Aerones abandons industrial drones to focus on ground-based robotics as it raises $1.6M – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Way back in 2018, Aerones detailed its plans to use large, industrial drones to clean wind turbines. The company had already raised $3.6 million to date and moved from Latvia to the San Francisco Bay Area. But things change fast in the world of startups — and sometimes that requires a rethink. Aerones will…

No-code industrial robotics programming startup Wandelbots raises $30 million – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Dresden, Germany-based Wandelbots – a startup dedicated to making it easier for non-programmers to ‘teach’ industrial robots how to do specific tasks – has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by 83North, an with participation from Next47 and Microsoft’s M12 venture funding arm. Wandelbots will use the funding to help it…

Optimized sensors are key to future of automated vehicles – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Puneeth Meruva Contributor Puneeth Meruva is an Associate at Trucks Venture Capital, studied EECS at MIT and developed vehicle telematics software at Microsoft Research, BMW and Uber. Sensors are critical components of the modern vehicle. They are the eyes of a car, enabling everything from existing ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) features such as automated…

‘Twisted light’ lasers, prosthetic vision advances and robot-trained dogs – TechCrunch

[ad_1] I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. In this edition: a new type of laser emitter that uses metamaterials, robot-trained dogs, a…

China’s Geek+ brings warehouse robots to US via Conveyco partnership – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Chinese robots will soon be seen roaming a number of warehouse floors across North America. Geek+, a well-funded Chinese robotics company that specializes in logistics automation for factories, warehouses and supply chains, furthers its expansion in North America after striking a strategic partnership with Conveyco, an order fulfillment and distribution center system integrator with…

Waymo expands first external investment round to $3 billion – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Waymo has added an additional $800 million to the $2.25 billion funding round that it first announced in March, bringing the total size of the financing (its first from investors outside of Alphabet) to $3 billion. The extension comes from new investors including those managed by T. Rowe Price, Perry Creek Capital, Fidelity Management…

CMU’s tiny robot rover passes NASA design review ahead of 2021 trip to the Moon – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Carnegie Mellon University is one step closer to operating its robotic rover on the surface of the Moon: The school’s diminutive bot has passed a crucial NASA design review, performed by the agency in collaboration with Astrobotic, whose Peregrine lunar lander will be providing the ride for the robot down to the surface of…

Boston Dynamics’ Spot is patrolling a Singapore park to encourage social distancing – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Since announcing the commercial availability of Spot, Boston Dynamics has presented a range of different gigs for the robot, from construction to telepresence. Last month, the company announced it was partnering with local hospitals interested in using the platform to perform remote visits for COVID-19 victims. Turns out the global pandemic has spurred all…