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SB Logistics Moves Toward a ‘Lights-Out’ Warehouse in Japan
With help from SoftBank Robotics and Berkshire Grey, SB Logistics added automation throughout a new e-commerce order-fulfillment facility serving all of Tokyo.

Opentrons Raises $200M Series C Funding for Lab Automation, Led by SoftBank
Opentrons Labworks, whose subsidiaries apply AI and robotics to different parts of the life sciences and healthcare markets, will use its funding for more diagnostic tools.

SoftBank Robotics and Keenon Robotics Become Global Partners for Service Industry
SoftBank Robotics and Keenan Robotics said their partnership will enable them to serve growing global demand for efficiency in food service, starting in Singapore.

Keenon Robotics Raises $200M in Series D Funding for Service Robots
Keenon Robotics plans to use its latest financing, led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, to develop applications for its mobile service robots and expand into new markets.

Agile Robots Raises Series C Funding, Claims to Be First Unicorn in Field
Agile Robots, which has headquarters in Munich and Beijing, has developed software and hardware and said it is the first intelligent robotics company worth $1 billion.

Five Robotics Failures and What Developers Can Learn From Them
Humanoid robots, fruit-picking robots, and the ongoing self-driving car race show that rather than blame luck or overestimate technology, designers can learn from past mistakes.

CMR Raises $600M in Series D Funding for Versius Surgical Robots
CMR Surgical, which has developed the Versius robotic system for minimally invasive procedures, is valued at $3 billion and plans to continue its global commercialization.

Boston Dynamics Acquisition by Hyundai Motor Group From SoftBank Is Complete
Hyundai Motor Group has completed its acquisition of a controlling share in humanoid and legged robot maker Boston Dynamics, and the companies plan to expand their product lines.

RobotLAB and SoftBank Robotics America Partner to Offer Pepper, NAO, and Whiz in North America
SoftBank Robotics' Pepper and NAO humanoid service robots will be available for integration for educational and industrial use through RobotLAB, as will SoftBank's Whiz cleaning robots.

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.

Formlabs Closes $150M Series E to Grow 3D Printing Tech, Doubles Valuation to $2B
Formlabs said it plans to use its Series E funding, led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, to expand its portfolio of 3D printing technologies and hire more employees.

Chinese Mobile Robot Startup Youibot Raises $15.5M, Led by SoftBank Ventures Asia
Youibot, whose "end-to-end" set of mobile robots and software offerings serve the manufacturing, power, and logistics industries, plans to continue global growth.

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.

10 Autonomous Approaches to Disinfection During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Robots can relieve humans from dull, dirty, and dangerous work, but for the past year, extra attention has focused on safe disinfection.

SoftBank Robotics and Berkshire Grey Build Automated E-Commerce Fulfillment Center in Japan
Berkshire Grey is adding its AI-driven robots to help automate a 3PL facility in Japan run by SoftBank.



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