MideaRobozone400x275China’s Midea Robozone, which develops smart cleaning technologies for global markets, has launched a new brand, Obode. The new brand will launch its first product, the P8 auto self-cleaning mopping robot vacuum, in the U.S. and U.K. later this spring.


IndyChallenge PolyMOV400x275Team PoliMOVE, with participants from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and the University of Alabama has won the Autonomous Challenge @ CES, a continuation of last year’s Indy Autonomous Challenge that pitted autonomous race cars in a head-to-head competition. Held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a field of five teams from five countries representing seven universities, PoliMOVE took home the $150,000 grand prize.


CESTakeaways400x275CES is always one of the biggest trade shows of the year, where companies from all different sectors come to Las Vegas to show off their latest innovations. Companies that make robots, drones and self-driving cars are among those that have attended in recent years, and this year was no different. While several big companies pulled out of the show due to COVID-related concerns, there were still enough announcements in the space to make people talk about what’s coming next in technology.


LumotiveZKW lidar400x275At this week’s CES 2022 event in Las Vegas, Lumotive and ZKW Group unveiled a functional demonstration of Lumotive’s lidar technology integrated with a ZKW vehicle headlight. The demonstration coupled Lumotive’s Meta-Lidar Platform with ZKW’s advanced vehicle lighting technology to produce a headline with superior road illumination capabilities while also providing 3D sensing for advanced safety and autonomy features.


Pudu AfraC1 400x275Pudu Robotics, which develops commercial service robots, has announced the new Afra C1 cleaning robot, marking its official entry into the commercial cleaning robot sector. The company said it seeks to explore applications of digital technology in hygiene and sanitation services. It showed off the robot at the CES 2022 event in Las Vegas.


Doosan NINA 400x275Doosan Robotics has announced its entry into the entertainment industry marketplace with the unveiling of the NINA Camera Robot System. NINA, or “New Inspiration, New Angle”, is designed for prosumer content creators and mid-level enterprises to provide motion control through user-friendly software. The company said this will empower anyone to adopt professional cinematography skills and create production quality content at the highest levels.


Skydio2 400x275U.S. drone manufacturer Skydio has announced a new autonomous flight capability, Skydio KeyFrame, that uses artificial intelligence to let users design and capture smooth, complex camera moves with just a few taps. Aimed at cinematographers, the KeyFrame capability can create camera motion that is smooth, precise, and repeatable.


LabradorSystems400x275Labrador Systems, which is developing a new generation of assistive robots to help individuals live more independently, has announced the Labrador Retriever, a personal robot that provides practical, physical assistance with everyday activities in the home. The mobile robot provides users with “an extra pair of hands” to help move large loads from place to place, as well as bring critical items within reach. The company also announced raising an additional $3.1 million in seed funding, led by Amazon’s Alexa Fund and iRobot Ventures.


AmecaRobot400x275U.K.-based Engineered Arts, which creates “memorable interactive character experiences,” has announced its latest humanoid robot, Ameca, will be on display at next month’s CES 2022 in Las Vegas.


ADLINK LEC RB5 400x275ADLINK Technology, which develops edge computing and artificial intelligence hardware and software, has announced a new high-performance module that allows on-device AI and 5G connectivity capabilities for consumer, enterprise, and industrial robots. The LEC-RB5 SMARC module is the first SMARC AI-on-module based on the Qualcomm QRB5165 processor.


SonyAirpeakS1 400x275Sony Electronics has announced the availability of the company’s first-ever professional drone. The Airpeak S1 is the “world’s smallest drone” that can be equipped with a full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens Alpha camera, and is designed for cinematographers and other visual storytelling professionals. Sony said presale ordering is now available, with an expected customer ship date of Dec. 24, 2021.


7 Eleven Nuro 400x2757-Eleven and Nuro have announced a pilot program for autonomous delivery in the state of California. Residents in Mountain View, Calif., can order products through the 7NOW delivery app and have them delivered by a self-driving vehicle.


Roomba HolidayTree400x275Just in time for the holidays, iRobot has announced new features for its Roomba j7 and j7+ robot vacuums that are powered by additions to its Genius Home Intelligence software. The new features include the ability to identify and clean around holiday trees, shoes, and socks, in addition to previous obstacles such as cords and solid pet wastes.


HaptX Gloves VR 400x275HaptX, which develops realistic haptic gloves for virtual reality and robotics applications, has announced it secured a $4 million credit facility from Crescent Cove Advisors. The additional money brings the company’s recent Series A funding round to $28 million, with a total funding to $35 million.


iRobot Aeris 400x275Consumer robot maker iRobot has announced it acquired privately-held Aeris Cleantec AG, a provider of premium air purifiers based in Cham, Zug Switzerland. iRobot said the acquisition supports is vision of building “the most thoughtful robotics and developing intelligent home innovations that make life better.”


Kiwi LoyolaMarymount400x275Loyola Marymount University and its LMU Dining unit have announced partnering with Kiwibot to provide robot deliveries of hot, fresh meals on the campus. Since launching a trial run in September, the university said more than 500 deliveries have been completed across the Los Angeles campus.