SkylineWasher400x275Skyline Robotics, which develops the Ozmo high-rise window-cleaning robot, has announced a key investment from commercial and residential real estate company Durst Ventures. The venture company is an affiliate of The Durst Organization, which owns some of New York City’s most notable skyscrapers, including One Bryant Park, One World Trade Center and 151 West 42nd Street. 

 

AvidbotsNeo2 400x275Canada’s Avidbots has announced it raised $70 million in Series C funding to expand its fleet of commercial cleaning robots and autonomy software. With the new financing, Avidbots said it has raised more than $107 million to date.

 

iRobot MopVacuum400x275Consumer robot vacuum maker iRobot has launched the Roomba Combo j7+, a hands-free 2-in-1 robot that simultaneously vacuums and mops with no wet carpet messes. The system is designed for homes with a mixture of carpets, rugs and hard floors, and those who want a robot vacuum that can also mop.

 

ICE Cobotics T Mobile400x275T-Mobile has announced that ICE Cobotics, a developer of cleaning technologies and equipment, has chosen the T IoT connectivity solution to help their customers more easily manage fleets of floor-cleaning robots.

 

iRobot Amazon400x275Amazon has announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire iRobot, maker of consumer robots such as the Roomba vacuum cleaner. Amazon will acquire iRobot for $61 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including iRobot’s net debt. Amazon said upon completion of the merger, Colin Angle will remain as CEO of iRobot.

 

AMP WCI Cortex400x275AMP Robotics, which develops robotics and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, has announced an expansion of its partnership with Waste Connections, Inc. (WCI), its largest customer. Since late 2 020, WCI has booked or deployed 50 of AMP’s high-speed robotics systems on plastic, fiber, and residue lines.

 

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.

 


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