Companies Take Baby Steps Toward Home Robots At Ces


Companies take baby steps toward home robots at CES: Brian Heater



“I think there are fewer fake robots this year.” I spoke to a lot of roboticists and robot-adjacent folks at this year’s CES, but that comment from Labrador Systems co-funder/CEO Mike Dooley summed up the situation nicely. The show is slowly, but steadily, st…

Joby Aviation raises $590 million led by Toyota to launch an electric air taxi service: Darrell Etherington



Joby Aviation has raised a $590 million Series C round of funding, including $394 million from lead investor Toyota Motor Corporation, the company announced today. Joby is in the process of developing an electric air taxi service, which will make use of in-ho…

Apple buys edge-based AI startup Xnor.ai for a reported $200M: Devin Coldewey



Xnor.ai, spun off in 2017 from the nonprofit Allen Institute for AI, has reportedly been acquired by Apple for about $200 million. A source close to the company corroborated a report this morning from GeekWire to that effect.

Save over $200 with discounted student tickets to Robotics + AI 2020: Emma Comeau



If you’re a current student and you love robots — and the AI that drives them — you do not want to miss out on TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020. Our day-long deep dive into these two life-altering technologies takes place on March 3 at UC Berkeley and features…

The US government should stop demanding tech companies compromise on encryption: Zack Whittaker



"If strong encryption is outlawed, only outlaws will have strong encryption."

23andMe co-founder's new startup, Precise.ly, brings genomics to India through Narayana partnerhsip: Jonathan Shieber



Precise.ly, the new genomics startup launched by 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and Aneil Mallavarapu, is taking its spin on direct to consumer personalized genomics to India through a partnership with Naryana Health, one of India’s leading specialty hospital …

Mobileye takes aim at Waymo: Kirsten Korosec



Mobileye has built a multi-billion-dollar business supplying automakers with computer vision technology that powers advanced driver assistance systems. It’s a business that last year generated nearly $1 billion in sales for the company. Today, 54 million vehi…

Accel-backed Clockwise launches an AI assistant for Google Calendar: Lucas Matney



Startups are paying for more subscription services than ever to drive collaboration during working hours, but–whether or not the Slack-lash is indeed a real thing–the truth is that filling your day with meetings can sometimes be detrimental to actually… worki…

NextNav raises $120M to deploy its indoor positioning tech to find people in skyscrapers: Kirsten Korosec



NextNav LLC has raised $120 million in equity and debt to commercially deploy an indoor-positioning system that can pinpoint a device’s location — including what floor it’s on — without GPS . The company has developed what it calls a Metropolitan Beacon Syste…

Collaborative Fund just hired a former top Goldman Sachs investor to do later-stage deals: Connie Loizos



Collaborative Fund emerged on the scene nearly 10 years ago to fund seed-stage and, as time passed, early-stage startups, many of them in New York, where the firm is based. Apparently, the firm has ambitions to do more later-stage investing, too. It just brou…



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