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Keecker consumer robotics company shuts down

Keecker, a consumer robotics company based in France, has closed down. Founded in 2012, Keecker raised $8 million, according to Crunchbase, and was building a consumer robot that provides entertainment, security, communication, and smart home data. Pierre Lebeau, founder and CEO of Keecker, made the announcement in a blog. Lebeau said Keecker “ran out of…

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Jibo’s goodbye: social robots hard to build

I, like many roboticists before me, have built my fair share of home robots headed for market. Only to later to throw in the towel once the team realized that the cost/performance trade offs forced the capabilities so low that the typical user could not derive significant value. So comes the sad but unsurprising news…

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Robotics Summit & Expo announces full conference agenda

The Robotics Summit & Expo, produced by The Robot Report and WTWH Media, today announced the full conference agenda for the June 5-6 event at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The second annual international event will focus on the design, development, and manufacture of commercial-class robots. Engineers, academics, and integrators will be able to…

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iRobot Terra robot lawn mower hopes to jumpstart U.S. market

It is finally happening. Kind of. iRobot will launch in 2019 its Terra robot lawn mower. The company has not announced specific availability or pricing, but it did say the Terra robot lawn mower will be available this year in Germany and as a beta program in the U.S. This is a much-anticipated announcement —…

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Build better robots by listening to customer backlash

In the wake of the closure of Apple’s autonomous car division (Project Titan) this week, one questions if Steve Jobs’ axiom still holds true. “Some people say, ‘Give the customers what they want.’ But that’s not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they do,” declared Jobs, who…

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Social robot maker Jibo sells off assets

Social robot maker Jibo has sold its IP assets. According to a former Jibo executive with direct knowledge of the situation, New York-based investment management firm SQN Venture Partners is the new owner. The Robot Report has reached out to SQN Ventures Partners multiple times, but there has been no response. A listing of Jibo’s patents…

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Seismic Powered Clothing wants to augment your everyday strength

Seismic, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup formerly known as Superflex, today unveiled its Powered Clothing line. And the company wants you to know: this is not an exoskeleton. Seismic CEO and co-founder Rich Mahoney, well-respected in robotics circles, says the Powered Clothing “fuses discreet robotics with textiles” to act as an extension of the human…

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Makeblock raises $44M Series C funding

Robotics kit maker Makeblock has closed $44 million (approx. RMB 300 million) in Series C funding. The latest valuation for the Shenzhen-based company is approximately $367 million.  Makeblock raises a $30 million Series B in March of 2017 and has raised nearly $80 million total over seven funding rounds, according to Crunchbase. The latest funding round was led by…

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Kuri robot cancelled as Mayfield Robotics halts operations

The market for home companion robots has suffered yet another setback. Bosch-backed Mayfield Robotics is pausing operations and stopping production of its Kuri robot. The Kuri robots that have recently been manufactured will not ship to customers. All pre-order deposits will be refunded to customers. We have reached out to Mayfield Robotics to discuss what happened,…

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Jibo social robot: where things went wrong

Social robot company Jibo is sadly running on fumes after burning through nearly $73 million in funding. In a story first reported by BostInno and since confirmed by The Robot Report, Jibo has laid off the majority of its workforce to enable “additional time to secure additional funding or pursue an exit.” Jibo was once heralded as “the first…

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