4ocean Be bot400x2754ocean has announced the arrival of the BeBot, an eco-friendly beach-cleaning robot that mechanically sifts sand to remove plastic waste and other debris without harming the local environment. The goal of the system is to restore coastlines while preserving the natural environment.


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.


Lucid D1Drone400x275Defiance Ventures, a Charlotte, N.C.-based venture capital firm, has announced its investment in Lucid Drone Technologies, which develops and manufactures autonomous drones for labor-intensive tasks such as commercial cleaning and spraying. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.


Cansel TinySurveyor400x275Cansel, a software, hardware and service provider, has announced an agreement with Denmark-based TinyMobileRobots to distribute the TInySurveyor robot in Canada. The GPS-guided mobile robot assists in surveying, civil engineering, construction and utility industry processes.


FirstIZRapidSOS 400x275RapidSOS and FIRST iZ have announced a partnership to provide emergency first responders and 911 dispatchers with a system to remotely and autonomously dispatch drones. With the click of a button in the RapidSOS Portal, a drone can be automatically dispatched to the site of any alarms or incidents reported.


BeewiseBeehome400x275Beewise, a startup dedicated to saving the world’s bee population, has launched Beehome, a smarthome for bees with an autonomous beekeeping robot that acts as a medic and guardian. The company said the Beehome is the first at-scale solution for saving the global bee population.


MotionalVan400x275Motional has announced that it chose Ottopia to support the deployment of its robotaxi fleets. Motional said it will use Ottopia’s teleoperation technology to conduct remote vehicle assistance (RVA) when operating its fully driverless, SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles.


Arcimoto400x275Arcimoto, which develops and manufactures “fun utility vehicles” (FUVs), recently demonstrated the first-ever driverless FUV, in addition to other technologies during its FUV and Friends Summer Showcase at the Portland (Ore.) International Raceway.


Micropsi Fridge Sniffing400x275During an interview with Ronnie Vuine, CEO of Micropsi Industries, about their upgraded MIRAI software, he mentioned a use case for the software and its robots – “fridge sniffing”. After I wanted to learn more, the company provided us with a video that explains the process, and how its software can help automate the task for manufacturers.


Fabric Instacart400x275Instacart, a leading online grocery platform in North America, has announced the first phase of its next-generation fulfillment initiative, designed to bring automated technology solutions to retailers in the U.S. and Canada. As part of this initiative, the company has signed a multi-year strategic deal with Fabric as a fulfillment automation partner to pair Fabric software and robotics with Instacart technology.


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.


TactileMobility400x275Tactile Mobility, which develops tactile data and virtual sensing technology, has announced the launch of a runover virtual solution that provides vehicles with the ability to identify in real time an initial runover of an object to prevent a full runover.


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.


Symbotic Walmart400x275Walmart and Symbotic have announced plans to expand implementation of Symbotic’s robotics and automation platform to outfit an additional 25 regional distribution centers (RDCs). The system helps Walmart create custom store- and aisle-ready pallets for unloading trucks at a Walmart store.


FlukeProcessSpot 400x275Fluke Process Instruments, which develop infrared imaging and thermal profiling solutions for industrial instruments, has announced partnering with Boston Dynamics to bring its new SV600 Fixed Acoustic Imager capabilities to the Spot mobile robot. The package is expected to be released later in August.


Algolux400x275Algolux, a computer vision software company, has announced raising $18.4 million in Series B funding. The new investment will be used by the Montreal-based company to accelerate market adoption of its computer vision and image optimization solutions. The round was co-led by Forte Ventures and Drive Capital, with additional funding from new investors Investissement Quebec, Castor Ventures, and Nikon-SBI Innovation Fund. Existing ventures GM Ventures, Generation Ventures, and Intact Ventures also participated.