SpotTrimblePiaggio400x275Piaggio Fast Forward, which develops smart following technology, has collaborated with Trimble to provide a proof-of-concept demonstration that would enable robots and machines to follow humans and other machines in industrial applications.

Aerobotix ARM 400x275The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has announced a collaboration with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) on four new technology projects, selected from the institute’s new Directed Project Call process. The AFRL will invest $2.3 million in these projects over the next 18 months.

DrugDiscoveryML MIT400x275Drugs can only work if they stick to their target proteins in the body. Assessing that stickiness is a key hurdle in the drug discovery and screening process. New research combining chemistry and machine learning could lower that hurdle. The new technique, dubbed DeepBAR, quickly calculates the binding affinities between drug candidates and their targets. The approach yields precise calculations in a fraction of the time compared to previous state-of-the-art methods.


ReliableRoboticsFlightRemotePilot400x275Reliable Robotics, which is developing autonomous flight technology, announced it completed a series of remotely operated test flights directed by a pilot stationed in its Mountain View headquarters more than 50 miles away. The remote pilot instructed an upgraded Cessna 208 Caravan to taxi, takeoff, maneuver over a populated region and land, while communicating with nearby air traffic through the aircraft’s onboard radios. For the flight, a safety pilot was inside the aircraft for the test.

UnitySimulation400x275Unity, which develops a platform for creating and operating real-time 3D content, has released its Object Pose Estimation demonstration, which combines computer vision and simulation technologies aimed at the use of robotics in industrial settings. The new demonstration follows recent releases aimed to support the Robot Operating System (ROS) framework, allowing roboticists to safely, quickly and cost-effectively explore, test, and develop robotic solutions.


Robotnik RB CAR 400x275Barcelona-based Robotnik has provided some additional details on updates to its RB-CAR, an all-terrain autonomous vehicle it has developed. The vehicle has been designed to carry heavy loads and people, with autonomous and collaborative features to help make tasks in transporting heavy loads more safe.

Hyundai TIGER concept400x275Hyundai Motor Group has revealed its uncrewed ultimate mobility vehicle (UMV), which it has dubbed TIGER (Transforming Intelligent Ground Excursion Robot). This is the company’s second UMV and the first designed to be uncrewed. The robot aims to carry various types of payloads while traveling over challenging terrain, either as a four-wheel drive vehicle or a four-legged walking machine.

JamesChang TsingHuaRobot400x275An interdisciplinary research team from Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) has developed a robot that can imitate the meticulous movements of a human hand. With sharp senses of vision and touch, the robot’s hands are nimble enough to catch a ball and pull out a tissue. The goal of the robot is to apply these to nursing and rehabilitation applications, which require more agility than robots used in manufacturing.


nerves pixabay Gerd Altmann400x275Australian-based Strategic Elements Ltd. (SOR) announced proof-of-concept work that highlights its printable neuromorphic technology’s potential for data processing and self-learning in soft robotics (touch sensing) and other signal processing applications such as computer vision.

marching military stock400x275The U.K.’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a competition seeking innovative ideas from industry and academia that could provide efficiencies for military logistics. The scope of the competition is covering two areas of innovation: autonomy and automation, and additive manufacturing.

COLDarm 400x275Motiv Space Systems, in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, announced the development of the COLDArm, a robotic arm designed to survive the extreme cold of the Moon’s South Pole. The goal is to usher in a new era of extended space exploration on the Moon, Mars and beyond, the company said in a statement.

FANUC CRX 10iAL 400x275FANUC America, which provides CNCs and robotics to manufacturers, announced the launch of a new e-learning website aimed to educate the industry about its CRX collaborative robot. The new site provides online training models, a deep dive into several peripheral device and tooling partners, and the latest product information on its CRX cobot lineup.


TRI Stanford Car 400x275The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has chosen 13 additional academic institutions to participate in the next five-year phase of its collaborative research program. The goal of the program will expand the body of research into artificial intelligence with the goal of amplifying the human experience. 

DOBOT MG400 400x275China’s DOBOT, which develops intelligent robotic arm solutions, has announced the DOBOT MG400, a lightweight desktop robot arm for automation and human-robot collaboration applications. The MG400 is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter, the company said in a statement. 

Ansys SignalSimulation400x275Pittsburgh-based Ansys, which develops engineering simulation software, has announced the launch of Ansys HFSS Mesh Fusion, designed to drive the rapid and fully coupled simulation of complex electromagnetic (EM) systems without compromising the design or fidelity. Applications of the new software include industrial Internet of Things, AI, machine learning, autonomous vehicles and 5G communications, the company said.

NUWA Kebbi Air 400x275NUWA Robotics Corp. this week showed off its latest AI robot aimed at STEM learning during the virtual CES event in Las Vegas. The Kebbi Air aims to provide a creative way to increase kids’ motivation to learn.