CESTakeaways400x275CES is always one of the biggest trade shows of the year, where companies from all different sectors come to Las Vegas to show off their latest innovations. Companies that make robots, drones and self-driving cars are among those that have attended in recent years, and this year was no different. While several big companies pulled out of the show due to COVID-related concerns, there were still enough announcements in the space to make people talk about what’s coming next in technology.


BDKiestra IdentifA 400x275Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) which develops medical technology, has announced it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its BD Kiestra IdentifA system, which automates the preparation of microbiology bacterial identification testing.


BlueOceanFunding400x275Denmark’s Blue Ocean Robotics, which manufactures service robots for tasks including telepresence and UV-C disinfection, has announced an investment of $51.1 million (335 DKK) by A.P. Møller Holding, a privately held investment firm in Denmark.


LabradorSystems400x275Labrador Systems, which is developing a new generation of assistive robots to help individuals live more independently, has announced the Labrador Retriever, a personal robot that provides practical, physical assistance with everyday activities in the home. The mobile robot provides users with “an extra pair of hands” to help move large loads from place to place, as well as bring critical items within reach. The company also announced raising an additional $3.1 million in seed funding, led by Amazon’s Alexa Fund and iRobot Ventures.


CairaSurgicalFunding400x275Caira Surgical has announced raising $5 million in seed capital in an oversubscribed funding round, which closed in December 2021. The company said investors include smart-money venture and strategic medical technology investors. The company’s technology aims to revolutionize the usability, safety, and accessibility of advanced surgical navigation and robotics for orthopedic surgery.


EverdroneAB flying400x275Everdrone AB, a Swedish autonomous drone and service provider, has announced that its drone played a crucial part in saving a life during a sudden cardiac arrest. The incident took place in Trollhättan, Sweden, when an Everdone autonomous drone delivered a defibrillator to help save the life of a 71-year-old man.


Movendo400x275Movendo Technology, which develops and commercializes robotic and digital rehabilitation solutions, has announced a partnership with Maragal Medical to integrate its robotic system Hunova into a fall prevention screening for older patients. The Hunova is a programmable robotic medical device that can deliver more than 200 evaluations and exercises for postural control, stretching, muscle strengthening, balance, core stability and proprioception.


SaviokeRelay4 plus 400x275Savioke has announced Relay+, a new generation of its service robot that adds additional benefits for hotels, office properties, foodservice operators, hospitals and healthcare organizations. The service robot provides mobility options for companies looking to deliver items to guests or other co-workers across an organization.


Beomni400x275Beyond Imagination, which develops general-purpose robotics systems, has announced a collaboration with Dr. David Wensel at the TRU PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Center in Lafayette, Colorado to conduct real-world tests of its newly completed, fully functional Version 1.0 of the robot known as Beomni. The company said this is the first public trail of Beomni, an advanced humanoid robot, that includes an evolving AI brain that aims to take tele-medicine to the next level.


OTSAW SwisslogJV400x275To help expand the market for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in the healthcare environment, OTSAW Technology Solutions and Swisslog Healthcare, a division of KUKA, have agreed to form a joint venture. OTSAW Swisslog Healthcare Robotics will develop the next generation of AGVs for clinical and non-clinical material handling.


LUUM eyelash400x275Robotics startup LUUM has announced it has provided eyelash extensions to paying customers at its Lash Lab in Oakland, Calif., during 2021, and has now started a crowdfunding campaign to help expand the market for its robots.


ClarapathSectionStar400x275Clarapath, a robotics company automating the way pathology laboratories process human and animal tissues, has announced a follow-on financing extending its Series B round with an additional $16 million in funding from its previous close of $16 million. The company has now raised more than $39 million to expand its automated process for the way tissue is processed onto glass slides via “sectioning”, or cutting a cross-section of the tissue specimen.


Surfacide Eos 400x275Surfacide, which develops UV-C technologies for cleaning and disinfection, has announced Eos, a portable, hospital-grade UV light disinfection device aimed at high-traffic, everyday spaces such as schools, offices, gyms, hotels, and restaurants. The company said Eos is a stand-alone alternative to the company’s robotic Helios System, a trio of UV robots that aims to fight pathogens in hospitals and healthcare facilities.


OttobockSuitX 400x275Ottobock, which develops prosthetics, orthotics and exoskeletons, has announced the acquisition of 100% of the shares of suitX, a U.S.-based company that spun out of the Robotics and Human Engineering Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, and was developing occupational and medical exoskeletons. The combination of the companies will look to advance the exoskeleton market to foster the worldwide adoption of exoskeletons, the companies said in a statement.


ADIBOT Maryland400x275Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in Maryland has announced it will deploy dozens of ADIBOT robots by UBTECH to protect students, teachers and staff with its UV-C disinfecting technology. UBTECH said this marks the largest deployment of ADIBOT units in a single school district to date, with more than 130,000 students and 22,000 staff in the district.


FestoMassRobotics400x275MassRobotics and Festo have announced the first four robotics companies participating in the Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program. The program designed for the global robotics community aims to advance healthcare developments by providing promising companies with investor and customer introductions, access to subject-matter experts, and a range of technical and marketing support resources.