SoftBank ST Flex400x275SoftBank’s mobile carrier division has announced completion of the initial testing of Altaeros’ ST-Flex, an autonomous aerostat (tethered blimp). Operational and telecommunications tests were performed at Japan’s Hokkaido Spaceport in Taiki Town.


OSARO Zenni robot 400x275OSARO, which develops and deploys advanced robotics for e-commerce companies, has announced a partnership with Zenni, an online eyewear retailer. The partnership will help Zenni automate the “last meter” of Zenni’s fulfillment center in Novato, Calif., with three OSARO Robotic Bagging Systems readying eyewear orders for shipment to U.S. customers.


Toppan ToF prototype400x275Toppan, which develops communication, security and electronics solutions, has announced a partnership with Brookman Technology to employ a hybrid time-of-flight (ToF) method to develop a three-dimensional range image sensor that can measure distances from one to 30 meters.



ABS SpaceX400x275ABS, which provides classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, has announced a joint development project (JDP) with SpaceX. The project will review the remotely controlled functions of autonomous rocket recovery droneships used for booster rocket recovery at sea.


AsylonZeroEyes400x275ZeroEyes, which has created an artificial intelligence-based gun detection video analytics platform, has announced a partnership with Asylon Robotics, which automates security operations by leveraging aerial and ground robotics for perimeter and drone security and intelligence services.


Kodiak SensorPod400x275Kodiak Robotics, which is developing self-driving truck technology, has announced a technical partnership with Southern Tire Mart / Southern Tire Mart at Pilot, demonstrating that its pre-calibrated, pre-built SensorPods can be completely removed and replaced by a mechanic without specialized training. The goal is to eliminate the need for a specialized technician to replace AV sensors, especially when long-haul trucks may need service in remote areas.


MisoFlippy2 Wings400x275Wing Zone, a fast-casual restaurant brand that makes made-to-order chicken wings, has announced a partnership with Miso Robotics. The agreement will include Miso’s Flippy 2 robotic system a part of the standard build for all future restaurant locations – making Wing Zone the first fast-casual brand to include food robotics into its operations at this level.


SkydioAxon400x275Axon and Skydio have announced an upgrade to its Axon Respond software that will allow public safety agencies flying Skydio Drones and using the Respond software to access drone live-streams to provide more comprehensive views of incidents.


SymboticWalmart400x275Symbotic LLC and Walmart have announced an expanded commercial agreement to implement Symbotic’s robotics and software automation platform in all 42 of Walmart’s regional distribution centers over the coming years. This agreement expands on Walmart’s prior commitment to deploy Symbotic Systems in 25 regional distribution centers.


Halodi Immervision400x275Immervision, which develops advanced vision systems that combine optics, image processing and sensor fusion technology, has announced it was chosen by Halodi Robotics to provide their next-generation vision system for Halodi’s service robot platform, which can handle both human and computer vision.


AuroraFedEx400x275Aurora Innovation and FedEx Corp. have announced the expansion of its pilot program to autonomously move FedEx shipments on an additional commercial lane in Texas.


NowRX 400x275NowRX, a technology-powered pharmacy looking to provide same-day prescription delivery and telehealth services, has partnered with Hyundai Motor Group to explore the use of new solutions in the delivery of prescription medications, including autonomous vehicles.


KiraInOrbit400x275InOrbit, which develops cloud-based robot operations software, has announced an integration with Alfred Kärcher SE & Co., which develops cleaning technology systems. The integration will add real-time observability, optimization and advanced operations functions to Kärcher’s autonomous equipment.


inViaWarehouse400x275Third-party logistics (3PL) operator Fulfyld has announced it chose inVia Robotics to integrate a full warehouse execution system (WES) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) into its Huntsville, Ala., warehouse to help supplement its workforce and ensure service-level agreements.


Amorphology400x275Amorphology, a NASA spinoff company created from technology developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the California Institute of Technology, has announced a partnership with Additive Technologies (AddiTech), which develops affordable multi-metal 3D printing systems. Together, the two companies are developing the additive manufacturing of multi-metal gear components for robotics.


3MRoboTape 400x275Commercial bonding manufacturer 3M has teamed up with systems integrator Innovative Automation to provide industrial manufacturers with an automated solution for tape applications that require precision, repeatability and high output. The RoboTape System for 3M Tape allows manufacturers to gain the benefits of 3M tape in an assembly process, while also maximizing production throughput, improving quality, and reducing manual labor and limiting re-work.