Steve Chambers says he first heard about the "social robotics" startup Jibo in late 2013, when two friends mentioned the startup to him within two hours on the same day. At the time, Chambers was running worldwide sales, marketing, and business development for Nuance, the publicly held speech recognition company in Burlington. Chambers says he couldn't leave that post immediately, but he joined Jibo's board last September as executive chairman, and helped founder Cynthia Breazeal raise $25 million in new funding.
Today, the Weston company is announcing that Chambers, a veteran of both the speech recognition and videoconferencing industries, is joining Jibo as its new CEO.
Read MoreHey there good lookingPresenting 'Atlas Unplugged': Boston Dynamics' hero humanoid gets a makeover
One of Boston's highest-profile robotics companies announced in a federal filing this week that it has collected almost $27 million in fresh funding. Rethink Robotics sells a two-armed robot called Baxter that can be easily trained to perform a variety of tasks. Rethink's founder is Rodney Brooks, the former MIT professor who co-founded iRobot Corp., and one of its earliest backers was Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos.
Read MoreRobots vs. HumansBring it humans: This robot will school you in beer pong
If you're prepping for a house party this New Year's Eve, you might already have picked up your Solo cups, champagne, and beer. But chances are that you won't have the life of the party on hand, because this Boston-based beer pong playing robot is headed to the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas, where it will take on humanity in a tournament of champions.
A robotic fish called the GhostSwimmer made by Boston Engineering successfully completed a series of maneuvers led by the US Office of Naval Research last week.
"I can’t tell you exactly what they wanted us to do," Mark Smithers, chief technology officer at Boston Engineering, said. "We were able to do something that [we weren't] able to do prior [to that] and we did it successfully multiple times." Read MoreAny bot you wantiRobot's newest bot is a lab rat for researchers
The newest member of iRobot’s family is a disk-shaped doppelganger to the familiar Roomba vacuum cleaner. But rather than sending it scooting after dust bunnies, the company is pitching the $199 Create 2 as a programmable robot that is also an affordable educational and research tool. Read MoreAt the cusp of robotics evolution?Tim Draper backs Boston robot software company Neurala
Local robotics software company Neurala announced Thursday that it has received $750,000 in seed funding from a group of investors including well known Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Draper Associates. Read MoreBreathe in, pause, breathe out, repeatWatch this 300-pound robot balance like Karate Kid
Atlas, that hunky humanoid built by Boston Dynamics, has pulled off yet another acrobatic feat. Climbing on a cinderblock stack, Atlas can balance on one foot and raise both arms in the air — pretty impressive, whether you're a man or a 300-pound machine. Read More
Two robotics startups from Greater Boston debuted products this week at the RoboBusiness conference and exhibition.
Just a year old, Soft Robotics presented its gentle, air-powered versatile robot grippers in public for the first time. For Sonzia, a Somerville firm that incorporated in September, it was a first public demonstration of immersive, interactive environments for children with learning disabilities. Read MoreHere a bot there a botThe robots are in town! Meet them here [Slideshow]
Crawling, swimming, flying robots from all over the world are packed into the Hynes Convention Center this week. They're in town for the tenth annual RoboBusiness conference, a meeting of emerging companies and researchers.
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