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Robotics | IoT

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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Festo’s latest bionic robots include rolling spiders and flight-planning bats

The Bionic Learning Network of Festo has released it latest biomimicry innovations to support ongoing research in engineering, manufacturing, and materials science drawn from natural systems. Festo’s 2018 bionic menagerie includes: A transforming spider that rolls or creeps A robotic fish that autonomously maneuvers through acrylic water-filled tubing A semi-autonomous flying bat-like robot with more…

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Allied Electronics sponsoring Colorado State team in NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Allied Electronics is sponsoring the team from Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado, in the 2018 NASA Robotic Mining Competition (RMC). VP of eCommerce and Marketing Dan Stewart and Director of Brand and Supplier Marketing Elisa Weber traveled to Fort Collins to deliver RS Pro, and other products distributed by Allied, for use…

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HRG releases robotics tutorial app to prepare operator workforce

China is the largest robotics market in the world right now after selling 87,000 units in 2016, according to the International Federation of Robotics. And as a result, the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology expects China will need 200,000 skilled workers by 2020 to operate the growing number of robots. To help meet…

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Googly-eyed educational robot launches own Kickstarter

The six-legged educational robot Vorpal Combat Hexapod from Vorpal Robotics used one of its appendages to launch its own Kickstarter campaign. “We gave the honor to the oldest surviving prototype hexapod,” founder and product developer Steve Pendergrast said in a press release. “Its name is Scrum. Every Vorpal Combat Hexapod has an individual name.” The campaign…

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Texas Instruments releases rover ‘bot to engage students

To get middle school and high school students more interested and engaged with STEM topics like coding and robotics, Texas Instruments developed its TI-Innovator Rover. By writing programs on their TI graphing calculators, students can make their rovers move, crash, dance or even draw when a pen is attached. “We created Rover to demystify robotics…

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