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A year since Robot Launch – Leka (2014 Grand Winner)

At Leka, our mission is to help exceptional children live exceptional lives. Our first product, Moti, a small spherical autonomous a smart toy to help take care of children with special needs. Being a robot,

Forget Google and unicorns, Asian dragons are going to dominate robotics

SoftBank, FoxConn and Alibaba have today cemented a strong robotics initiative. Having acquired a majority stake in Aldebaran in 2012, just after the Amazon acquisition of Kiva, SoftBank’s interest in robots has been cause

Fetch and SRI show that useful humanoids are on the horizon

*updated* SoftBank today announced a $236 million investment into their robotics division by Alibaba and FoxConn for marketing and distribution, including Pepper and Fetch robots.  Fetch Robotics has just announced a $20 million Series

Great prizes for Robot Launch startups

  Robot Launch 2015 is bringing together a great pool of prizes and services for robot startups. All startups in the semis or finals are eligible for awards as we search for offers such as “Crowd Pleaser”

DARPA live action via @svrobo

I’ve been live tweeting all the action from the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015. It’s been exciting and definitely not like watching paint dry this time. It’s amazing how far and how fast the

Robot Launch global startup competition opens June 1st

CALL FOR STARTUPS OPENS JUNE 1st 2015 (6am PST) Silicon Valley Robotics and Robohub are looking for robotics startups with innovative technologies and strong business models. Show us your prototype! Sell us on your vision! We are

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator announces first startups

The new Techstar powered Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator announced their first intake of 10 startups today. Startups receive $120k funding and participate in a 16 week program in San Diego where they have access to

Ex Machina: When Turing meets Bechdel test

Alex Garland’s first feature film as a director, Ex Machina, had its US debut at SxSW on March 14. This stylish idea film explores the Turing Test in a very Pinteresque fashion as a

Qualcomm to power high school robotics with Snapdragon

On March 11, FIRST® announced that its worldwide high school robotics competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®), will be using the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor as the platform for its robot and driver station controls. Moving to a communication and control

Bruno Maisonnier moves on from Aldebaran

Farewell and thank you to Bruno Maisonnier, the founder and CEO of Aldebaran Robotics, which is now 95% owned by Softbank. Softbank had previously acquired a majority stake in the ground breaking French robotics company which