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WiBotic raises $5.7M for wireless charging systems

Seattle-based Wibotic says it’s secured $5.7 million in fresh investment to ramp up development of its wireless charging and power optimization systems, five years after being spun out from the University of Washington. “We’re heading into our toddler phase here,” … Continue reading

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How Amazon robotics team is tackling virus

For years, Amazon Prime Air has been working on drones that can deliver packages to customers, but now it’s also working on projects to help Amazon itself deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Brad Porter, vice president of robotics at Amazon, … Continue reading

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DARPA lets robots take over nuclear plant

SATSOP, Wash. — Amid the ruins of what was meant to be a nuclear power plant, a robot catches a whiff of carbon dioxide — and hundreds of feet away, its master perks up his ears. “I think I’ve got … Continue reading

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AI2 sets up robo-challenge in virtual and real rooms

Computer vision and navigation have improved by leaps and bounds, thanks to artificial intelligence, but how well do the computer models work in the real world? That’s the challenge that Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is setting for AI … Continue reading

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Amazon patents ‘Doctor Who’ delivery robots

Amazon is already testing robots that deliver packages, but a newly issued patent covers a far more ambitious scheme, involving storage compartment vehicles that can roam the sidewalks to make multiple deliveries along their routes. As described in the patent application … Continue reading

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ANA Avatar XPRIZE teams go to the next level

Seventy-seven teams from 19 countries around the globe have qualified to participate in the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition, which aims to promote the development of robotic systems that let travelers connect with far-flung locales virtually. The roster of competitors includes 27 teams … Continue reading

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Airbus acquires robotics firm in Boeing’s backyard

Airbus says it has acquired MTM Robotics, a Seattle-area company that provides automated systems for aerospace manufacturing, for an undisclosed sum. MTM’s headquarters are in Mukilteo, Wash., just a few miles from Boeing’s Everett factory. But MTM has had a close … Continue reading

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Olis will lend a hand with Maxar’s lunar robotic arm

Seattle-based Olis Robotics says it’s been selected by Maxar Technologies to provide software that will prepare operators on Earth to control a robotic arm on the moon. The software will be used in connection with a robotic-arm experiment known as SAMPLR (Sample Acquisition, Morphology Filtering and … Continue reading

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Tech titans face scrutiny over killer-robot tech

Dutch activists are voicing concerns about technologies that could open the way for lethal autonomous weapons – such as AI software, facial recognition and swarming aerial systems – and are wondering where several tech titans including Amazon and Microsoft stand. … Continue reading

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Olis and Tethers Unlimited team up on space robots

Two space tech companies that are headquartered in the Seattle area, Olis Robotics and Tethers Unlimited, are joining forces to create a new kind of remote-controlled robotic system that could be used on the International Space Station or other off-Earth outposts. The … Continue reading

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