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announcing tc sessions: robotics with uc berkeley, may 11 at zellerbach hall


robotics is an incredibly demanding field because robots demand the best of everything technology has to offer, from machine learning, to sensors and gpus, to materials technology and of course the “robot” itself.for that reason, there is no better subject for one of techcrunch’s single-day, single-topic events, and we’re excited to announce that techcrunch sessions: robotics is slated for may 11 at uc berkeley’s zellerbach hall. we are producing this event with uc berkeley, which is one of the world’s leading universities in robotics research and point of origin for many of the world’s top robotics startups, technologies and technologists.techcrunch’s editors are working hard on the agenda for the event, which will build on the sessions: robotics event techcrunch produced last year with m






announcing tc sessions: robotics with uc berkeley, may 11 at zellerbach hall


robotics is an incredibly demanding field because robots demand the best of everything technology has to offer, from machine learning, to sensors and gpus, to materials technology and of course the “robot” itself.for that reason, there is no better subject for one of techcrunch’s single-day, single-topic events, and we’re excited to announce that techcrunch sessions: robotics is slated for may 11 at uc berkeley’s zellerbach hall. we are producing this event with uc berkeley, which is one of the world’s leading universities in robotics research and point of origin for many of the world’s top robotics startups, technologies and technologists.techcrunch’s editors are working hard on the agenda for the event, which will build on the sessions: robotics event techcrunch produced last year with m






robotics at uc berkeley’s zellerbach hall on may 11 – techcrunch


techcrunch is partnering with uc berkeley on may 11 to produce tc sessions: robotics, a one-day show focused on emerging robotic technologies and the startup scene.the editorial team had a blast planning this agenda as, between the bay area’s universities and startup ecosystem, there are far more robotics-driven technology projects and startups on the west coast than most appreciate. there is no question that the huge steps forward in ai, sensors and gpus are quickly shifting robotics to the fast lane of the startups ecosystem.tickets are currently available and at an early-bird rate – buy your tickets here before prices increase.agendafriday, may 11, 2018 @ berkeley’s zellerbach hall9:00 am – 9:05 amopening remarks with matthew panzarino (techcrunch) 9:05 am – 9:25 amgetting a grip on rea






uc berkeley professor abbeel to speak at techcrunch sessions: robotics, may 11 a


techcrunch’s upcoming tc sessions: robotics is fast taking shape. the single-day event, held on may 11, will focus of the crossroads of the latest ai and robotics technology and the startup ecosystem.  we’re really pleased to announce two sessions for the show — as well as throw open the application for an early-stage robotics startup pitch competition.robotics and deep learningpieter abbeel is a professor at uc berkeley (eecs, bair) and co-founder of embodied intelligence, which is applying advances in deep imitation and deep reinforcement learning to train robots for new assignments.abbeel’s lab has pioneered deep learning for robotics, including learning locomotion and visuomotor skills. his lab enabled the first end-to-end completion of reliably picking up a crumpled laundry article an






uc berkeley professor abbeel to speak at techcrunch sessions: robotics, may 11 a


techcrunch’s upcoming tc sessions: robotics is fast taking shape. the single-day event, held on may 11, will focus on the crossroads of the latest ai and robotics technology and the startup ecosystem. we’re really pleased to announce two sessions for the show — as well as throw open the application for an early-stage robotics startup pitch competition.robotics and deep learningpieter abbeel is a professor at uc berkeley (eecs, bair) and co-founder of embodied intelligence, which is applying advances in deep imitation and deep reinforcement learning to train robots for new assignments.abbeel’s lab has pioneered deep learning for robotics, including learning locomotion and visuomotor skills. his lab enabled the first end-to-end completion of reliably picking up a crumpled laundry article and






last call on early bird tickets for tc robotics at uc berkeley, may 11 – techcru


after tomorrow, april 13, ticket prices for tc sessions: robotics will jump $100 for the may 11 event hosted at uc berkeley.buy your early bird $249 tickets today before these savings fly the coop!you’ll get full access to the conference, workshops and closing networking reception. lunch and breakfast are included.the event’s stage will feature some of the robotics industry’s most groundbreaking devices from agility robotics, boston dynamics, suitx and of course, uc berkeley.in addition to the amazing on-stage robot demos, we’re bringing in some of the world’s leading minds on all things robotics:andy rubin, playground globalmarc raibert, boston dynamicsrobert full, uc berkeleymelonee wise, fetch roboticsmanish kothari, sri venturesclick here to see the full agenda, workshop schedule, and






robotics may 11 at uc berkeley – techcrunch


we’re gearing up to bring you the second tc sessions: robotics on may 11 at the uc berkeley campus. we’ve got a great show on-tap, with some of the premier names in the robotics/ai/automation world, from research to startups to big companies. as we noted last week, we’ll be joined by berkley professor pieter abbeel and big names from the vc world, including meyer, renata quintini and rob coneybeer.today, we’ve got a pair of new names we’re excited to share with you.funding robotics startupsandy rubin’s love of robotics earned him the nickname “android” while working for apple in the late-80s. rubin leant the name to the software startup he founded in 2003, which was later acquired by google and formed the basis for the world’s largest mobile operating system. while at google, rubin also he






we want to hear about your robotics company – techcrunch


as you might have heard, last year’s tc robotics event in boston was such a hit we’ve decided to do it again — only on the west coast, this time. on friday, may 11, we’ll be holding tc sessions: robotics on the u.c. berkeley campus. we’ve got a lot of big industry luminaries lined up that we can’t wait to tell you about, but in the meantime, we’d like to hear from you. we’re going to have several opportunities for robotics companies to show off their goods in the lead up to and the event itself. we’re looking for the best and brightest in the robotics world — both startups and established companies alike. if you’ve got a technology you think will wow us, we want to hear from you. specifically, we’re looking for technology that will make for great videos and stage demos. we’re also searchin






robotics may 11 at uc berkeley – techcrunch


we’re gearing up to bring you the second tc sessions: robotics on may 11 at the uc berkeley campus. we’ve got a great show on-tap, with some of the premier names in the robotics/ai/automation world, from research to startups to big companies. as we noted last week, we’ll be joined by berkley professor pieter abbeel and big names from the vc world, including meyer, renata quintini and rob coneybeer.today, we’ve got a pair of new names we’re excited to share with you.funding robotics startupsandy rubin’s love of robotics earned him the nickname “android” while working for apple in the late-80s. rubin leant the name to the software startup he founded in 2003, which was later acquired by google and formed the basis for the world’s largest mobile operating system. while at google, rubin also he






robotics, may 11 at zellerbach hall – techcrunch


techcrunch’s upcoming tc sessions: robotics is fast taking shape. the single-day event, held on may 11, will focus on the crossroads of the latest ai and robotics technology and the startup ecosystem. we’re really pleased to announce two sessions for the show — as well as throw open the application for an early-stage robotics startup pitch competition.robotics and deep learningpieter abbeel is a professor at uc berkeley (eecs, bair) and co-founder of embodied intelligence, which is applying advances in deep imitation and deep reinforcement learning to train robots for new assignments.abbeel’s lab has pioneered deep learning for robotics, including learning locomotion and visuomotor skills. his lab enabled the first end-to-end completion of reliably picking up a crumpled laundry article and






robotics may 11 at uc berkeley – techcrunch


we’re gearing up for our big upcoming tc sessions: robotics event may 11 on the uc berkeley campus, and we’ve got a lot to talk about. we’ve already announced berkeley professors pieter abbeel and robert full, android/playground global founder andy rubin and vcs chrissy meyer, renata quintini and rob coneybeer.here are a few more names we’re excited to tell you about.behind the big dogboston dynamics may well be the buzziest robotics company of the last decade, courtesy of some viral videos and truly amazing machines. the mit spin-off is best known for bigdog, the darpa-funded robotic pack mule that captured the internet’s imagination with its ability to traverse rocky terrain and avoid being kicked over by even the most tenacious roboticist.marc raibert, the company’s founder and presiden






robotics may 11 at uc berkeley – techcrunch


we’re less than a month out from tc sessions: robotics, and we’ve still got some key names to share with you for the big event. we’ve already announced some of the top names in robotics, including playground’s andy rubin, boston dynamics’ marc raibert, ayanna howard of zyrobotics, chris urmson of google and uc berkeley professor and suitx founder, homayoon kazerooni. today we’re excited to add laura tyson to the list. tyson is the faculty director, institute for business & social impact at berkeley’s haas business and public policy group. she has previously served as the director of the national economic council and the chair of the us president’s council of economic advisers under president bill clinton. tyson will be joining us to discuss the impact of ai and automation on economics and






robotics may 11 at uc berkeley – techcrunch


we’re less than a month out from tc sessions: robotics, and we’ve still got some key names to share with you for the big event. we’ve already announced some of the top names in robotics, including playground’s andy rubin, boston dynamics’ marc raibert, ayanna howard of zyrobotics, chris urmson of google and u.c. berkeley professor and suitx founder, homayoon kazerooni. today we’re excited to add laura tyson to the list. tyson is the faculty director, institute for business & social impact at berkeley’s haas business and public policy group. she has previously served as the director of the national economic council and the chair of the us president’s council of economic advisers, under president bill clinton. tyson will be joining us to discuss the impact of ai and automation on economics a






robotics may 11 at uc berkeley – techcrunch


so far we’ve been telling you about all of the awesome humans we’re going to have at tc sessions robotics next month in berkeley — humans like boston dynamics’ mark raibert, playground’s andy rubin, fetch’s melonee wise and pieter abbeel, ken goldberg and robert full from u.c. berkeley.but what of the robots? don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there, too. we’ll be showcasing some of the industry’s most groundbreaking devices at next month’s event. here’s just some of what you can expect to see may 11 at zellerbach hall.for starters, the folks from oregon’s agility robotics will showing off cassie. the dynamic bipedal robot captured the internet’s imagination with its ability to mimic human moment on two slender legs. cassie will be making a rare public debut on our stage, and its handlers






robotics students and startups: pitch and demo at techcrunch’s robotics event


we’re pleased to announce the addition of pitches and demos at session: robotics, our upcoming event centered around the issues concerning the robotics community. students and startups should apply now for slots for event, taking place july 17 in boston at mit’s stunning kresge auditorium.this opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics field forward. pitch-off participants will get several minutes to make their case in a competition for a chance to exhibit their creation at disrupt sf. and likewise, those selected to demonstrate at sessions: robotics will be able to unveil their project on our main stage in front of the entire industry.we’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. both will get exhibit sp






robotics may 11 at uc berkeley – techcrunch


as we’re gearing up for may’s big show, the announcements are starting to come fast and furious. in the past two weeks, we’ve revealed that andy rubin, marc raibert, melonee wise, robert full and more will be joining us may 11 at uc berkeley’s zellerbach hall.we’ll be unveiling the full schedule for the event in the coming days, but for now, we’ve got a couple of new names to share with you, showing the best and brightest from across a wide range of robotics categories, from self-driving cars, to darpa, to human-robotic interaction.diving deep with driverless carschris urmson has been deeply involved with autonomous vehicles for more than a decade. in 2007, his team at carnegie mellon won the 2007 darpa urban grand challenge for self-driving cars. two years later, he joined google/alphabet






robotics may 11 at uc berkeley – techcrunch


as we’re gearing up for may’s big show, the announcements are starting to come fast and furious. in the past two weeks, we’ve revealed that andy rubin, marc raibert, melonee wise, robert full and more will be joining us may 11 at uc berkeley’s zellerbach hall.we’ll be unveiling the full schedule for the event in the coming days, but for now, we’ve got a couple of new names to share with you, showing the best and brightest from across a wide range of robotics categories, from self-driving cars, to darpa, to human-robotic interaction.diving deep with driverless carschris urmson has been deeply involved with autonomous vehicles for more than a decade. in 2007, his team at carnegie mellon won the 2007 darpa urban grand challenge for self-driving cars. two years later, he joined google/alphabet






five reasons to attend tc sessions: robotics next week at mit


next week techcrunch is hosting its first ever one-day event centered around robotics. called tc sessions: robotics, there are still a few general admission tickets left which grant the holder access to the conference, workshops, and networking events. plus there are going to be robots as far as the eye can see. we hope you can make it and here’s why.discover how and why robotics are about to take off as a startup category. the majority of the top founders and investors in robotics will be on stage and around during breaks to network with the robotics community. the agenda is impressive. top founders, engineers and educators are attending and speaking at tc sessions: roboticsmeet lots of robots and their creators up close, including mit’s atlas and cheetah, soft robotics, the locusbot, rob






we’re looking for robotics companies to pitch and demo at techcrunch sessions ro


have a robotic startup or project? we want you on stage at techcrunch session: robotics this july 17 at mit. we’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. if selected, both will get free tickets and exhibit space at the event. use this form to apply.this opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics field forward. pitch-off participants will get several minutes to make their case in a competition for a chance to exhibit their creation at disrupt sf. selected participants will reveal their company to the audience and a group of expert judges who will ultimately pick a winner.students should apply for the demo slots, which feature more time on the main stage to tell their story. high school students to grad st






we’re looking for robotics companies to pitch and demo at techcrunch sessions ro


have a robotic startup or project? we want you on stage at techcrunch sessions: robotics this july 17 at mit. we’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. if selected, both will get free tickets and exhibit space at the event. use this form to apply.this opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics field forward. pitch-off participants will get several minutes to make their case in a competition for a chance to exhibit their creation at disrupt sf. selected participants will reveal their company to the audience and a group of expert judges who will ultimately pick a winner.students should apply for the demo slots, which feature more time on the main stage to tell their story. high school students to grad s






here’s why you need to attend tc sessions: robotics


advertisement robots are soon going to eat the world. and not in a scary, death of humanity way. robotics are innovating and disrupting every facets of society from medicine to manufacturing to flipping burgers. it’s in this vein that techcrunch programmed our first, one-day conference centered around robotics, machine learning and how small companies can make an impact. tc sessions: robotics brings together the best minds in the industry to chat about current developments and trends shaping the future. the event is held at mit on july 17.let’s get this out of the way: there are few tickets left to purchase, but seating is limited. mit’s kresge auditorium cannot hold everyone. the event will not be livestreamed.i haven’t been this excited about an event in years. the agenda is below and it






have a robotics or machine learning startup? pitch at techcrunch sessions: robot


have a robotic startup or project? we want you on stage at techcrunch session: robotics this july 17 at mit. we’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. if selected, both will get free tickets and exhibit space at the event. use this form to apply.this opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics field forward. pitch-off participants will get several minutes to make their case in a competition for a chance to exhibit their creation at disrupt sf. selected participants will reveal their company to the audience and a group of expert judges who will ultimately pick a winner.students should apply for the demo slots, which feature more time on the main stage to tell their story. high school students to grad st






here’s why you need to attend tc sessions: robotics


advertisement robots are soon going to eat the world. and not in a scary, death of humanity way. robotics are innovating and disrupting every facet of society from medicine to manufacturing to flipping burgers. it’s in this vein that techcrunch programmed our first, one-day conference centered around robotics, machine learning and how small companies can make an impact. tc sessions: robotics brings together the best minds in the industry to chat about current developments and trends shaping the future. the event will be held at mit on july 17.let’s get this out of the way: there are few tickets left to purchase, and seating is limited. mit’s kresge auditorium cannot hold everyone. the event will not be live streamed.i haven’t been this excited about an event in years. the agenda is below a






here’s why you need to attend tc sessions: robotics


advertisement robots are soon going to eat the world. and not in a scary, death of humanity way. robotics are innovating and disrupting every facet of society from medicine to manufacturing to flipping burgers. it’s in this vein that techcrunch programmed our first, one-day conference centered around robotics, machine learning and how small companies can make an impact. tc sessions: robotics brings together the best minds in the industry to chat about current developments and trends shaping the future. the event will be held at mit on july 17.let’s get this out of the way: there are few tickets left to purchase, and seating is limited. mit’s kresge auditorium cannot hold everyone. the event will not be live streamed.i haven’t been this excited about an event in years. the agenda is below a






techcrunch sessions: robotics to feature iconic roboticists from mit, disney and


techcrunch sessions: robotics is a couple of months away, and the agenda is filling up. our one-day event in cooperation with mit’s computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory (csail) takes place on july 17, and today we’re thrilled to highlight just some of the excitement taking place on stage, in workshops and in exhibits.tickets are now available for purchase. attendance is limited, which is in line with the size of mit’s kresge auditorium as well as our plan to make this robotics event more collegial than huge. a quarter of the seats are reserved for students at a 90% discount over regular prices. if you are a student, send an email to [email protected] with a copy of your current school transcripts and copy of your student id card. once approved, you’ll be sent a lin






here’s how to pitch or demo at techcrunch sessions: robotics


have a robotic startup or project? we want you on stage at techcrunch session: robotics this july 17 at mit. we’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. if selected, both will get free tickets and exhibit space at the event. use this form to apply.this opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics field forward. pitch-off participants will get several minutes to make their case in a competition for a chance to exhibit their creation at disrupt sf. selected participants will reveal their company to the audience and a group of expert judges who will ultimately pick a winner.students should apply for the demo slots, which feature more time on the main stage to tell their story. high school students to grad st






tc sessions: robotics to feature talks from rod brooks, darpa and mit csail


the agenda for tc sessions: robotics just keeps getting more irresistible. we are happy to announce that rod brooks, co-founder of rethink robotics and irobot, will join us on stage at techcrunch’s first ever robotics show, july 17 at mit’s kresge auditorium.brooks is a former director of mit’s csail program as well as an author and prognosticator on the future of robots. at techcrunch disrupt ny in may, brooks expressed contrarian views about the imminence of driverless cars, the capabilities of artificial intelligence, and rules of engagement for robots at war. we are looking forward to taking that conversation further and learning more about rethink robotics’ progress delivering their collaborative robots, baxter and sawyer, to work alongside humans in factory settings.we’re also excite






announcing tc sessions: robotics, a one-day event on everything robots


right, so robots! techcrunch is pleased as punch to announce our first-ever robotics event: techcrunch sessions: robotics, on july 17 in boston at mit’s stunning kresge auditorium. we are also happy to announce that mit’s computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory (csail) is a key sponsor. our event is absolutely global, but there is no better place to stage the gathering than boston.beantown has one of the highest concentrations of robotics companies in the world — 122 and counting — as well as many of the world’s most important research and education facilities.robots are suddenly here like never before. autonomous cars are already on the road. surgical robots are commonplace in hospitals. big warehouses are hives of robotic activity, and no factory is without robots. at hom






hear from top robotics educators at tc sessions: robotics


techcrunch sessions: robotics will feature the industry’s best roboticists, technologists and investors. but what about the next generation? we’ve enlisted the help of three amazing educators at the forefront of stem education who will lay out their curricula in a special workshop.we’re excited to have david barrett, a professor of mechanical engineering at olin college, ryan keenan, curriculum lead for udacity, and dr. robert mcmahan, president of kettering university, join us at tc sessions: robotics at mit on july 17.each of these educators leads vastly different programs, but the aim is universal: to train the next generation of globally competitive engineers. it’s important that these students learn through hands-on experience how to not only write code, but deploy code in a viable ma






abb ceo ulrich spiesshofer will be talking industrial robotics at techcrunch ber


abb robotics isn’t exactly a household name, unlike other players in the industrial robotics space like kawasaki, mitsubishi and epson, but that’s just because the company’s best known products drive the production of facilitates of some of the world’s biggest companies. the swiss company’s name is ubiquitous in factories and research facilities across the world, emblazoned on robotic arms that serve everything from aerospace to healthcare.the swiss company’s ceo ulrich spiesshofer will be joining us this december at disrupt berlin to discuss running one of the world’s largest robotics corporation. the executive has headed up abb since 2013, having worked in a number of different technology fields, including telecommunications and automotive. his position at abb gives spiesshofer a front r






educating the next generation of robotics engineers, a workshop at tc sessions:


techcrunch sessions: robotics will feature the industry’s best roboticists, technologists and investors. but what about the next generation? everyone knows that there are not enough robotics engineers to go around, and the demand will only increase. we’ve enlisted the help of three amazing educators at the forefront of stem and engineering education who will discuss their views on the best way to train the next generation of roboticists.we’re excited to have david barrett, a professor of mechanical engineering at olin college, ryan keenan, curriculum lead for udacity, and dr. robert mcmahan, president of kettering university, join us at tc sessions: robotics at mit on july 17.each of these educators leads vastly different programs, but the aim is universal: to train the next generation of






the new robotic ecosystem to take the stage at techcrunch sessions: robotics


at techcrunch sessions: robotics, on july 17 at mit’s kresge auditorium, the programming lineup is set to showcase the fast developing new ecosystem around robotics.for a long time robotics was more the domain of academic research, defense spending, and big corporations, but the surge in new technologies, from sensors to ai to gpus has made the field more accessible to entrepreneurs and early stage investors. at the same time, the fundamentals of robotics are at work in products few thought possible a few years ago, such autonomous vehicles, drones, and collaborative workplaces.  a few days ago we released a limited set of general admission tickets and announced part of the agenda. today we’re pleased to announce additional new speakers:robots in the skydrones are robots too, and no doubts






mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs


mattel’s been taking great pains to update its product lines for a plugged-in generation of kids. last month, the toy maker teamed up with osmo for an ipad-ready update to its popular hot wheels line, and now the company is enlisting the help of another tech startup, dash robots. the pair’s first collaboration is kamigami, a robotics platform that lets kids build their own robotic bugs. due out on target store shelves today, the toy features a six-legged robotic kit that should take roughly an hour to assemble, using foldable plastic sheets. each also comes with a different origami shell that turns them into various bugs, like mantises, ladybugs and scorpions. both dash and its first major consumer product are an outgrowth of u.c. berkeley’s biomimetic millisystems lab, which draw inspirat






mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs


mattel’s been taking great pains to update its product lines for plugged in generation of kids. last month, the toy maker teamed up with osmo for an ipad-ready update to its popular hot wheels line, and now the company is enlisting the help of another tech startup, dash robots. the pair’s first collaboration  is kamigami, a robotics platform that lets kids build their own robotic bugs. due out on target store shelves today, the toy features a six-legged robotic kit that should take roughly an hour to assemble, using foldable plastic sheets. each also comes with a different origami shell that turns them into various bugs, like mantises, lady bugs and scorpions. both dash and its first major consumer product are an outgrowth of u.c. berkeley’s biomimetic millisystems lab, which draw inspirat






soft robotics introduces a low-cost, ai-driven picking system for its rubbery gr


massachusetts-based soft robotics has already shown us some pretty impressive capabilities for its rubbery robotic grippers, but the demos have mostly been straightforward picks off of a conveyor belt. the startup’s latest trick is the much sought-after activity of bin picking. it’s a surprisingly tough task, given the complexity of picking up even several of the same object arranged at different angles. most solutions require a fair amount of offline training and modeling in order to exhaust all the potential scenarios the arm might encounter when retrieving something from a bin. the new superpick system, on the other hand, leans heavily on the company’s malleable, air-filled grippers, which are able to conform to and pick up a wide array of different shapes.“it is designed to autonomousl






toyota research’s gill pratt is speaking at techcrunch sessions: robotics at mit


techcrunch’s first ever robotics event is fast approaching, and we’re putting the final touches on an amazing programming line-up, which includes mit’s daniela rus, disney’s martin buehler, amazon’s tye brady, abb’s sami atiya, irobot’s colin angle, sri’s manish kothari and many more. look for the full agenda soon, but today we’re announcing several big additions to a line-up designed to bring together the fast emerging robotics and ai startup ecosystems with the corporate, government, and research worlds. general admission tickets for the july 17 event at mit’s kresge auditorium are on sale now. (see below for special student ticket pricing.) the toyota research view dr. gill pratt is the executive technical advisor and ceo of the toyota research institute (tri), where he oversees researc






champion high school robotics team from greenbush


brian petersongallery: greenbush middle river robotics team members amy stauffenecker (photographer left), max utter, ryan hlucny, kyle stauffenecker roll their robot into place before competition in a regional robotics tournament at u of m






playground is betting big on robots – techcrunch


you find robotics in unexpected corners of playground global’s palo alto headquarters. they’re in the lobby and scattered amongst the cubicles. inside the venture fund’s labs, an older spot mini stands next to righthand robotics’ pick and place mechanical arm. a recent video shoot in the space shows boston dynamics’ latest creation meeting playground-funded bipedal wunderkind cassie for the first time. the former also had a run-in with andy rubin’s dog in the company parking lot. the poor little terrier was less impressed. robotics is a core part of the firm’s portfolio. no surprise, really. it was, after all, co-founder rubin’s lifelong obsession with the technology that gave google’s mobile operating system its name. co-founder and cto peter barrett clearly shares that enthusiasm, as he






nvidia’s deepu talla to join tc sessions: robotics robot brain panel on july 17


the agenda for tc sessions: robotics  (july 17 in cambridge, ma at mit’s kresge auditorium)  is almost complete, and before the long july 4 weekend we wanted to announce one more stellar addition to the line-up. (and remind to grab a ticket before they are all gone!)one of the advances driving robotics in recent years are powerful gpus, and no discussion of the robot brain would be complete without them. so we are pumped to announce that deepu talla, the head of nvidia s tegra division, which deploys critical gpu technology in robots, uavs, and much more, signed on to our robot brain panel. talla formerly ran nvidia’s mobile business unit and has a phd in computer engineering from the university of texas.he joins previously announced panelists heather ames, the cto of neurala, a startup th






watch industrial robots play traditional instruments


robots are stealing jobs, the narrative says, and, according to this video, robots are stealing the arts too. the video shows several industrial robotic arms playing the piano, guitar, drums and a keyboard. through some stellar music production, it sounds amazing too.nigel stanford is the artist behind the project and also posted a video that shows some behind-the-scenes clips — basically a jam session before the main show.earlier this year techcrunch hosted a one-day event around robotics and, while it touched on countless parts of the robotics industry, we didn’t talk about how robots can be used for artistic purposes. yet here we are. maybe robots are better than humans.






sony backs acutronic robotics’ hardware robot operating system


sony is investing in acutronic robotics‘ series a round, via its sony innovation fund. sony will also adopt acutronic’s hardware robot operating system (h-ros), for use in its own robotics division, the company says. this funding follows investment by darpa in acutronic’s platform, which aims to become an industry standard for robotics components from across hardware and software providers.acutronic was set up in 2016, and offers a way to allow components combine in new robotics systems easily with ready-made compliance with industry and commercial standards for easy deployment. the idea is to take out some of the more complicated base level steps towards deploying robotics in industry and the workplace, with a focus on building robots that are both reusable across applications and reconfi






uc berkeley students threaten to sue over ann coulter visit


berkeley, calif. — the university of california at berkeley students who invited ann coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it doesn't find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week.harmeet dhillon, who represents the berkeley college republicans, says in a letter sent friday to uc berkeley's chief attorney that if coulter is not allowed to give a speech on campus on april 27 she will file a lawsuit soon after.berkeley officials on tuesday informed the student group that their coulter event was being cancelled due to security concerns. they offered a may 2 date but coulter rejected it.the cancellation comes after a series of violent clashes this year between far-right and far-left protesters on campus and in downtown berkeley.






berkeley ‘coffee with a cop’ a chance to meet two chiefs – the mercury news


berkeley — berkeley police chief andrew greenwood and uc berkeley police chief margo bennett will co-host a “coffee with a cop” event on oct. 4 — national coffee with a cop day.the event is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. at the original peet’s coffee at 2124 vine st.the periodic klatches are unscripted events, with no agenda, that offer residents a chance to ask questions and share concerns, according to berkeley police.






sony backs acutronic robotics’ hardware robot operating system


sony is investing in acutronic robotics‘ series a round, via its sony innovation fund. sony will also adopt acutronics hardware robot operating system (h-ros), for use in its own robotics division, the company says. this funding follows investment by darpa in the acutronics platform, which aims to become an industry standard for robotics components from across hardware and software providers.acutronics was set up in 2016, and offers a way to allow components combine in new robotics systems easily with ready-made compliance with industry and commercial standards for easy deployment. the idea is to take out some of the more complicated base level steps towards deploying robotics in industry and the workplace, with a focus on building robots that are both reusable across applications and reco






the army is building 3d printed soft robots – techcrunch


the u.s. army research laboratory has teamed up with the university of minnesota to explore the wonders of soft robots. the teams have published a study describing their findings as they look to build invertebrate-inspired robotics able to squeeze into and maneuver around obstacles. “successful stealthy maneuvering requires high structural flexibility and distributive control to sneak into confined or restricted spaces, operate for extended periods and emulate biological morphologies and adaptability,” arl researcher ed habtour said in a release tied to the study.the work thus far includes a soft, elastic actuator created entirely on a 3d printer — making the entire creation flexible, unlike other robotics that only contain soft elements. of course, the teams are far from the first to delv






the army is building 3d-printed soft robots – techcrunch


the u.s. army research laboratory has teamed up with the university of minnesota to explore the wonders of soft robots. the teams have published a study describing their findings as they look to build invertebrate-inspired robotics able to squeeze into and maneuver around obstacles. “successful stealthy maneuvering requires high structural flexibility and distributive control to sneak into confined or restricted spaces, operate for extended periods and emulate biological morphologies and adaptability,” arl researcher ed habtour said in a release tied to the study.the work thus far includes a soft, elastic actuator created entirely on a 3d printer — making the entire creation flexible, unlike other robotics that only contain soft elements. of course, the teams are far from the first to delv






amazon’s tye brady and abb’s sami ayita to speak at tc sessions: robotics july 1


we first developed the idea for tc sessions: robotics because we wanted to bridge the gap between startups and investment in the robotics world — namely research, academia, government and industry.  on july 17 at mit’s kresge auditorium in cambridge, ma, those worlds will come together like never before for an event that we’re pleased to host alongside mit’s csail program. today, we’re pleased to announce more segments of programming for the show, joining some already announced exciting program you can see here and here. tickets for the event are on sale now, if you would like to take part. amazon – the robotics upstarttye brady is the chief technologist for amazon robotics, where his job is “to further establish amazon robotics as the preeminent industrial robotics company in the world.”






berkeley becomes 2nd california city to ban fur clothing


berkeley – officials have voted to ban the sale of fur clothing in berkeley, the second city in california to approve such a ban.the berkeley city council late tuesday voted to approve the ordinance sponsored by council member kriss worthington and spearheaded by the berkeley coalition for animals.in 2013, west hollywood became the first city in the state to ban fur apparel sales.coalition founding member, dr. jay quigley, says millions of foxes, rabbits, minks, and other animals bred for their fur typically spend their entire lives in cages. he says they are then slaughtered by gassing, neck-breaking, or electrocution.he says the fur industry is radically inconsistent with berkeley’s values.






lyft’s raj kapoor joins the techcrunch tel aviv conference on mobility, june 7 –


the techcrunch tel aviv conference on mobility is in june and we’re excited to announce that raj kapoor, the chief strategy officer for lyft, will be joining as a speaker.techcrunch tel aviv will focus on mobility and all that it implies, such as autonomous vehicles, drones, you name it.as well as being the chief strategy officer, he is also the head of business for lyft’s self-driving division. and he also serves as a board advisor for classpass, and a venture advisor at mayfield fund.prior to lyft, kapoor was a co-founder and ceo of both snapfish (acquired by hp in 2005) and fitmob (acquired by classpass in 2015), as well as a managing director at mayfield fund. raj holds a bs in mechanical engineering and robotics from carnegie mellon university and an mba from harvard business school.t






commonsense robotics raises $20m for robotics tech for online grocery fulfilment


commonsense robotics, an israel-based startup developing ai and robotics tech to help online grocery retailers speed up fulfilment and delivery, has raised $20 million in series a funding.the round was led by playground global, with participation from previous investors aleph vc and eric scs innovation endeavors. it brings the company’s total funding to $26 million.‘the funds will be used to scale up commonsense robotics’ facility deployment rate, develop their next generation of robotics and ai, and expand global operations and sales,” says the startup.using what it describes as advanced robotics and ai, commonsense robotics claims to enable retailers — even relatively small ones — to offer one hour, on-demand grocery deliveries to consumers “at a profitable margin”. it does this by emplo