The future of robotics

The rapid integration of robotic devices into existing processes will define the speed of future projects and the future of robotics.Read More

Hyundai’s Mobile Eccentric Droid tries hard to live up to its name

I’m going to hand it to Hyundai. The company is building some weird robotics, and I’m mostly here for it. In addition to the more straightforward car-building fare you’d expect, the auto giant has also given us a walking car robot or two, some wild drones and whatever this thing is. All in all, Boston […]

Warehouse robotics startup ForwardX raises $31M in first Series C close

ForwardX Robotics, a Beijing-headquartered company that makes autonomous mobile robots (AMR), said Tuesday it has closed the initial tranche of its Series C funding round as it looks to expand globally. The startup is fundraising for the rest of its Series C round at a time investors are courting warehousing and manufacturing robot makers in […]

Robotics startup FJDynamics raises $70M to make manual labor easier

FJDynamics, founded by DJI’s former chief scientist Wu Di, just closed a Series B round of $70 million as it advances its goal to empower workers in the harshest environment with robotic technologies. When I asked Wu what’s special about his company’s farming robots, he gave an answer that would make any publicist sweat: “I […]

Gift Guide: 20+ STEM toy gift ideas for aspiring young builders

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’ve got lots of them. We’re just starting to roll out this year’s gift guides, so check back from now until the end of December for more!  For this year’s STEM toy gift guide we’ve split out our recommendations by age for easier […]

Nommi announces plans for rollout of its food bowl-making kitchen robot

As restaurants continue to face employment shortages, owners will no doubt look increasingly toward automated solutions. Between that and increased focus on food handling amid a global pandemic, it’s arguably the best time ever to be running a food robotics company. LA-based Nommi is striking while the oven is hot, announcing a partnership with restaurant […]

These tiny robots inspired by starfish larva move courtesy of ultrasound

Microrobots have been a longtime fascination for many in the industry. Such technologies could ultimately provide a slew of applications, including a handful of useful features in healthcare. Things like targeted delivery of medication and microsurgical procedures are frequently mentioned. Mobility is among the biggest questions that arise from the tech. Specifically, how can roboticists […]

Teaching robots to socialize

Politeness doesn’t really amount to much when you’re programmed to get from point A to point B. But if robots are going to play an increased role in human society, questions arise around how precisely they’ll get along with the rest of us. “Robots will live in our world soon enough and they really need […]

Fabric raises $200M at an$1B+ valuation for robotics-based fulfillment tech to help e-commerce players compete with Amazon

Amazon continues to be the 800-pound gorilla in the room for companies in the retail sector. Today, a startup called Fabric, which is building technology to help those other retailers — big and small — compete more squarely against that muscle specifically in fulfillment with robotics technology, “micro-fulfillment” centers and last-mile operations, is announcing $200 […]