AI make the headlinesbut the field of robotics still has a significant impact in the real world – and this is your briefing on our latest coverage of the growing industry.
Before diving into the depths of last week’s remarkable robotics news, our resident expert Brian Heater dove into the debate over using robot dogs to patrol the border between the United States and Mexico.
As he notes in this week’s edition of his Actuator newsletter, which you can register herethe robotics industry is stuck between a rock and a hard place over the potential use of their hardware for more violent purposes:
“I’ve discussed my stance on the subject of robot weaponization many times over the years on Actuator (not a fan), but I also understand how this can be a nuanced conversation for many. For those who sell weapons systems to the government, much of the argument centers on the notion that if we don’t get there first, someone else will.
Drone inventory company Gather AI is buying competitor Ware
Inventory management is a challenge shared by many industries that becomes even more troublesome when the volume of products to be monitored spans multiple warehouses of increasing sizes. This is why it becomes a focal point for those looking to introduce automation into workflows.
One of the solutions that is gaining ground lately is the deployment of drones to manage inventory. Under its deal with Ikea, Verity has become one of the biggest players in the space. But they’re not alone, and the Pittsburgh-based company Gather AI stepped up its competition by acquiring Ware, one of its main competitors.
Financial data behind the acquisition was not disclosed.
Dexory pulls $19 million for automated inventory management
In more entrenched warehouse news, Dexory, which uses autonomous robots to provide warehouses with real-time inventory management, announced $19 million Series A led by Atomico. Its total funding now stands at $37.9 million.
“Robots can be deployed multiple times a day or once a day depending on their work schedules, including nights,” CEO Andrei Danescu told TechCrunch. “Collecting data insights over a short period of time, all the time, enables analysis to identify on-site issues and decision-making to improve warehouse operational efficiency.”
New funding pushes Realtime Robotics past $54 million raise
Realtime’s Latest Increaseof $9.5 million, follows a $14.4 million increase in September, as the company continues what has been a long Series A. They are focusing on one of the hottest spaces in the robotics lately: helping manufacturers coordinate various systems running their operations which may come with their own proprietary system management software.
“This latest funding will be used to accelerate the deployment of our innovative products and services to global end users and line builders in the automotive and automated warehouse industries,” CEO Peter Howard told TechCrunch.
Robots that can learn from YouTube
A team from CMU Robotics presented a program which uses video content to teach robots how to perform various tasks. But now they no longer need the human they are learning from to demonstrate a task in an identical setting.
“We are using these datasets in a new and different way,” notes PhD student Shikhar Bahl. “This work could allow robots to learn from the vast amount of Internet and YouTube videos available.”
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