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Dexterous AI-Powered Robot Stanford Spinout Company RIOS Raises $5 Million

Source: Pulse 2.0 / by Dan Anderson RIOS — a developer of dexterous AI-powered robots for automating assembly lines — announced it raised $5 million in venture funding. RIOS — a developer of dexterous AI-powered robots for automating assembly lines — announced that it came out of stealth mode and raised $5 million in venture funding. This funding round was led by Valley Capital Partners (VCP) and Morpheus Ventures with …Read More

Robot-Based Bin Picking Set to Transform Manufacturing Sector

Source: Vision Spectra / by Grant Zahorsky, CANON USA Breakthroughs in path planning, collision detection, and detailed 3D point maps have made it easier for robots to more accurately find parts in bins, paving the way for advancements in bin picking. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution nears, companies all over the world will need to prepare for the immense changes coming their way. Machine vision, used in combination with artificial intelligence and deep …Read More

Pick, Path, Place

Source: Design Engineering / by Mike McLeod Universal Robot’s ActiNav kit puts autonomous bin picking and CNC machine tending within reach of SMEs. While commercial cooperative robots (cobots) have been available since the early 2000s, their popularity didn’t exploded until the past three to four years. In 2018 alone, global cobot market revenues grew to approximately US$567 million, a 56.6% increase over 2017. Similarly, cobots shipments that year totaled roughly 19,000, a year-on-year …Read More

DHL Opens Innovation Center to Showcase Logistics Technology

Source: Robotics Business Review / by Phil Britt Robotics a key showcase for company’s new display of supply chain and logistics-related technologies. DHL opened its Americas Innovation Center in northwest suburban Chicago Thursday, complete with demonstration robots, conference areas, smart glass displays (for human bin picking) and other amenities to demonstrate to customers the company’s capabilities in the warehouse, logistics and other areas of the supply chain.

Report: logistics sector will rise to second place in use of collaborative robots by 2023

Source: Supply Chain Quarterly Applications led by material handling, assembly, and pick & place, Interact Analysis says. Vendors shipped more than 19,000 collaborative robots—or cobots—in 2018 as they generated a faster increase in global revenue than any other sector of the robotics industry, led by applications in material handling, assembly, and pick & place, a new study shows. In 2018, global revenues from cobot production exceeded $550 million, almost a …Read More

It matters to me if you are human – Examining categorical perception in human and nonhuman agents

Source: Science Direct Authors: EvaWiese, Patrick P.Weis Highlights Evidence for categorical perception for human as well as nonhuman agent spectra. Cognitive conflict maxima located around category boundaries for human and nonhuman agent spectra. Enhanced cognitive conflict processing for the human as opposed to nonhuman agent spectra category boundaries. Category boundary shift stronger for human than nonhuman agent spectra. Categorical perception quantitatively, not qualitatively different in human agent spectra. Abstract Humanlike but …Read More

Cold chain gets more sophisticated

Source: Modern Materials Handling / by Gary Forger Cold chain is heating up. No, freezer and refrigerated warehouses aren’t getting any warmer. But, there sure is steadily increasing demand for their inhospitable temperatures. And, it’s true for food as well as pharmaceuticals. “The cold storage sector and broader food industry continue to evolve nationally due to a variety of factors including changing consumer dietary and delivery preferences and growth in the …Read More

A third of supply chain pros use robotics, but cost and ROI remain barriers

Source: Supply Chain Dive / by Matt Leonard Dive Brief: About 32% of supply chain professionals say they are actively using robotics and automation, according to this year’s MHI Annual Industry Report. This number has gone relatively unchanged since 2016 when 35% of respondents said they were actively using robotics and automation, but anecdotal evidence and market value forecasts show warehouse robotics growing as companies seek labor savings at a time …Read More

A dataset of daily interactive manipulation (ABSTRACT)

Source: The International Journal of Robotics Research Authors: Yongqiang Huang, Yu Sun Publication: First published May 13, 2019 Robots that succeed in factories may struggle to complete even the simplest daily task that humans take for granted, because the change of environment makes the task exceedingly difficult. Aiming to teach robots to perform daily interactive manipulation in a changing environment using human demonstrations, we collected our own data of interactive …Read More

Library of actions: Implementing a generic robot execution framework by using manipulation action semantics (ABSTRACT)

Source: The International Journal of Robotics Research Authors: Mohamad Javad Aein, Eren Erdal Aksoy, Florentin Wörgötter Publication: First published May 29, 2019 When a robot has to imitate an observed action sequence, it must first understand the inherent characteristic features of the individual actions. Such features need to reflect the semantics of the action with a high degree of invariance between different demonstrations of the same action. At the same …Read More