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.

Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News – August 2014

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Technology Goods & Services Driving Tradestaffing, recruiting, employment news image

 

In July recruiting and hiring activity revolved around senior roles: Senior Account Executives, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Technical Marketing Manager, DevOps, and Senior QA Engineers. The primary hiring occurred by companies focused on Semantic Intelligence Software, AdTech Platform, Customer Loyalty/Retention Technology, Game Development Technology, and CRM for Google Apps.

The American economy revved up the second quarter with GDP hitting a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.0%, according to the Department of Commerce. Read more »

Redfish Technology Recruiters Rock ‘n’ Roll the Vegas Marathons

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Redfish Technology Recruiters Rock ‘n’ Roll the Vegas MarathonsRedfish in Vegas

 

On November 17, 2013 Vegas trembled with the pounding feet of a school of Redfish Technology recruiters: Five Redfish participated in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series events. Redfish recruiters rock high tech recruiting nationwide when not engaging in physical challenges.

 

Logan Knight & Leah O'Flynn

Logan Knight & Leah O’Flynn

Coursing down the strip and by the famous sites, the Redfish ran through a city they previously had seen little of in the light of day. Live, local bands serenaded the racers and cheer squads lining the course propelled them toward the finish, where medals, swag, and entertainment awaited the fleet footed fish.

 

“I rocked Vegas,” revealed Leah O’Flynn. Having successfully run the Sun Valley Half Marathon, Leah had set a new goal of running a full marathon in Vegas. “Each time I run, it is the farthest I’ve ever run in my life. – It’s always a new record.”

 

Logan Knight

Logan Knight

Logan Knight was winner of “The Run Off” held earlier this year, a race from the city of Hailey to the city Bellevue, finishing at Mahoney’s Bar & Grill for festivities. “I decided I had better up my training for the half marathon,” reported Logan. He has been playing basketball, “I attribute my awesome race time to the hoops I shot the night before.”

 

Heidi Clark & Rob Reeves

Heidi Clark & Rob Reeves

“We did it for humanity and free beer,” stated Rob Reeves, CEO at Redfish Technology. Rob had been on a strict diet and training regime for months and was ready for a beer. “But seriously was the beer free?”

 

“This was all about sacrifice and discipline,” voiced Heidi Clark, a veteran Race to Robie Creek runner. “Coincidentlay the same two virtues needed to stay and shop at the Bellagio, and I’d do it again. After all it was just a ‘half’ marathon.”

 

Jon Piggins, had been carb loading for the last four months, preparing to survive the half marathon. “I’m not sure how this happened but I somehow got my arm twisted and wow, now it’s all twisted. But it was a great experience, a new achievement for sure!”

Jon Piggins & Chewbacca

Jon Piggins & Chewbacca

 

 

 

Full Marathon Results
OvrPl Bib Name City, State Time
1067 18075 Leah O’Flynn Ketchum, ID 4:15:04
Half Marathon Results
OvrPl Bib Name City, State Time
1501 12714 Heidi Reeves Hailey, ID 1:51:43
2968 12715 Rob Reeves Hailey, ID 1:59:43
3967 19831 Logan Knigh Hailey, ID 2:04:15
15259 28290 Jon Piggins Hailey, ID 2:52:30

 

Redfish Technology is a high-energy, professional group of expert headhunters. In addition to looking for fun challenges on the golf course and down the Vegas strip, and whenever the occasion arises, the Redfish recruiters also provide talent acquisition and hiring advice, as well as career and job search guidance. Check the Redfish blogs for weekly articles on tech trends, talent acquisition, career building, and recruiting news.

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About Redfish Technology – www.redfishtech.com

 

Nationwide High Tech professional and executive search firm, Redfish Technology provides full service recruiting, partnering with leading organizations to win the tech talent war. Redfish has been recognized in the Forbes “2011 Investment Guide” as a top recruiter out of more than 7,500 executive search firms and staffing agencies, and was awarded #1 in the Best Places to Work in Idaho contest in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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 »

Tech Trends: “Battle For the Internet”

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“Battle For the Internet”

I really enjoyed the seven day series of articles that the Guardian put together under the title Battle For the Internet. In a nutshell these are the topics the clusters of articles explore and address under the sequential themes.

 

1st Day: “The New Cold War”

– Exploring forces and issues surrounding an open or closed internet.

 

These articles explore the forces that seek to censure and close the internet. The forces that would control public information and the use of the internet include the usual suspects of the governments in China (controllers of the “Great Firewall”) in some countries in Arabia and Eastern Europe, but interestingly Apple and FaceBook are named as would-be tenders of “Walled Gardens”.

The forces striving to liberate the internet for all include subversive groups like WikiLeaks, and establishment established groups such as US government-funded technology project “Commotion Wireless”. Commotion Wireless enables any smartphone user to connect with other smartphones to form a “mesh network”, or impromptu internet, and hence defy censorship efforts allowing communication in stealth mode. Read more »