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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.

Dusty Robotics Raises $16.5M Series A for Construction Automation
Dusty Robotics, whose FieldPrinter robot can rapidly lay out plans following building information models, will use its investment to scale up to meet construction industry demand.

Scythe Robotics Emerges From Stealth With $18.6M in Series A Funding for Autonomous Mower
Scythe Robotics has raised Series A funding and is offering its electric commercial lawnmower through a robotics-as-a-service model. It can also capture property and performance data.

RiACT Execs Aim for Cobots That Are Both Flexible and Simple to Use
RiACT, a Danish startup that has developed software for abstracting collaborative robot actions and making them easier to program, has announced pre-seed funding.

Stratom to Develop Autonomous Pallet Loader for U.S. Marine Corps
Stratom has received an SBIR contract to develop an Autonomous Pallet Loader that can move 10,000-lb. pallets on and off aircraft. Robotics 24/7 spoke with Stratom's CEO about the vehicle.

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.

Italian Sheet Metal Manufacturer Uses nTopology Software for 3D-Printed Metal Grippers
Preziosa Francesco worked with Add-it design engineers, Desktop Metal 3D printers, and nTopology software to quickly create grippers for its robotic cell and automated press bending machine.

ARM Institute Announces First Three Recipients of Academic Endorsement Program
The ARM Institute has recognized a high school in Columbus, Ohio, and two programs at Wichita State University for their excellence in preparing students for careers in robotics and manufacturing.

Drone Express and FarEye Partner to Launch Autonomous Drone Deliveries for U.S. Retailers
Drone Express, which provides commercial drones as a service, and FarEye, which offers logistics optimization software, say they will offer end-to-end visibility and route optimization.

Canon Solutions America Adds SoftBank Robotics’ Whiz to Workplace Health Portfolio
Canon Solutions America is offering the Whiz vacuuming robot, produced by SoftBank Robotics and using Brain Corp.'s Brain OS, among its integrated products and services to commercial sites.

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.

Seegrid Improves Smart Path Situational Awareness in Palion Tow Tractor
Seegrid recently released Series 9 of its Palion Tow Tractor, which includes the enhanced Smart Path vision guidance system.

Seegrid Releases Autonomous Palion Tow Tractor Series 8
Seegrid has added the enhanced Smart Path technology for improved awareness and autonomous decision-making capabilities in dynamic facilities to its Palion Tow Tractor Series 8.

Qualcomm Releases Roster of 7 IoT Products Built to Drive Digital Transformation
Qualcomm has released seven new products that it said will help with Internet of Things and AI applications including connected healthcare, logistics management, and warehousing.

Vecna Robotics Names Craig Malloy as CEO, as Mobile Robot Demand Surges
Craig Malloy, a U.S. Navy veteran, will focus on Vecna Robotics' organizational and operational needs as it scales up, while founder Daniel Theobald will serve as chief innovation officer.

Geek+ Deploys 100 Mobile Robots at Circle K Distribution Center in Hong Kong
Circle K Hong Kong has deployed 100 Geek+ autonomous mobile robots for picking at its distribution center, which serves 300 convenience stores and handles 1 million items daily.

FARO Acquires HoloBuilder and Expands Digital Twin Product Suite
FARO Technologies, which provides data collection for industrial customers, has acquired construction progress management firm HoloBuilder for "end-to-end" digital twin offerings.

Top 10 Robotics Transactions of May 2021
Robotics transactions in May 2021 slowed from the previous month, but companies supplying autonomous trucks, software and sensors, and systems for new applications raised millions of dollars.

Toyota AI Ventures Rebrands as Toyota Ventures, to Invest $300M More in Emerging Tech
Toyota AI Ventures, which has invested in robotics, AI, and other emerging technologies, will add carbon neutrality to its portfolio under the Toyota Ventures Climate Fund.

Realtime Robotics CEO Discusses Funding, Making Industrial Robots Safer, and Ease of Use
CEO Peter Howard describes Realtime Robotics' technology as a "universal translator that removes the need for robot brand-specific programming experts," widening applications.



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