InOrbitWebinar400x275InOrbit, which develops cloud-based software to help companies manage and orchestrate their robotics deployments, has announced a webinar to showcase the features and functions of its platform and how it relates to robotics operations, also known as RobOps. The free webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 8 a.m. PT.


PrecisionAI 400x275Precision AI, a computer vision and robotics company dedicated to sustainable farming practices, has announced closing $20 million in equity and grant funding. The seed round was co-led by At One Ventures (founded by GoogleX co-founder Tom Chi) and the Industrial Innovation Venture Fund of BDC Capital. The new financing will support the company’s work on a disruptive precision farming platform that deploys swarms of artificially intelligent drones to dramatically reduce herbicide use in row crop agriculture.


XAGDronesAustralia400x275XAG Agricultural Drone has announced joining a program to examine the effectiveness of drones on precision spraying and revegetation to help curb the spread of the African Lovegrass (ALG) exotic weed. The ALG weed originated from South Africa and was introduced to Australia in the 20th century. It can rapidly take over a pasture and render the land worthless by wiping out native plants and animals. The ALG invasion not only degrades the natural ecosystem but threatens the livelihood of farmers because livestock cannot survive without palatable grasses to eat.


MonarchTractorFounders400x275Monarch Tractor, which is developing a fully electric, driver-optional smart tractor, has announced the first deployment at Wente Vineyards, one of the oldest, continuously operated family winery in the U.S. The company said this is the first of 15 pilot series deployments prior to its production deliveries in Q4 2021 as the company looks to electrify the agricultural industry.


TrimbleHorsch400x275HORSCH and Trimble have announced a collaboration that will focus on developing solutions to enable autonomy in agriculture with the goal of building a future for autonomous machines and workflows in the industry. The collaboration will extend beyond autonomously controlling machines, such as a self-propelled crop protection sprayer, to full workflow automation from the office to the field. The relationship will integrate Trimble’s autonomy expertise in guidance systems, path planning and in-field automation with HORSCH’s fleet of machines.

CarbonRobotics400x275Carbon Robotics has unveiled its third-generation autonomous weed elimination robots. The Autonomous Weeder combines robotics, artificial intelligence and laser technology to safely and effectively drive through crop fields to identify, target, and eliminate weeds. 

Geosun ACEINNA400x275ACEINNA, which develops inertial-based guidance and navigation systems for autonomous vehicles and automated machines, has announced that Geosun, a developer and manufacturer of lidar-based navigation systems for drones and remotely operated vehicles, has selected ACEINNA to supply the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors for the system.

Umbratek400x275China’s Umbratek, a new robotic startup, has released its first robotic arm series, called the UTRA, on Kickstarter. The company is offering five different robot arm models to choose from, with a modular design aimed to be powerful and affordable. The UTRA series is available for as low as $2,999 via a Super Early Bird Special on Kickstarter.


OpenARC map400x275ACEINNA, which develops inertial-based guidance and navigation systems for autonomous vehicles and devices, has announced the commercial availability of OpenARC, a precise positioning hardware and software platform that offers easy system integration of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) corrections with high-performance INS and real-time kinematic (RTK) hardware. OpenARC is powered by Point One Navigation, which develops precise positioning for next-generation transportation applications. 

MonarchTractor400x275Monarch Tractor, which develops a fully electric, driver-optional, smart tractor, has announced closing a $20 million Series A funding round. The round includes investors from global industrial equipment manufacturers, automotive suppliers, venture capital firms, and impact capital companies. 

WindhoverLabsDrone400x275Windhover Labs, which develops open flight software and hardware for drones, has announced the upcoming availability of its first hardware product, a low-cost modular flight computer for commercial drones and small satellites. The new line of flight computers was created with hardware and software developed in the U.S., and will be available as a low-cost consumer model as well as mission-critical professional models that facilitate integration into the national air space.


Skydio400x275U.S. drone manufacturer Skydio has announced it raised $170 million in Series D funding, bringing the total amount raised to more than $340 million (with a $1 billion valuation). The company said it will further accelerate product development and global sales expansion to support rapidly growing demand for its autonomous drone solutions.


FutureAcres Carry400x275A new startup called Future Acres announced it has launched to bring sustainable agricultural robotics to the farming industry in order to optimize workforce efficiency and safety. The company also announced raising $3 million in seed capital via equity crowdfunding site SeedInvest.

Tertill 400x275Helen Greiner, one of the original founders of iRobot, has had a long career in robotics in several different companies and endeavors. Late in 2020, she was named CEO of Tertill, makers of a consumer-grade weeding robot for vegetable gardens. She recently discussed some of the trends she is looking at for 2021 in the consumer robotics and related fields with

JetsonRobotics Zero 400x275Powermat Technologies, which develops wireless charging mats for consumer electronics devices and other equipment, announced a new partnership with Jetsons Robotics to manage the energy transfer and provide advanced wireless charging technology for its solar panel-cleaning robots.

BearFlagRobotics400x275Bear Flag Robotics, which is developing autonomous technology for farm tractors, announced a $7.9 million seed extension funding round, led by True Ventures. Since founding the company in 2017, the company has raised $12.5 million in funding from investors.