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Robotics | IoT

TuSimple gets heavy-duty funding for autonomous fleet

TuSimple, which is developing self-driving trucks, today said that it has raised $95 million in Series D funding. The San Diego startup has a valuation of $1 billion and plans to use the investment for further development and commercialization. Chinese media company Sina Corp. led the round, and Hong Kong-based Composite Capital participated. After its…

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MIT robot combines vision and touch to learn the game of Jenga

In the basement of MIT’s Building 3, a robot is carefully contemplating its next move. It gently pokes at a tower of blocks, looking for the best block to extract without toppling the tower, in a solitary, slow-moving, yet surprisingly agile game of Jenga. The robot, developed by MIT engineers, is equipped with a soft-pronged…

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3D vision system enables DHL’s e-fulfillment robot

DHL Supply Chain has a broad innovation agenda for its warehouses, including the use of augmented reality, AGVs, robotics and everything in between. One labor-intensive task DHL is looking to automate at its warehouse in Beringe, Netherlands is manual picking. To do so, DHL worked with Robomotive, an industrial automation specialist in the Netherlands, to…

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B&R lighting system optimizes machine-vision performance

B&R’s integrated vision system features innovative lighting components. The flexible light bars and backlights ensure optimum results even in difficult lighting situations. Lighting control is synchronized with the automation system in the sub-µs range. As integral parts of the automation system, both cameras and lighting are easy to synchronize with other sensors, motor positions and…

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Dual-armed robot with 3D vision assembles IKEA chair

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a robot that can autonomously assemble an IKEA chair without interruption. Designed by Assistant Professor Pham Quang Cuong and his team from NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the robot comprises an IDS Imaging Ensenso N35 3D camera and two Denso robotic arms equipped with grippers to…

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Stanford AI Camera Offers Faster, More Efficient Image Classification

The image recognition technology that underlies today’s autonomous cars and aerial drones depends on artificial intelligence: the computers essentially teach themselves to recognize objects like a dog, a pedestrian crossing the street or a stopped car. The problem is that the computers running the artificial intelligence algorithms are currently too large and slow for future…

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: May 2018

  Twenty-seven startups were funded in May for a total of $2.5 billion. The top five were: Cruise Holdings announced a two-phase funding by SoftBank Vision Fund totaling $2.25 billion. $900 million will be funded right away. Future funding of $1.35 billion is contingent on two things: regulatory approval and at the time when Cruise AVs…

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Exyn Technologies enabling advanced autonomous navigation

One of the biggest challenges in robotics is developing autonomous systems that can reliably operate in unmapped environments. This is why, for example, leading self-driving car company Waymo only tests in areas it’s spent countless hours at creating detailed 3D maps. Exyn Technologies, a spin-off of the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP lab founded by Vijay Kumar, is making tremendous…

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IDS Imaging Demoing 3D Cameras, Sensors at Robotics Summit

IDS Imaging, a developer of high-performance USB, GigE and 3D cameras, will showcase its IDS NXT vegas sensor and Ensenso X 3D cameras at the Robotics Summit and Showcase. IDS Imaging will be exhibiting in booth 313. Click here to view the exhibitor directory for the Robotics Summit. Register by May 4 to save 20 percent…

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Prophesee introduces Onboard reference system for event-based machine vision in IIoT applications

Prophesee SA (formerly Chronocam) now sells its first commercial implementation of its event-based vision technology for machines. The Onboard reference system could help developers of vision-enabled industrial automation systems such as robots, inspection equipment, and monitoring and surveillance devices. It features a Prophesee-enabled VGA-resolution camera combined with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and can be quickly…

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