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FarmWise and its weed-pulling agribot harvest $14.5M in funding

FarmWise and its weed-pulling agribot harvest .5M in funding Automating agriculture is a complex proposition given the number and variety of tasks involved, but a number of robotics and autonomy companies are giving it their best shot. FarmWise seems to have impressed someone — it just raised $14.5 million to continue development […]

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This prosthetic arm combines manual control with machine learning

This prosthetic arm combines manual control with machine learning Prosthetic limbs are getting better every year, but the strength and precision they gain doesn’t always translate to easier or more effective use, since amputees have only a basic level of control over them. One promising avenue being investigated by Swiss researchers is […]

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UK police arrest a number of climate activists planning Heathrow drone protest

UK police arrest a number of climate activists planning Heathrow drone protest UK police have arrested a number of environmental activists affiliated with a group which announced  last month that it would use drones to try to ground flights at the country’s busiest airport. The group, which calls itself Heathrow Pause, is […]

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Reach Robotics is closing up shop

Reach Robotics is closing up shop Reach Robotics, the company behind the spider-like MekaMon robot you might’ve seen on the shelves at the Apple Store, is closing down. Billed as the “world’s first gaming robot,” MekaMon is part video game, part STEM tool. You could plop it down on the carpet and […]

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Starship Technologies CEO Lex Bayer on focus and opportunity in autonomous delivery

Starship Technologies CEO Lex Bayer on focus and opportunity in autonomous delivery Starship Technologies is fresh off a recent $40 million funding round, and the robotics startup finds itself in a much-changed market compared to when it got its start in 2014. Founded by software industry veterans, including Skype and Rdio co-founder […]

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Bear Robotics is raising big bucks for robots that deliver food to restaurant patrons

Bear Robotics is raising big bucks for robots that deliver food to restaurant patrons Some days, it feels like there’s almost no end to the number of jobs that might be replaced altogether or in some part by smart machines, from radiologists to truck drivers to, gulp, journalists. You might be tempted […]

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Volocopter’s 2X eVTOL records a first with flight at Helsinki International Airport

Volocopter’s 2X eVTOL records a first with flight at Helsinki International Airport The Volocopter 2X air taxi vehicle is now the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) craft to fly at an international airport, fully integrated into the same airspace as other commercial passenger craft. It performed this key milestone flight […]

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Former Google X ecec Mo Gawdat wants to reinvent consumerism

Former Google X ecec Mo Gawdat wants to reinvent consumerism Mo Gawdat, the former Google and Google X executive, is probably best known for his book Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy. He left Google X last year. Quite a bit has been written about the events that led to […]

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MIT’s new thread-like robots could travel through blood vessels in the brain for more effective surgery

MIT’s new thread-like robots could travel through blood vessels in the brain for more effective surgery MIT has developed robotic thread that could make existing the least invasive current brain surgery techniques even less so, and potentially make it easier and more accessible to treat brain blood vessel issues like blockages and […]

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Climate activists plan to use drones to shut down Heathrow Airport next month

Climate activists plan to use drones to shut down Heathrow Airport next month A UK group of climate activists is planning to fly drones close to Heathrow Airport next month in a direct action they hope will shut down the country’s largest airport for days or even longer. The planned action is […]

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