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Warehouse Korber JohnColumn1 400x275Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are quickly becoming a must-have technology for warehouses, especially those that perform e-commerce fulfillment operations. Research firm Interact Analysis predicts that by 2025, 2.1 million mobile robots will have been shipped worldwide. Many that assume this growth is being driven by the ever-present desire to reduce operational costs are often overlooking other drivers. While operational cost reduction is important and measurable, there are far more impactful issues driving the investments of AMR technologies today.

 

7 Eleven Nuro 400x2757-Eleven and Nuro have announced a pilot program for autonomous delivery in the state of California. Residents in Mountain View, Calif., can order products through the 7NOW delivery app and have them delivered by a self-driving vehicle.

 

NeoCortex PalletSorter400x275Universal Logic, which develops the Neocortex AI robot control software, has announced a deal for its fully integrated Neocortex Pallet Sorter system in several distribution centers of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG).

 

SeegridPalionLift400x275Seegrid, which develops autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for material handling tasks, has announced new details about the technology that powers its Palion Lift AMR, the company’s first autonomous lift truck. Seegrid said Palion Lift includes the latest generation of Seegrid IQ, the company’s autonomy technology, and “is the only lift truck AMR in the market with industry-leading 3D perception.”

 

Liteye Spyglass400x275Liteye Systems, which develops counter-drone systems, has announced that the U.S. Army will be the first customer of its Spyglass 3D Radar as part of a multi-mission, multi-domain defense solution. Liteye said the Spyglass 3D Radar is designed and manufactured by Numerica Corporation, based in Fort Collins. The company also said production orders are now being accepted, with delivery beginning in Q2 2022, with the U.S. military taking priority deliveries.

 

MacysBreadRobot400x275Le Bread Xpress, which has created a robotic vending machine for baking a variety of meals and pastries on demand, has announced that Macy’s Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, Calif., has installed a custom-branded Bake Xpress. The machine provides a full menu of fresh-baked meals and pastries that complements the beverage and snack options provided by Macy’s. The new machine features a Macy’s-branded machine wrap and custom menu chosen by the retailer.

 

MassRobotics AWS400x275MassRobotics has announced a strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), creating a Robotics Startup Accelerator to help companies address the biggest challenges in the automation, robotics, and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market.

 

 

SilentArrow400x275Silent Arrow, which develops autonomous cargo drone technologies, has announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded the company a contract for the delivery of 15 Silent Arrow drones that will be reconfigured as an autonomous cargo delivery glider.

 

HAIPICK WINIT 400x275HAI Robotics, which develops autonomous case-handling robotics systems (ACR) for warehouse logistics operations, has announced the deployment of its first project in the U.K. with Chinese cross-border warehouse operator WINIT.

 

LUUM eyelash400x275Robotics startup LUUM has announced it has provided eyelash extensions to paying customers at its Lash Lab in Oakland, Calif., during 2021, and has now started a crowdfunding campaign to help expand the market for its robots.

 

DeDrone Preakness400x275Robotics Data, a robotics analytics and consultant firm and strategic partner of Robotics World, has announced a new report providing details on the counter-drone systems market. Also known as counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS), the market includes equipment and software that allows organizations and governments to detect drones that may be threatening their airspace or facilities.

 

Locomation Convoy 400x275Locomation, which develops autonomous trucking solutions, has announced the findings of an independent environmental impact evaluation that said its Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) system will dramatically reduce the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint, fuel consumption, and operating costs of transporting goods by truck.

 

NimbleFulfillment400x275Nimble Robotics, which develops robotics for e-commerce fulfillment purposes, has announced some details regarding its intelligent robots picking and packing hundreds of thousands of customer orders. The company said it is working with several well-known brands, including Best Buy, Victoria’s Secret, Puma, NFI/CalCartage, iHerb, Adore Me, Weee! and others. Nimble robots are also being integrated by solution integrators that include AutoStore, OPEX, Bastian, Swisslog, TGW and Kuecker Pulse Integration (KPI).

 

PolarFormic400x275Polar Hardware, which manufactures door and truck body hardware, announced it chose Formic’s robotics-as-a-service system to automate for the first time in 105 years of business. Formic partnered with DesignHawk from Chicago to engineer a machine tending system, which leverages a Universal Robot URe collaborative robot (cobot) to automate Polar’s press brake application.

 

AutoFlightFunding400x275AutoFlight, which is developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technologies, has announced a $100 million Series A investment by European technology investor Lukasz Gadowski, and his company, Team Global. The new funding will be used for international expansion as well as scaling cargo eVTOL production for customers.

 

CleoDronutX1 400x275Cleo Robotics, which has developed a stable and highly maneuverable ducted bi-rotor drone, has announced the availability of the Dronut X1, aimed at law enforcement, industrial inspection, construction and defense use cases. The company’s patented thrust vectoring technology has made the hyper-efficient ducted fan design stable in flight. The Dronut’s completely enclosed propellers enable the X1 to safely bounce off objects and people, and is a fraction of the size of similarly featured drones.