QYSEA AI VisionLock400x275QYSEA Technology has announced an AI-based vision platform that allows its FIFISH Underwater Robots to achieve precise underwater active visual locking capabilities. The new capabilities aim to improve tasks such as 4K filming, operational work, and deep-sea inspections for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).


NASA IceChallenge400x275NASA has announced the second phase of its Break the Ice Lunar Challenge, with invitations to the public to advance system technology for excavating and delivering lunar resources. Interested teams can register for Phase 2 by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2022.


NalaRobotsCook400x275In a survey conducted on behalf of Nala Robotics, 58% of Americans said they have either eaten food cooked by a robot, or would be interested in doing so. In addition, respondents said robot benefits in restaurants include better hygiene, consistency, food, and cost.


SchneiderPacks400x275Schneider Electric has announced the launch of their Universal Automation Discovery Packs program in the U.S., designed to give innovators the opportunity to explore the idea of universal automation. Through the program, OEMs, system integrators, end users, distributors, academics and others can receive a free license to explore this next-generation automation system for non-commercial purposes.


TurtleBot4 400x275Clearpath Robotics, which manufactures mobile robotic platforms for research and development, and Open Robotics, the primary maintainer of the Robot Operating System (ROS) and Gazebo simulator, have launched TurtleBot 4. 


HyperWerx facility by SparkCognitionSparkCognition, which develops artificial intelligence software, has announced a partnership with Texas Robotics at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). The partnership will aim to advance AI in robotics and create practical industry applications. 


Intel RACER Sim 400x275The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has awarded Intel Federal LLC, with support from Intel Labs and other collaborators, the opportunity to develop advanced simulation solutions for off-road autonomous ground vehicles (AGVs). The program, titled the Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environment with Resiliency – Simulation (RACER-Sim), aims to create the next generation of off-road simulation platforms to help developers significantly reduce the cost of development, and bridge the gap between simulation and the real world.


Orbbec Persee Plus400x275Orbbec, which develops 3D camera technologies, has announced the availability of its new Persee+, a 3D camera computer that brings artificial intelligence capabilities to the camera by adding onboard computing capability. With a specialized hardware accelerator for AI and machine learning applications, the Persee+ aims to provide a new level of advanced users for 3D imaging for researchers, engineers and hobbyists.


FAA DroneGrants400x275The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced awarding $4.4 million in drone research, education and training grants to seven universities. The research will focus on three areas – electromagnetic compatibility, detect-and-avoid classifications, and cybersecurity oversight.


Opinion CarsOnLot Pixabay400x275Global consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners released results from its Automotive consumer Survey 2022, which showcased U.S. consumer attitudes around new mobility choices, technologies and their preferred buying experience. While much of the survey covered areas such as how much people dislike going to the car dealership or negotiating on price, the survey did tackle some questions around people’s attitudes towards autonomous vehicles.


MIT Remote Stroke400x275MIT engineers have developed a telerobotic system to help surgeons quickly and remotely treat patients experiencing a stroke or aneurysm. With a modified joystick, surgeons in one hospital may control a robotic arm at another location to safely operate on a patient during a critical window of time that could save the patient’s life and preserve their brain function.


pexels human robot interaction400x275The Israel Innovation Authority has announced it allocated $20 million towards building a consortium of Israeli robotics companies to develop next-generation human-robot interaction (HRI) capabilities. Utilizing the Nimbus cloud robotics platform for managing and deploying new capabilities, the consortium will include private and academic organizations.


LocomationTrucksNewStudy400x275Locomation, which is developing autonomous trucking technology, has announced a new analysis that shows a major reduction in CO2 through the adoption of the company’s Autonomous Relay Convoy (ARC) system.


iRobotCreate3 400x275Consumer robot maker iRobot has announced expanding its educational product lineup with the launch of Create 3, an educational robot and developer platform. Based on the Roomba i3 Series robotic vacuum platform, Create 3 gives educators and advanced makers an out-of-the-box alternative to more costly and labor-intensive robotics kits that require assembly and texting. 


CovariantSurvey400x275A new survey from AI robotics company Covariant revealed that more than half of respondents feel that intelligent robots have become smart enough to reliably run pick-and-place stations. The results were shared by Covariant ahead of next week’s MODEX 2022 event in Atlanta, which focuses on warehouse operations and supply chain solutions.


ToshibaLidar400x275Toshiba Corporation has announced a new laser projector unit for its lidar, shrinking the size of the unit by 25% from its previous version, released in June 2021. The new unit is just 206 cubic cm in volume, and can fit in the palm of the hand. The range has been pushed to 300m, with an image resolution of 1,200 by 84 pixels. Toshiba said it can be configured with flexible combinations of projector units to handle several long-range and wide-angle detection applications.