Laparoscopic surgery performed by a robot without human assistance

Researchers at Johns Hopkins this week issued a report noting that their Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) system has completed laparoscopic surgery on a pig tissue without human guidance. The surgery, which involves the connecting of two instestinal ends, was performed successfully on animals, with a “significantly better” result than those performed by humans, per […]

The robotic arm of the law

It’s hard to know where to start this week. Any temporary slowdown we might have experienced over the holidays has been wiped away. Once again, we find ourselves knee deep in robotics news, like the trash compactor scene in A New Hope — only without the closing walls, Death Star and weird little one-eyed monster. […]

Boston Dynamics’ warehouse robot gets a $15M gig working for DHL

Back in March of last year, Boston Dynamics unveiled its second commercial robot, Stretch. The system, built from its impressive box-moving Handle concept, is designed to bring the company’s advanced robotics technologies into a warehouse/logistics setting – easily one of the hottest categories in robotics, these days. Today the Hyundai-owned firm announced its first commercial […]

Vecna gets $65M to replace forklifts with robots

In the rush to automate warehouses, forklifts are something of a no-brainer. Lifting heavy payloads already requires heavy machinery, and these systems are somewhat notorious for being involved in incidents, with tens of thousands of forklift accidents recorded in the U.S. alone each year. Massachusetts-based Vecna Robotics is among those firms looking to bring autonomy […]

Daily Crunch: Google dumps FloC plan, proposes new Topics API for ad targeting

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PST, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for January 25, 2022! Today our cup overflows with news. There’s simply too much going on to cover in a single newsletter, so I’ve tried to […]

Tekever raises $23M for industrial drone technology optimized for maritime surveillance

Industrial drones — the enterprise complement to the unmanned aerial vehicles that consumers own for leisurely use — are taking off in the market, fueled by a new wave of software and hardware technology that improves their battery life, reach and performance, and a growing number of organizations investing in these services to raise their […]

Nourish + Bloom Market, first Black-owned, autonomous grocery, opens in Atlanta

Contactless grocery store Nourish + Bloom Market opened to the public Friday in Trilith’s Town Centre retail district in Atlanta. Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Jamie and Jilea Hemmings started the grocery store and bistro to offer over 1,000 locally sourced, healthy food products, including produce, meats, baked goods, dairy and prepared meals. The Hemmings began their startup […]