Sensors

At this year’s Xponential 2022 event in Orlando, Hitech exhibited products ranging from their well-known actuators to their advanced drone systems, but of special interest were the company’s newest American-made and marketed sensors and electronics.

 

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.

 

Iris TrueWeather400x275TruWeather Solutions, which develops micro-weather data and analytics solutions, has announced a partnership with Iris Automation to integrate its micro-weather services and weather sensors into the Iris Automation Casia G ground-based surveillance system (GBSS). The combination and meshed network will provide real-time integrated communications, collision avoidance and micro-weather data to operators.

 

NODAR Hammerhead400x275NODAR, which is developing long-range 3D vision technology, has announced it secured $12 million in Series A funding, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from existing investor Rhapsody Venture Partners. Funds will be used for research and development and further productization of NODAR’s core technology, as well as expanded sales and marketing.

 

Spot robot 400x275Teledyne FLIR Defense, a division of Teledyne Technologies, has announced it teamed with MFE Inspection Solutions to integrate the FLIR MUVE C360 multi-gas detector on Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot, as well as commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The integrated solutions aim to enable remote monitoring of chemical threats in industrial and public safety applications.

 

VecnaPalletJack400x275Quanergy Systems, which develops lidar sensors and smart 3D solutions, has announced that its M1 lidar sensors were chosen by Vecna Robotics to deliver navigation on their new Vecna CPG autonomous co-bot pallet jack.

 

OusterDigitalLidar400x275Ouster has announced the introduction of the Chronos chip, an automotive-grade, custom digital lidar silicon receiver that will power its DF solid-state sensor suite. The Chronos chip is the foundation of the DF architecture, and allows Ouster to deliver more power efficient, higher performance and compact digital lidar sensors to enable Level 2 through Level 5 automation in high-volume automotive production vehicles.

 

ThirdWave Ouster 400x275Ouster, which develops high-resolution digital lidar sensors, has announced signing a strategic customer agreement with Third Wave Automation, which develops autonomous systems for the material handling industry. The agreement forecasts the delivery of more than 5,000 OS sensors through 2025 to equip robotic material handling vehicles with 3D digital lidar, part of Third Wave’s autonomous driving sensor suite.

 

NPS ZeroDeaths400x275Neural Propulsion Systems, which develops autonomous sensing platforms, has issued a paper that says compelling new innovations enable vehicles with or without human supervision to see enough, clear enough and far enough to eliminate roadway deaths. Many believe that achieving zero roadway deaths is necessary for universal adoption of autonomous driving.

 

STM VD55H1 400x275Global semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics (ST) has announced a new family of high-resolution Time-of-Flight sensors that bring advanced 3D depth imaging to smartphones and other devices, including consumer robots and AR/VR equipment.

 

ATI Mini43LP 400x275The Mini43LP provides reliable force sensing in a rugged, compact transducer. It is suited to small, delicate operations such as electronic component or optics assembly, research and testing, laboratory automation, and robotic surgery.

 

OusterLights400x275Ouster, which develops high-resolution digital lidar sensors, has announced it was selected for 110 smart infrastructure projects in 2021, representing almost 3,000 digital lidar OS sensors for initial deployments. The projects span 20 countries and include areas such as intelligent transportation, smart places, and security management.

 

SICK microScan3 400x275SICK has announced its newest safety laser scanner, completing its microScan 3 portfolio. The microScan3 Pro I/O features an all-in-one design with universal I/O integration that can work with any safety controls, with an intelligent host/guest functionality that makes it possible to connect up to three guest scanners.

 

Aeva aeries400x275Aeva, which designs next-generation sensing and perception systems, has unveiled its Aeries II, a 4D lidar sensor built with automotive-grade reliability to enable autonomy across applications in automotive, industrial and other markets. 

 

Superpedestrian400x275Superpedestrian, which develops transportation robotics through electronic scooters, has announced raising $125 million in debt and equity capital. The new funding will be used to expand its LINK shared e-scooter service, boost research and development, and deploy scooters with its new Pedestrian Defense safety system in 25 cities across the U.S. and Europe during 2022.