Robotics

FogROS brings robotic cloud computing to the Robot Operating System

On a recent trip to the Bay Area, I took a few hours to pay a visit to Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab (BAIR). Professor Ken Goldberg walked me around the lab and introduced me to a coup

TechCrunch+ roundup: Construction tech survey, founder-CEO friction, diversify your cap table

As you may have heard, tech companies are having a bit of a whoopsie.

The lowdown on the slowdown

Kicking things off this week with some data culled by the folks over at Crunchbase that’s very much in line with what we’ve been saying on Actuator all along. The past couple of years have been ge

Top three takeaways from Nuro’s session at TC Sessions: Mobility

Jiajun Zhu, co-founder and CEO of autonomous robot company Nuro, joined TechCrunch onstage during TC Sessions: Mobility on Wednesday to discuss how the startup aims to revolutionize commercial autonom

Wingcopter details plans to deploy 12,000 drones across Africa

Wingcopter this week announced a partnership with Continental Drones designed to establish a massive delivery network spanning 49 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. The deal sets the lofty goal of d

Investors discuss how labor shortage is shaking up the construction tech stack

The pandemic wasn’t the only challenge to hit the construction industry. The rising cost of raw materials coupled with labor shortage has left the industry scrambling for solutions to bridge gaps.

5 construction tech investors analyze 2022 trends and opportunities

"It is difficult to find a project manager who is willing to take the risk to implement bleeding-edge tech on their project," said Heinrich Gröller, a partner at Speedinvest.

Warehouse robotics firm GreyOrange raises $110M via growth financing

Robotics firm GreyOrange this week announced it has raised $110 million. The funding comes four years after a $140 million Series C that brought the Atlanta-based company’s raise to $170 million. Ra

Flexxbotics puts work-cell manufacturing on cloud nine

In manufacturing — and especially in the space of contract manufacturing, where production lines are reconfigured to suit the product that’s being built — we’ve seen a prevaili

Dusty’s construction robots raise another $45M

Another sizeable funding round for Dusty Robotics this month. The Bay Area firm announced a $45 million Series B. The round, led by Scale Venture Partners, is a quick follow-up to last June’s $16.5

Uber Eats pilots autonomous delivery with Serve Robotics, Motional

Uber Eats is launching two autonomous delivery pilots in Los Angeles on Monday with Serve Robotics, a robotic sidewalk delivery startup, and Motional, an autonomous vehicle technology company. The new

DeepMind’s new AI can perform over 600 tasks, from playing games to controlling robots

The ultimate achievement to some in the AI industry is creating a system with artificial general intelligence (AGI), or the ability to understand and learn any task that a human can. Long relegated to

Getting high on HRI

I know I keep teasing how excited I am about July’s big robotics event, but it’s precisely because of panels like the one we announced earlier this week. We’ve got Rodney Brooks and Clara Vu tea

Move over Picasso, watching this robot paint a car is mesmerizing

I come across “neat tricks” performed by industrial robots all the time, and many of them are about as interesting as watching paint dry. ABB Robotics’ newest trick is literally that

Rodney Brooks and Clara Vu will discuss human-robot interaction at TC Sessions: Robotics 2022

Robots have transformed automation across industries such as agtech, automotive, logistics, manufacturing and warehousing. Yet even the most advanced robots typically work in restricted workcells away

Eureka Robotics, the team behind the ‘IkeaBot’, picks up $4.25M

Remember the IkeaBot? The robot went viral for its ability to build Ikea furniture as well (or better) than humans can. The team behind the project went on to found Eureka Robotics, which announced to

Knit picking

Going out on a limb here and guessing you don’t need me to tell you why we wanted to chat with Amazon at our upcoming robotics event. Well before we were discussing how the pandemic has radically tr

Swarming drones autonomously navigate a dense forest (and chase a human)

If drones are to take over any of the numerous tasks they are supposed to, they’re going to have to get a lot smarter — and learn to work together. In a demonstration of both of these things,

SLAMcore just raised $16M to help robots get around

The more of our world we share with robots, the more important it is to help them find their way. Founded in 2016, navigation is at the heart of what London-based SLAMcore does. In fact, it’s right

MIT used autonomous knitting to create these soft robotic banana fingers

The MIT CSAIL team calls them “banana fingers,” and I can’t really disagree. They’re oblong and bright yellow, but as visually arresting as they are at first glance, they do serve a function.
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