EksoNR 400x275Ekso Bionics Holdings, which develops exoskeleton technology for medical and industrial usages, has announced expanding its partnership with Kindred Healthcare. The expansion will bring EksoNR, its robotic exoskeleton, to four of Kindred’s long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals in the U.S. The multi-unit order follows a successful pilot program of the EksoNR last year, the company said.


THINKSurgical400x275THINK Surgical, which develops orthopedic surgery robotics, and Ortho Development Corp., an orthopedic device manufacturer, have announced FDA clearance to use Ortho’s Balanced Knee System and BKS TriMax implants with THINK’s TSolution One Total Knee Application. The system for total knee replacement supports an open implant library, giving surgeons a choice of implant options.


FANUC A3reportQ12021 400x275Substantial increases in robot orders from the metals sector, pharmaceuticals, food and consumer goods helped drive a 20% increase in North American robot orders during the first quarter of 2021, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reported today. The Q1 2021 numbers were also the second-largest quarter ever for non-automotive sector robot sales, as companies recovering from COVID-19 slowdowns realize that robotics and automation can help them recover.


USMI Canady400x275US Medical Innovations (USMI) has announced it is developing “the first robotic delivery system used for cancer surgery.” The Canady Surgical System (CSS) is a space-efficient, stand-alone solution for robotic-assisted surgery during open, laparoscopic/mini-invasive, endoscopic, thoracoscopic and trans-oral surgical procedures, the company said in a statement.


HarmonicBionics400x275Harmonic Bionics, a robotics company that aims to augment human movement, has announced closing $7 million in Series A funding. The new funds will support the company’s clinical research efforts and enable an increase in product development to bringing its advanced upper extremity rehabilitation technology to market.


ABB IRB1300 Cleanroom400x275ABB has announced that its six-axis industrial robot, the IRB1300, includes new protection elements that allow it to be used in tough industrial applications and contamination-free production processes, opening new opportunities in several industry spaces, including electronics assembly, and automotive and metals fabrication.


AMProboticsTech400x275AMP Robotics, which develops artificial intelligence, robotics and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry, has announced AI-powered material characterization software that enables the recognition and classification of recyclables that flow through different recovery stages of the recycling process. This innovation helps provide measurable transparency on the recyclables captured and missed during different recycling processes, as well as confirming the composition of recovered material bales destined for resale to end markets in the supply chain.


RoboKindMilo400x275The Gallup-McKinley County Schools in New Mexico, which recently deployed several autonomous cleaning robots to disinfect school buildings, has announced a partnership with RoboKind to deploy an assistive technology program to improve social-emotional outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


DiligentKendraScott400x275Fashion accessories designer Kendra Scott has announced a partnership with Diligent Robotics, developer of the Moxi hospital robot assistant, to deploy the robots with pediatric patients through its Kendra Cares program. The robot will help provide social, emotional, and cognitive development while caregivers connect via an app.


VicariousSurgical400x275Vicarious Surgical, a robotics company that combines robotics with virtual reality, has announced a definitive business combination agreement with D8 Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The transaction values the company at an enterprise value of $1.1 billion, and is expected to provide more than $425 million in cash with a fully committed $115 million PIPE, priced at $10 per share. The combined company will operate as Vicarious Surgical Inc., and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RBOT.


ActivSurgicalModule400x275Activ Surgical, which develops digital surgical technologies, has announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) clearance for the company’s ActivSight Intraoperative Imaging Module for enhanced surgical visualization. The hardware-agnostic imaging module is designed to give surgeons real-time intraoperative visual data and imaging not currently available to them through existing technologies. The company said this can improve patient outcomes and safety in the operating room.

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.


QTrobot 400x275 childLuxAI has announced the launch of its QTrobot for Home, a social robot playmate that helps children with autism to learn and practice new social, emotional, and cognitive skills. After several years of offering QTrobot to schools and research institutes, LuxAI said it can support parents by offering the robot to families.


WhizGambit Office 400x275A collaboration between Avalon SteriTech and SoftBank Robotics Group, announced earlier this month, has officially launched the Whiz Gambit, a 2-in-1 AI-powered cleaning and disinfection robotic system. The launch coincides with the results of a survey of 2,100 respondents across Hong Kong and Singapore revealed concerns about health and safety in a post-COVID world.

KidsUVD Robots 400x275UVD Robots, which develops UVC-light disinfection robots, has deployed 37 of its robots to the Gallup McKinley County Schools (GCMS) in New Mexico. The robots will be supplied to the district’s 34 schools, two administrative buildings and one warehouse to help fight against coronavirus and other infectious diseases. The school district announced the agreement with UVD Robots last month.


CUVIS Joint 400x275Medical robot company CUREXO has announced that its in-house developed artificial joint surgical robot, CUVIS-joint, has received the CE Mark from the European Economic Area (EEA). The South Korean-based company said the robot was MFDS certified in June 2020 and has been provided to domestic general hospitals and orthopedic hospitals.