Hailo Kontron400x275Kontron, which develops IoT/embedded computing technology (ECT), has announced a strategic partnership with AI chipmaker Hailo to develop next-generation AI edge inference solutions. The Hailo-8 AI processor, which performs up to 26 tera-operations per second (TOPS) at a typical power consumption of less than 2.5 watts, enables edge devices to run at performance levels previously only possible in the cloud. The new collaboration will offer customers a new level of high-performance, scalable AI-edge application-ready platforms for several market segments, including Industry 4.0, smart cities, and smart retail.


BG roboticpicker 400x275Berkshire Grey has announced that Florida-based home goods and apparel retailer Bealls, Inc., has chosen BG’s robotic automation systems to handle expanding merchandise categories and fulfill orders quicker. The artificial-intelligence systems will be used to help increase the processing capacity and throughput needed to meet surging customer demand. 


DHL auto forklift400x275DHL Supply Chain, which offers contract logistics operations and is part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, has announced the first U.S. deployment of autonomous forklifts in the warehouse. The implementation is the result of a strategic collaboration between DHL, Crown Equipment and JBT Corporation to integrate automation technology into a fast-paced third-party logistics (3PL) environment.


Motional Lyft IONIQ 400x275Motional and Lyft have announced the planned launch of a fully driverless public ride-hail service in Las Vegas, the first city in a planned multimarket deployment. The next generation of Motional’s robotaxis, the all-electric Hyundai IONIQ 5-based robotaxi, will be available on the Lyft app in Las Vegas starting in 2023.


ServeRoboticsUberEats400x275Serve Robotics, which develops autonomous sidewalk delivery robots, has announced a partnership with Uber Technologies that expands its on-demand robotic delivery service to Uber Eats customers starting in Los Angeles early next year.


TechmanRobot OMRON400x275OMRON has announced the signing of an agreement to invest capital in Taiwan’s Techman Robot, which manufactures collaborative robots that work with people at manufacturing sites. OMRON will hold a stake of approximately 10% in Techman, with the investment expected to be completed by December 2021.


DigitTactileSensor400x275GelSight, which develops tactile imaging and sensing technologies, has announced a partnership with Meta AI to commercialize and manufacture the DIGIT tactile sensor and expand the field of tactile sensing research.


Skydio AxonEvidence400x275Skydio, which develops drones and autonomous flight technology, has announced that public safety organizations flying Skydio drones and using Axon’s digital evidence management platform, Axon Evidence, will now have the ability to automatically upload photos and videos captured on the drones to the software platform.


HaptX FullBody 400x275HaptX, which makes realistic haptic gloves for VR and robotics applications, has announced a multi-year, exclusive partnership with Haption, a France-based producer of premium force feedback devices. The goal of the partnership is to accelerate the commercial introduction of full-body haptic devices.


VolvoLego400x275Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced a fully autonomous, battery-electric prototype vehicle inspired by a concept devised by LEGO Technic and Volvo engineers and designers. The LX03 is a real-world example of a self-learning concept wheel loader with the brains to make decisions, perform tasks, and interact with humans. 



ZyterSmartWarehouse400x275Zyter has announced they are implementing a next-generation smart warehouse for OneScreen, located in San Diego. The warehouse will be equipped with products from Qualcomm Technologies and include technologies such as an LTE-based private network, implementation of a digital twin, robust warehouse management system, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), AR/VR technologies, IoT sensors, and more.


AeroHygenx400x275Aero HygenX and Ethiopian Airlines Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining a plan for fleetwide deployment and regional marketing of Aero HygenX’s autonomous UV-C light disinfection robot, RAY. The MoU signing marks a first foray into the African market for Aero HygenX, a Canadian technology company offering aviation companies a safe, efficient, and chemical-free solution designed for aircraft cabins and rail cars.


MesaFlirtey400x275Flirtey, which develops commercial delivery drones, has announced signing an agreement with Mesa Air Group to establish drone delivery operations in the U.S. Flirtey said Mesa ordered four delivery drones, with an option to order an additional 500 aircraft.


MisoWings400x275Miso Robotics, which develops intelligent automation for the food service industry, has announced its newest product line, Flippy Wings. Flippy Wings is a robotic chicken wing frying solution designed from the ground up for high-volume restaurants. The company is working with Inspire Brands and its Buffalo Wild Wings brand to begin testing Flippy Wings at the company’s Inspire Brands Innovation Center. 


PickNikFormant400x275PickNik Robotics and Formant have announced forming a working partnership to help expand both companies’ capabilities of bringing cloud-based mobile manipulation tasks to the forefront of robotics.


LocusPlusOne400x275Plus One Robotics, which develops vision software for robotic picking, and Locus Robotics, which develops autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for fulfillment warehouses, have announced a collaboration to develop an automatic picking solution. The system will combine mobile robots and stationary picking arms designed to boost productivity in e-commerce fulfillment centers.