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Covariant Raises $80M Series C for Robotic Manipulation AI
The Covariant Brain, which uses AI to guide picking robots for more flexible manipulation, has already been successfully deployed in verticals such as grocery and parcel.

Alphabet’s X Launches Intrinsic to Make Robot Programming Easier
A team at X, the innovation unit of Alphabet, has spent five and a half years developing tools to make it easier for robots to sense and be used in...

How Can Motion Planning Improve Industrial Robot Operations in Factories?
Both industrial and collaborative robots need energy-efficient and safe motion planning, and new AI approaches and algorithms promise to improve manufacturing automation.

MIT Motion-Planning Algorithm Enables Robot to Safely Dress a Person
To move safely and efficiently around people, robots need human-aware motion planning, as in a new algorithm developed at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

WellSaid Labs Raises $10M Series A Round to Build ‘Human-Parity’ Synthetic Voices
WellSaid Labs has received funding from FUSE, Voyager Capital, Qualcomm, and GoodFriends and said it will expand development of its AI product, which can aid human-machine interaction.

Intuition Robotics Expands ElliQ Robot Pilots to Extend Primary Care Into Older Adults’ Homes
Robots can help primary care providers make house calls. Intuition Robotics has expanded the capabilities of its ElliQ robot to increase interaction and data gathering for older people.

Ghost Locomotion Raises $100M to Improve Autonomous Vehicle Safety
Ghost Locomotion said its crash-prevention technology uses AI to track objects in motion and avoid threats, unlike other self-driving car systems, which require human intervention.

How Amazon Integrates Physical and Emerging Digital Technologies With AWS IoT
Amazon's chief technology officer explains how Amazon's robots use AWS IoT for comprehensive device management to scale out and conduct tasks such as induction and palletizing.

ISEE Launches Autonomous Driving System for Yard Trucks in Logistics Hubs
ISEE, which has developed AI that it said can anticipate behavior in dynamic environments, is working with Maersk and Lazer Spot on projects involving autonomous yard trucks.

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.

634AI Chooses RTI Connext to Provide Connectivity for MAESTRO Mobile Robot Control System
634AI can save time using the RTI Connext DDS software, according to Real-Time Innovations, as it connects mobile robots to navigation and fleet management software.

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.

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.

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.



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