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.


ImpossibleMining400x275Impossible Mining, which is developing responsible seabed mining and refining technology, has announced raising an additional $10.1 million in seed funding. The company said it will use the funding to develop and test its four-mile deep robotic collection technology, as well as its Bio-Extraction technology.


OrientalMotor BLH motors400x275The new BLH Connector Type feature includes an all-new motor with a motor connector to attach a single motor cable.


ZiGGY car charger400x275EV Safe Charge, which is developing flexible electric vehicle (EV) charging technology, has announced ZiGGY, a mobile EV charging robot. The company said ZiGGY can be deployed in parking facilities, shopping and entertainment centers, hotels, fleet operators and property owners to provide cost-effective charging and overcoming the limitations of stationary EV chargers without the need for costly electrical infrastructure.


Kobra725 400x275Teledyne FLIR Defense has announced the launch of its Kobra 725 modular robot, a tracked multi-mission platform that includes new features and technology upgrades to the Kobra 710 unmanned ground system.


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.


JIDU ROBO 01 concept400x275JIDU, a China-based electric vehicle company backed by Baidu and Geely, has announced its first concept production robocar, the ROBO-01. The design integrates intelligent driving powered by Baidu and a “cutting-edge futuristic design” aimed to revolutionize the automobile industry that leads to cars driven by AI.


TeleoFunding400x275Teleo, a construction robotics company that retrofits existing construction and mining heavy equipment to turn them into semi-autonomous robots, has announced raising $12 million in Series A funding. The funding will be used to scale the deployment of their product and further invest in research and development in Teleo Supervised Autonomy technology, to address critical industry challenges around the skilled operator shortage and low productivity.


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.


QYSEA AI VisionLock400x275QYSEA Technology has announced an AI-based vision platform that allows its FIFISH Underwater Robots to achieve precise underwater active visual locking capabilities. The new capabilities aim to improve tasks such as 4K filming, operational work, and deep-sea inspections for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).


NASA IceChallenge400x275NASA has announced the second phase of its Break the Ice Lunar Challenge, with invitations to the public to advance system technology for excavating and delivering lunar resources. Interested teams can register for Phase 2 by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2022.


WovenPlanetHydrogen400x275Toyota Motor Corporation and its Woven Planet Holdings subsidiary have announced a working prototype of its portable hydrogen cartridge. The design aims to facilitate everyday transport and supply of hydrogen energy to power several daily life applications inside and outside the home, including mobility vehicles, drones, and robots, among others. 


AlarisPro400x275At Xponential 2022 in Orlando, we spent some time at the AlarisPro booth to discuss their advanced fleet management software for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market.


IrisCasiaG Closer 400x275At Xponential 2022 in Orlando, we caught up with Lori DeMatteis, Iris Automation’s global vice president of customer success, and got more information about its Casia G system, a 360-degree ground-based detect-and-avoid airspace perimeter monitor.


MMI Symani Simulator400x275Italy’s Medical Microinstruments (MMI), a robotics company developing systems for patients undergoing microsurgery, has announced its Symani Surgical System Simulator developed by VirtaMed. The simulator aims to improve, expand and digitize pathways for Symani training as surgeons prepare to expand their microsurgical skills through robotics.


maxonmotor400x275At the recent Xponential 2022 event, we caught up with maxon and its latest precision motors and drives for robots, drones, and other equipment.