Discovery Robotics would like to congratulate our friends at Gecko Robotics for their ability to secure a well-deserved round of $7 million in funding. This major investment comes from a few big names in capital. Money from Mark Cuban, Y Combinator, Founders Fund, The Westly Group, and Justin Kan makes up the $7 million that will allow Gecko Robotics to save lives with their bots.
Gecko Robotics engineers robots that are key to ensuring safety in industrial settings, as well as power plant facilities. These robots are charged with going ahead of humans and checking for any potential hazards on the job. The robots are equipped with proprietary magnetic adhesion technology that allows them to climb tanks, boilers, pipelines, and other industrial equipment. Then, using a variety of sensors and lasers, the bot inspects structural integrity so that the humans onsite can ensure that their lives are not in danger.
Gecko is the first company in a decade to offer a solution to the workers' safety in these scenarios. As our companies work towards similar goals of employee safety, we offer our congratulations again to the entire Gecko Robotics team!
Be sure to check out the Gecko Robotics website at www.geckorobotics.com
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OpenWorks, a commercial cleaning company founded in 1983, has expanded its franchise in 2018 to include the Keystone State. Situating their corporate offices on the Eastern side of the state, just outside of Philadelphia, OpenWorks hopes to expand their company by 20 franchises within the next 2 years. Expansion will reach as far West as Pittsburgh and will include Harrisburg and State College. The company hopes to broaden its client base in Pennsylvania to service local business parks, healthcare centers, K-12 schools, and much more. OpenWorks is a nation-wide company, with additional franchises in the works for locations in Orlando, Portland, Nashville, Kansas City, and Columbus. Best of luck to them!
When OpenWorks does reach Western Pennsylvania, we hope that Discovery Robotics can help them with their state and nation wide commercial cleaning takeover by selling a fleet of FX250's to each of their new franchises!
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Even for those of you who not live in a large industrial space like the ones that the FX250 is designed for, you can still have a sleek autonomous cleaning robot in your daily life! The same injuries that occur in the workplace while floor cleaning, can be an even greater threat in the home with more obstacles and smaller spaces in which to clean. Keep dirt, dust, and yourself off of your floors by investing in home autonomous cleaning care. Take advantage of Amazon Prime Day today and treat yourself and your family to the newest and most efficient technology available for the home.
Check out the article below to read more about the top bots in home cleaning!
With over 150 careers under her belt, in 2018, Barbie continues to break the plastic ceiling by taking on her newest profession, a Robotics Engineer. The dolls above appeared on Barbie's Instagram account (@Barbie) yesterday along with the caption "A code to success is teamwork and careful calculation! Encourage your child to play out their own experiments with the Barbie Robotics Engineer dolls, available now..."
Barbie has always been a trailblazer when it comes to her varying and technical careers. In fact, her first career ever began in the 1960's when she was as an astronaut, four years before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Today, just as back then, Barbie is a role model for young women and girls around the world. She encourages women and girls to pursue the careers of their dreams. Her message is clear that women are valued hard workers present in every industry.
Robotics in 2018 can only benefit from Barbie joining our workforce!
National Defense Magazine reported today that the U.S. Army is hosting a robotics competition playfully named "Bot-Tober Fest" this October in Columbus, Georgia. The contest is open to all individuals from high school students, to hobbyists, to U.S. military officers, to international partners, with cash prizes offered to non-government winners. The goal of the event is to leverage talent in the hope of filling gaps in capabilities within the Army's current robotics inventory. A senior official was quoted at the Eurosatory land and air defense conference outside Paris earlier this month stating, "We’re going to put out a challenge and [say], ‘Hey, we need a robotic system that can do a ground reconnaissance, a surface reconnaissance and a subsurface reconnaissance of a bridge system or a dam system.’" He continued, “Build me a robot that can drive up to the shore, swim along the water line, submerge, come back out on the land."
The bar is set high, but the robotics industry has never been more prepared to meet the challenge. To learn more about "Bot-Tober Fest," read the full article from National Defense Magazine by clicking below.
Rich Lunak, President and CEO of Innovation Works in Pittsburgh, gave a thoughtful interview to Forbes this week regarding the present status of the robotics industry in Pittsburgh and around the world. As one of the most active investors in robotics, it is not by mistake that he and his company are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Along with details about the most up-and-coming robotics companies in the area, Lunak also discusses the purview of his own company and why he feels that there is great value when investing in robotics. Thank you to Mr. Lunak, for shedding even more light on Pittsburgh's booming robotics scene and encouraging other cities to increase their involvement in robotics.
Click below to read the full article and learn more about the industries that can expect the most disruption from the robotics boom.
No, this isn't from that Black Mirror episode, this is really happening. Researchers at FOCAS (Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems) just completed a 5-year study on the benefit of introducing robotic bees into hives, taking the first steps to attempt saving the dwindling bee population. The study involved scientists using tiny, bee look-a-like robots to infiltrate a colony's hive, gather information, and understand what environmental factors are the largest stressors on the bee population, leading to rapid extinction.
During this study, artificial intelligence was relied on while trying to ensure the undercover robots not only looked like real bees, but could also wiggle, fly, and work alongside them, too. AI is integral in making the robots more sophisticated as they learn these behaviors from the real bees. Most importantly, the bees had to be able to do all of this as a unit along with one another and the real bees in the hive. This ability is the culmination of years of work in swarm robotics.
To learn more about these little robo-spies, click for the full article below!
In the wake of Facebook's most recent scandal regarding the misuse of user information, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sworn that the company will learn from its mistakes and continue building. Facebook is opening new labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh that will be geared towards research on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The company has hired three AI and robotics professors from both the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University. The hope is that these seasoned researchers will help recruit and train even more AI experts in the two cities.
This is not uncommon for Carnegie Mellon University, as it is known internationally for its high caliber robotics programs, but officials at the university are beginning to worry that not enough researchers are remaining at CMU to continue to uphold the prestige of its robotics programs. Nevertheless, the robotics and technology industries in Pittsburgh are robust and growing every day and will certainly be able to provide an ample pool of research potential.
Check out the full article by the New York Times below!
The CEO of iRobot, Colin Angle, recently discussed his opinions on where he thinks that robots have room to grow in the home. His company is the inventor of the Roomba, the autonomous vacuuming robot for home use. Angle feels that while the technology is not quite seamless enough for a full "smart house" just yet, soon robots will be more integrated and commonplace in people's' homes besides the already present examples such as the Amazon Echo and the iRobot Roomba.
"We should be designing smart homes like we design robots — with sensors, inputs, and outputs that can do physical things, like controlling lighting, heating, opening up blinds, and so on."
To see what else the iRobot CEO has to say about the future of robotics, as well as the future of his own firm, check out the full article below!
It's the middle of April, and snow storms are still plaguing much of the United States, making it feel as though the warm Spring weather will never come. By now, most of us have had our fill of hand-shoveling snow off of our sidewalks and driveways and these unusual snowfalls are causing continued work for those in the snow removal business. For those who are sick and tired of the snow this year, you will want to get in line for next season's release of the SnowBot Pro, an autonomous snow-blowing robot.
The SnowBot Pro clears driveways and sidewalks with just the tap of an app. It is a gas-powered, autonomous machine that uses a 4-foot wide brush to plow snow from any outdoor surface. Left Hand Robotics, the proprietor of the SnowBot technology, acknowledges the difficulties that face snow and ice removal companies, property management companies, and government agencies when securing the necessary labor for snow removal on short notice. With a robot on staff, the issues of harsh conditions and strenuous work hours are nonexistent and save humans the risk of possible on-the-job injury. And with its optional addition of a rear deicer sprayer, this robot can turn a six-person job into a one-robot operation. The SnowBot Pro is currently in production for the Winter Season of 2018-2019.
To learn more about the SnowBot Pro, to pre-order a unit, and to watch a video of it in action, click below!
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