Top 10 robotics stories of december

The Top 10 most popular robotics stories on The Robot Report in December 2021. China reveals its five-year plan for robotics dominance. Toronto bans sidewalk robots in a first of its kind city-wide ban on the use of robots in public places. Click through the gallery to see the top 10 robotics stories of the month.

Mir is building autonomous pallet jacks

Mobile Industrial Robotics (MiR) and Logitrans A/S teamed up to build autonomous pallet jacks. MiR already has robots that can transport pallets, but they require special pallet racks or integration of accessories. The companies intend to combine MiR’s autonomous navigation and software capabilities with Logitran’s electric palletJacks.

Brain-computer interface startups augmenting human body

The brain-computer interface (BCI) creates a communication pathway from the brain’s electrical activity to an external device, such as a robotic arm or computer. This technology is being used to develop medical therapies for quadriplegics and paraplegics.

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China unveils five-year plan for robotics

The overarching goal is to make China a key source of global robotics innovation. The government also expects the average annual growth rate of operating income in the robotics industry to exceed 20%. Read the full report at: industry.html.

Autostore loses asrs patent fight against ocado

U.S. ITC Judge Charles Bullock said three AutoStore patents are invalid, while Ocado doesn’t infringe upon a fourth patent. Both companies develop automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) that operate on similar principles. Read story here:

Bossa Nova mobile app

Bossa nova de-emphasizes robots in ‘retail ai’ rebrand

Bossa Nova has pivoted its business yet again. The company is taking a “broader approach” to image-based AI analytics for retailers. The primary capture device Bossa Nova now touts upfront on the website is a mobile app, not a mobile robot.

Symbotic inbound cell robotics

Symbotic going public via softbank spac

Symbotic is going public via a merger with SVF Investment Corp. 3. Upon closing of the deal, Symbotic will trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “SYM” The transaction is expected to deliver up to $725 million of primary gross proceeds for Symbotic.


Industry crossroads: robotics meets interoperability

The robotics industry has come to a crossroads on interoperability. This is the ability for robots from multiple manufacturers to work and communicate with each other. When telecom and sensor companies came to this crossroads, they put their differences aside and came to agreements. Can the robotics industry do the same?

Tiny Mile Geoffrey robot food delivery

Toronto bans sidewalk robots

The Toronto City Council voted to ban sidewalk robots until the council has the opportunity to further study the effects they have on the community. The ban will prevent all robots that operate on anything other than muscular power, are automated or remote controlled, and don’t transport passengers from traveling on the sidewalks and in bike lanes. Violators will face a $150 fine.

Knightscope security robots

Knightscope ipo taking security robots public

Knightscope, a Mountain View, Calif.-based developer of autonomous security robots, is going public on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “KSCP” Knightscope will be offering $40 million of Class A common stock at $10 per share. Knightscope plans to use the proceeds from the initial public offering (IPO) to continue to scale its fleet of security robots and to invest in new technologies.

1. 20 most popular robotics stories of 2021

2021 was a big year for robotics. The industry saw record numbers of orders, and growth in non-automotive industries. From autonomous vehicles to delivery robots to acquisitions and shutdowns, the year was filled with big developments. Here are the top 20 most popular stories on The Robot Report in 2021.

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