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.



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.


MIT SocialInteraction400x275Robots can deliver food on a college campus and hit a hole in one on the golf course, but even the most sophisticated robot can’t perform basic social interactions that are critical to everyday human life.


Seeker VOXL CAM 400x275ModalAI has announced the release of two products to help developers create smaller, smarter and safer robots and drones. The VOXL CAM perception engine and the Seeker micro-development drone are optimized for the development of indoor and outdoor autonomous navigation. The companies are now available for sale at the ModalAI website.


GeorgiaTechRyder400x275Fleet management and supply chain company Ryder System has announced a data-driven study on the impact of autonomous trucking. The company worked with researchers in transportation and mobility at the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) at Georgia Tech to understand how to approach autonomy, and the potential return on investment. Ryder said the result is a roadmap to commercialization based on real-world data – and a significant cost savings.


IFR Yaskawa 2021 400x275The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has released its World Robotics 2021 Industrial Robots report, showing a record 943,000 industrial robots operating in China’s factories today – an increase of 21% compared with the previous year. Sales of new robots grew strongly, with about 168,000 units shipped in 2020, a 20% increase compared to 2019 and the highest value ever recorded for a single country.


AvatarXPRIZE NimbRo 400x275XPRIZE, which designs and operates incentive competitions to solve humanity’s biggest challenges, has announced that 15 teams from eight countries advanced to the finals round of the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition.


NASALunaboticsJunior400x275NASA has announced the Lunabotics Junior Contest, looking for young engineers to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon. The contest is open to K-12 students in U.S. public and private schools, as well as home-schoolers.


Pitt RacingTeam400x275A student-led team of robotics experts from the University of Pittsburgh will participate in the penultimate event later this week for an international challenge that could pave the way for future breakthrough innovations in the world of autonomous vehicles.


ABB automotive 400x275Robot orders in North America in the second quarter of 2021 were up 67% over the same period in 2020, showing a return to pre-COVID-19 pandemic demand for automation, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reported. North American companies ordered 9,853 robots, valued at $501 million in Q2 2021, up from 5,196 robots in Q2 2020, the peak of the pandemic.


WPI VocalFold400x275Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researcher Loris Fichera has developed a flexible, slimmed-down robotic laser probe for endoscopic larynx surgeries that could reduce recovery time for patients and cut health care spending by shifting procedures from hospitals to doctors’ offices.


ForwardX Warehouse Funding400x275Research firm Interact Analysis is predicting that by the end of 2025, 2.1 million mobile robots will be deployed in more than 53,000 warehouses and factories. This compares to 2020, in which over 9,000 customer sites had mobile robots deployed.


TRI Sim2Real 400x275The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced the acceptance of six research papers in the field of machine learning at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV). The research advances understanding across various tasks crucial for robotic perception, including semantic segmentation, 3D object detection, and multi-object tracking.


UAE MarineChallenge400x275A group from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is seeking registrations for its latest robotics challenge – the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) Maritime Grand Challenges will focus on finding real-time solutions for maritime safety and security. The challenge will be held in Abu Dhabi in June 2023, with more than $3 million in prize money being offered to teams.


TeamExplorer400x275Team Explorer lived up to its name during the final round of DARPA's Subterranean Challenge. The team’s fleet of robots mapped nearly the entire course and explored more of the course than any other team. The team, made up of students, faculty and staff from Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, placed fourth in the final round of DARPA's SubT Challenge, scoring 17 points.