Activ Surgical closes $15M funding to commercialize ActivEdge surgical platform

Activ Surgical Inc. today said it has closed a $15 million venture round. The Boston-based company said its ActivEdge platform integrates artificial intelligence, computer vision, and robotics to enable collaborative and autonomous surgery. Activ said it plans to use the latest financing to accelerate U.S. commercialization and European market expansion. Preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death after heart attack and cancer, and preventable surgical errors cost U.S. health care more than $36 billion and 400,000 deaths every year, according to medical… 

SmartGuardUV disinfection robot launched by Fetch Robotics, Piedmont National

The SmartGuardUV AMR. Source: Fetch Robotics As public places around the world prepare to reopen in the wake of the novel coronavirus crisis, a host of disinfection robot providers have emerged to address the need. Some are university spinoffs and startups, others are healthcare suppliers, and a few are established robotics companies. Fetch Robotics Inc. today announced that it has partnered with Piedmont National Corp. to launch the SmartGuardUV system. Current reopening best practices include the spot cleaning of high-traffic facilities in addition to thorough… 

How cobots & lean integrators are bringing automations to SMEs

Coty Cosmetics uses eight Universal Robots cobots to automate picking and packing of products. Until fairly recently, automation has been primarily been a big-company advantage. Several factors have now begun to level the playing field, including the emergence of collaborative robots, or cobots. Cobots have introduced many of the same benefits to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) that traditional robotics and automation offered large organizations. The big difference is that cobots provide a safer, more compact, and more intuitive solution that can be implemented quicker… 

Investment in AMR Companies Accelerates as Market Set for Next Phase Of Growth

Even before the advent of the Covid-19, autonomous mobile robot companies, notably those producing robots for use in e-commerce fulfillment centers, factories and warehousing, were experiencing a boom in investment. The pandemic is only accelerating investments in the AMR market. The post Investment in AMR Companies Accelerates as Market Set for Next Phase Of Growth appeared first on Robotics Business Review. Read More

Letting robots manipulate cables

By Rachel Gordon The opposing fingers are lightweight and quick moving, allowing nimble, real-time adjustments of force and position.Photo courtesy of MIT CSAIL. For humans, it can be challenging to manipulate thin flexible objects like ropes, wires, or cables. But if these problems are hard for humans, they are nearly impossible for robots. As a cable slides between the fingers, its shape is constantly changing, and the robot’s fingers must be constantly sensing and adjusting the cable’s position and motion. Standard approaches have used a… 

#ICRA2020 workshops on robotics and learning

This year the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is being run as a virtual event. One interesting feature of this conference is that it has been extended to run from 31 May to 31 August. A number of workshops were held on the opening day and here we focus on two of them: “Learning of manual skills in humans and robots” and “Emerging learning and algorithmic methods for data association in robotics”. Learning of manual skills in humans and robots This workshop was… 

Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Make Early Adopters of Us All?

Remember March, when stay-at-home orders and advisories first went into effect in many U.S. states and other places around the world? That month is generally not a big time for consumer electronics sales; gadgets may fly off shelves during the December holiday season, but then there’s a bit of a lull. But things are different during a pandemic. Internet-connected exercise bike maker Peloton reported first quarter revenues up by two-thirds, as stay-at-home orders kept people from their normal exercise routines. Webcams sold out just about everywhere. And good luck… 

Astronaut Bioengineers Human Cartilage in Space Using Magnetic Fields

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has successfully assembled human cartilage using the power of magnetism.  The feat was achieved using a magnetic levitation bioassembly device installed onboard the station. The machine enables clusters of human cells to assemble into tissue structures, without the use of a physical scaffold. The experiment was described in a paper published today in the journal Science Advances.  “One could imagine not too far in the future that if we colonize Mars or do long-term space travel, we might want to do experiments where… 

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Teaching robots how to grasp transparent, shiny objects

Kitchen robots are a popular vision of the future, but if a robot of today tries to grasp a kitchen staple such as a clear measuring cup or a shiny knife, it likely won’t be able to. Transparent and reflective objects are the things of robot nightmares. Roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University, however, report success with a new technique they’ve developed for teaching robots to pick up these troublesome objects. The technique doesn’t require fancy sensors, exhaustive training or human guidance, but relies primarily on… 

Sense Photonics’ new CEO discusses solid state sensor development for robots, autonomous vehicles

Source: Sense Photonics Whether they’re called lidar sensors or 3D time-of-flight cameras, accurate and affordable perception is essential to the development of new mobile robots, autonomous vehicles, and industrial applications such as inspection or security. Sense Photonics Inc. makes a solid-state camera that it says can provide long-range sensing, distinguish intensity, and work in sunlight. The Durham, N.C.-based company announced its Osprey modular FLASH lidar in January 2020 and was an exhibitor at MODEX 2020. Sense Photonics was also an 2020 RBR50 innovation award winner…