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#427773 Sarcos Robotics Secures Investment from ...

BELLEVUE, WA and SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Business Wire) September 12, 2016 – Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in the development of dexterous industrial robots for use in unstructured environments, announced today it has secured funding from a group of top-tier strategic investors including Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures, and Microsoft Corporation. Additionally, Cottonwood Technology Fund and two other private investment firms, together with the Company’s three co-founders, Ben Wolff, Dr. Fraser Smith and Dr. Marc Olivier, invested in the financing round.
The infusion of capital will be used to expand the Sarcos team and to accelerate the production and deployment of Sarcos’ Guardian line of robots that are significantly reducing the risk of injury and the cost of performing many of the world’s most dangerous and difficult tasks. The robots are expected to make critical contributions in industries ranging from construction to manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, infrastructure inspection, logistics, public safety and military.
In connection with the investment, Peter Klein, former CFO of Microsoft, Ray Quintana, General Partner of Cottonwood Technology Fund, Ralph Taylor-Smith, Managing Director of GE Ventures, and Seattle-area technology and telecom investor Dennis Weibling have joined the Sarcos board of directors. Other investment details were not disclosed.
Statement by Sarcos Robotics’ Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Ben Wolff:
“With more than 8 million people injured or killed on the job each year in the U.S. alone, there is substantial demand for robots that can carry out challenging tasks that are too dangerous or difficult for humans. Our human-operated robots are designed to perform meaningful, highly dexterous work in real-world settings while keeping people out of harm’s way. We are thrilled to collaborate with Caterpillar, GE, Microsoft and our other new investors to enhance the capabilities and relevance of our robots and to accelerate delivery of our robots to key industrial sectors.”
Statement by Microsoft Corporate Vice-President, Internet of Things (IoT), Kevin Dallas:
“Microsoft is committed to pioneering new, real world use-cases in Industrial IoT. We are excited about the collaboration with Sarcos and our customers around dexterous industrial robots for use in unstructured environments. Sarcos’ Robot-as-a-Service offering, using Microsoft Cognitive Services, Azure IoT Suite, and Windows 10 IoT, creates a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform the safety and efficiency of many industrial tasks around the world.”
Statement by Caterpillar Ventures’ Managing Director, Michael Young:
“Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of equipment used to develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. We see opportunities for Sarcos’ robotic systems in each of these areas to make our customers’ operations safer and more productive. Caterpillar Ventures is pleased to facilitate the connection between Sarcos and our various business units at Caterpillar, and to provide Sarcos with growth capital. This will allow us to explore opportunities to utilize Sarcos’ advanced robotics expertise to enhance our product offerings to our customers and get the most from our combined expertise and technologies.”
Statement by GE Ventures’ Advanced Manufacturing Managing Director, Ralph Taylor-Smith:
“At GE, advanced manufacturing and robotics are critical to the way we work. The development of dexterous robots for use in unforgiving and unstructured environments is one of the most challenging areas in robotics today. Sarcos is successfully tackling these challenges head on and is working with leading robotics experts from GE. We believe the Sarcos team and its technologies have a bright future. We look forward to working together both as a customer and a technology partner.”
Photo Credit: Sarcos.comAbout Sarcos Robotics:
Sarcos Robotics (Sarcos Corp.) is a global leader in the development and production of dexterous robotic systems for use in unstructured environments. Leveraging more than 25 years of research and development, Sarcos is producing human-controlled robots to improve health, safety, and quality of life by keeping humans out of harm’s way. Time Magazine named Sarcos’ Iron Man-like exoskeleton robotic suit one of The 50 Best Inventions of 2010. Sarcos has offices in Bellevue, Washington and Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit www.sarcos.com.
About Caterpillar Ventures:
Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc. (Caterpillar Ventures) assists entrepreneurs around the world to grow and scale their businesses to build today for a better tomorrow by leveraging Caterpillar’s industry expertise, supply base and independent dealer network. Caterpillar Ventures’ focus areas of investment include robotics, energy, advanced materials, and digital solutions that help our customers be successful. Caterpillar Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-­electric locomotives. For more information, visit caterpillar.com/ventures.
About GE Ventures:
GE Ventures identifies, scales and accelerates ideas that will help make the world work better. Focused on the areas of software, advanced manufacturing, energy and healthcare, GE Ventures combines equity investing, new business creation, licensing and technology transfer to deliver an innovation platform designed to drive growth for partners and GE. For more information, please visit www.geventures.com or follow on Twitter (@GE_Ventures) and LinkedIn.
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#427765 Soft Robotic grippers for packaging

Tech start-up to exhibit their latest gripping technology in Booth 9901 – Looks to enable the snack & baking industries with packaging automation
Cambridge, MA – Snack and bakery packaging automation has typically come with its own set of limitations. For example, many products have variable characteristics such as weight, size and shape – all difficult for many packaging machines to handle consistently. Many applications are delicate and require special gentle handling such as raw dough, freshly baked items such as bread rolls or bagels, enrobed chocolate and items with any sort of topping or frosting. These are sample applications where baked goods producers have traditionally found difficulty on the packaging side of their production lines – until now.
Photo Credit: Soft Robotic Inc.With new developments by Soft Robotics, a single end-of-arm tool (EOAT) on a robotic packaging system can now handle an unprecedented range of objects without the need for tool changes or software modifications between cycles. Soft Robotics has demonstrated the ability to grasp difficult-to-handle products with variable characteristics with a single device utilizing their proprietary technology. This disruptive capability addresses unmet needs in existing markets and unlocks new markets for cost-effective automated solutions.

“We continually look for opportunities in markets where our technology can help improve line production and overall efficiencies,” says Carl Vause, Soft Robotics’ CEO. “The baking industry is certainly one of those areas where delicate products cause issues for typical packaging machines, no matter if they are mechanical or robotic. Our technology allows robotic automation to address existing packaging needs, open new markets to robotics, is cost-effective, and can even increase worker safety.”

See live demos of the Soft Robotics gripping technology at IBIE 2016, October 8-11 in Las Vegas – Booth 9901.
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About Soft Robotics
Soft Robotics Inc. is commercializing a new class of robotic end-of-arm tool that can delicately and adaptively manipulate items of varying size, shape and weight. By leveraging the science of soft robotic actuators, the company is automating facilities that have traditionally depended on manual labor for material handling applications in the fresh-cut produce and consumer packaged goods industries. Learn more at www.softroboticsinc.com.

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#427757 Robotiq Launches DoF a community for ...

Québec City, Canada, September 12, 2016 – Robotiq launches DoF, an open community where industrial automation professionals share their know-how and get answers to accelerate their robotics projects.
DoF is meant as a medium for sharing ideas and solving automation problems. “We realized that the know-how is locked in the head of automation engineers who can’t talk to each other because they are far apart, focused on making their factory run,” explains Samuel Bouchard, CEO of Robotiq. “This is why we created this online community, to bring industrial automation pros together so they can help each other with their automation projects and stop reinventing the wheel on their own.”
Members of the community say the platform accelerates their robotics projects, from design and integration to programming and troubleshooting: “Having access to free valuable resources and insights from professionals in all fields related to robotics made the implementation of our various automation projects faster and easier” says Matt Bush, COO at Hirebotics.
The DoF community is now open to the public, visit it on dof.robotiq.com.
About Robotiq
Robotiq’s mission is to free human hands from tedious tasks so companies and workers can focus where they truly create value. We achieve this by making flexible, plug & play robotic grippers and sensors. We further simplify and accelerate our customers’ robotics projects by connecting them with experts on DoF.robotiq.com, a community for automation professionals.
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Olivier Grenier-LafondSales and Marketing CoordinatorRobotiq888.762.6847 ext. 121 (Canada & USA)418-380-2788 ext. 121olivier.gl@robotiq.com
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#427748 West Virginia University students win ...

A team of West Virginia University engineering students has won the $750,000 top prize in a NASA robotics competition. Continue reading

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#427747 Robotic autonomous shelf auditing and ...

SAN FRANCISCO—August 16, 2016 – As part of its participation at this week’s Intel Developer Forum, Simbe Robotics today announced that it is now using the Intel RealSense camera in its pioneering Tally robot.

Simbe will be showcasing Tally, the world’s first robotic autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution for retail, at IDF’s Technology Showcase. Tally has the ability to audit shelves faster and more cost-effectively than existing methods while also attaining near-perfect accuracy. Tally works in concert with retail associates by arming them with information to ensure the store’s products are always stocked, in the right place, and displaying the correct price tag. The robot operates safely during normal store hours alongside shoppers and employees and requires no infrastructure changes to the store.

Intel has played a major role in developing the open source ROS package for RealSense. ROS is a set of open source software libraries and tools that has become the worldwide de facto standard in building robot applications. ROS lies at the heart of leading robotic platforms worldwide, including Simbe’s Tally robot. More information on the ROS wrapper for Intel RealSense is available at http://wiki.ros.org/RealSense

“The RealSense camera is proving to be a valuable solution not only for Simbe, but to the larger robotics industry,” according to Brad Bogolea, CEO of Simbe Robotics. “Between a low-cost, a discrete form factor, ROS integration, and Intel’s strong support, we expect rapid adoption of the RealSense camera.”

“At Intel, we are seeing some very compelling use cases for the RealSense camera in the world of robotics and Simbe’s Tally solution is a great example of this,” according to Achin Bhowmik, Vice President, New Technology Group, General Manager, Perceptual Computing Group at Intel Corporation. “I’m also particularly proud of Intel’s contribution toward integrating RealSense with ROS and allowing roboticists to use our camera out of the box.”

Bhowmik will be discussing the benefits of the Intel RealSense camera during a session entitled: Intel RealSense Technology: Adding Human-like Sensing to Devices. As part of that session, Bhowmik will be joined by Simbe Robotics’ CEO Brad Bogolea. The session takes place on Wednesday, August 17, from 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM, Level 2, Room 2016 Tech & Business Insight.

About Simbe Robotics
Simbe Robotics builds automation solutions for the retail industry. Simbe’s first product, Tally, is the world’s first fully autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution; one that provides retailers unprecedented visibility and insight into the state of their stores. Tally helps retailers drastically improve inventory and operational issues by analyzing the state of the shelves and increase revenue by ensuring products are always properly stocked and in the right place. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit www.simberobotics.com or follow the company at @simberobotics.
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