20 Mar 2020
Can Vertical Farming Revolutionise Global Agriculture?
Vertical farming is the practice of growing plants indoors under fully controlled environmental conditions in many stacked layers, using artificial lighting instead of relying on the sun. By tuning the growing environment to the exact needs of the plant and using soil-free growing techniques, vertical farming can achieve yields hundreds of times higher than conventional agriculture, 365 days a year and without requiring pesticides.
27 Feb 2020
Very Slow is Better: Mesh Networks, IOT to Drones
In engineering and science, the race for faster is well known. It spans from 5G streaming videos in seconds to Hyperloop and space tourism. However, if we are to have the envisaged tens of billions of Internet of Things nodes deployed, they must cost under two cents each and work on a whisper of electricity. No. We must go even further in redefining the problem.
9 Dec 2019
Fetch Robotics was established in 2014. They have raised $23m to date and currently employ 141 people.
9 Dec 2019
A Cafe Staffed by Robots
SoftBank Robotics recently revealed its Pepper Parlor Cafe, staffed with robots. At Pepper PARLOR, a variety of robots work alongside humans.
26 Nov 2019
Commercial-Grade Autonomous Vacuum Sweeper
Whiz can record up to 600 cleaning routes, for which staff teach the robot the initial floor cleaning route upon their first use. Subsequently, routes are stored in Whiz so it can repeat the cleaning route autonomously on its own. Through cloud data visualization, cleaning and status reports on Whiz can be gathered and analyzed.
31 Oct 2019
ESS Inc Raises $30 Million For Flow Battery Energy Storage Systems
The new funding will be used to expand and automate the manufacturing process of ESS Inc.'s second-generation iron flow battery technology.
20 Aug 2019
Funding for utility-scale energy storage technology
Energy Vault has completed a $110 million Series B funding round. The investment for the round was made by SoftBank Vision Fund (Vision Fund) in its first investment in energy storage technology.
28 May 2019
Educational robot made in France
Mainbot has created Winky, an educational and customizable robot. Tested and approved by more than 4,000 families in France.
2 May 2019
AeroVironment announces assembly of first HAWK30 Solar HAPS
AeroVironment Inc announced the achievement of a significant solar HAPS project milestone, the assembly of the first HAWK30 solar HAPS for its HAPSMobile joint venture with SoftBank Corp. HAPS stands for High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite or High-Altitude Platform Station.
21 Jan 2019
ProLogium is a solid-state battery company located in Taiwan.
10 Oct 2018
Honda, Cruise and General Motors to build new autonomous vehicle
Cruise and General Motors Co have joined forces with Honda to pursue the shared goal of transforming mobility through the large-scale deployment of autonomous vehicle technology.
20 Aug 2018
Brain Corp, established in 2009 and located in California, provides software that enables companies to easily autonomous their robots or industrial vehicles (not passenger cars).
3 Jul 2018
Personalized deep learning equips robots for autism therapy
Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them — distinguishing a happy face from a fearful face, for instance. To remedy this, some therapists use a kid-friendly robot to demonstrate those emotions and to engage the children in imitating the emotions and responding to them in appropriate ways.
28 Jun 2018
Humanoid robots help out at HSBC
HSBC Bank and SoftBank Robotics America have partnered to bring Pepper, the engaging, social humanoid robot, to HSBC's bank branches.
6 Jun 2018
SoftBank Vision Fund to invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise
General Motors announced that the SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise Holdings LLC, further strengthening the company's plans to commercialize AV technology at large scale. GM will also invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise upon closing of the transaction.