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Reach Robotics closes $7.5M Series A for its augmented reality bots

After years of research and development, Reach Robotics has closed a $7.5 million Series A, co-led by Korea Investment Partners (KiP) and IGlobe, to bring its augmented reality bots to market in a b

The Canvas autonomous cart can ferry goods around chaotic factory floors

Most Econ 101 classes start with an explanation of fixed and marginal cost in the context of factories. The factory is the principal fixed cost — expensive and permanent. Canvas wants to smash this

MIT’s Daniela Rus is leading a robotics revolution

Daniela Rus’s morning is packed. My arrival appears to come as a bit of a surprise. She considers the situation for a moment before inviting me in. Rus has allowed me to sit in for a packed morning

Five reasons to attend TC Sessions: Robotics next week at MIT

Next week TechCrunch is hosting its first ever one-day event centered around robotics. Called TC Sessions: Robotics, there are still a few general admission tickets left which grant the holder access

How Carnegie Mellon’s snake robot became the multi-legged snake monster

The snake has long been one of the most compelling demos out of Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab. Inspired by the reptile of the same name, its long, skinny build makes it perfect for squeezing into t

Here’s why you need to attend TC Sessions: Robotics

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Fingervision is robot skin made from cheap, off-the-shelf components

Fingervision isn’t much to look at. At first glance, it appears as though someone MacGyvered a GoPro case out of some clear food wrap and bits of plastic, attaching the creation to the end of a $25,

7 robots that were inspired by nature

Nature has inspired robotics since its earliest days. In 1739, French artist Jacques de Vaucanson gave the world the Digesting Duck, a surreal automaton that appeared to eat — and, yes, poop out —

Ford creates a new dedicated Robotics and AI Research team

Ford's recent executive shuffle was bound to lead to reorganization throughout the company, but the addition of a new Robotics and AI Research team operating under Ford's Research and Advanced Enginee

HuMoTech’s robotic feet make it easier to test drive a bunch of different prosthetics

There are white boards lining the walls covered in complex formulas and earlier iterations of the company’s robotic leg are scattered in pieces on and underneath tables. You can practically chart th

TC Sessions: Robotics to feature talks from Rod Brooks, DARPA and MIT CSAIL

The agenda for TC Sessions: Robotics just keeps getting more irresistible. We are happy to announce that Rod Brooks, co-founder of Rethink Robotics and iRobot, will join us on stage at TechCrunch’s

Sphero spinoff Misty Robotics gets $11.5 million to create a mainstream robot for the home

Hardware startup Misty Robotics has a daunting task ahead of it. The Boulder-based company is working on a robot aimed at mainstream consumers for employment in the home and office. But Misty certainl

SoftWear Automation raises $4.5 million to build robots that sew

Remember the good old days when cartoon robot toys were all the rage? Maybe you were a Transformers kid or maybe you were into Microbots. And, if you were very lucky, you got to experience to joy of t

More robots! Announcing three demos for TC Sessions: Robotics at MIT on July 17

There are so many great robotics projects underway that it’s hard to pick the best to appear at TC Sessions: Robotics, which is coming to MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on July 17. The agenda is full wit

Future of Sex podcast creator Bryony Cole talks the future of funbots and New York’s first sextech hackathon

In what turned out to be a surprising SFW podcast Future of Sex podcast creator Bryony Cole joined us to talk about the future of sex, teledilonics and sex robots. Not content to let the media and the

Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

TechCrunch is holding its first ever event focused solely on robotics on July 17 at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, Mass., and today we're really pleased to roll out the agenda for TC Sessions:

New toolkit makes it easy to drag and drop your own robot

The old song tells us that the leg bone is connected to the hip bone, but how are we to know if the articulated cam can connect to the brushless motor? There are, sadly, no songs designed to tell us h

Judah vs. the Machines: Blindfolded against a Berkeley robot overlord

In this episode of Judah vs. the Machines, Judah visits UC Berkeley’s Robot Learning Lab to meet Brett, a robot still in testing that was designed to learn like a human. Brett's creators hope that h

Watch Judah Friedlander explore the future of AI in Judah vs. The Machines

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY actor Judah Friedlander, maybe best known for playing Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock, took the stage to announce a new show that will air right here on TechCrunch. Titled J

RoboWaiter wants to make American restaurants great again with robots

RoboWaiter's crack team, consisting of a developer, designer and a robotics expert, came together at last night's Disrupt NY hackathon to create a faster, better, smarter waiter using IBM Watson and
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