AmecaRobot400x275U.K.-based Engineered Arts, which creates “memorable interactive character experiences,” has announced its latest humanoid robot, Ameca, will be on display at next month’s CES 2022 in Las Vegas.


ADLINK Technology, which develops edge computing and artificial intelligence hardware and software, has announced a new high-performance module that allows on-device AI and 5G connectivity capabilities for consumer, enterprise, and industrial robots. The LEC-RB5 SMARC module is the first SMARC AI-on-module based on the Qualcomm QRB5165 processor.


SonyAirpeakS1 400x275Sony Electronics has announced the availability of the company’s first-ever professional drone. The Airpeak S1 is the “world’s smallest drone” that can be equipped with a full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens Alpha camera, and is designed for cinematographers and other visual storytelling professionals. Sony said presale ordering is now available, with an expected customer ship date of Dec. 24, 2021.


7 Eleven Nuro 400x2757-Eleven and Nuro have announced a pilot program for autonomous delivery in the state of California. Residents in Mountain View, Calif., can order products through the 7NOW delivery app and have them delivered by a self-driving vehicle.


Roomba HolidayTree400x275Just in time for the holidays, iRobot has announced new features for its Roomba j7 and j7+ robot vacuums that are powered by additions to its Genius Home Intelligence software. The new features include the ability to identify and clean around holiday trees, shoes, and socks, in addition to previous obstacles such as cords and solid pet wastes.


HaptX Gloves VR 400x275HaptX, which develops realistic haptic gloves for virtual reality and robotics applications, has announced it secured a $4 million credit facility from Crescent Cove Advisors. The additional money brings the company’s recent Series A funding round to $28 million, with a total funding to $35 million.


iRobot Aeris 400x275Consumer robot maker iRobot has announced it acquired privately-held Aeris Cleantec AG, a provider of premium air purifiers based in Cham, Zug Switzerland. iRobot said the acquisition supports is vision of building “the most thoughtful robotics and developing intelligent home innovations that make life better.”


Kiwi LoyolaMarymount400x275Loyola Marymount University and its LMU Dining unit have announced partnering with Kiwibot to provide robot deliveries of hot, fresh meals on the campus. Since launching a trial run in September, the university said more than 500 deliveries have been completed across the Los Angeles campus.


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.


Starship NCAT 400x275North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) and its food services provider, Sodexo, have teamed up with Starship Technologies to roll out the university’s food delivery service via autonomous robots. NC A&T is the first historically Black college or university (HBCU) to partner with Starship, as well as its first partnership in North Carolina.


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.


ROHM 75Wdiode 400x275ROHM Semiconductor has announced the development of a high optical output laser diode, the RLD90QZW3, designed for applications such as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), service robots in the industrial equipment sector, and consumer robot vacuums that incorporate lidar for distance measurement and spatial recognition.


CircuitMess Batmobile400x275A new Kickstarter campaign from CircuitMess, a Croatian startup, lets you build and code your own Batmobile. The kit is designed to teach children aged seven and up about engineering and autonomous driving.


AuroraToyotaSienna400x275Aurora, which develops autonomous driving technologies, has shared the first look at the Toyota Sienna powered by the Aurora Driver, which is designed for “a convenient and comfortable ride-hailing experience.” The announcement is part of the company’s path to commercializing Aurora-powered Toyota vehicles designed specifically for ride hailing.


FarmersSpot400x275Farmers Insurance has announced plans to use a customized Boston Dynamics Spot mobile robot to assist with in-field catastrophe claims handling and non-catastrophe property inspections. The insurance company said it aims to improve the safety and efficiency of claims and inspections, while also becoming one of the first national insurers to deploy a robotic quadruped.


UnicornCodingToyLearning Resources, which develops educational toys, has announced Coding Critters MagiCoders, aimed at preschoolers to explore STEM concepts through storytelling as they cast spells with magical coding wands that build skills without screens.