A look back at a week Tesla might like to forget (Autopilot crash reports, disappointing delivery numbers, another top departure), plus news about a robotic glove, 3D printing developments and more in this first regular Friday feature.
Starship Technologies uses autonomous robots to deliver packages within two or three miles — and while the trips are limited to England and Germany now, the tech will be here in the United States later this year.
The Chinese appliance giant purchased a quarter of the German robotics company from investor Voith, with another block of stock from billionaire businessman Friedhelm Loh.
Amazon has been famously tight-lipped about its robotics goals since purchasing Kiva four years ago. By shutting off outside sales of the robots, though, it has opened the door for plenty of would-be competitors.
Alex Garden used to push games like FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Words With Friends onto your phone. Now he wants to push robotically-made pizza into your neighborhood. Can Zume really be the “Amazon of food”?
Robot manufacturers are struggling with the same challenges of scale that the auto industry overcame with the assembly line. Can a similar line be applied to robots?
Though many in Germany remain uneasy about Midea’s friendly takeover of Kuka, it has started, with the Chinese appliance maker offering close to $130 per share and seeking as much as a 30% stake in the robotics leader.
More than 3,000 robotics companies are opened in the Chinese tech hub Shenzhen — up from 200 just two years ago — but 85% of the robots sold in the country are still foreign-made. Is this a bubble? Will it burst?