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.

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Hot Tech Salary and Trend Highlights

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Hot Tech Salary and Trend Highlights

Choice Salary Tech Ranges - Info from Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide

Choice Salary Tech Ranges – Info from Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide

from the Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide

 

“Money may not be all IT employees consider when choosing to join or stay with your firm, but it’s certainly one of their key benchmarks.”

Attracting and retaining top tech talent requires a concerted plan. To attract the best and brightest, companies must be dynamic and growing, and must provide a work environment and benefits that motivate employees.

A lot of leading edge tech companies offer gyms, free healthy lunches, child care, transportation, flextime, work from home, and professional development opportunities in addition to good health insurance, 401Ks, and options. As the market improves, the competition over top talent only becomes more acute. Whether actively looking for new opportunities or not, top talent is being pitched on a consistent basis. In addition to these perks and benefits, your employees are shopping salaries. Read more »

The Top 100 Web Resources for Managers

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The Top 100 Web Resources for Managers

by PhDinManagement.org

Managers are asked to fulfill numerous duties in order to keep an organization well balanced and working efficiently. Whether they’re overseeing specific projects, meeting with employees or assisting hands-on with daily functions, a manager’s role is to make sound business decisions that keep the company ahead of the competition.

The following list recognizes some of the top websites and blogs in multiple categories including Management, Human Resources, Operations Management, Strategic Management, Marketing, Finance, and IT Management.

There were many factors that went into the selection of these sites including web presence, number of visitors, content quality and peer recommendations. Each site offers a unique perspective on the subject of management and leadership in a business setting. In order to navigate to each management category, click on the section you wish to go to at the top of the page. Please note: websites are not listed in order of rank. Read more »

Tech Trends: Job Cuts, Hires, Hot Spots

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Tech Trends

Job Cuts, Hires, Innovation Sectors and Tech Job Hot Spots

 

Even as job numbers are improving, some big technology companies are cutting jobs. Yahoo!’s announced it would be laying off two thousand workers in an effort to become more profitably focused on Core Media and Communications, Platforms, and Data. HP plans on organizational realignment to improve performance and drive profitable growth across the entire HP portfolio. Google cut several thousand contractors (temporary workers) but those cuts aren’t included in official layoff numbers. Other companies that have announced or are contemplating layoffs include IBM, Sun, AMD, Applied Materials, Akami, Symantec, and Cisco. Nonetheless, nationwide, planned job cuts declined in March to the lowest level since May 2011, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

 

The sectors that may absorb some of this tech talent includes: clean tech, alternative energy, biotech, new media, and web 2.0. Big companies that are currently hiring include: Achaogen, Geron, Bio-Rad Labs, Kelly Scientific, Adap-tv, techVenture, and FaceBook. There are also a large number of small start-up companies that are hiring, some working on entirely innovative value propositions and some contracting for functions the big guys have outsourced.

 

Tech growth is largely in mobile, search, and more broadly communications, where U.S. companies are world leaders. Tech recruiters are thriving, as these sectors lead the growth. Read more »

Conspiracy Theories – Ed Techie Buzz by Dr. Mark Winegar

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Conspiracy TheoriesDr. Mark Winegar

Ed Techie Buzz by Dr. Mark Winegar

 

The “ed tech” discussion boards are buzzing with the usual suspects and conspiracy theorists hinting at a takeover attempt of education by Apple Inc.. Their fears are based on Apple’s new e-Book authoring system and iTunes University.

 

While iTunes University is an attractive LMS (Learning Management System) so are COURSEsites by Blackboard, and Moodle. All three are free! All three essentially offer the same capabilities. However, iTunes University is open only to institutions. Read more »

Social Thunderstorms – Technology Predictions

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Social Thunderstorms – Technology Predictions from Forrester Research

George Colony, Chairman and CEO of Forrester Research, gave a speech on Social Media Trends at the LeWeb 2011 event.  As technology doesn’t evolve in a constant manner, but rather “unexpectedly like a thunderstorm”, here are Mr. Colony’s “Three Social Thunderstorms” predictions: Web R.I.P., POSO, & Enterprise Social.

Get out your umbrella and enjoy! Read more »