High 10 robotics tales of October 2022


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From a significant participant within the autonomous automobile trade closing its doorways to Amazon halting assessments of its Scout supply robotic, there was no scarcity of reports to cowl this month.

Listed here are the ten hottest robotics tales on The Robotic Report in October. Subscribe to The Robotic Report E-newsletter to remain up to date on the robotics tales it is advisable learn about.

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10. LiDAR maker Ibeo recordsdata for insolvency

Ibeo Automotive Techniques GmbH, a worldwide supplier of LiDAR sensors, filed for insolvency, and the Hamburg insolvency court docket has granted insolvency proceedings in self-administration. The corporate is constant operations in all divisions in Hamburg, Germany, Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Detroit, Michigan at full capability. Learn Extra

exoskeleton9. Stanford researchers create robotic boot to assist folks stroll

Engineers at Stanford College created a boot-like robotic exoskeleton that may improve strolling velocity and cut back strolling effort in the true world exterior of the lab. The exoskeleton offers customers customized strolling help, permitting folks to stroll 9% sooner and use 17% much less vitality per distance traveled. Learn Extra 

mir amr8. Teradyne merges AMR firms AutoGuide, MiR

Teradyne firms Cell Industrial Robots and AutoGuide Cell Robots merged to grow to be a single provider of autonomous cellular robots (AMRs). On the finish of September 2022, the built-in firm formally turned referred to as Cell Industrial Robots (MiR). Lengthy-time Teradyne govt Walter Vahey took the helm as president. The corporate’s headquarters can be in Odense, Denmark, the place MiR has managed its international operations since its launch in 2013. Learn Extra

ABB IRB 1010 industrial robot

7. ABB releases its smallest industrial robotic ever

ABB has launched the IRB 1010, which is the corporate’s smallest industrial robotic ever. With a footprint of 135 mm (5.2 inches) by 250 mm (9.8 inches), the IRB 1010 is 30% smaller than ABB’s now second-smallest robotic, the IRB 120. ABB stated the IRB 1010 presents producers of small electronics the chance to extend their manufacturing of gadgets comparable to smartwatches, earphones, sensors and well being trackers. Learn Extra

6. Open letter pledges to not weaponize robots

Robots are unimaginable instruments that may preserve folks secure, enrich lives and assist firms overcome operational challenges. In the previous couple of months, there have been a variety of viral movies that showcased people weaponizing numerous commercially-available robots. In an open letter, a number of main robotics firms pledged to not help the weaponization of their merchandise and are calling for others to do the identical.  Learn Extra

Alert Innovation Walmart5. Walmart to amass ASRS maker Alert Innovation

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, agreed to amass Alert Innovation for an undisclosed value. Alert Innovation is a North Billerica, Mass.-based developer of robotic e-grocery achievement applied sciences. Alert Innovation will proceed to function underneath the Alert Innovation model primarily based within the Boston space. Walmart started working with Alert Innovation in 2016 to construct customized expertise for its micro-fulfillment facilities. Learn Extra

IFR4. IFR: robotic installations hit all-time excessive in 2021

The Worldwide Federation of Robotics (IFR) launched its new world robotics report. The report confirmed that 517,385 new industrial robots have been put in in 2021 in factories world wide, an all-time excessive for the trade. Robotic installations grew by 31% year-over-year in 2021. They exceeded the pre-pandemic document of robotic installations in 2018 by 22%. The inventory of operational robots world wide additionally hit a brand new document of about 3.5 million items. Learn Extra

Argo AI

3. Argo AI is shutting down

Argo AI, the self-driving firm beforehand backed by Ford and VW. An Argo AI spokesperson gave this assertion to The Robotic Report: In coordination with our shareholders, the choice has been made that Argo AI won’t proceed on its mission as an organization. Lots of the workers will obtain a chance to proceed work on automated driving expertise with both Ford or Volkswagen, whereas employment for others will, sadly, come to an finish.” Learn Extra


2. Aurora CEO Chris Urmson on Argo AI shutdown

Chris Urmson, the co-founder and CEO of Aurora, a self-driving firm that has partnerships with Toyota and Uber, wrote a letter sharing his ideas about Argo AI’s demise. Urmson stated the shutdown isn’t a sign {that a} future with self-driving expertise isn’t actual or imminent, however fairly the alternative.  Learn Extra

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1. Amazon ends testing of Scout supply robots

Amazon is shutting down testing of its Scout house supply robots, based on a number of reviews. Bloomberg was first to report the information, saying “the e-commerce big is beginning to wind down experimental initiatives amid slowing gross sales development.” Amazon rolled out Scout in 2019 with assessments within the Seattle space. It later expanded to Southern California, Atlanta, and Franklin, Tenn. Learn Extra


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