Sam’s Club to build 30 new stores

Sam’s Club said Thursday it will invest to expand its use of automated fulfillment as the wholesale chain prepares to open 30 new stores across the U.S. over the next several years. The retailer will open five fulfillment and distribution centers in 2023, with the first location set to...
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PreAct Technologies raises $14 million

PreAct Technologies, Luminate NY’s fourth cohort winner, has raised $14 million in the first close of a Series B funding round. The monies are expected to propel research and development and expansion into new markets. Led by I Squared Capital, the round also included State Farm Ventures, Luminate NY,...

Our future could be full of undying, self-repairing robots. Here's how

With generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems such as ChatGPT and StableDiffusion being the talk of the town right now, it might feel like we’ve taken a giant leap closer to a sci-fi reality where AIs are physical entities all around us. Indeed, computer-based AI appears to be advancing at an unprecedented rate. But the rate of advancement in robotics – which we could think of as the potential physical embodiment of AI – is slow. Could it be that future AI systems will need robotic “bodies” to interact with the world? If so, will nightmarish ideas like the self-repairing, shape-shifting T-1000 robot...

Chatham High Robotics Teams Qualify for State Tournament by Placing in FIRST Tech Challenge; Cougars Win Innovate and Design

CHATHAM, NJ -- The Chatham Cougars and //Cougars Robotics teams earned recognition at the FIRST Tech Challenge tournament held recently at CHS and also qualified for the upcoming state championships. The Chatham Cougars placed third out of the 24 teams competing and won the Innovate Award. The //Cougars took the Design Award. Both teams are ranked in the Top 10 in the Upper Center New Jersey League, which consists of 45 teams. At the end of the matches, the //Cougars FTC Team 11248 had a perfect day, winning all five of their matches. Their sister team, the Chatham Cougars, FTC team 9853,...

Warrior Robotics teams win tournament at Wausau

The Warrior Robotics Club teams continued their 2022-23 competitive season by winning the Wausau VEX VRC tournament held at Wausau West High School on Saturday. During this event, 23 middle and high school VEX robot teams from across Northern Wisconsin competed in a regional event for a chance to earn qualifications to the Wisconsin state tournament in March. This year’s VRC game is titled Spin-Up, a competition where robots must collect foam Frisbees and fire them into Frisbee golf style goals for points. Robot teams...

Wallace State hosts robotics tournaments

HANCEVILLE, Ala. –  Wallace State Community College welcomed more than 40 teams to campus this past weekend for VEX IQ robotics competitions for elementary and middle school students.    Competitions were held in the Wellness Center practice gym, with hundreds of participants and spectators.    “For the students, they learn so much more than how to snap a part together,” said Terry Ayers, chair of the Wallace State Computer Science program and sponsor of the WSCC STEM Club, which sponsored the event. “They learn teamwork skills, personal, communication skills, collaborative skills and a lot of conflict resolution. Because a lot of kids will have...

First Graders Tie in Robotics with Reading

The first-graders at Washington Elementary teamed up with Kelly Riley, our Innovation & Discovery Specialist, to create a unique literacy/technology project that focused on the book Our Favorite Day of the Year. The first-graders have been studying a variety of holidays and special events that are celebrated throughout the year. In the book students learn about each other’s favorite day of the year. After students share their favorite family traditions and holidays, the children recognize the similarities and differences and how that can bring them together!

Breaking into Biomed

Scientists can sequence a person’s entire genome for $1,000. Doctors can laser a kidney stone to extinction, navigating a patient’s body with live footage from microscopic cameras without a single incision. Researchers can take a cell from a patient’s body, grow it in a dish, reprogram it to...

Students Test-Drive Advanced Robotics at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center hosted middle school STEM students from Rutherford County on January 24, 2023 for “Name the Robots,” an event aimed at showcasing state-of-the-art surgical technologies and inspiring students to pursue STEM careers. Board-certified, robotically trained surgeons demonstrated advanced techniques and allowed students to test drive...

Study suggests framework to ensure that walking bots meet safety standards

When it comes to the evolution of mobile robots, it may be a long time before legged robots are able to safely interact in the real world, according to a new study. Led by a team of researchers at The Ohio State University, the study published recently in the 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) describes a framework for testing and characterizing the safety of legged robots, machines that, unlike their wheeled counterparts, rely on mechanical limbs for movement. The study found that many current legged robotic models don't always act predictably in response to real-life situations, meaning it's hard to predict whether they'll fail—or succeed—at any given task that requires movement.

Greensea Launches OPENSEA Edge

Designed for military use but now available commercially, OPENSEA Edge is designed to be a modular edge computing module with perception support for autonomous underwater robots based on Greensea’s OPENSEA open architecture software platform, advancing ocean robotics into the next generation. Greensea launched its latest product which the company...

Digitizing Construction Sites: Nemetschek Group invests in Robotic Start-Up KEWAZO

The Nemetschek Group, one of the global leading software providers for the construction and media industries, participated in a financing round for the robotics startup KEWAZO. The investment is a strong continuation of the Nemetschek Group’s venture strategy of driving efficiency and innovation in the construction industry. Stakeholders in...

What Future Travel Experience events and activities are happening in 2023?

What an exciting time it is for our industry – I have never sensed a greater desire to forge innovative approaches to help meet the incredible demand for travel that exists globally, and to better serve our passengers, workforces and planet. It is my view that the course the...

Ericsson, BT back private 5G potential

LIVE FROM 5G WEEK, LONDON: Alexandra Foster, director at BT Division X (pictured, centre), hailed private 5G networks as an enabler of emerging technologies in the industrial sector, while touting the potential of a partnership with vendor Ericsson to scale up businesses in the UK. On the opening day of...

Plus One Robotics demonstrates Parcel Handling Solution at ProMat 2023

At ProMat 2023 in booth N7921, Plus One Robotics will be demonstrating its parcel-handling robotics platform for warehouse and distribution centers including its Pick One Parcel induction solution and its “Human-In-The-Loop” (HITL) remote supervisor software. These demonstrations include the ability for booth visitors to partake in a Virtual Reality (VR) experience where via a VR headset they will be virtually transported to a warehouse facility to “race against the robot” in a pick-and-place process.
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Amazon Layoffs Hit Workers in Robotics, Grocery, Health and AWS Divisions

Amazon earlier this month began a fresh round of job cuts as part of widespread layoffs that are expected to total 18,000. Following the announcement, an employee created a spreadsheet for people who lost their jobs that would be circulated to recruiters. Staffers in Amazon's AWS, health, Zappos, real estate...