Corindus completes first-in-human telerobotic coronary intervention

Corindus Vascular Robotics‘ CorPath robotic surgical platform was used in a first-in-human telerobotic intervention study in India. The Waltham, Mass.-based company said the study was the world’s first percutaneous coronary intervention conducted from a remote location outside of a catheterization lab. In the trial, five patients at India’s Apex Heart Institute underwent an elective PCI…

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Industrial exoskeletons: new systems, improved technologies, increasing adoption

The exoskeleton sector continues to evolve, and in some sense has begun
 to normalize. The medical, business and technical press has long reported on exoskeleton technologies designed for medical rehabilitation and as mobility aids, even though commercial success and large-scale adoption has not yet been realized. Recently, however, reportage, along with focus of a number…

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How neural networks help delivery robots navigate

This article was republished with permission from Starship Technologies’ blog. Starship Technologies is building a fleet of robots to deliver packages locally on demand. To successfully achieve this, the robots must be safe, polite and quick. But how do you get there with low computational resources and without expensive sensors such as LIDARs? This is…

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Walmart expands use of BrainOS-powered autonomous robots

Walmart has been testing Brain Corp.’s BrainOS-powered autonomous floor cleaners for more than a year. Now it looks like the two companies are ready to take their relationship to the next level. By the end of Walmart’s fiscal year, January 31, 2019, the world’s largest retailer will have 360 BrainOS-powered machines cleaning its floors across…

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Motus Labs launches M-DRIVE robotic gearless drive design

Motus Labs, a Dallas, Texas-based startup that builds robot joint actuators and drives, came out of stealth mode today and unveiled what has been in the works for five-plus years. The Motus M-DRIVE, which features a gearless drive design, uses mating blocks instead of traditional gear teeth. The M-DRIVE will be available in the second…

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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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Roam Robotics raises $12M Series A for skiing exoskeleton

Certainly you’ve seen exoskeletons for medical and industrial use. But for skiers? Yes, there’s an exoskeleton now for that too. Roam Robotics, a San Francisco-based startup, closed a $12 million Series A round of funding. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. led the investment round with participation from existing and new investors Boost VC, Heuristics Capital Partners,…

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Chinese startup Syrius Robotics builds warehouse robots with JD Logistics

The global warehouse robotics market is expected to reach $2.15 billion by 2020, and China is adding a new player to its growing, respected roster. Syrius Robotics, a Shenzhen-based startup co-founded by Alibaba’s former director of robotics, He Xuan, is building autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with JD.com. Syrius Robotics tells The Robot Report the AMRs cost $14,124…

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Auris Health raises $220M for medical robotics platform

Auris Health closed a $220 million equity financing round to support its next-generation Monarch robotic interventional platform. The funding round brings the total raised for the Auris Health Monarch surgical platform up to $700 million over four rounds, Auris Health said. Redwood City, Calif.-based Auris Health said the round was led by Partner Fund Management…

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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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