FIRST Tech Challenge Announces Sponsorship From Alcoa

Alcoa Foundation awarded FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) a $250,000 grant to promote national and international team growth over a three-year period. FTC is one of four robotics competitions in the FIRST K-12 family of programs. As...

NuTonomy Completes $16M Series A Funding

Planning to launch commercial taxi service in 2018 with autonomous vehicles.

3M, Google, United Technologies Sponsoring FIRST Robotics

3M, Google and United Technologies has joined FIRST as strategic partners. Strategic Partners of FIRST provide financial contributions, as well as in-kind donations, and employee volunteerism and mentoring. You can find a list of all FIRST strategic partners here.

2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Season Kicks Off

The 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition season was launched by founder Dean Kamen on Saturday, with the kickoff of a new robotics game called Aerial Assist. A crowd of 400 people at...

HSBC, IBM collaborating on cognitive intelligence solution

Trade finance bank HSBC is working with IBM to develop a cognitive intelligence solution, combining optical character recognition with advanced robotics. The new solution uses IBM’s advanced analytics technology, including intelligent segmentation...

Ripcord raises $40 million Series B round

Hayward, California-based robotic digitization company Ripcord has raised $25 million in equity and $15 million in debt totaling $40 million in Series B funding, led by Icon Ventures with participation from...

Japan takes a big step toward widespread drone delivery service — The Verge

Rakuten is forming a joint venture for unmanned aerial traffic management with AirMap, following the company's investment in the UTM technology company earlier this year. The Verge's Ben Popper writes. Read AirMap's post on the...

Stanford researchers build diver robot

Researchers at Stanford University have built a humanoid robot that can function underwater. Named 'OceanOne', the robot was conceived and built from the ground up combining robotics, artificial intelligence and haptic feedback...

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots — The...

Tesla's Elon Musk, and Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder and head of Applied AI at Google-owned DeepMind Technologies, are among others requesting the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons. The Guardian's Samuel Gibbs writes. 

FIRST Appoints Former Cognizant CIO Digital Entertainment Head

FIRST, the non-profit robotics organization started by Segway founder Dean Kamen, has appointed Mark Greenlaw as vice president of Digital Engagement. Prior to joining FIRST, Mr. Greenlaw was a vice president at Cognizant, and...

Robotics Organization FIRST Partners With Parent Teacher Association

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, and the National Parent Teacher...

DreamHammer Launching Hardware-Agnostic Drone Control

DreamHammer is launching Ballista, a drone control software. Ballista is an intelligent control platform that  integrates unrelated unmanned drones and robots from different manufacturers into one system. Managing multiple drones is a...

Kettering’s FIRST Robotics District Competition Winners Are Here

A three-team alliance from Grand Blanc, Auburn Hills and Lansing won the 2012 Kettering University FIRST Robotics District Competition Saturday in Flint. Grand Blanc's Team 2337, the Enginerds, joined with Auburn Hill's...

Google, Boeing Chairmans Join FIRST Board

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Google, and W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., chairman, president and CEO, The Boeing Company, have been elected to the board of directors of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of...

Rethink Robotics inks distribution agreement with Aldakin Automation

Collaborative robotics company Rethink has inked a distribution agreement with Aldakin Automation to distribute its robots to the Spanish manufacturing market. "Spanish manufacturers are looking for ways to improve smart manufacturing initiatives...