Good morning. On this week’s information combine: Shopify buys 6 River Methods for USD450m, ABB begins China manufacturing facility development and DHL’s Americas Innovation Heart opens. We additionally admit to a mistaken prediction, leap with a flying-fish impressed robotic, admire a brand new inspection bot and rather more!
Cobots & manufacturing
6 River Systems (the maker of cellular cobot ‘Chuck‘ and different warehouse automation merchandise) was bought for US450 million this week by Canadian e-commerce software program firm Shopify. 6 River Methods offers “end-to-end achievement options that may double and triple the productiveness of your warehouse associates.” The corporate launched video this week showcasing how its merchandise match collectively…
“Shopify is taking up achievement the identical method we’ve approached different commerce challenges, by bringing collectively the very best know-how to assist everybody compete,” stated Tobi Lütke, CEO of Shopify, in a press release. “With 6 River Methods, we’ll carry know-how and operational efficiencies to firms of all sizes around the globe.”
DHL opened its Americas Innovation Heart in Chicago this week. The brand new facility will showcase applied sciences together with “automated guided automobiles that may ferry items via warehouses, cellular robots that may facilitate order achievement in e-commerce operations and collaborative robots designed to assist with repetitive duties, similar to choosing and packing.” (H/T Transport Topics)…
ABB introduced on Thursday that development work on its new robotics manufacturing and analysis facility in China has begun. Anticipated to open in 2021, the location represents a complete funding of USD150 million by the robotics big. Through ABB:
The brand new 67,000 m2 [219,816.3 feet] manufacturing facility in Kangqiao, close to Shanghai, will deploy the newest manufacturing processes, together with machine studying, digital and collaborative options. The brand new manufacturing facility will even host an onsite analysis and growth middle, which is able to assist speed up improvements in Synthetic Intelligence.
- Ross Knepper: Formalizing Teamwork in Human-Robotic Interplay (Robohub)
- Robots are on the rise however by no means underestimate the human issue (The Times)
- Cork agency lets robots take the pressure (Irish Examiner)
- This big robotic arm was one of many stars of New York Trend Week (FastCompany)
- Preserve The Robotic In The Cage—How Efficient (& Secure) Are Co-bots? (Forbes)
Canadian startup Averro Robotics and Technology has efficiently examined an inspection robotic referred to as ‘Rudy’ that may shortly scale and check guide-wires for harm whereas people stay safely on the bottom.
Rudy at work. Credit score: Zach Goudie, CBC
Man-wires are vital infrastructure for all types of tall issues; communications towers, ski lifts, flare stacks at industrial websites. Rudy checks the wires for breaks, corrosion and different harm. The robotic consists of a drive system for climbing, an information recorder, and a magnetic rope-testing system, referred to as an MRT. It is a job usually accomplished by a group of technicians, nevertheless it’s time-consuming, pricey, and just a little harmful.
Engineers have retrofitted the Four-meter Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope in Arizona, USA with a robotic system designed to assist scientists of their quest to know darkish matter.
Credit score: College of California/Lawrence Berkeley Nationwide Laboratory
The instrument has 5000 fibers connected to its zero.Eight-meter-wide focal aircraft. Every fiber tip could be repositioned in a matter of seconds by a tiny robotic actuator. The 5000 fibers snake down the again of the telescope to a temperature-controlled room containing 10 spectrographs, every analyzing the sunshine of 500 galaxies concurrently. The complete instrument could be reconfigured for a brand new patch of sky in a couple of minutes.
In last week’s news roundup I steered that it could be some time earlier than we obtain important updates about humanoid bot Fedor. I could not have been extra flawed.
Yevgeny Dudorov, govt director of Fedor’s creators Androidnaya Tekhnika, has been speaking with Russia’s RIA Novosti state information company this week following the robotic’s return to earth from the Worldwide House Station.
Credit score: Roskosmos House Company
Sadly, even making an allowance for that Fedor was a primary try, Dudorov’s preliminary evaluation of the robotic’s efficiency wasn’t precisely constructive. The design group is already engaged on a “much less human-like” substitute, in response to experiences. Through PhysOrg:
Fedor turned out to have a design that doesn’t work effectively in house […] its lengthy legs weren’t wanted on house walks, Dudorov stated. […] There seem like different points. Footage of the robotic forward of the mission steered it wanted assist to face up. Cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin complained to mission management that it took greater than a dozen makes an attempt to change on the robotic and steered: “Possibly I ought to bash it with a hammer.”
According to Fedor’s most recent tweet, the bot is safely packed away in Moscow: “Now I am in my case. I await instructions for additional checks after the flight,” it stated. Whereas a more positive assessment adopted later within the week, it appears sure that Fedor will not be taking any extra journeys into house and is more than likely to finish up in an exhibition corridor or instructional establishment, an essential piece of space-traveling humanoid robotic historical past.
Fedor in its case, blissfully unaware of any criticism.
Credit score: Androidnaya Tekhnika
- Robotic developed to enhance pharmacy providers in China (Xinhua)
- Meet the robotic surgeon hospital bosses wish to function on Edinburgh sufferers (Edinburgh News)
- The Samsung Membership des Cooks Kitchen Heats Up with AI Help at IFA 2019 (Samsung Newsroom)
- India’s Silent Moon Lander May Be in One Piece After ‘Laborious Touchdown’: Stories (Space.com)
- Singaporean robot-designing couple welcomes personal human creation (Reuters)
Come again subsequent week for extra of the newest robotics information! Till then, please take pleasure in…
5 vids for Friday
1. It gallops. It recovers from a kick. It trots. It climbs stairs. It bounds. It performs a flying trot. It goes round in circles. And it bounces! New video from the Biomimetics Lab at MIT showcases Cheetah three’s spectacular dynamic locomotion expertise in quite a lot of environments.
2. Researchers from the UCLA Samueli Faculty of Engineering unveiled a new design for swimming robots this week. Powered and steered by gentle, the prototype ‘OsciBot’ system might ultimately result in the event of latest oceangoing bots and autonomous ships. Composed of a gentle materials referred to as a hydrogel that expands in water and responds to gentle, the free-swimming OsciBot doesn’t require batteries or tethering to an influence supply. (H/T UCLA Newsroom)
three. Staying with marine bots, researchers at Imperial Faculty London unveiled a shocking, flying-fish impressed robotic this week. Designed to gather water samples in hazardous and cluttered environments, the bot can journey 26 meters (85.30 toes) via the air and is propeled by simply zero.2 grams (zero.007 oz) of calcium carbide powder that reacts powerfully with water in a combustion chamber, producing a drive 25 occasions the bot’s weight. (H/T Imperial College London)
Four. Engineers on the College at Buffalo revealed a brand new gripper design on Thursday that makes use of repulsion between magnets to regulate grip stiffness and take in vitality from collisions. The researchers hope that the design might sooner or later be used to enhance security in industrial settings. (H/T University at Buffalo)
5. Meet the ShapeBots, a brand new breed of shape-changing swarm robots developed by researchers from the College of Colorado and the College of Tokyo. The ingenious design permits ShapeBots to individually and collectively change configuration to “show data, actuate objects, act as tangible controllers, visualize information, and supply bodily affordances.” (H/T Science)