Using ultraviolet light, a UVC robot developed by MIT and Ava Robotics can disinfect a warehouse floor in half an hour. It could one day be used in grocery stores, schools, and other public spaces
ARM Institute announces expedited call for COVID-19 technology projects
The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, or ARM Institute has issued a call for projects to be reviewed, developed, and executed against performance metrics to develop technologies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Violet disinfection robot from Akara Robotics uses Intel Movidius VPU for safety
Violet, a new disinfection robot rapidly developed by Akara Robotics, uses Intel Movidius technology to detect humans and avoid exposure to UV radiation.
Companion robots needed during COVID-19 crisis more than ever
The great lyric poet Billy Idol once sung, “Eyes without a face, got no human grace, you’re eyes without a face.” This profound statement has been ringing loudly during this period of social distancing and masked encounters. As I professed on several webinars to understand the mechanics of reopening with robots, I have been challenged…
Temp Screening Assistant adds new skill to Misty II service robot platform
Misty Robotics has added a new skill, or robot application, to its Misty II development platform. The Temp Screening Assistant is a contactless way of checking people’s temperatures.
Smart Epidemic Prevention and Control Robots demonstrate results in large-scale Chinese deployment
Cheetah Mobile and OrionStar quickly repurposed more than 100 service robots as Smart Epidemic Prevention and Control Robots and said they have performed well in Chinese hospitals.
Breezy One from Build With Robots, Fetch Robotics disinfects Albuquerque airport
Build With Robots has built the Breezy One autonomous disinfection robot on Fetch Robotics’ mobile platform and cloud software. It can decontaminates a 100,000-sq.-ft. space in 1.5 hours using a patented chemical spray.
Online grocery orders spike during pandemic, to drive surge in automation, finds Fabric
A consumer survey supports predictions that online grocery orders will increase to 10% of total sales this year, reported micro-fulfillment provider Fabric. The novel coronavirus outbreak has accelerated this increase, it said.
Disinfection drones not yet practical, finds Exyn Technologies study
Exyn Technologies, which provides a full stack of software and drones for GPS-denied environments, shared the results of a feasibility study on the use of UAVs for disinfecting large areas with UV-C light.
Cleaning robots, ease of use, and data key to reopening retail, say Brain Corp execs
Demand for cleaning robots in retail will likely continue beyond coronavirus closures, said Brain Corp executives. They also noted the importance of understanding one’s customers, gathering valuable data, and the evolving technology stack.
Using machines for COVID-19 contact tracing raises privacy concerns
As roboticists join the fight to flatten the COVID-19 curve with contact tracing, privacy advocates caution against following these invasive examples.
The Yards to deliver meals to DC families in need with Optimus Ride autonomous vehicles
Optimus Ride is expanding its partnership with Brookfield Properties by providing autonomous vehicles to deliver food to families in need with The Yards, a development in Southeast D.C.
Danish startup develops throat swabbing robot for COVID-19 testing
Lifeline Robotics, a Danish startup co-founded by Esben Østergaard, created an autonomous throat swabbing robot that tests for COVID-19.
Dishcraft Robotics raises funding to help caterers, cafeterias reopen post-pandemic
Dishcraft Robotics, which offers its Dishcraft Daily cleaning robots-as-a-service to cafeterias and restaurants, plans to use its new funding to expand to takeout dishes and serve more facilities.
How telehealth could improve next-gen exoskeletons
ReWalk Robotics and the Wyss Institute are exploring how telehealth capabilities, including remote data provision, analysis and therapy, can improve exoskeletons.
Miso Robotics partners with PathSpot to scan restaurant workers for health, safety
Miso Robotics, creator of the Flippy burger-flipping robot, has partnered with PathSpot Technologies to bundle PathSpot’s hand-scanning technology to improve food and worker safety.
How robots can help manufacturers adapt post COVID-19
Robots continue to play an essential role in the fight against COVID-19. Robots are assisting with testing, working in labs, sanitizing spaces, surveilling public areas, and helping fulfill supply chains, just to name a few examples. They will have an even greater role in the recovery from both the novel coronavirus and economic disruption. It’s a…
How 6 River Systems’ robots help keep workers safe during the coronavirus pandemic
6 River Systems CTO Chris Cacioppo shares a blog post in which he describes the measures the mobile robot provider is taking to protect warehouse workers during the novel coronavirus crisis.
Cybersecurity shouldn’t be overlooked during COVID-19 response, says IEEE expert
Karen Panetta, a Tufts University Professor and IEEE Fellow, discusses why developers of robots, drones, AI, and autonomous vehicles need to remember cybersecurity for adoption past the novel coronavirus crisis.
Survey finds coronavirus changing consumer comfort with AI, robots, and self-driving cars
A new survey has found that Americans have become somewhat more accepting of AI and robots, but developers will still have to take skepticism and job fears into account.
4 types of robots playing vital roles during COVID-19
A perfect storm of disruptions to supply, demand and workplace practices has turned the world of manufacturing and supply chains upside down. Social distancing and isolation are the order of the day, and manual tasks normally undertaken by humans are suddenly out of reach or unsafe. Undertaking these tasks without human-to-human contact is exactly where…
Keenon rolls out disinfection robot to hospitals in China and beyond
Shanghai-based Keenon Robotics has joined the companies and universities offering disinfection robots for the ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus.