Robot Types

EksoNR 400x275Ekso Bionics Holdings, which develops exoskeleton technology for medical and industrial usages, has announced expanding its partnership with Kindred Healthcare. The expansion will bring EksoNR, its robotic exoskeleton, to four of Kindred’s long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals in the U.S. The multi-unit order follows a successful pilot program of the EksoNR last year, the company said.

 

Innovusion400x275Innovusion, which designs and develops image-grade lidar systems, has announced raising $64 million in Series B financing. The company said the funding will be used to increase the production capabilities of its automotive-grade lidars, support supply-chain partners for mass production capabilities, and further expand its research and development efforts around advanced lidar technologies.

 

GermanBionic400x275German Bionic, which manufactures smart power suits for industrial applications, has announced that functional updates can be performed via wireless remote transmission. The German Bionic OS, which connects the power suits to the cloud, makes this possible, the Augsburg, Germany-based company said in a statement.

 

InOrbitWebinar400x275InOrbit, which develops cloud-based software to help companies manage and orchestrate their robotics deployments, has announced a webinar to showcase the features and functions of its platform and how it relates to robotics operations, also known as RobOps. The free webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 8 a.m. PT.

 

THINKSurgical400x275THINK Surgical, which develops orthopedic surgery robotics, and Ortho Development Corp., an orthopedic device manufacturer, have announced FDA clearance to use Ortho’s Balanced Knee System and BKS TriMax implants with THINK’s TSolution One Total Knee Application. The system for total knee replacement supports an open implant library, giving surgeons a choice of implant options.

 

 

ViaBot400x275ViaBot, a robotics startup automating maintenance and management to large properties, has announced its public launch with $6.1 million in funding. The company also disclosed a key partnership with Cushman & Wakefield, which has deployed ViaBot’s RUNO robots to properties in the San Francisco Bay Area for sweeping and security services.

 

FANUC A3reportQ12021 400x275Substantial increases in robot orders from the metals sector, pharmaceuticals, food and consumer goods helped drive a 20% increase in North American robot orders during the first quarter of 2021, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reported today. The Q1 2021 numbers were also the second-largest quarter ever for non-automotive sector robot sales, as companies recovering from COVID-19 slowdowns realize that robotics and automation can help them recover.

 

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.

 

USMI Canady400x275US Medical Innovations (USMI) has announced it is developing “the first robotic delivery system used for cancer surgery.” The Canady Surgical System (CSS) is a space-efficient, stand-alone solution for robotic-assisted surgery during open, laparoscopic/mini-invasive, endoscopic, thoracoscopic and trans-oral surgical procedures, the company said in a statement.

 

HarmonicBionics400x275Harmonic Bionics, a robotics company that aims to augment human movement, has announced closing $7 million in Series A funding. The new funds will support the company’s clinical research efforts and enable an increase in product development to bringing its advanced upper extremity rehabilitation technology to market.

 

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.

 

ArgoFord400x275Pittsburgh-based Argo AI has introduced Argo Lidar, which it says overcomes limitations preventing most competitors from commercializing autonomous delivery and ride-hail services. The Argo Self-Driving System (SDS) is capable of 360-degree awareness day or night, and can safely drive on city streets, suburban neighborhoods, and now at highway speeds.

 

PrecisionAI 400x275Precision AI, a computer vision and robotics company dedicated to sustainable farming practices, has announced closing $20 million in equity and grant funding. The seed round was co-led by At One Ventures (founded by GoogleX co-founder Tom Chi) and the Industrial Innovation Venture Fund of BDC Capital. The new financing will support the company’s work on a disruptive precision farming platform that deploys swarms of artificially intelligent drones to dramatically reduce herbicide use in row crop agriculture.

 

PathRobotics400x275Columbus, Ohio-based Path Robotics, which is developing an autonomous robotic welding system, has announced raising $56 million in Series B funding, bringing the total invested into the company to $71 million. Leading the round was Addition, joining returning investors Drive Capital, Basis Set, and Lemnos Lab.

 

KrogerDeliveryDrone400x275The Kroger Co. and Drone Express have announced a pilot program to offer grocery delivery via autonomous drones, expanding the retailer’s ecosystem to provide customers with “anything, anytime, anywhere.” The pilot program will take flight this spring in the Midwest, the companies said in a statement.

 

VueronScreen400x275Innoviz Technologies, which develops high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, is teaming up with Vueron Technology, which develops lidar perception software and autonomous driving technology. The cooperation will help build an autonomous driving platform for lidar-only self-driving vehicles, the companies said in a statement.