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The robots of CES 2023


Robots have been on the principle expo ground at CES this yr, and these weren’t simply cool robots for advertising functions. I’ve been monitoring robots at CES for greater than 10 years, watching the transition from robotic toys to actual robots. Growing prominence has been given to self-driving automobiles, LiDARs and eVTOL drones, however, in my thoughts it was actually the inclusion of John Deere and agricultural robots final yr that confirmed that CES was incorporating extra business, extra actual machines, not simply devices.
In actual fact, in line with the organizing affiliation CTA or the Client Expertise Affiliation, lately CES now not stands for the Client Electronics Present. CES now simply stands for CES, one of many world’s largest know-how expos.

Eve from Halodi Robotics shakes hands at CES 2023 with Karinne Ramirez-Amaro, associate professor at Chalmers University of Technology and head of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s Women in Engineering chapter. (Image source: Andra Keay)

Eve from Halodi Robotics shakes arms at CES 2023 with Karinne Ramirez-Amaro, affiliate professor at Chalmers College of Expertise and head of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s Girls in Engineering chapter. (Picture supply: Andra Keay)

The very first robotic I noticed was Eve from Halodi Robotics, exhibiting within the ADT Industrial sales space. I’m an enormous fan of this firm. Not solely have they got nice robotics know-how, which may be very secure and collaborative, however I’ve watched them go from an angel funded startup to their first industrial deployments, offering 140 robots to ADT. Certainly one of their secrets and techniques has been spending the final yr working intently with ADT to finetune the primary manufacturing options of Eve, specializing in indoor safety and dealing alongside folks. Sooner or later, Halodi has potential for a lot of different purposes together with eldercare.

One other robotic firm (and robotic) that I’m an enormous fan of is Labrador Robotics, and their cellular tray fetching robotic for eldercare. Labrador exhibited their cellular robotic within the AARP Innovation Lab pavilion, and are rolling out robots each in homes and in aged care amenities. There are two items pictured and the peak of the platform can increase or decrease relying on whether or not it wants to achieve a countertop or fridge unit to retrieve gadgets, like drinks and drugs, or whether or not it must decrease to grow to be a mattress or chair aspect desk. These items might be commanded by voice, or pill, or scheduled to journey round designated ‘bus stops’, utilizing superior localization and mapping. The staff at Labrador have a wealth of expertise at different shopper robotics corporations.

Two Retrievers from Labrador Robotics in the AARP Innovation Lab Pavilion at CES 2023. (Image source: Andra Keay)

Two Retrievers from Labrador Robotics within the AARP Innovation Lab Pavilion at CES 2023. (Picture supply: Andra Keay)

I first met Sampriti Battacharya, pictured beneath along with her autonomous electrical boat, when she was nonetheless doing her robotics PhD at MIT, dreaming about beginning her personal firm. 5 brief years later, she’s now the proud founding father of Navier with not one however two working prototypes of the ‘boat of the longer term’. The Navier 30 is a 30’ lengthy electrical clever hydrofoil with a variety of 75 nautical miles and a prime velocity of 35 knots. Not solely is the electrical hydrofoil 90% extra vitality environment friendly than conventional boats nevertheless it eliminates sea illness with an excellent clean trip. Sampriti’s planning to revolutionize public transport for cities that span waterways, like San Francisco or Boston or New York.

Navier’s ‘boat of the future’ with founder Sampriti Battacharya, plus an extra stowaway quadruped robot from Unitree. Image source: Andra Keay

Navier’s ‘boat of the longer term’ with founder Sampriti Battacharya, plus an additional stowaway quadruped robotic from Unitree. Picture supply: Andra Keay

One other quickly evolving robotics firm is Yarbo. Beginning out as a prototype snow blowing robotic, after 5 years of stable R&D, Snowbot has advanced into the Yarbo modular household of sensible yard instruments. Think about a wise docking cellular base which might be turned from a garden mower to a snow blower or a leaf blower. It may well navigate autonomously, and it’s electrical in fact.

And these robotics corporations are making waves at CES. I met French startup Acwa Robotics earlier in 2022 and was so impressed that I nominated them as an IEEE Entrepreneurship Star. Water utilities around the globe are confronted with getting older and broken infrastructure, inaccessible underground pipes, accountable for large quantities of water loss, street and constructing injury. Acwa’s clever robotic travels contained in the pipes with out stopping water circulate and gives speedy exactly localized inspection information that may pinpoint leaks, cracks and deterioration. Acwa was nominated for honors within the Sensible Cities class and likewise gained CES Better of Innovation Award.

Acwa Robotics and CES 2023 Best of Innovation Awards (Image Source: Acwa Robotics)

Acwa Robotics and CES 2023 Better of Innovation Awards (Picture Supply: Acwa Robotics)

Another robotics corporations and startups value have been Apex.ai, Caterpillar, Unitree, Bosch Rexroth, Waymo, Zoox, Whill, Meropy, Artemis Robotics, Fluent Pet and Orangewood. Let me know who I missed! In line with the app, 278 corporations tagged themselves as Robotics, 73 as Drones, 514 as Automobile Tech, and 722 as Startups, though I’d say the general variety of exhibitors and attendees was down on earlier years though there have been positively extra robots.

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