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MARTAC T38 DevilRay400x275One of the more interesting technologies that we saw at this year’s Xponential 2022 in Orlando was the MARTAC T38, a 38-foot autonomous boat that can cruise the waters at up to 80 knots, and make tight, high-velocity turns in the water.

 

KodiakFallback400x275Kodiak Robotics has publicly demonstrated its fallback system, technology that autonomously pulls a self-driving truck over to the side of the road in the event of a truck or system failure. The company said a fallback is critical to safely deploying driverless trucks on public roads.

 

Humatics400x275Humatics, which develops highly precise location-based radio frequency technology, has announced the release of a new microlocation transponder that is 66% smaller than its previous version. The smaller size aims to open a new level of deployment options for the market, which includes robotics applications, the company said.

 

FlexivRDK400x275Flexiv, which develops intelligent general-purpose robots, has announced the release of its Robotic Development Kit (RDK), which provides users with a toolkit to enhance how their robot works, as well as let them create customized applications easier.

 

SouthieFunding400x275Boston-based Southie Autonomy, which develops intelligent robotic automation software, has announced raising $2.5 million in seed funding. The company also announced an additional $5 million in venture lease funding to support Southie’s robot-as-a-service business model.

 

Volvo DHL 400x275Volvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS), a division of Volvo Group, has announced it will offer a new hub-to-hub autonomous transport solution that aims to serve four main customer segments: shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight brokers. The company also announced it will partner with DHL Supply Chain as its first customer to pilot the system, in order to develop a business model with customers that addresses the steps required to bring its autonomous solutions to market with a safe, sustainable approach.

 

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. 

 

Contactile 400x275Australian startup Contactile adds weight and friction detection abilities to sensors for better manipulation of objects by robot grippers. The firm announced raising $2.5 million in seed funding to scale the development of the sensors.

 

Visevi ViseJoint400x275Visevi Robotics, a Germany-based startup that focuses on computer vision for sensing and grasping on smart robots, has announced new vision-based encoders that can perform generic angular measurement applications without any sensors on the joint. The ViseJoint offering allows for the measurement of one or more multiple joints to be performed remotely, using a computer vision software and a camera that looks onto the joints from a distance.

 

MARTAC T38 400x275Fascinating new technology revealed at this week’s Xponential 2022 event in Orlando included a family of autonomous boats, such as a 38-foot version that can cruise at up to 80 knots and make tight, high-velocity turns in the water that generate more than 6Gs of force.

 

3MRoboTape 400x275Commercial bonding manufacturer 3M has teamed up with systems integrator Innovative Automation to provide industrial manufacturers with an automated solution for tape applications that require precision, repeatability and high output. The RoboTape System for 3M Tape allows manufacturers to gain the benefits of 3M tape in an assembly process, while also maximizing production throughput, improving quality, and reducing manual labor and limiting re-work.

 

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.

 

Fabric Dallas400x275Fabric, which operates an on-demand retail platform that enables brands to realize fast fulfillment, has announced launching its new Dallas micro-fulfillment center (MFC), expanding its North American network for on-demand retail. Through a network of MFCs, automated robotic fulfillment and inventory intelligence, Fabric said it allows retailers to scale their fulfillment capacity to provide on-demand deliveries.

 

Voxl2 400x275ModalAI, which manufactures autonomous drone and robot technology under the Blue UAS Framework, has announced availability of its VOXL 2 system, powered by Qualcomm’s Flight RB5 5G platform. The new computing platform aims to accelerate the development of commercial drone and robot solutions to realize the benefits of autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G wireless connectivity.

 

Agility Digit Funding400x275Agility Robotics, which manufactures robots designed to work alongside people in logistics and warehouse environments, has announced it raised $150 million in a Series B funding round. The additional capital will be used to accelerate Agility’s research and development and scale its robot production.

 

GideonTrey Forklift400x275Croatia-based Gideon has announced a new vehicle, Trey, an autonomous forklift for truck trailer loading and unloading operations. Trey can load and unload pallets entirely autonomously, which Gideon said will save more than 80% of a worker’s time. The vehicle operates safely, consistently, and reliably in dynamic environments, working alongside people in a warehouse.