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Omron Automation Americas Opens Advanced Motion R&D Center in California
Omron Automation Americas' new Omron Advanced Motion Research and Development Center in Chatsworth, Calif., will work with customers on smaller, faster, and more accurate motion controllers.

Anduril Industries Acquires Dive Technologies, Adds Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to Arsenal
Anduril has added Dive Technologies' DIVE-LD modular underwater vehicle to its offerings for autonomous data collection for military, scientific, and industrial use.

Terradepth Co-CEO Describes Buddy Drones, Data Cloud Supporting Virtual Ocean Concept
Terradepth, which recently named new executives, has developed drones to relay data to the cloud as part of its Virtual Ocean concept for undersea mapping.

Juni Learning Partners With Makeblock, NASA, and Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration on STEM Education
Juni Learning's new "Intro to Robotics: Exploring Uncharted Territories" STEAM course is intended to give students a chance to learn to program in Python and Scratch.

Terradepth Expands Leadership Team in Pursuit of 2022 Ocean Mapping Milestones
Terradepth, which is developing systems to map ocean terrain for a "virtual ocean" analogous to Google Earth, has named executives including its first chief operating officer.

RE2 Robotics Recaps 2021 Successes and Looks Ahead to 2022
RE2 Robotics, which develops mobile manipulation robots and software, noted that its technology found uses in aviation, construction, and healthcare, with applications still growing.

Nauticus Robotics to Go Public With CleanTech Acquisition SPAC Merger
Nauticus, which is offering its software and robotics as a service for more sustainable ocean operations, will be worth about $561 million after SPAC deal.

Eureka Robotics Develops Software to Add Sensitivity, Dexterity to Industrial Robots
The force-feedback algorithm in Dynamis, which was first demonstrated in NTU Singapore's Ikea Bot, is designed to enable robots to manipulate small and delicate parts without damaging them.

PickNik Robotics Offers Beta of MoveIt Studio for Managing Robot Arms in Challenging Environments
PickNik Robotics' MoveIt Studio software builds on its support of the open-source robot arm motion planning software to make it easier for users to remotely manage robot arms.

RE2 Robotics Receives U.S. Navy Funding for CLAMS System to Improve ROV Manipulation
RE2 Robotics has received SBIR funding to improve and unify control of the RE2 Sapien Sea Class robot arms on the VideoRay Defender remotely operated vehicles for topside operators.

Honda Tests Autonomous Work Vehicle Prototype at Black & Veatch Solar Construction Site
Honda said it expects its Autonomous Work Vehicles, now in testing, to be capable of performing a wide range of services for industries that need a rugged, off-road system.

10 Technologies for Autonomous Vehicle, Robotics Developers From NVIDIA’s GTC 2021
From autonomous trucks to robots in factories and warehouses, NVIDIA made a host of announcements at its GTC event, including new libraries, integrations, and simulation products.

Touchlab Develops Electronic Skin, Reaches ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals
Touchlab, an ANA Avatar XPRIZE finalist, has developed thin sensors that can provide "electronic skin" and work with existing grippers and could have a variety of commercial uses.

ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition Announces 15 Finalist Teams
After conducting semifinals testing in Miami last month, the ANA Avatar XPRIZE Competition has selected teams from eight countries to advance in demonstrating telepresence technology.

Festo and MassRobotics Choose Four Companies for Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst
Festo and MassRobotics will help the companies chosen for the Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program with introductions, subject-matter experts, and technical and marketing support.

Formant Partners With PickNik Robotics for Cloud Based Mobile Manipulation
To advance mobile manipulation, PickNik Robotics and Formant are collaborating on a cloud-based, low-latency interface for advanced motion planning for robot arms.

Saildrone Closes Series C Funding to Advance Ocean Data Systems
Saildrone, which provides ocean data, mapping, and intelligence systems, has raised $100 million to grow its data-insight teams and go-to-market functions for science and defense markets.

Beaumont Machine Provides SpaceX Equipment With Robotic Articulation
Beaumont Machine has supplied a small-hole electrical discharge machine with robotic articulation from partner ABB to SpaceX, which is using several robots for its rockets.

MassRobotics Opens Applications for Second Jumpstart Fellowship Program to Encourage Robotics Diversity
MassRobotics has opened registration for the second cohort of its Jumpstart Fellowship Program offering diverse high school girls opportunities to learn about STEM careers.

NASA Perseverance Rover Cores First Rock on Mars
NASA reported that the robotic arm and drill on the Perseverance rover has collected a rock sample on Mars in its second attempt, but it needs more images to confirm.



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