Joyce400x275Robotics World chatted with Patrice Roulet Fontani, the co-founder and vice president of technology at Immervision, about the future of humanoid robots and machine perception.

 

PteroTranswing400x275A recent article from Business Insider weighed in on the future of drones, suggesting that “whether these unmanned aircrafts [drones] are controlled by a remote or accessed via a smartphone app, they possess the capability of reaching the most remote areas with little to no manpower needed, and require the least amount of effort, time, and energy."

 

RubberTreeRobot400x275STMicroelectronics (STM), which develops semiconductors across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced a design win for its STM32WLE5, a long-range (LoRa) system-on-chip (SoC). A customer application developed by rubber-tapping specialist CIHEVEA uses low-power networking to help automate the process of extracting latex from rubber trees. 

 

VecnaContrib400x275The robots-as-a-service (RaaS) pricing model reduces the heavy, upfront investment for co-working robots. Traditional business models required a warehouse to make a cost-intensive capital expenditure for robot hardware upfront. RaaS, on the other hand, enables companies to switch to a monthly payment and realize a return on investment on day one.

 

Neurala MaxVersace400x275Neurala, which develops vision-based artificial intelligence software, has announced the launch of its European subsidiary, Neurala Europe. Based in Italy, the subsidiary will advance the company’s efforts in the industrial space, adding on-the-ground expertise and support for European partners, value-added resellers, and manufacturing customers as companies prioritize AI and automation as part of Industry 4.0 initiatives, the company said in a statement.

 

BrainCameraSecurity400x275For many people, cameras in public spaces imply surveillance due to how they have been used traditionally (e.g., traffic cameras, retail security cameras, etc.). But for companies in the autonomous mobile robotics industry, cameras are used for the purpose of helping self-driving robots navigate the world around them in a safe and efficient manner. For these technology providers, an ongoing challenge is to build public trust and help reshape preconceived notions regarding the use of camera images.

 

AutoGuideSafety400x275According to the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), about 25% of forklift deaths are caused by forklift overturns, with other deaths or injuries stemming from forklifts accidentally driving off loading docks; lifts falling between docks and unsecured trailers, or workers being struck by distracted operators. While moving materials seems a fairly straightforward process, it can be risky business. The safe implementation of advanced automation such as autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to transport materials not only presents opportunities for increased productivity and faster ROI, but they also provide safer working conditions.

MiR Honeywell400x275Material transport workflows for production and assembly lines is a time-consuming, non-value adding task for most manufacturers. Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are a simple, efficient and cost-effective way to automate material handling and in-house transportation tasks in nearly any situation where employees would previously have been required to push carts around the facility.

Tertill 400x275Helen Greiner, one of the original founders of iRobot, has had a long career in robotics in several different companies and endeavors. Late in 2020, she was named CEO of Tertill, makers of a consumer-grade weeding robot for vegetable gardens. She recently discussed some of the trends she is looking at for 2021 in the consumer robotics and related fields with Robotics-world.com