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WellSaid Stock 400x275WellSaid Labs, which is developing artificial intelligence-based text-to-speech technology, has announced raising $10 million in a Series A round. The company said it will use the funding to drive further AI and product innovation, scale go-to-market functions, and grow its team.

 

RobotLabPepperSMB 400x275RobotLAB, a robotics integrator that recently became the exclusive distributor of SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper and NAO robots in North America, has announced the availability of a cost-effective AI-powered package designed for small and medium businesses.

 

TRI HomeRobot400x275Toyota Research Institute (TRI)  has announced new robotics capabilities that are aimed to solve complex tasks in home environments, including the ability to understand and operate in complicated situations that confuse most other robots. In a tongue-in-cheek video released as part of National Selfie Day, the robots are seen performing tasks such as recognizing and responding to transparent and reflective surfaces in different situations.

 

Hyundai BostonDynamics400x275Hyundai Motor Group, Boston Dynamics and SoftBank Group have announced the completion of Hyundai’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank, following regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The deal is valued at approximately $1.1 billion, with additional financial details not disclosed.

 

PepperNAO400x275Robotics integrator RobotLAB and SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA) have announced that the humanoid robots Pepper and NAO are now exclusively available through RobotLAB in North America. The partnership also expands Pepper’s previous industry and STREAM education focus areas to a broader range of applications, and marks RobotLAB’s debut as a partner of SoftBank’s Whiz cleaning robot.

 

Telexistence400x275Telexistence, which is developing remote-controlled robotics with artificial intelligence, has closed a $20 million Series A-2 financing round, according to Airbus Ventures. The round was led by a group company of Monoful Inc, with additional funds from KDDI, Deepcore, UTokyo IPC, and other new investors. The company has raised about $41 million to date since its founding in 2017.

 

TRI Punyo SoftGripper400x275The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced it is sharing the design source files and full build instructions for its innovative domestic robot hands, with the goal of accelerating the field of soft robotics. Starting today, any research institution or aspiring roboticist can visit punyo.tech to build their own Punyo Soft Bubble Gripper.

 

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).

 

DiligentKendraScott400x275Fashion accessories designer Kendra Scott has announced a partnership with Diligent Robotics, developer of the Moxi hospital robot assistant, to deploy the robots with pediatric patients through its Kendra Cares program. The robot will help provide social, emotional, and cognitive development while caregivers connect via an app.

 

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. 

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.

 

Joyce400x275Immervision has announced a new partner for JOYCE, a humanoid robot that aims to unite the computer vision community. Hanson Robotics, creator of the humanoid robot Sophia, will work with JOYCE to “further evolve machine perception to help deliver human-like vision and beyond,” the companies 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.

 

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.

 

RoboKindRobot400x275RoboKind, which develops robotic technologies and curriculum for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, has announced new software to help educators support students during remote and blended learning.

Haptx 400x275HaptX has announced the release of HaptX Gloves DX2, a major upgrade to its advanced haptic feedback gloves. The DK2 include true-contact haptics available for purchase, and are designed for professionals in training and simulation, industrial design, and robotics.