i know i keep teasing how excited I am for the big robotics event in July, but that’s precisely because of panels like the one we announced earlier this week. We have Rodney Brooks and Clara Wu teaming up for campfire 2v1 to discuss the changing face of human-robot interaction.
This is a big, broad and important topic as robotics plays an increasingly important role in our lives. To be honest, I couldn’t think of a better duo to discuss this topic with (that’s a good thing about programming for an event).
Brooks is the co-founder and CTO of Robust.AI, a deep learning robotics software company. He also co-founded iRobot and Rethink Robotics cobots and served as director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (CSAIL) for ten years. Wu is co-founder and CTO of security robot company Veo and co-founder of Harvest Automation.
Both Brooks and Wu have appeared on the TC Sessions: Robotics stage in previous years, and I’m very excited that they’ll be talking this time around. Okay, enough of my gags for this week.
Let’s start with Qualcomm this week. Unsurprisingly, the company is taking a new step into the world of robotics this week, hoping to use its 5G technologies for autonomous robotic systems. Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform is a development kit that was announced this week at the company’s 5G summit, and the Southern California chip maker has been pretty broad-minded here, with a focus on drones, delivery robots, collaboration systems, and more.
Dev Singh of Qualcomm says:
Building on the successful growth and popularity of Qualcomm Technologies’ leading robotics solutions, our expanded solution roadmap will help drive advanced AI and 5G technologies to support smarter, safer, and more advanced innovations in robotics, drones, and smart machines. We are fueling robotics innovation with 5G connectivity and premium AI that will change the way we think and approach tasks, as well as ever-changing industry expectations in the digital economy.
Built on the Qualcomm Robotics Platform, the RB6 comes with the RB5 AMR reference design to help kickstart the development of robotics hardware that uses the firm’s components. Given the recent explosive growth in automation, it’s clear why the likes of Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Intel are working hard to take the lead in development.
Some fun research from Hangzhou, Zhejiang University of China this week. The school demonstrates a swarm of drones in a hard-to-reach forest area. 10 drones are controlled by a central computer, fly in formation and chase people while avoiding collision with trees.
Speaking of tree collisions, we contributed to TechCrunch by testing DJI drones. The company released a new version Mini 3 Pro, which weighs 249 grams. That’s exactly one gram off the FAA’s restriction, which requires drone users to register their systems. It has been exciting to watch the company evolve the Mavic foldable line over the past few years.
These devices become impressively powerful for their size, and just as innovation in smartphones has created components that kick-start several other fields, it seems likely that the work being done in consumer drones will have a profound impact on the wider field of automation. , go forward. Oh, and the new version of the Mini has even more safety features, making it theoretically harder to accidentally run into trees.
This one completely flew past our radar a few weeks ago. Hyundai is back with some of those wild Ultimate Mobility Vehicle (UMV) concepts. launch of New Horizons Studio (NHS). The Bozeman, Montana studio will focus on replicating some of these ideas with a $20 million investment over the next five years.
As to why the company chose Montana, New Horizon CEO John Su says, “Montana is rapidly becoming a hub for high-tech companies and entrepreneurs with a growing pool of skilled workforces in engineering, research and the natural sciences. Bozeman is a thriving and economic micropolitan city. Located next to dozens of off-road trails with over 150 miles of terrain and mountain access for UMV testing, it is the perfect fit for our new R&D lab.”
As for the concepts the team is working on, Hyundai notes: “The first is a transforming uncrewed intelligent ground sightseeing robot (similar to the one unveiled at CES in 2021) designed to carry various types of payload while traveling through the treacherous terrain. The second, inspired by Elevate, is a larger (2-seat ATV-sized) vehicle with robotic legs that can handle difficult traffic situations and potentially save lives as a first responder in natural disasters.”
There hasn’t been much real funding news this week, but we do have one addition: Eureka Robotics. The Singaporean firm created a bit of an internet sensation back in 2018 with its Ikea furniture assembly robot. It turns out his technology was successful enough to make money. $4.25 “Pre Series A” for robots that can drill, inspect, assemble and perform other complex tasks.
The round, led by the University of Tokyo’s Edge Capital Partners, will be used to roll out and accelerate development of the company’s flagship Eureka Controller. Co-founder Dr. Pham Quang Cuong says to Katherine: “While the core technologies are mature and already in production, we want to make these technologies really easy for system integrators to use. Making cutting-edge technology easy for non-programmer engineers to use is really hard.”
Close us this week just in case ABB demo with the participation of a robot for painting cars. Haye notes:
For this PR stunt, the company collaborated with 8-year-old Indian prodigy Advait Kolarkar and Dubai-based digital design collective Illusorr to create the world’s first robot-painted art car. The project showcases the company’s PixelPaint technology, which is an inkjet printer with 1,000 nozzles mounted on an industrial robot.
Launch this robotic arm and sign to the Actuator.
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