Jasmin and Lavender disinfection robots launched by Geek+ worldwide in response to pandemic

Nearly every week lately, a university or a robotics startup puts out a new disinfection robot in reaction to the novel coronavirus crisis. Relatively few of these mobile robots are ready for wide commercial or hospital use. Today, Geekplus Technology Co. said it has launched disinfection robots “Jasmin” and “Lavender” worldwide. Lavender uses ultraviolet light to disinfect, while Jasmin uses liquid agents for swift and automated sterilization, claimed Geek+. The two autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are designed to automatically avoid obstacles and to work around… 

Stop claiming that drones can do anything, says American Robotics CEO

The Scout drones were designed with specific capabilities in mind. Source: American Robotics Despite the hype surrounding drones for the past decade, we are still only scratching the surface of what is achievable with this technology, particularly within the commercial sector. Hundreds of billions of dollars still await to be unlocked in this industry as these devices evolve from hobbyist cameras to integral, everyday business tools. At the same time, this important conversation — which affects everyone from entrepreneurs and investors to regulators and the… 

Video Friday: Quadruped Robot HyQ Learning the Ninja Walk

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Virtual Conference] CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – [Virtual Conference] ICUAS 2020 – September 1-4, 2020 – Athens, Greece ICRES 2020 – September 28-29, 2020 – Taipei, Taiwan IROS 2020 – October 25-29, 2020 – Las Vegas, Nevada ICSR 2020 – November 14-16, 2020 – Golden, Colorado Let… 

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Festo’s New Bio-Inspired Robots Include a Feathery Bionic Bird

I’ve completely lost track of time over the past couple of months (it’s been months, right?), but somehow, the folks over at Festo have held it together well enough to continue working on their Bionic Learning Network robots. Every year or two, Festo shows off some really quite spectacular bio-inspired creations, including robotic ants and butterflies, hopping kangaroos, rolling spiderbots, flying penguins and flying jellyfish, and much more. This year, Festo is demonstrating two new robots: BionicMobileAssistant (a “mobile robot system with pneumatic gripping hand”), and BionicSwift, a swarm of beautiful aerial… 

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UVC robot built by MIT CSAIL disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank

Essential services such as healthcare and food distribution have been under sustained stress during the novel coronavirus pandemic. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has teamed up with telepresence provider Ava Robotics Inc. and the Greater Boston Food Bank to design a new disinfection system. The United Nations projected that the number of people facing severe food insecurity worldwide could double to 265 million because of the pandemic. In the U.S. alone, the five-week total of job losses has risen to 26 million,… 

Series A, B, and C Funding: Guide to Raising Venture Capital

For startups, including hardware centric, robotics companies, securing outside financing is essential to reach their commercial potential and continue to expand. In this comprehensive review, a popular source of start-up funding, venture capital, where capital is exchanged for equity, is examined. The post Series A, B, and C Funding: Guide to Raising Venture Capital appeared first on Robotics Business Review. Read More

Will the Tech Workplace Ever Be the Same Again?

As the COVID-19 pandemic began its explosive spread through the United States, tech workers were among the first to switch to working at home in mass numbers. By early March, before regional stay-at-home orders came into play, most tech professionals at Microsoft and Amazon had switched to working at home, others would soon follow. Since then, Twitter announced that it would offer work-at-home as a permanent option to many of its employees, and Facebook also began planning for a large work-from-anywhere staff, but indicated that salaries… 

Robotic textiles developed at Wyss Institute could enable mechanotherapies

Soft robots can be useful because of their ability to interact with and conform to the human body in ways that stiff and rigid robots cannot. Wearable devices with specially engineered fabrics are starting to become the basis for new rehabilitation therapies. Soft robots can also protect wearers while they perform strenuous tasks. In addition, as non-wearable but independently functioning devices, textile-based soft robots could enable new “mechanotherapies” to help tissues such as muscles and their activating nerve fibers repair damage. Robotic textiles could even… 

Yaskawa Compass intended as an intuitive interface for advanced manufacturing

Yaskawa America Inc. recently released Yaskawa Compass, a graphical user interface tool for advanced manufacturing. The software package can benefit multiple applications in 3D printing, shape cutting, machine tool and robotics, said the Waukegan, Ill.-based Drives & Motion unit of Yaskawa America. Yaskawa’s Drives & Motion division manufactures industrial automation equipment, including low- and medium-voltage variable-speed drives, servo motors and amplifiers, machine controllers, spindle drives and motors, and low-voltage industrial switch products. The company’s Motoman Robotics division makes robots to weld, assemble, cut and handle… 

U.S. Eases Restrictions on Private Remote-Sensing Satellites

Later this month, satellite-based remote-sensing in the United States will be getting a big boost. Not from a better rocket, but from the U.S. Commerce Department, which will be relaxing the rules that govern how companies provide such services. For many years, the Commerce Department has been tightly regulating those satellite-imaging companies, because of worries about geopolitical adversaries buying images for nefarious purposes and compromising U.S. national security. But the newly announced rules, set to go into effect on July 20, represent a significant easing of restrictions. Previously, obtaining permission…