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IBM 2nm chip 400x275IBM has unveiled a breakthrough in semiconductor design and process with the development of the world's first chip with 2 nanometer (nm) nanosheet technology. Semiconductors play critical roles in everything from computing, to appliances, to communication devices, transportation systems, and critical infrastructure.

 

NextShiftRobotics400x275JASCI Software, which develops software-as-a-service warehouse management software, has announced the acquisition of NextShift Robotics, an autonomous mobile robot maker based in Lowell, Mass. As a result of the acquisition, NextShift will operate as JASCI Robotics, focused on innovating warehousing and logistics, the companies said in a statement. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

 

SymbioRobotics400x275Symbio Robotics, which develops artificial intelligence for industrial robotics, has announced working with Ford Motor Company to deploy an AI-controlled robot at the automaker’s Livonia Transmission Plant. The robot is programmed and managed with Symbio’s robot-agnostic platform, SymbioDCS, to assemble transmissions for the Bronco Sport, Escape, and Edge, among others.

 

ABB IRB1300 Cleanroom400x275ABB has announced that its six-axis industrial robot, the IRB1300, includes new protection elements that allow it to be used in tough industrial applications and contamination-free production processes, opening new opportunities in several industry spaces, including electronics assembly, and automotive and metals fabrication.

 

ExynDrone400x275Exyn Technologies, which develops autonomous aerial robot systems for complex, GPS-denied industrial environments, has announced it achieved the highest documented level of aerial autonomy. At Level 4A Autonomy, Exyn’s drones are capable of free-flight exploration of complex spaces, with the complete determination of flight path at 2+ meter/second flight speeds, and with higher data collection in larger volumes.

 

PlusOneRoboticsFounders400x275Plus One Robotics, which develops vision software for logistics robots, has announced raising $33 million of Series B funding. The funding will be used to support the company’s ongoing expansion in the U.S. and Europe, as well as continued product development to meet rapidly rising customer demand driven by the global boom in e-commerce, the company said in a statement.

 

WovenPlanet400x275Woven Planet Holdings, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, has agreed to acquire Level 5, the self-driving division of Lyft, one of the largest ride-hailing companies in the world. The acquisition marks the first major deal for the newly established Woven Planet. Lyft will receive approximately $550 million in cash, with $200 million paid upfront, and $350 million in payments over a five-year period.

 

MonarchTractorFounders400x275Monarch Tractor, which is developing a fully electric, driver-optional smart tractor, has announced the first deployment at Wente Vineyards, one of the oldest, continuously operated family winery in the U.S. The company said this is the first of 15 pilot series deployments prior to its production deliveries in Q4 2021 as the company looks to electrify the agricultural industry.

 

AI2THOR 400x275The Allen Institute for AI (AI2), which conducts research and engineering in the field of artificial intelligence, has announced the 3.0 release of its embodied AI framework, known as AI2-THOR. The new version adds active object manipulation to its testing framework to allow robotics developers to train robots in a virtual environment instead of real-world training methods.

 

RoboKindMilo400x275The Gallup-McKinley County Schools in New Mexico, which recently deployed several autonomous cleaning robots to disinfect school buildings, has announced a partnership with RoboKind to deploy an assistive technology program to improve social-emotional outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

 

HDSGlobal400x275Home Delivery Service (HDS Global), a highly personalized eCommerce delivery service powered by the RoboFS AI-based robotic fulfillment system, has announced a $3 million strategic investment by Bob DiRomualdo, CEO of Naples Ventures and chairman of the board of directors at Ulta Beauty. The funding will accelerate the development and deployment of the company’s RoboFS demonstration center, located in Indianapolis.

KrogerOcado400x275The Kroger Co. has launched its first Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in the U.S., combining vertical integration, machine learning, and robotics to provide customers with affordable, friendly and fast delivery of fresh food. Powered by Ocado Group, the CFC is located in Monroe, Ohio, a city north of Cincinnati. 

PickleRobotDill400x275Pickle Robot Co. has released a video showing off details of its Dill robot, which can unload boxes from messy trailers at a rate of more than 1,600 picks per hour. The company’s Trailer Unload configuration will be available for reservations in June, with shipping expected in 2022.

GeekPlusRobotSorting400x275Geek+, which develops robotic automation solutions, has announced a successful collaboration with Asda Logistics Services and AMH Material Handling to launch an intelligent sorting system in Asda’s distribution center. The new system provides Asda with the capacity to support continued growth across its parcel collection and returns business, the companies said in a statement.

Kiwibot 400x275Kiwibot, a robotic delivery service that has completed more than 150,000 robot deliveries in Santa Monica, Calif., and other locations, has announced the launch of its next-generation Kiwibot 4.0. The company plans to expand deliveries to other cities beginning in May and has partnered with Chick-fil-a to pilot robot deliveries with the fast-food chicken giant.

SoftRoboticsmGrip400x275Soft Robotics has announced the expansion of its mGrip Modular Gripping System with new capabilities and an IP69K rating that enables safe food handling of proteins and dairy products. The company said these new features put more capabilities into the hands of machine builders to design flexible end-of-arm tools that can withstand high-pressure washdown environments.