s actually advancing the robotics industry by building toys — not industrial equipment. Read More

  • Savioke Gets $2M To Build A ‘Services Industry’ Robot

    Savioke Gets $2M To Build A ‘Services Industry’ Robot

    Savioke, a robotics startup out of Sunnyvale led by the former CEO of the now-defunct but influential Willow Garage robotics startup, is announcing a seed round of funding today, $2 million from Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures, Google Ventures, Morado Venture Partners and other individual investors. It is planning to use the money to develop and build its first robot, an as-yet unnamed… Read More

  • Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs…

    Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs…

    In the year 2000 (well, more like 2020, at this rate), we TIDWRTWHUFOO fans will be able to ride six-wheeled robotic rovers into battle, our shorts flapping around our chicken legs, our friends hooting as we fall on our butts. But then the tides will turn and the robots will begin riding us. Their laughter, mechanical and strange, will haunt our sleepless nights as we are forced to carry them… Read More

  • Blue River Technology Takes In Another $10M For Its Agriculture Optimizing Robots

    Blue River Technology Takes In Another $10M For Its Agriculture Optimizing Robots

    Blue River Technology, which uses robotics and computer vision to optimize agriculture by, for instance, determining which lettuces to thin out of a row and which to keep, has closed a $10 million Series A-1 funding round, led by Data Collective Venture Capital — topping up a $3.1 million Series A it raised back in 2012. Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors also joined the round as… Read More