10 Robotics Companies to Watch in 2020

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10 Robotics Companies to Watch in 2020

By: Jon Piggins, Redfish Technology

 

Fear & apprehension have dominated the narrative around robotics for years (“Robophobia” is a clinically recognized anxiety disorder). Common concerns include the dangers & ethics regarding autonomous military machines, “job stealing” manufacturing robots, and machines that become sentient and turn on humans.

One things is for sure…Robotics applications (and associated technology; Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning) are destined for ubiquity. Fortunately, there are plenty of companies working hard to leverage robotics to improve & enhance our lives…here are some of our favorite companies in the space who are doing some really cool stuff for our common good.

 

Canvas

“Pneubotics”? The inflatable robot of the movie “Big Hero 6” was based on real soft robotics research, like the kinds being experimented with at Canvas. We haven’t yet seen many inflatable robots, but they offer a number of advantages; they’re relatively inexpensive, adaptive, and they’re very easy to fix. Compared to traditional robots, they’re extraordinarily lightweight, and they pack down to a small fraction of their size once deflated. Despite their compactness, they can be strong and unexpectedly fast. Perhaps most important, they’re passively safe, since they don’t have much in the way of rigid components or the inertia that comes with them. See their robots in action HERE.

 

 

Roam

Roam is building the first commercial wearable robotic devices, called exoskeletons, to help people with mobility issues and improve how people play sports. The company’s first commercial device is a robotic exoskeleton designed to boost the skiing experience. The Elevate Ski XO is targeted toward diehard skiers who wish to ski longer and stronger while pushing the edges of what’s possible. The Elevate is also great for those who love skiing but are limited due to knee pain or muscle fatigue.

 

 

Piaggio Fast Foward

Founded in 2015 by the Piaggio Group, Piaggio Fast Forward creates lightweight, intelligent, and sustainable mobility solutions. Based in Boston, MA, the company is dedicated to helping people move better, further, faster, and more enjoyably. PFF products leverage state-of-the-art technology and design to promote more vibrant cities filled with pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters. PFF’s first product is “gita” a mobile-carrier that follows people on the go. Carrying up to 45 pounds, “gita” encourages an active lifestyle for anyone who wants to move with efficiency and ease, from millennials and parents to seniors and disabled individuals.

 

 

Dorabot

Dorabot, founded in 2014, develops automated warehouse solutions using cutting-edge AI and robotics, including computer vision, motion planning, mobility and deep learning, etc. Covering induction, sorting, transportation and loading, we provide end-to-end solutions for logistics, express, e-commerce, seaports, airports, manufacturing and other scenarios.

 

 

Sphero

Sphero invented a now world-famous app-enabled robotic ball, which is used in classrooms all over the world to teach through play. In addition to the original ball, other products include the Sphero 2.0 and the Sphero Mini as well as app-enabled racing robots named Ollie and Darkside. The company’s Sphero Edu app is a hub for programming its robots and more.

 

 

Diligent Robots

Diligent Robotics is an A.I. company creating robot assistants that empower service teams to focus on the work they care most about. They build the Artificial Intelligence that enables service robots to collaborate with people and adapt to dynamic human environments. With a founding team of social robotics experts, their robots feature mobile manipulation, social intelligence and human-guided learning capabilities. “Moxi” is their hospital robot assistant that helps clinical staff with non-patient-facing tasks, so staff have more time for patient care.

 

 

Picknik Robots

Picknik offers open source, customizable robotics solutions. Their wide array of services include motion planning, advanced inverse kinematics, real-time control, collision avoidance, custom ros integration, 2D navigation, virtual reality, robot modeling, workspace analysis machine learning and more.

 

 

Anybots

Short of being face-to-face, Anybots offers one of the most interactive forms of communication available today by providing the user a personal remote avatar that can be controlled through a simple browser-based interface, with intuitive controls allowing for a truly immersive experience. With Anybots you can instantly be immersed in a distant environment experiencing the forefront of a new class of communication called mobile telepresence, allowing you to never miss an important event, meeting, or experience again. Individuals who cannot make it to a distant location can use this robot to afford them an experience that is, geographically, out of reach, or those who are homebound could use Anybot’s robot to attend social gatherings, be they in or out-of-doors.

 

 

Makani Power

Makani is developing energy kites that use a wing tethered to a ground station to efficiently harness energy from the wind, generating electricity at utility-scale. As the kite flies autonomously in loops, rotors on the wing spin as the wind moves through them, generating electricity that is sent down the tether to the grid.

 

 

Sunfolding

Sunfolding designs and manufactures simpler solar trackers that fuel the future of smart solar and move our world forward. Sunfolding’s flagship product, the Sunfolding T29™ Single-Axis Tracker, features seriously simplified components. The Sunfolding T29 makes solar power plants easy to install and smarter to operate, with motor-free tracker rows and 95% fewer maintenance locations.

15 Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2020

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15 Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2020

By Redfish Technology

 

Every emerging technology poses its own unique set of security challenges. Traditional concerns about financial & identity theft, espionage, and malware haven’t gone away, they’ve just been joined by new dangers like Denial of Service attacks, data breaches and cyberattacks on connected “Internet of Things” devices. As the growing ubiquity of technology exposes us to new threats, here are some companies hard at work to protect us.

 

Fortscale (www.fortscale.com) Fortscale is redefining behavioral analytics, with the industry’s first embeddable engine, making behavioral analytics available for everyone. Fortscale automates the delivery and use of behavioral analytics throughout the security infrastructure, embedding it within the native operations of security devices, so it can be used to quickly pinpoint risks, improve decision-making and strengthen security. When integrated, Fortscale processes the data collected by the device, using predictive, big data analytics and advanced machine learning, to autonomously model behaviors and quickly and accurately identify anomalous, high-risk activity.

 

Firelayers (www.firelayers.com) FireLayers enables IT to proactively protect the usage of cloud applications via rule-based policies while ensuring that they maintain the required security and compliance levels. They protect cloud application usage from initial user identification to the safe retrieval of data and request fulfillment. They add a layer of proactive protection and monitoring to any cloud application identifying all users, applications, and actions.

 

CyberHaven (www.cyberhaven.io) Cyberhaven provides rapid enablement for GDPR and CCPA compliance, streamlined data security and modern risk management. Cyberhaven automatically traces all of your data as it moves through your enterprise in real time, on prem and in the cloud, enabling you to search, navigate, and control the flows of data as easily as finding your way around city streets with a GPS. Their technology is simple and blazingly fast to deploy, and you don’t need to change, tag or classify your data to use it.

 

NokNok Labs (www.noknoklabs.com) Nok Nok Labs, Inc., based in San Jose, CA, was founded to transform online authentication for modern computing. The company is backed by a team of security industry veterans from PGP, Netscape, PayPal & Phoenix, and have a deep experience in building Internet scale security protocols and products. The company’s products transform authentication by enabling end-to-end trust across the web using authentication methods that are natural to end-users and provide strong proof of identity.

 

Voltage Security (www.voltagesecurity.com) Voltage Security provides data-centric security and stateless key management solutions to combat new security threats and address compliance by protecting structured and unstructured data as it is used across data centers, public and private clouds and mobile devices. Voltage solutions are in use at almost 1,000 enterprise customers, including some of the world’s leading brand-name companies in payments, banking, retail, insurance, energy, healthcare and government such as ING, Kaiser Permanente, Kodak, Wells Fargo and Heartland Payment Systems.

 

Arxan (www.arxan.com) Arxan Technologies is an American technology company specializing in Application Attack Prevention and Self-Protection solution for IoT, Mobile, and other applications. The company reports that applications secured by it are running on over 500 million devices. Arxan solutions are used to protect applications across a range of industries, including: Mobile Payments & Banking, Automotive IoT, Healthcare IoT, Gaming and High-Tech. Arxan’s security products are used to protect the confidentiality of applications (which can be breached by reverse-engineering, code analysis and other means) and the integrity of applications (which can be compromised through code modification, malware insertion and other types of attacks).

 

TigerConnect (www.tigerconnect.com) Of the largest hospital systems in the U.S., 5 out of 10 trust TigerConnect with their healthcare communications. By using TigerConnect’s secure messaging platform to expedite admissions and discharges, hospitals ensure continuity of care during shift changes, consultations, and so much more. TigerConnect also integrates with the systems organizations already use, which means that work gets streamlined – not disrupted. No matter the size of your organization, TigerConnect was designed with the goal of helping you treat more patients, in a safer way, in less time than ever before.

 

Cloudmark (www.cloudmark.com) Cloudmark is a trusted leader in intelligent threat protection against known and future attacks, safeguarding 12 percent of the world’s inboxes from wide-scale and targeted email threats. With more than a decade of experience protecting the world’s largest messaging environments, only Cloudmark combines global threat intelligence from a billion subscribers with local behavioral context tracking to deliver instant and predictive defense against data theft and security breaches that result in financial loss and damage to brand and reputation. Cloudmark protects more than 120 tier-one service providers and tens of thousands of enterprises, including, Verizon, Swisscom, Comcast, Cox and NTT.

TrueVault (www.truevault.com) TrueVault is the first data security company entirely focused on protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII). TrueVault decouples consumer identity from consumer behavior to eliminate data security risks and compliance liabilities, giving companies only the data they need. As organizations collect and store more data to drive their businesses forward, they are simultaneously increasing their risk and liability. TrueVault removes 100 percent of that liability and ensures compliance with regulations such as HIPAA, GDPR, and the California Privacy Act.

 

ThinAir (www.thinair.com) The ThinAir Next-Gen Endpoint Data Visibility Platform delivers complete intelligence about every information in your organization, with simplicity and speed. ThinAir’s patented technology answers sophisticated questions about user interaction with data including information creation, consumption and communication empowering security and IT professionals with instant data-element level visibility including financial impact, in real time and historically.

 

Contrast Security (www.contrastsecurity.com) Contrast Security is a world leading provider of security technology that enables software applications to protect themselves against cyber attacks, heralding a new era of self-protecting software. More accurate and effective than outdated legacy security measures, Contrast Security is a completely new approach to application security – the world’s first comprehensive platform for protecting enterprise applications from within. Contrast’s patented deep security instrumentation is the breakthrough technology that enables highly accurate analysis and always-on protection of an entire application portfolio, without disruptive scanning or expensive security experts.

 

Distil Networks (www.distilnetworks.com) Distil Networks, the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, is the only proactive and precise way to mitigate bad bots across web applications, mobile and APIs. With Distil, you automatically block 99.9% of malicious traffic without impacting legitimate users. Distil Web Security defends websites against web scraping, competitive data mining, account takeovers, transaction fraud, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, man-in-the-middle attacks, digital ad fraud, and denial of service. Distil API Security protects public and partner-facing APIs against developer errors, integration bugs, automated scraping, and web and mobile hijacking. Distil Analyst Managed Service brings human intelligence to the science of bot mitigation.

 

CodeDX (www.codedx.com) Code Dx Enterprise is an automated application vulnerability management tool that makes all of your testing tools work together to provide one set of correlated results, then helps you prioritize and manage vulnerabilities—integrating with your application lifecycle management tools so your security and development teams work together for faster remediation.

 

ForAllSecure (www.forallsecure.com) ForAllSecure is building autonomous cybersecurity tools for developers, enterprise IT, and end-users that automatically find and fix vulnerabilities in run-time executable software pre-production and when deployed. A startup with ties to Carnegie Mellon University, ForAllSecure has created a system it calls Mayhem that can scan code for security holes and plug them without any human intervention.

 

Karamba Security (www.karambasecurity.com) Karamba Security’s automotive-grade software detects and prevents cyberattacks on connected devices: automotive ECUs, Industry 4.0 controllers, enterprise edge devices, and IoT endpoints. Karamba’s patented run-time integrity is automatically integrated with the system’s software, as a part of the software build process. It automatically detects and prevents changes to the system’s factory settings, i.e. exploits of security vulnerabilities within the system.

 

Salary Information Reports: Software / IT / STEM

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Salary Information Reports:

Software / IT / STEMCash Money salary compensation

 

The Computerworld IT Salary Survey 2015 focuses on IT talent, and their report shows that there are noteworthy gains in the sector after several years of slower wage growth.

Averaging a range of positions, the average total compensation has increased 3.6% in 2015, compared to 2.0% in 2014. On average survey respondents reports total compensation for specific positions at: Business intelligence analyst $90,237, Systems administrator $71,907, Software engineer $104,156, Systems architect $117,409, Product manager $112,427, Internet technology architect/strategist $141,447.

The report states that 49% of those surveyed report that base pay is among the most important aspects of their current jobs, followed at 44% by job stability. 60% of those looking for a new job are motivated by higher compensation. Companies that require cutting-edge IT skills are offering greater salaries and bonuses to lure talented tech workers. Read more »

Tech Salary Trends: Salaries Continue to Rise, Especially in Key Sectors, for Key Skills

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Tech Salary Trends

Salaries Continue to Rise, Especially in Key Sectors, for Key SkillsBig Data Skills

 

There’s great news in the tech industry as far as salaries go! US Tech Salaries and Bonuses are on the rise. The latest Dice Salary Survey reports a 2% annual salary increase over last year on average. Bonuses were also up for 37% of tech professionals, with a $9,538 bonus on average. Over the last five years, average tech salaries have grown each year – 2010: 0.7%, 2011: 2.4%, 2012: 5.3%, 2013: 2.6%, Read more »

Tech Salary Trends & Skills / Positions in Demand

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Tech Salary Trends & Skills / Positions in Demand

Show-Me-The-Money

When it comes to salaries, a Bachelor’s Degree in STEM is hard to beat.

 

STEM leads the pack. Engineers not only rule the world, they are rocking the earnings. Mid-career salaries are highest for Petroleum Engineers, followed by Actuarial Mathematics, Nuclear/Chemical/Electronics & Communications Engineers according to PayScale.com’s recent survey on the majors with the biggest impact on future earnings. Read more »

Semantic Technology Trends

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Tech Trends & OpportunitiesSemantic Technology Trends

 

Redfish Technology works with some very interesting technology companies, and by virtue of this arena we meet a lot of interesting people. Part of the allure of tech recruiting is the opportunity to be involved with so many exciting people and companies, and typically at especially exciting growth phases in their trajectory.

 

Semantic technology is a great example. Expert System, a unique big data firm specialized in semantic intelligence technology, is a growth-mode client leading the industry with cutting-edge patented technology that allows for semantic differentiation in big data. Read more »

Tech Compensation Trends

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Tech SalariesTech Industry Average Annual Wages

 

While real wages may be down 8% in the US since 2006, the tech industry paid an annual average wage of $93,800 in 2012, which is 98% more than the average private sector wage of $47,400. And California tech workers earn the highest average annual wage of $123,900, according to the TechAmerica Foundation.

 

Software Services Leading

 

The Cyberstates 2013 Key Findings include that the software services sector grew by 63,900 jobs in 2012, a 3.5 percent increase. Leading the way in high-tech employment was California (968,800), Texas (485,600), New York (318,200), Virginia (285,400 – 9.8% of with private sector workforce), and Florida (270,900). Read more »

Cloudy, with a Chance of Rain

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Cloudy, with a Chance of Rain

The word “cloud” itself implies something intangible, ever changing and, in fact, dreamlike. Where cloud tech is concerned, the combination of the fact that it’s relatively new, as least as product, and that it does entail relinquishing some control in some regards might be putting some business off. Read more »

Innovation Trends: Crowdfunding Industry Disruption

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Crowdfunding Industry Disruption

Innovation Trends

Crowdfunding

At a size estimated to be between nearly $4 billion and some estimates indicate up to $300 billion, the crowdfunding market is a game-changer. Innovative companies are using crowdfunding for new ways to self-finance of course.

 

Peer-to-peer lending platforms such as Prosper, Lending Club and Funding Circle are also providing consumer and small business credit where banks and other institutions are no longer taking as active a role. Read more »

Tech Salary Trends: Up, Up, and Up

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Overall salaries have risen over the last year as the economy makes slow but steady gains. Two of the main tech industry surveys report on salaries, raises, skills, and more.

Tech Salary Trends

The Dice Salary Survey Report for 2014 highlights include:

 

U.S. tech salaries had an average increase of nearly 3% to $87,811 in 2013, up from $85,619 the previous year according to the Dice Salary Survey – that increase was less than the 5.3% jump the prior year.

 

The Dice report also shows that tech powered companies are nervous as compensation satisfaction slips. The recovering economy has tech candidates very confident, with low unemployment rates in tech sectors, the job market is good and employers recognize that talent reward goes along with talent retention. Read more »