AI Debaters, 1M Warehouse Bots, and the Cheetos Chicken Sandwich

Robotics Business Review | February 04, 2019

In case you’re recovering from your Super Bowl party last night, I’ll try to speak quietly when discussing things that you should be aware of this week in the world of robotics and automation. As always, we’re taking a look at some recent trends, reports, news items and other areas of interest that enter my brain.
A new report by research firm Tractica predicts that worldwide shipments of warehousing and logistics robots will grow rapidly over the next 5 years - from 194,000 in 2018 to 938,000 (almost 1 million) by 2022. In 2021, the rate will slow as major market players will have adopted robotic systems by then, Tractica said.

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Robotics already plays a key role in space exploration and exploitation, supporting both manned and unmanned missions. When coupled with increasingly capable autonomous and intelligent systems, robotics will enable yet more audacious exploration of our solar system whilst also reducing the cost and increasing the use of space to manage our Earth's resources and monitor our environment.

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Robotics already plays a key role in space exploration and exploitation, supporting both manned and unmanned missions. When coupled with increasingly capable autonomous and intelligent systems, robotics will enable yet more audacious exploration of our solar system whilst also reducing the cost and increasing the use of space to manage our Earth's resources and monitor our environment.

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Hilti introduces the all-new modular sleeve system bringing performance, flexibility, and value

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Hilti North America, a global leader providing innovative tools, technology, software and services to commercial construction industry, unveils the newest addition to Hilti cable pathway portfolio, the CFS-MSL Modular Firestop Sleeve – an innovative solution designed to bring game-changing flexibility along with optimized cable capacity and airflow performance. Together with the Speed Sleeve, Hilti's Modular Sleeve System brings more value, options and design flexibility to each project's unique demands. The Modular Sleeve System is offered in multiple device sizes as well as pre-installed and post-installed wall solutions and all-new floor grids to support each project's requirements. The modular sleeve design also allows for easier retrofits and cable additions and aligns with common cable tray sizes. "Our new Modular Sleeve System offers performance, versatility and value that our customers have come to expect from Hilti. And, along with our Speed Sleeves, we now can offer a complete solution offering to our customers to support their demanding project needs, Education and continuous support will be an integral part of our offering to help you get your installations completed right the first time." -Neal Clemens, Hilti Product Manager for Fastening & Protection. About Hilti: Hilti is a leading international provider of high quality, innovative and specialized tools, fastening systems, firestop protection, and software-based solutions for the professional user. With more than 3,800 highly trained Hilti account managers, engineers, and Hilti employees throughout North America, Hilti's expertise covers the areas of powder actuated fastening, drilling and demolition, diamond coring and cutting, measuring, firestopping, screw fastening, adhesive and mechanical anchoring, strut and hanger systems, solutions for tool crib productivity as well as worker health and safety.

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Trimble Ventures Invests in Civ Robotics--A Construction Tech Startup Focused on Autonomous Surveying Solutions

Trimble | September 22, 2022

Trimble Ventures, Trimble's (NASDAQ: TRMB) corporate venture capital fund, announced today its investment in Civ Robotics, a San Francisco-based construction tech startup focusing on transforming surveying layout for civil engineering and infrastructure projects. This investment supports Trimble Ventures' mission to invest in early and growth-stage companies that are accelerating innovation, digital transformation and sustainability in the industries Trimble serves—such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation. The investment terms were not disclosed. The construction industry faces a variety of challenges including shortage of skilled workers, safety and productivity. Civ Robotics addresses these challenges with CivDot, a new autonomous surveying solution that empowers efficiency, productivity and safety on the job. CivDot is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for civil engineering and infrastructure projects such as solar farms, roadways, data centers, power plants and more. Augmenting the surveyors work, CivDot marks thousands of coordinates per day precisely and efficiently, while delivering layouts faster than traditional methods. "We are focused on investing in companies that are seeking to address important challenges in markets that align with Trimble's mission of transforming the way the world works. Civ Robotics technology supports surveyors and field workers and helps remove the burden of repetitive and risky work, Civ Robotics uses Trimble's high-precision GNSS positioning technology and surveying software to improve productivity and increase safety. This is an exciting opportunity to help accelerate innovation in autonomy, surveying and construction." -Aviad Almagor, vice president, technology innovation at Trimble and technology advisor for Trimble Ventures. Trimble and our vision are in lockstep towards construction automation with a sharp focus on the highest standards of safety and quality, said Tom Yeshurun, co-founder and CEO, Civ Robotics, which announced its $5 million seed funding round this morning. Through Trimble's latest GNSS technology in our autonomous surveying products, our customers can benefit from an end-to-end workflow. About Civ Robotics: Civ Robotics is an autonomous surveying solution for civil engineering and infrastructure projects. The company's flagship product, CivDot, is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) which marks thousands of coordinates per day precisely and efficiently for large construction projects, while empowering workforces faced with labor shortages and subsequent delays. Through the press of a button and in a fraction of the time, Civ Robotics autonomous systems are revolutionizing projects, including solar farms, roadways, data centers, power plants, industrial development and large infrastructure. About Trimble Ventures: Launched in 2021, Trimble Ventures is a corporate venture capital fund focused on investing in early and growth-stage companies that align with Trimble's mission of transforming work in the agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation industries. The fund deploys strategic capital to accelerate the growth of innovative companies and partners that complement Trimble's products, technology platforms and support its customer's work. Trimble Ventures targets investing in companies with technologies and solutions related to hardware and software applications; artificial intelligence; augmented, virtual and mixed reality; autonomy and robotics; blockchain; the Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics; and sustainability. About Trimble: Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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Trimble Sets New Standard for Robotic Total Station Scalability

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Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today the latest addition to its portfolio of innovative robotic total stations—the Trimble® Ri. The instrument's flexibility and upgradeability makes high-end total station technology more accessible and sets a new scalability standard for use across the construction industry. Offered in multiple configurations to meet a diverse set of workflows, the Trimble Ri is ideal for MEP, concrete, steel and general contractors. The base units can be scaled remotely via annual subscription licensing packages and software customization. The Trimble Ri is built on the company's decades of field-proven experience developing and producing robotic total stations. Easy to operate with extended layout capabilities, the total station provides longer laser range, focusable EDM, eye-safe laser pointer and improved target tracking. Leveraging Trimble FieldLink software on a tablet or FieldLink MR on a Trimble XR10 for Mixed Reality, users can control and automate their workflow with improved accuracy and visibility. With Trimble VISION™ technology, integrated digital cameras, the instrument can be controlled from anywhere on the jobsite and allows for quick and accurate target detection and lock. In addition, the self-calibration feature performs automatic calibrations as required and reduces the need to send the total station in for service. "The new Trimble Ri sets a new standard for optical positioning solutions for the construction field worker. To date, no other supplier has introduced this type of robotic total station flexibility in the market. It is an exciting way for our customers to purchase and utilize the solution, which can be more aligned with their project-based business needs." -Martin Holmgren, general manager, Trimble Building Construction. About Trimble Construction: Trimble is developing technology, software and services that drive the digital transformation of construction with solutions that span the entire architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Empowering teams across the construction lifecycle, Trimble's innovative approach improves coordination and collaboration between stakeholders, teams, phases and processes. Trimble's Connected Construction strategy gives users control of their operations with best-in-class solutions and a common data environment. By automating work and transforming workflows, Trimble is enabling construction professionals to improve productivity, quality, transparency, safety, sustainability and deliver each project with confidence. About Trimble: Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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