FBN Tractor400x275.jpgFarmers Business Network (FBN), a global farmer-to-farmer network and agricultural technology company, has announced it will begin taking 2022 applications for its FBN On-Farm R&D Trial Program, a real-world testing program for sustainable agriculture and innovative technologies that connects developers of tech solutions, including robots and sensors, directly with farmers and large scale, on-farm, real-world testing environments.


KEYiTechClicBot400x275KEYI Technology (KEYi TEch) has announced raising tens of millions of dollars in Series B financing. The Chinese consumer robotics company plans to use the funds to expand its developer ecosystem and develop new products.


FSReport LightsOut400x275A new analysis by Frost & Sullivan suggests that the rapidly falling prices of robots and continually increasing labor costs will accelerate manufacturers’ shift to a lights-out manufacturing setting, in which minimal human intervention is needed to run day-to-day operations.


NCOA SelfDrivingSurvey400x275Approximately 70% of older drivers have said they have trust in self-driving and ride-hailing (SDRH) services, in a new survey released by the National Council on Aging and Volkswagen Group of America. Those respondents said they feel confident that these services could enhance their safety, and believe that they could help achieve tasks outside the home and do the things they want in life.


iRobot ConsumerMarket400x275Technology market advisory firm ABI Research has predicted that the consumer robotics and smart appliance market will generate $80 billion in revenues in 2021, up 40% over 2020 revenues. Much of this continues to be a result of the boost in consumer spending on home technology due to the pandemic.


CMU narrow street400x275It is a scenario familiar to anyone who has driven down a crowded, narrow street. Parked cars line both sides, and there isn't enough space for vehicles traveling in both directions to pass each other. One has to duck into a gap in the parked cars or slow and pull over as far as possible for the other to squeeze by. Drivers find a way to negotiate this, but not without close calls and frustration. Programming an autonomous vehicle (AV) to do the same — without a human behind the wheel or knowledge of what the other driver might do — presented a unique challenge for researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research.


CMU RoboticsProject400x275Carnegie Mellon University has announced the launch of The Robotics Project, which aims to preserve and promote the legacy of the field of robotics. Its first exhibit, Building the Robot Archive, documents the legacy of robotics at CMU and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative effort between roboticists and archivists to document the field’s history.


Surfacide RedSox 400x275Robotics Data, a strategic partner of Robotics World, has announced its latest market report, “Disinfection Robots: Sanitizing the World, One Room at a Time.” The exclusive report provides details on more than 60 companies worldwide creating UVC-based disinfection robots, both semi-autonomous and autonomous. The special report is available for $199 through July 31, 2021, and can be purchased here.



SaildroneSurveyor400x275Saildrone has announced that its uncrewed, autonomous Saildrone Surveyor was expected to arrive in Hawaii after a groundbreaking maiden voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu. While its autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) have performed ocean crossings before, the Surveyor is a new, larger class of vehicle optimized for deep-ocean mapping.


PittsburghRobotics 400x275The Pittsburgh Robotics Network (PRN), an alliance of robotics companies, research institutions, and universities in the Pittsburgh area, has announced it has grown to more than 100 members. The group has announced a commitment to make the city the “Robotics Capital of the World” through new strategic initiatives.


MattGaston400x275Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has announced a new research division dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) engineering, and named Matthew Gaston as its director. The new division will focus on research in applied AI and the engineering questions related to the practical design and implementation of AI technologies and systems.


TRI HomeRobot400x275Toyota Research Institute (TRI)  has announced new robotics capabilities that are aimed to solve complex tasks in home environments, including the ability to understand and operate in complicated situations that confuse most other robots. In a tongue-in-cheek video released as part of National Selfie Day, the robots are seen performing tasks such as recognizing and responding to transparent and reflective surfaces in different situations.


PepperNAO400x275Robotics integrator RobotLAB and SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA) have announced that the humanoid robots Pepper and NAO are now exclusively available through RobotLAB in North America. The partnership also expands Pepper’s previous industry and STREAM education focus areas to a broader range of applications, and marks RobotLAB’s debut as a partner of SoftBank’s Whiz cleaning robot.


DiveTech400x275Dive Technologies has announced it extended their partnership with Kraken Robotics to build a commercial autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for deep subsea cable and infrastructure inspections and geophysical surveys. Specially built for Kraken Robotics, the DIVE-LD will be outfitted with a unique survey sensor suite to augment Kraken’s existing fleet in Canada with a long-range, deep-sea survey capability. The DIVE-LD is expected to be delivered to Kraken later this summer.


ARM ProjectCall400x275The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has published its latest “Special Call for Technology Projects”, which aim to address specific needs in the manufacturing industry and support the Department of Defense. ARM Institute Members are free to submit proposals, which are due on June 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET.


MIT Digital Fibers 400x275MIT researchers have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze, and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. The researchers said this could expand the possibilities for fabrics to uncover hidden patterns in the human body that could be used for physical performance monitoring, medical inference, and early disease detection, among other uses.