The RBR50 awards honor technology, business, and market innovations, as well as the robotics and automation organizations worldwide that were responsible for them.
Softbank’s most promising robotics investments are not those targeting the experimental technologies, nor the massive funding rounds for self-driving vehicles, but rather the mid-range investments in mobile robots for industrial and commercial applications.
Collaborations with firms will help Spot robot navigate job sites to capture data and track progress.
Acrobotic robots, Marvel movies, and connecting builders and dreamers the focus of the event.
Creator of Spot, SpotMini shows off latest logistics robot and picking technology.
From cars to trucks, self-driving developers are earning investors’ attention in recent weeks.
As robots move into food preparation, Creator is focusing on quality rather than mass production, explains Martin Buehler.
Integrating robots into a household environment will require a different approach to robot design than industrial automation, writes guest columnist Alexandre Colle.
Spring is on the way, with drone and IoT matches, a big ETF purchase, and industrial automation the subject of the past week’s robotics transactions.
The fourth quarter of 2017 was another strong one for robotics and AI. SoftBank continued its efforts to be an industry leader. We look at key investments and acquisitions, as well as list all of the automation transactions of the past quarter.
When we look back on 2017, we’ll remember a back-flipping robot, the arrival of social robots, brain-controlled robots, major developments for autonomous vehicles, the rise of mobile manipulators, and a certain security robot that drove into a water fountain.
2018 is shaping up to be a massive year for automation. But first, here’s a look back at the most popular stories about AI and robotics in 2017.
SoftBank, already investing billions into AI and robotics, adds to its impressive robotics portfolio with the acquisitions of Boston Dynamics and Schaft.
The US Marine Corps will this fall start developmental testing of Boston Dynamics Spot quadruped robot, hoping for a limited technical assessment in 2018. The ultimate goal is for robots to help Marines in the field, whether with patrolling, reconnaissance or other ground tactics. And it seems the Marine Corps has decided four-legged robots is the way to go.
Boston Dynamics has officially unveiled Handle, a research robot that combines the efficiency of wheels with the versatility of legs.
Boston Dynamics debuted a new two-wheeled robot called Handle that can jump over obstacles, self-balance and eventually move objects around.
Boston Dynamics sees home delivery as a practical application for its SpotMini robot dog. But Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert says SpotMini needs to be cheaper to build before it will be sent on any job interviews.
The SpotMini robot from Boston Dynamics can run up stairs, load the dishwasher, throw away trash, and fetch you a drink.
Nearly 40 years after it was built, GE’s Walking Truck quadruped robot was a major inspiration for Boston Dynamics’ BigDog robot. Here’s a comparison of Walking Truck and BigDog, what’s changed and what still needs improvement.
Boston Dynamics’ next generation ATLAS robot is tether-free, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings, and has incredible balance.
Atlas, a 6-foot, 2-inch humanoid robot from Google-owned Boston Dynamics, has drastically improved its walking ability since the DRC Finals. Watch it run through the woods and traverse rough terrain.
While the robot itself may be from Google-owned Boston Dynamics, the balance algorithm is from IHMC