MeloneeWise400x275Tailos, which is developing autonomous robots for the hospitality and industrial cleaning industries, has announced the election of Melonee Wise to the company’s board of directors. Wise, the founder of Fetch Robotics and current vice president of Automation at Zebra Technologies (which acquired Fetch in 2021), brings decades of experience in robotics development and building innovative companies.

 

BadgerVallarta400x275Badger Technologies, which develops retail automation solutions, has announced a pilot program with Vallarta Supermarkets, a chain of 53 full-service markets throughout California. The grocery chain will test Badger’s multipurpose autonomous robots to identify hazards at five Vallarta Supermarkets in Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, as well as testing the robot’s inventory management at a sixth location in order to improve on-shelf product availability.

 

KiraInOrbit400x275InOrbit, which develops cloud-based robot operations software, has announced an integration with Alfred Kärcher SE & Co., which develops cleaning technology systems. The integration will add real-time observability, optimization and advanced operations functions to Kärcher’s autonomous equipment.

 

XenexLightstrike400x275The Southgate Community School District has announced it is the first school in Michigan to utilize the Xenex Disinfection Services’ germ-zapping robots to quickly destroy germs throughout the building.

 

TurfBot400x275TurfBot has announced launching the first franchised robotic mowing as a service company in the U.S. The Canada-based company will be offering lawn mowing services to local homeowners using zero-emission robotic technology.

 

Lucid Drone Technologies and T-Mobile partner on industrial spraying dronesWireless carrier T-Mobile has announced that Lucid Drone Technologies will use T-Mobile as the exclusive provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and management for Lucid’s fleet of industrial spraying drones. The two companies are collaborating to put maintenance teams and exterior cleaning companies out of harm’s way by using drones for high-risk facilities maintenance work, such as exterior soft-wash cleaning and high-rise window cleaning.

 

GambitAvalonSterilTech400x275SoftBank Robotics Group has announced its strategic equity investment in Avalon SteriTech, which aims to strengthen the companies’ collaboration since the joint venture was established in March 2021. Upon the completion of the transaction, SoftBank Robotics will own approximately 5% of Avalon’s disinfection business.

 

 

ConciergeRobot400x275As pandemic mitigation measures have extended into community settings around the world over the past two years, so too have robot helpers. We are now increasingly seeing facility managers deploying robots in commercial and residential buildings, schools, airports, railway stations and more to help keep communities safe. 

 

KarcherBrain400x275Kärcher has announced it is expanding its autonomous product line with a new professional robotic scrubber. The KIRA B 100 R, powered by Brain Corp’s BrainOS, aims to handle floor cleaning duties so staff members can tackle higher-value tasks. Kärcher said the KIRA acronym stands for Kärcher Intelligent Robotic Applications.

 

TennantT380AMR 400x275Tennant Company, which designs and manufactures systems for floor cleaning, has announced the introduction of lithium-ion technology to its portfolio of autonomous mobile robots, including the T380AMR, T7AMR, and T16AMR. Tennant and its partner, Brain Corp, have engineered a portfolio of autonomous floor scrubbers and deployed more than 5,400 robotic scrubbers.

 

PuduMarchLaunch400x275China’s Pudu Robotics, which develops commercial service robots, held a new product launch in Shenzhen, introducing four new robots. Under the theme of “3+X”, the company announced three delivery robots – SwiftBot, PUDU A1 and PUDU D1 – and a new cleaning robot, the PUDU SH1.

 

SkylineFunding400x275Skyline Robotics, which develops the Ozmo high-rise window-cleaning robot, has announced raising $6.5 million in a pre-Series A funding round. The funding comes as the company prepares for its first customer deployment of Ozmo in New York City. The funding will be used to expand its New York team, as well as continued product development and new capabilities “to own the facade operations of the future." The company said it has raised $9 million to date.

 

ERTHOS solar 400x275Erthos, a solar energy company that is developing advances for utility-scale solar, has announced raising $17.5 million in Series B financing. The company said it will use the funds to double headcount and support further product development in the areas of robotic cleaning, system analytics, and modeling software.

 

BrainInventoryClean400x275Robotics World recently spoke with Josh Baylin, vice president of product and marketing at Brain Corp., about the latest advances in autonomy, the future of multi-task robots and multi-robot deployments, and the need for interoperability.

 

ADIBOT WashingtonEvents400x275Events DC, the convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia has announced it deployed an ADIBOT disinfecting robot by UBTECH at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in order to protect guests and staff from harmful pathogens, including COVID-19.

 

UVD Europe 400x275Robotics World spoke with Blue Ocean Robotics CEO Claus Risager about how his company is handling surging demand for disinfection robots while also managing supply shortages for key components.