Service robot sales set new records last year, led by logistics robots at 110% sales growth and 28% growth in medicaal robots, reported the International Federation of Robotics.
Toyota Research Institute shows service robot prototypes in virtual open house
Toyota Research Institute demonstrated its research into machine learning, simulation, and manipulation in a virtual open house, which included a ceiling-mounted kitchen gantry robot.
Robotic Coffee Master from OrionStar and Cheetah Mobile begins serving customers
OrionStar said its new Robotic Coffee Master has two six-axis arms and relies on 3,000 hours of machine learning to simulate master-level brewing techniques.
Omron Asia Pacific and Techmetics Robotics launch LD UVC disinfection robot
Omron Asia Pacific said its partnership with Techmetics Robotics has produced an autonomous mobile robot designed for safe and automated disinfection of public spaces indoors.
Pudu Robotics gets Series B financing for indoor delivery service robots
China-based Pudu Technology has raised $15 million to continuing developing and deploying its service robots for the restaurant and hospitality industries.
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.
Rocos operations platform to manage robots at 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
Companies including Rocos are preparing to deploy service robots including humanoids at hotels and other venues around the 2022 Beijiing Winter Olympics.
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.
Mobile robot demand rises as Brain Corp raises Series D funding
As interest in autonomous mobile robots grows for applications ranging from logistics and retail to healthcare, so too have the fortunes of AMR enablers such as Brain Corp.
Ripcord uses robotics to digitize records, processes and avoid paper waste
Ripcord is applying industrial automation lessons to the digitization of millions of paper records to help business processes be more efficient, remotely accessible, and less wasteful.
Consumer robots still struggle as Laundroid maker Seven Dreamers files for bankruptcy
The Laundroid consumer robot, which has been at CES for the past few years, hit the usual snags of price and performance, but other household robots will come.
Robotics is a Highly Fragmented Industry With Few Common Standards or Platforms
by Frank Tobe, Publisher, The Robot Report with Manoj Sahi, roboticist and educator, India Imagine being present at the birth of a new industry. It is an industry based on groundbreaking new technologies, wherein a handful of well-established corporations sell highly specialized devices for business use, and a fast-growing number of start-up companies produce innovative…
Recent Breakthroughs Are Enabling Consumer and Low-cost Commercial Robots
by Frank Tobe and Manoj Sahi The consumer robotic market has been on a roller coaster ride of evolution and market penetration. The amount of money companies and consumers were paying for robots and the features that they were getting ultimately did not match up. Low-cost service robots have similar problems. The technologies and robot…
Dissecting the Controversy About the Robotics Industry
Where are the robots? Where’s that $100 billion industry we’ve seen in the forecasts? Since the 1980’s we’ve seen robots outside of the factory – vacuums, drones, bomb disposal devices, embedded systems for cars, hazardous materials and location monitoring bots – but expected to see more. Our expectations are so much higher than what’s thus…
The real facts about Korea’s kindergarten teaching robots
Sang-Rok Oh, KIST advisor In a presentation at InnoRobo, the Innovation Robotics Summit held March 23-25 in Lyon, France, Sang-Rok Oh, from the South Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), and an advisor to the government on r-learning, described the early childhood project that many of us have read about. Most of the stories,…