RanpakAutoFill400x275Ranpak Holdings Corp., which develops environmentally sustainable paper-based packaging solutions for e-commerce and industrial supply chains, has announced the North American launch of its AutoFill solution.


Army Howitzer400x275The U.S. Army has chosen Eckhart to design and build automation to increase the rate of fire for its self-propelled Howitzers. As part of the SPARTN Fire Faster program, the Army Applications Laboratory evaluated hundreds of potential industry partners before selecting and funding five companies to lead the modernization effort. Eckhart said it was proud to announce this new relationship with the Army and to embrace the mission to improve safety and efficiency for U.S. soldiers.


FBN Tractor400x275.jpgFarmers Business Network (FBN), a global farmer-to-farmer network and agricultural technology company, has announced it will begin taking 2022 applications for its FBN On-Farm R&D Trial Program, a real-world testing program for sustainable agriculture and innovative technologies that connects developers of tech solutions, including robots and sensors, directly with farmers and large scale, on-farm, real-world testing environments.


4ocean Be bot400x2754ocean has announced the arrival of the BeBot, an eco-friendly beach-cleaning robot that mechanically sifts sand to remove plastic waste and other debris without harming the local environment. The goal of the system is to restore coastlines while preserving the natural environment.


KEYiTechClicBot400x275KEYI Technology (KEYi TEch) has announced raising tens of millions of dollars in Series B financing. The Chinese consumer robotics company plans to use the funds to expand its developer ecosystem and develop new products.


Lucid D1Drone400x275Defiance Ventures, a Charlotte, N.C.-based venture capital firm, has announced its investment in Lucid Drone Technologies, which develops and manufactures autonomous drones for labor-intensive tasks such as commercial cleaning and spraying. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.


Cansel TinySurveyor400x275Cansel, a software, hardware and service provider, has announced an agreement with Denmark-based TinyMobileRobots to distribute the TInySurveyor robot in Canada. The GPS-guided mobile robot assists in surveying, civil engineering, construction and utility industry processes.


Medtronic Hugo400x275Medtronic, which develops medical technology including surgical robots, has announced the first gynecological (GYN) procedures with its Hugo robot-assisted surgery (RAS) system. Six cases included hysterectomies and myomectomies, performed by Dr. Salomon Zebede and Dr. Juan Carlos Lopez last week at Pacifica Salud Hospital in Panama City, Panama.


FirstIZRapidSOS 400x275RapidSOS and FIRST iZ have announced a partnership to provide emergency first responders and 911 dispatchers with a system to remotely and autonomously dispatch drones. With the click of a button in the RapidSOS Portal, a drone can be automatically dispatched to the site of any alarms or incidents reported.


Cincoze 400x275Taiwan’s Cincoze has announced that its Cincoze DS-1300 rugged industrial computer series has become the choice of epidemic prevention equipment vendors. The DS-1300 can be used within intelligent thermal gate warning systems and intelligent autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that provide disinfection tasks.


inViaRobotics400x275InVia Robotics, which develops next-generation warehouse automation solutions including autonomous mobile robots, has announced raising $30 million in a Series C funding round. The round was co-led by M12 (Microsoft’s venture fund) and Qualcomm Ventures, with participation from Hitachi Ventures and existing investors Point 72, Upfront, and Embark. The company has raised $59 million from strategic funders to date.


BeewiseBeehome400x275Beewise, a startup dedicated to saving the world’s bee population, has launched Beehome, a smarthome for bees with an autonomous beekeeping robot that acts as a medic and guardian. The company said the Beehome is the first at-scale solution for saving the global bee population.


Neuro42 MRI 400x275Neuro42, which develops diagnostic imaging and image-guided surgical interventions of the brain, has announced raising $6.5 million in a Series A funding round. The financing will be used to advance the development of its MRI and robot platform, allowing physicians to diagnose brain injuries in acute settings, and treat neurological diseases intraoperatively under live imaging.


Covariant400x275Covariant, which uses artificial intelligence to allow robots to see the world around them, has announced it raised $80 million in Series C funding, bringing its total capitalization to $147 million within two years of the company’s public launch. The company said it plans to use the funding to continue investment in AI Robotics research and development, as well as expand its team globally to accelerate bringing AI into the physical world.


AmbiRobotics AmbiKit400x275Ambi Robotics, which develops simulation-to-reality AI for highly-dexterous robot applications, has announced AmbiKit, a multi-robot kitting system that leverages AI data collection to expedite e-commerce kitting operations. Ambi said AmbiKit automates product bundling for faster delivery, increasing order accuracy and reducing operating costs.


Micropsi Fridge Sniffing400x275During an interview with Ronnie Vuine, CEO of Micropsi Industries, about their upgraded MIRAI software, he mentioned a use case for the software and its robots – “fridge sniffing”. After I wanted to learn more, the company provided us with a video that explains the process, and how its software can help automate the task for manufacturers.