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05/25/2017

The NY Times published a story titled “What Self-Driving Cars See,” today, that includes a captivating video from which this image derives.  Such systems see in near-infrared light.  Intense development of the technology is underway, not to mention litigation in California between Uber and Waymo (run by Alphabet, Google’s parent).

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05/23/2017

Over 650 robotics companies exhibited at the largest robotics show in history!

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05/22/2017

Echodyne announced a $29M Series B round to scale its technology for drones, autonomous vehicles, on-the-ground detection and more. To date, the best radar technology has been used almost exclusively in the military (phased array radars) because it costs hundreds-of-thousands of dollars. Echodyne has developed metamaterials to build high performance, high resolution radar at low cost. The small UAV shown is a suitable vehicle for the new radar and underscores the small size of Echodyne’s units.

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05/22/2017

Sandra Helsel of RoboUniverse News has reported that the Softbank-Saudi tech fund backed by Japan’s Softbank Group and the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund has more than $93 billion in investment funding for development of key emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

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05/17/2017

The annual AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Systems International) conference, titled Xponential 2017, with 600+ exhibitors from the U.S. and abroad, was the largest gathering of robotics businesses in U.S. history.  Exhibitors included programmers, hardware manufacturers, consultants, academic institutions, application specialists, military providers and more.  NREF will bring you our take on the most interesting exhibits in an upcoming report. As a teaser, check out three exciting new offerings: HitecRCD’s new industrial actuators, Rajant’s free-forming “kinetic Mesch” UAV network, and several views of a new Boeing unmanned helicopter.

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