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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Top 5 industrial robotics markets

A record 381,000 industrial robots were shipped globally in 2017, according to the latest International Federation of Robotics (IFR) World Robotics Report. The new figure represents an increase of 30 percent, which means annual sales volume of industrial robots increased by 114 percent over the last five years (2013-2017). The sales value increased by 21 percent compared…

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Alibaba Space Egg gets e-commerce giant into service robotics

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has a rich knowledge of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Its invested millions to add mobile robots to its warehouses to help fulfill online sales, which in 2015, for example, were greater than Amazon, eBay, and Walmart combined. Alibaba is getting itself into commercial robotics with a new service robot called…

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Waymo self-driving vehicles head to China

According to a business registration filing, Waymo, Alphabet Inc’s self-driving vehicle unit, is setting up shop in Shanghai. China Money Network was the first to report on the news. Waymo established a company named Huimo Business Consulting on May 22 in Shanghai’s free trade zone. While the company has an office registered on the 28th floor…

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Takeaways from Automatica 2018

Automatica 2018 is one of Europe’s largest robotics and automation-related trade shows and a destination for global roboticists and business executives to view new products. It was held June 19-22 in Munich and had 890 exhibitors and 46,000 visitors (up 7% from the previous show). The International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) was held in conjunction…

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MODEX 2018: Old and new have never been so far apart

MODEX, ProMat and CeMAT are the biggest global material handling and logistics supply chain tech trade shows. But as I walked the corridors of this year’s MODEX in Atlanta, I was particularly aware of the widening disparity between the old and new. Stats: Material Handling and Logistics The 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report found that…

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What’s all the fuss about AI, robotics and China?

In the constantly changing landscape of today’s global digital workspace, AI’s presence grows in almost every industry. Retail giants like Amazon and Alibaba are using algorithms written by machine learning software to add value to the customer experience. Machine learning is also prevalent in the new Service Robotics world as robots transition from blind, dumb…

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: March 2018

Twenty-three startups were funded in March raising a combined total of $339 million. That brings the 3-month total to $1.5 billion! There was an additional funding of $2.5 billion to JD Logistics, an 81.4%-owned spin-off that is the logistics arm of JD, China’s 2nd largest online retailer. Funding came from Hillhouse, Sequoia, China Merchants, Tencent,…

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Chinese mobile robot maker Geek+ coming to America

Chinese artificial intelligence and robot maker Geek+ (Beijing Geekplus Technology) will be demonstrating its line of picking, moving and sortation robots April 9-12 in Atlanta, GA at MODEX, the largest supply-chain trade show in the Americas. Geek+ is a leading provider — and China’s #1 supplier — of warehousing and logistics solutions in China and…

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10 tech-savvy companies on the hunt for AI/robotics talent and IP

Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu and JD.com from China are in a global competition with Google/Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Walmart and Amazon from the USA and SoftBank from Japan. All are agressively searching for talent, intellectual property, market share, logistics and supply chain technology, and presence all around the world. These leading tech-savvy companies have many things in…

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