Top 10 mobile robotics stories of February 2024

February was a busy month for the mobile robotics industry. From exciting deployments to product launches to funding announcements, there was no shortage of mobile robotics news to cover.

Here are the 10 most popular robotics stories on The Mobile Robot Guide in February 2024. Subscribe to The Mobile Robot Guide Newsletter to stay updated and have the news delivered straight to your inbox.

Tennant robotic scrubber using BrianOS at retailer Albert. Source: Brain Corp

10. Tennant invests $32M in Brain Corp to develop, market more floor cleaning robots

Tennant Co. and Brain Corp. announced an exclusive technology agreement to accelerate the development and adoption of the next generation of floor-cleaning robots. The partners said they are expanding the collaboration between Tennant’s mobile robots and Brain Corp’s artificial intelligence for autonomous navigation. Read More

EX9 autonomous tractor backing a trailer into a warehouse loading dock.9. EX9 unveils new autonomous yard truck unveiled its autonomous, all-electric transport tractor, designed to move trailers around logistics warehouses, distribution hubs, and industrial sites. The French startup positioned the EX9 as an uncrewed transport as a service, or TaaS, enabling customers to scale to meet changing demand without needing to purchase and maintain a distinct fleet of vehicles. Read More

RightPick 4 includes AI to handle a wide range of items.

8. 5 questions about the new RightPick 4 picking system with RightHand Robotics

As seen at Manifest this week, piece picking remains a challenge for robotics, but interest has grown because of labor shortages. RightHand Robotics released the RightPick 4 system for picking larger and heavier items than previous models. Read More

women shops at BJs with a Simbe robot moving through the aisle.

7. Simbe Robotics finding success counting inventory at BJs Wholesale Club

Simbe Robotics recently announced an expansion of its contract to deploy Tally autonomous mobile robots at BJ’s Wholesale Club warehouse stores. These robots operate within the shopping area to continually monitor product inventory levels by imaging the pallets of items and reconciling the data with the warehouse management system. Read More

Autonomous service robot from TEAM 1ST, which is partnering with OTSAW. Source: OTSAW

6. OTSAW designs Camello+ to be configurable for different applications

Mobile robot manufacturer OTSAW launched new edition of its last-mile-delivery product line this week. Building upon nine years of development and manufacturing experience, the Camello+ uses the same core platform as Camello, said the Singapore-based company. Read More

brain corp robot in a warehouse.

5. Over 30,000 robots used BrainOS in 2023; Brain Corp names CRO

Brain Corp., which develops the BrainOS artificial intelligence-driven technology for autonomous mobile robots or AMRs, announced a series of milestones it achieved in the past year. The San Diego-based company also appointed Chris Lobdell as its new chief revenue officer. Read More

RobotLab CEO Elad Inbar accepts Innovation Award

4. RobotLAB service robot franchise and use cases grow across the U.S.

RobotLAB had a busy 2023. The Southlake, Texas-based systems integrator of educational and service robots expanded its franchise agreements and partnerships. In May, RobotLAB launched its robotics integration franchise program, which it claimed was the first of its kind. The company also leased a 26,000-sq.-ft. (2,400-sq.-m) Class A multi-tenant workspace at VariSpace Southlake. Read More

Stretch 3 is portable, lightweight, and designed from the ground up to work around people.

3. Hello Robot introduces Stretch 3 open-source mobile manipulator

Hello Robot launched the third edition of its mobile manipulator robot. It described Stretch 3 as a refinement over the previous edition, which was popular as a research platform. The company said it has improved the manufacturability and the usability of the robot. Read More

2. Anyware Robotics launches Pixmo container unloading system

Anyware Robotics emerged from stealth mode with its autonomous trailer unloading solution called Pixmo. The Fremont, Calif.-based company was formed in 2023 by CEO Thomas Tang, CTO Bruce Fan, Chief Engineer Sam Zhou, and VP of Product Torsten Schreiber. Read More

GXO and Dexterity are collaborating on a test of robotics repalletizing.

1. GXO tests Dexterity robots and AI for depalletizing, labeling, and repalletizing

GXO Logistics Inc. said at the Manifest trade show that it is partnering with Dexterity to pilot robots using artificial intelligence to facilitate operations for a top beauty brand. GXO Logistics, which claims to be “the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider,” has more than 130,000 team members across over 970 facilities totaling about 200 million sq. ft. (18.5 million sq. m). Read More

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