28 Jul 2021
Wiliot Secures $200 Million Investment Round Led by SoftBank Vision
For decades, there has remained a massive gap as trillions of products travel billions of miles without any data being available as to their status, whereabouts, or situation. Lacking this information, global supply chains have been profoundly, and vulnerably, in the dark. Recognizing this, many leaders in consumer-packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, furniture, and apparel have been working with Wiliot to add their sensing capabilities, intelligence and connectivity.
27 Jul 2021
Wiliot is developing low-cost, energy-harvesting sensors that enable items to be tracked throughout the supply chain. On July 27 2021 it announced that it had received an investment of $200m from Softbank.
18 Dec 2020
Pepper Deployed to Help Limit Exposure to Viruses
As the whole world is still facing an unprecedented health crisis, SoftBank Robotics and its partners are developing new robotic solutions to help fight against the spread of the pandemic. Thanks to its partners, SoftBank Robotics has been able to deploy multiple Pepper robots all across EMEA to help companies and public places to enforce social distancing and mask wearing.
14 Dec 2020
Hyundai to Acquire Controlling Interest in Boston Dynamics
Hyundai Motor Group and SoftBank Group Corp agreed on main terms of the transaction pursuant to which Hyundai Motor Group will acquire a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics in a deal that values the mobile robot firm at $1.1 billion.
28 Oct 2020
Founded in 1876, Ericsson provides communications technology and services, including software and infrastructure services, especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud.
3 Sep 2020
Innovative Companies Changing the Face of Vertical Farming
Vertical farming, the practice of growing crops indoors under tightly controlled conditions, is continuing to expand rapidly.
11 Aug 2020
New Feature for Pepper: Mask Wearing Detection
As the whole world faces an unprecedented health crisis, SoftBank Robotics wants to help fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
27 Mar 2020
ESS Inc has developed a hybrid iron flow battery that can be significantly competitive with vanadium-based ones, with an electrolyte that is one order of magnitude cheaper.
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.