While deep learning methods have proven useful for autonomous navigation, the approach requires vast amounts of data and computing power, and produces solutions that are inefficient, fragile and unaffordable for many classes of applications. Opteran’s “Natural Intelligence” approach, based on the function of insect brains, provides an alternative for generating complex, autonomous behaviors for machines.
What is the Future of Robotics? The Commercial Drone Market Provides Clues
It is advanced software, working in conjunction with hardware systems, that has driven the commercial drone sector to new heights. Similarly, software is the key capabilities enabler for other types of robotics systems going forward, including mobile robots.
ModalAI – Start-Up Profile – Perception & Communications Solutions Enable Autonomy in Drones and Robots
The company’s AI powered autonomy technologies allow drone and robot developers to bring their solutions to the market quickly and affordably.
RBR Essential Robotics Announcements – March 5 – 12, 2021
RBR essential announcements for the interval ranging from March 5 – 12, 2021 include notices from Nimble Robotics, Axon, Skydio, Bedrock Ocean Exploration, Refraction AI, ForSight Robotics, GreyOrange and Vicarious.
American Robotics’ FAA Approval and BLOS Operations, Boston Dynamics Dancing Humanoids, and Cruise’s New $2B Round
In this podcast, American Robotics CEO Reese Mozer, CEO of American Robotics, the first drone company approved by the FAA to operate automated drones without human operators, discusses BVLOS. Also, Boston Dynamics’ Founder Marc Raibert reflects on dancing humanoids.
Essential Robotics Announcements – December 25th – 31st, 2020
RBR essential announcements for the interval ranging from December 25, 2020 to December 31, 2020 include notices from Flexiv, Distalmotion, EHang, Alpine 4 Technologies, Vayu, IISART, and the FAA.
Terradepth on Undersea Data Capture / Exyn Aerial Mine Mapping Systems
In this Robot Report podcast, Terradepth’s founders discuss their autonomous, underwater data collection solution. Also, Exyn Technologies’ CEO describes the company’s autonomous aerial system for data collection in GPS-denied environments.
Start-Up Profile – Target Arm – A Novel Solution for Drone Launch and Recovery
Target Arm offers Tular, a unique solution for launch and recovery operations from moving vehicles for both rotary and fixed wing drones.
Start-up Profile – Autonodyne – Reducing the Cost & Complexity of Commercial, Civil & Defense UAS Ops
Autonodyne provides a HW and SW ‘platform’ for commercial, civil and defense unmanned aerial systems (UASs) including a control station, on-board mission computer, and advanced autonomy behaviors. Recent partnership deals are a capabilities signifier.
FAA Approval for Amazon Drone Delivery Encouraging, But Process Needs Streamlining
The FAA’s approval for Prime Air drone delivery is a promising step forward, but the FAA needs to streamline the process and update its rules to better reflect current technology.
August 2020 Robotics Transactions Continue Strong Summer Pace
Despite the ongoing pandemic, robotics investment and acquisition activity did not slow down in August 2020, with funding flowing to autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, and drones.
May 2020 Robotics Transactions Drop in Number, but Self-driving Cars Pick Up More Funding
The novel coronavirus pandemic slowed global manufacturing as investors look to the future of transportation.
Draganfly, AeroVironment Team Up for Quantix Mapper Commercial Distribution
Drone providers AeroVironment and Draganfly are widening distribution of the Quantix Mapper system, just in time for planting season in the Northern Hemisphere.
AeroVironment Expands from Military to Commercial Drone Applications
AeroVironment, which claims to be the largest supplier of drones to the U.S. military, is also an example of a pure-play robotics company that is profitable.
January 2020 Robotics Transactions Start Off Strong
In January 2020, robotics investments and mergers and acquisitions showed continued strength across applications, even as economic challenges affected manufacturing and food service robots.
FLIR Acquires Tethered Drone Assets, Technology from Aria Insights
Deal with UAS Pioneer, Formerly CyPhy Works, Includes Intellectual Property, Multiple Patents.
First Responders and State Universities join AIRT for 2nd Annual UAS DRONES Disaster Exercise
Participants battle tropical heat to conduct live UAS flight drills including maritime aerial reconnaissance, damage assessment, force protection, and other disaster simulations.
Drone Delivery Makes Small Progress, Yet Big Challenges Remain
New research predicts $10 billion market by 2030, with a $101 billion overall market for drone services.
7 Things to Know About Europe’s New Drone Rules
European nations consolidate rules for commercial and personal drone usage.
Edgybees Launches Argus API Platform for Augmented Reality Integration
New platform facilitates customizable implementations of real-time visual intelligence technology, extending operational capabilities for industrial and commercial uses.
Market for Commercial Drones to Nearly Triple by 2024, Research Says
Currently, commercial drone usage primarily contained to energy, construction, and agriculture.
Drones Assist With Police Standoff, Crime Scene Mapping
Two recent incidents highlight the ability for aerial drones to help public safety with crime scene investigations and public safety incidents.
At Davos, Leaders Release Commercial Drone Guidelines for Operators
Report gives governments recommendations and lessons learned for drone policies.
CyPhy Works Rebrands to Focus on AI-Based Drone Analytics
Aria Insights brand to turn collected drone data into actionable intelligence for commercial operations.
The Essential Interview: Rescue Robots Developer Robin Murphy
Rescue robots can help save lives in the aftermath of disaster, but agencies should know more about their costs and capabilities, says Robin Murphy, founder of Roboticists Without Borders.