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Kindred’s robots help retailers handle fulfillment centers — and take on Amazon – TechCrunch

Kindred’s robots help retailers handle fulfillment centers — and take on Amazon – TechCrunch Since taking the reins as chief executive of Kindred at the beginning of the year, Jim Liefer has been focused on commercializing his company’s autonomous robots. But unlike forward-projecting use-cases for robots that may (or may …

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Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer – TechCrunch

Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer – TechCrunch Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts and generally looking badass. The news was first reported by …

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Burgerbot startup Creator hires inventor of Boston Dynamics’ Big Dog – TechCrunch

Burgerbot startup Creator hires inventor of Boston Dynamics’ Big Dog – TechCrunch Disney Imagineering animatronics wizard Dr. Martin Buehler is a legend in the robotics world. His work leading development of the galloping Big Dog quadruped at Boston Dynamics both inspired and terrified a new generation of makers. But after …

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Material Impact, a new fund focused on materials technology, just closed its debut fund with $110 million – TechCrunch

Material Impact, a new fund focused on materials technology, just closed its debut fund with $110 million – TechCrunch Material Impact, a Waltham, Ma.-based firm that says it “transforms materials into companies that make an impact,” has closed with debut fund with $110 million in capital commitments from a range …

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tons of ideas for little builders – TechCrunch

tons of ideas for little builders – TechCrunch The holiday season is here again, touting all sorts of kids’ toys that pledge to pack ‘STEM smarts’ in the box, not just the usual battery-based fun. Educational playthings are nothing new, of course. But, in recent years, long time toymakers and …

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Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep – TechCrunch

Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep – TechCrunch Seemingly every industry is finding ways to use drones in some way or another, but deep underground it’s a different story. In the confines of a mine or pipeline, with no GPS and little or no …

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