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Synapse Unveils "Gerard," The Contextually-Aware Robotic Assistant That Really Understands Us

Autonomous robot showcases contextual awareness and next-generation natural UI

Automation Advancing the Pharmaceutical Industry

By having robots perform the job of human hands, the process of getting a new drug to market is significantly improved. Having a robot do the work can ensure accuracy and repeatability across multiple trials

What Caused Rethink Robotics to Shut Down?

The outcome for Rethink Robotics demonstrates that even when companies are in a popular sector, they still face challenges that could make it hard to thrive. As such, the company's closing should not be viewed as a sign of a struggling robotics industry.

Fauna Robotica

In millions of years of evolution, nature has produced many sophisticated locomotor systems that engineers use as inspiration for creating better robots. We show some current technical developments that are highly advanced.

Morphological Approaches in Medical Technology

Robotic devices for clinical rehabilitation of patients with neurological impairments come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and employ different kinds of actuators.

Stanford Develops an Electronic Glove That Gives Robots a Sense of Touch

Stanford researchers have developed an electronic glove that bestows robotic hands with some of the manual dexterity humans enjoy.

University of Texas “opens Doors” to Safer Nuclear Waste Retrieval

The Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group, based in the University of Texas at Austin, has a mission to “develop and deploy advanced robotics in hazardous environments to minimize risk for the human operator.”

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Brain Corp to Provide AI Services to Walmart

Walmart's BrainOS-powered floor scrubbers allow store associates to quickly map a route during an initial training ride and then activate autonomous floor cleaning with the press of a single button.

Amazon AWS RoboMaker

RoboMaker extends the most widely used open-source robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with connectivity to cloud services.

Google parent to pull plug on bipedal robot development

The company is expected to dissolve the project later this year and relocate employees involved in development to other departments within Alphabet or help them find jobs elsewhere.

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Simbe Robotics Launches Partnership with Decathlon, World's Largest Sporting Goods Retailer

U.S. Flagship Store in San Francisco leverages RFID tagging and Tally inventory robot to create unparalleled in-store customer experience

Robotiq Raises Can$31 Million in Funding from Battery Ventures

Quebec Company Provides Cutting-Edge Solutions for New Wave of Lightweight Robots That Free Humans from Repetitive Tasks

Milrem Robotics UGVs Successfully Tested by British Troops

With four vehicles, Milrem Robotics was the most represented UGV manufacturer in the exercise.

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Swift Naviagtion - Ruggedized Robustness for Robotic Applications

Swift Naviagtion - Ruggedized Robustness for Robotic Applications

Duro® is a ruggedized version of Swift Navigation's Piksi® Multi RTK GNSS receiver. Built to be tough, Duro is designed for easy integration into existing equipment. This affordable, easy-to-deploy GNSS sensor delivers robust, centimeter-accurate positioning while protected against weather, moisture, vibration, dust, water immersion and the unexpected that can occur in outdoor long-term deployments.

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Harmonic Drive LLC

Harmonic Drive LLC

Harmonic Drive LLC (HDLLC) designs and manufactures precision servo actuators, gearheads and gear components. Harmonic Drive® gears play critical roles in robotics, medical diagnostics and surgical robotics. We work with industry-leading customers and companies of all sizes to provide both standard product and custom-engineered solutions. The majority of the products sold by HDLLC are proudly made at our US headquarters and manufacturing facility in Massachusetts.