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RightHand Robotics Opens RightPick Center Europe in Germany
RightHand Robotics, whose RightPick 3 robotic system is designed for item handling, has opened a business development and training center in Nürnberg, Germany.

Ondas Holdings to Acquire Drone BVLOS Pioneer American Robotics for $70.6M
American Robotics, which is the first company to receive FAA approval for automated BVLOS flights, will join Ondas' mission-critical networking and data technologies.

Bright Machines to Raise $435M in SPAC Merger Toward Industrial Automation IPO
Bright Machines, which plans to expand thanks to its SPAC merger, said its a modular, software-defined approach provides manufacturers with scalability and easy deployment for flexible automation.

Robotics and AI Pioneer Ayanna Howard Named 2021-2022 ACM Athena Lecturer
Ayanna Howard, the 2021-2022 Association for Computing Machinery Athena Lecturer, discusses her career, diversity efforts, and hope for the future in engineering.

Orbbec to Build Time-of-Flight 3D Cameras on Microsoft Azure Depth Platform
Orbbec said its design and manufacturing expertise will complement Microsoft's 3D sensor and cloud technology for a new 3D, time-of-flight sensors to meet growing developer demand.

RTI Connext 6.1 Updated to Ease Development, Deployment of Remotely Operated Systems
In addition to its support for complex networking environments, new features in Connext 6.1 facilitate the development of any large-scale and heterogeneous distributed system. 

ARM Institute Launches Fellowship to Support AI in Metals and Manufacturing for Defense Suppliers
The U.S. Department of Defense is sponsoring several organizations that are collaborating to assist small and midsize manufacturers through the use of computer vision and robotics.

Pony.ai and Luminar Technologies Partner on Sensors for Robotaxi Testing in Five Cities
Pony.ai said its partnership with Luminar for 360-degree lidar sensing will enable it to expand its robotaxi testing globally.

Autonomous Trucking Firm Plus to Enter SPAC Merger, be Valued at $3.3B
Plus said its SPAC deal will provide $500 million in gross proceeds to help it accelerate commercialization of its autonomous truck technology and expand global operations.

Oculii Offers AI-Powered 4D Radar for Autonomous Vehicle Guidance, Raises $55M Series B Funding
Oculii, which has developed AI software for radar perception, has raised Series B funding as it launches two products intended to help autonomous systems navigate.

ViaBot Launches Maintenance Robots as a Service With $6.1M in Funding
ViaBot, whose RUNO robots are already providing autonomous sweeping and security services for Cushman & Wakefield, publicly launched and announced funding.

First-Quarter 2021 Robot Sales Increase 20% Over Q1 2020, Reports A3
The Association for Advancing Automation said that non-automotive purchases of robots in Q1 2021 were the second-best ever.

MassRobotics and MassTLC to Host Virtual Robotics and AI Career Fair
To address the need for diverse job seekers to find fulfilling tech careers and for robotics companies to grow, MassTLC and MassRobotics are hosting a career fair on May 19.

Symbio Robotics Deploys Robot AI at Ford Livonia Transmission Plant
Symbio Robotics provides AI to help robots at Ford learn how to install heavy and complex torque converters, learning and adapting so it can continuously increase efficiency.

Precision AI Raises $20M for Drone-Based Computer Vision for Sustainable Agriculture
Precision.AI Inc. provides fully autonomous spraying and crop-protection systems for farms of all sizes and equipment manufacturers.

Autonomous Welding Vendor Path Robotics Raises $56M in Series B Funding
To address a growing shortage of skilled labor, Path Robotics has raised money for its offering, which it said is the first turnkey system to automate welding.

Top 10 Robotics Transactions of April 2021
Even not including the largest deals in AI and autonomous vehicles from April 2021, the month still featured multimillion-dollar transactions in exoskeletons, delivery robots, and surgical systems.

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories and MIT Work to Bridge Gap Between Robot Vision, Touch
MERL and MIT researchers are working to apply machine learning, collaborative robots, sensors, and vision to help robots more dexterously manipulate items such as food.

Attabotics Works With AltaML and Amii to Add AI Capabilities to Supply Chains
Attabotics has partnered with two organizations in Alberta, Canada, to add AI, machine learning, and IoT to help customers be more proactive.

Toyota Unit Woven Planet to Acquire Lyft’s Level 5 Autonomous Driving Division for $550M
Woven Planet Group, a new mobility unit of Toyota, is buying Lyft's Level 5 division as investments and consolidation continue in the self-driving space.



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