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Warehouses Require More Flexible Automation Than Conventional ASRS, Says Caja Robotics Exec
Most automated storage and retrieval systems require warehouse operators to invest in infrastructure, notes Caja Robotics EVP Hanna Yanovsky. She claims Caja's systems offer more flexibility.

Waymo Raises $2.5B to Continue Autonomous Vehicle Development
Waymo said it plans to use its funding to continue developing and commercializing its autonomous driving technology and to hire more staffers as it offers service in select cities.

NVIDIA Releases Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial Module for Harsh Environments
NVIDIA said its new NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial module is designed to enable multiple industries to deploy AI at the edge in environments where safety and reliability are critical.

Waymo and J.B. Hunt Collaborate for Autonomous Freight Testing in Texas
The Waymo Driver will power a Class 8 autonomous truck to haul freight between facilities in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas, as J.B. Hunt Transport Services evaluates the technology's potential.

Boston Micro Fabrication Uses Light Focusing Method to 3D Print Tiny Parts
With digital light processing, Boston Micro Fabrication can 3D-print structures that with micron-scale details, which can be useful in electronics manufacturing and other applications.

ARM Institute Issues New Call for Manufacturing, Aerospace, and Defense Projects
The U.S. Defense Department and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute are looking to fund projects around topics such as AI in manufacturing and aerospace requirements.

Kodiak Robotics Partners With SK to Bring Autonomous Trucking to $1.5T Asian Freight
Kodiak Robotics, which has been operating autonomous trucks in Texas, will use components from South Korea-based SK as it enters the Asian market for freight and fleet management services.

Third Wave Automation Announces Partnership With Toyota Industries for Material Handling Vehicles
The application of machine learning for "shared autonomy" between robotic materials handling vehicles and human operators is key to next-generation productivity, says Third Wave.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AMP Robotics Deploys Recycling Systems at Evergreen for Bottle Recycling
Evergreen, which recycles plastic bottles, is deploying six AI-driven robotics systems from AMP Robotics as both companies expand their sustainability efforts.

Allen Institute for AI Adds Object Manipulation to AI2-THOR Framework
Robotic manipulation poses several challenges. The ManipulaTHOR framework is built on a physics engine and enables realistic interactions with objects while navigating through scenes and performing tasks.

NVIDIA GTC 2021 Shows New Processors, Simulation Tools for Robotics Developers
At its annual GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA showed new processors, simulation software, and tools. The Omniverse simulation framework will allow for faster prototyping, says the company.

Kroger Builds Grocery Fulfillment Center With Ocado Automation
Grocery chain Kroger is building Customer Fulfillment Centers across the U.S. using Ocado's storage and robotics technology.



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