Robotics researchers propose AI that locates and safely moves items on shelves

A pair of new robotics studies from Google and the University of California, Berkeley propose ways of finding occluded objects on shelves and solving “contact-rich” manipulation tasks like moving objects across a table. The UC Berkeley research introduces Lateral Access maXimal Reduction of occupancY support Area (LAX-RAY), a system that Read more…

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Salesforce in talks to acquire Slack

(Reuters) — Cloud-based software company Salesforce.com is in talks to acquire workplace messaging app Slack as it seeks to expand its offerings to businesses, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Salesforce’s bid comes as Slack struggles to fully capitalize on the switch to remote working during the COVID-19 Read more…

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Sphero spinout Company Six launches throwable, video-streaming wheeled drone for first responders

In May, Sphero, the decade-old Colorado-based company best known for its programmable robots, announced Company Six (CO6), a spinoff focused on commercializing intelligence robots and AI-based apps for military, EMT, and fire personnel and others who work in challenging situations. Mum’s been the word since on what exactly that might Read more…

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