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.


Beomni400x275Beyond Imagination, which develops general-purpose robotics systems, has announced a collaboration with Dr. David Wensel at the TRU PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Center in Lafayette, Colorado to conduct real-world tests of its newly completed, fully functional Version 1.0 of the robot known as Beomni. The company said this is the first public trail of Beomni, an advanced humanoid robot, that includes an evolving AI brain that aims to take tele-medicine to the next level.


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.


AvatarXPRIZE NimbRo 400x275XPRIZE, which designs and operates incentive competitions to solve humanity’s biggest challenges, has announced that 15 teams from eight countries advanced to the finals round of the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition.


Joyce400x275Robotics World chatted with Patrice Roulet Fontani, the co-founder and vice president of technology at Immervision, about the future of humanoid robots and machine perception.


Honda eVTOL400x275Honda Motor Co. has announced the technology development direction the company is pursuing while leveraging its core technologies. The direction will lead to the fulfillment of Honda’s 2030 Vision of serving people worldwide with the “joy of expanding their life’s potential.”


UBTECH Panda400x275The UBTECH Panda Robot has made its global debut at the 2021 World Robot Conference in Beijing, paving the way for an appearance at next month’s Expo 2020 Dubai in the China Pavilion.


ArtieMax400x275Educational Insights, a toy company that aims to inspire a love of learning in every child, has announced its new coding robot. The Artie Max coding robot is aimed at children ages 8 and above to learn advanced coding concepts through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning. The coding and drawing robot aims to help kids develop critical thinking skills for engineering tasks, as well as inspire them to use creativity in a unique and modern way.


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 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).