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.

 

BENTELER People Mover400x275BENTELER has announced a special platform concept for a people mover in the minibus segment, which is also suitable for autonomous driving applications. The e-mobility solution is designed for minibuses in the 15 to 22 passenger range, and meets the demand for environmentally friendly mobility solutions.

 

BrainCameraSecurity400x275For many people, cameras in public spaces imply surveillance due to how they have been used traditionally (e.g., traffic cameras, retail security cameras, etc.). But for companies in the autonomous mobile robotics industry, cameras are used for the purpose of helping self-driving robots navigate the world around them in a safe and efficient manner. For these technology providers, an ongoing challenge is to build public trust and help reshape preconceived notions regarding the use of camera images.

 

AskaFly400x275NFT Inc. has announced it is taking pre-orders for the ASKA, an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle designed for consumers. The vehicle is priced at $789,000, and interested buyers can begin the sales process with a $5,000 deposit (fully refundable, held in an escrow account) to secure their place on the preorder list.

 

MOVIARoboticsTeam400x275MOVIA Robotics, which is developing systems and software to help children with autism and robots work together, has announced closing a $5 million seed funding round by ZFC Capital Partners II, L.P. 

iRobotRootCoding400x275iRobot has released new coding resources through its iRobot Education platform to promote more inclusive, equitable access to STEM education and support social-emotional development. The company also has added Python coding support and a new 3D Root coding robot simulator environment aimed at hybrid and remote learning landscapes.

MobisVehicle 400x275At an event held at the R&D headquarters in South Korea, Hyundai Mobis has disclosed a new mobility concept for the post-COVID-19 era. Two urban shared mobility concept cars, M.Vision X and M.Vision POP, were demonstrated along with other new technologies.

 

QTrobot 400x275 childLuxAI has announced the launch of its QTrobot for Home, a social robot playmate that helps children with autism to learn and practice new social, emotional, and cognitive skills. After several years of offering QTrobot to schools and research institutes, LuxAI said it can support parents by offering the robot to families.

 

MoorebotScout400x275Moorebot, the maker of consumer robots such as the Hubble HUGO Baby Cam and the ZEUS fighting robot, has announced a Kickstarter campaign for its new robot, Scout. Equipped with advanced sensors and AI algorithms, Scout can patrol the inside of a home as well as be used for pet observation and companionship.

HobotWindowRobot400x275Home Robot, based in Fort Walton Beach, has launched an updated version of its robotic window-cleaning system, the HOBOT-298. Designed to effectively clean windows and other smooth vertical surfaces, including mirrors and shower cabins, the update includes an advanced ultrasonic water spray, which streamlines the cleaning process.

AvaAustriaRealEstate400x275Ava Robotics, which develops intelligent robots for the workplace via telepresence, has announced a partnership with Austrian real estate company SIGNA and Cisco partner FRINK Advanced Services. The partnership will create a fully digital, remote sales experience, powered by Ava’s telepresence robots, which helps realtors and home buyers with remote, contactless home tours.

 

Skydio400x275U.S. drone manufacturer Skydio has announced it raised $170 million in Series D funding, bringing the total amount raised to more than $340 million (with a $1 billion valuation). The company said it will further accelerate product development and global sales expansion to support rapidly growing demand for its autonomous drone solutions.

 

PetSitterRobot400x275Guru IoT, a Korean product developer, has announced it will move into the North American pet device market with its pet sitter robot, PEDDY. The pet caring robot has earned a certification with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the company said.

iRobotRoombaS9400x275With more consumers staying at home due to COVID-19 related lockdowns in 2020, they looked to consumer robotics to help make life simpler, a new report suggests. Global tech market advisory firm ABI Research found that the consumer robotics market generated $10.4 billion in revenues in 2020, up $448 million, or 4.3%, on pre-pandemic expectations.

 

Tertill 400x275Helen Greiner, one of the original founders of iRobot, has had a long career in robotics in several different companies and endeavors. Late in 2020, she was named CEO of Tertill, makers of a consumer-grade weeding robot for vegetable gardens. She recently discussed some of the trends she is looking at for 2021 in the consumer robotics and related fields with Robotics-world.com

JamesChang TsingHuaRobot400x275An interdisciplinary research team from Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) has developed a robot that can imitate the meticulous movements of a human hand. With sharp senses of vision and touch, the robot’s hands are nimble enough to catch a ball and pull out a tissue. The goal of the robot is to apply these to nursing and rehabilitation applications, which require more agility than robots used in manufacturing.