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SoftBank will bring Bear’s serving robots to Japan, amid restaurant labor shortages

SoftBank will bring Bear’s serving robots to Japan, amid restaurant labor shortages SoftBank has been quite bullish on Bear Robotics this year, beginning with leadership in a $32 million Series A back in January. It’s easy to see why the investment firm believes that this is the breakthrough moment for the Bay Area-based startup, as […]

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Festo’s latest biomimetic robots are a flying feathered bird and ball-bottomed helper arm

Festo’s latest biomimetic robots are a flying feathered bird and ball-bottomed helper arm You could be excused for thinking that German robotics company Festo does nothing but put together fabulous prototype robots built to resemble kangaroos, jellyfish, and other living things. They do in fact actually make real industrial robots, but it’s hard not to […]

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Announcing the TC Pitch Night: Robotics + AI startups

Announcing the TC Pitch Night: Robotics + AI startups The night before the Robotics + AI event at UC Berkeley, TechCrunch is hosting a private Pitch Night, featuring innovative startups in robotics and artificial intelligence. After reviewing hundreds of applications, TechCrunch selected the early stage startups below to pitch in front of industry executives, TC […]

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Nomagic, a startup out of Poland, picks up $8.6M for its pick-and-place warehouse robots

Nomagic, a startup out of Poland, picks up .6M for its pick-and-place warehouse robots Factories and warehouses have been two of the biggest markets for robots in the last several years, with machines taking on mundane, if limited, processes to speed up work and free up humans to do other, more complex tasks. Now, a […]

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This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them

This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them If robots are to help out in places like hospitals and phone repair shops, they’re going to need a light touch. And what’s lighter than not touching at all? Researchers have created a gripper that uses ultrasonics to suspend an object in midair, potentially […]

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Unearth the future of agriculture at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI with the CEOs of Traptic, Farmwise and Pyka

Unearth the future of agriculture at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI with the CEOs of Traptic, Farmwise and Pyka Farming is one of the oldest professions, but today those amber waves of grain (and soy) are a test bed for sophisticated robotic solutions to problems farmers have had for millennia. Learn about the cutting edge (sometimes literally) […]

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‘PigeonBot’ brings flying robots closer to real birds

‘PigeonBot’ brings flying robots closer to real birds Try as they might, even the most advanced roboticists on Earth struggle to recreate the effortless elegance and efficiency with which birds fly through the air. The “PigeonBot” from Stanford researchers takes a step toward changing that by investigating and demonstrating the unique qualities of feathered flight. […]

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Meet MarsCat, a robot cat with lots of love to give and room to grow

Meet MarsCat, a robot cat with lots of love to give and room to grow At CES 2020, one of the more well-represented gadget categories was definitely consumer robots – but none was more adorable than MarsCat, a new robo-pet from industrial robot startup Elephant Robotics. This robot pet is a fully autonomous companion that […]

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NASA will launch a ‘robot hotel’ to the Space Station on its next SpaceX resupply mission

NASA will launch a ‘robot hotel’ to the Space Station on its next SpaceX resupply mission NASA is going to be sending something it calls a ‘robot hotel’ to the International Space Station aboard the next commercial resupply mission, which is set to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket this week. The robot hotel […]

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This robot scientist has conducted 100,000 experiments in a year

This robot scientist has conducted 100,000 experiments in a year Science is exciting in theory, but it can also be dreadfully dull. Some experiments require hundreds or thousands of repetitions or trials — an excellent opportunity to automate. That’s just what MIT scientists have done, creating a robot that performs a certain experiment, observes the […]

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