Weekly Roundup – Harvesting With Robots

iRobot from Burlington Massachusetts has secured $50 million in credit from Bank of America. The speculation is that they will be acquiring another company soon. Link via (Robot Stock News)

Vision Robotics from San Diego is working on a robotic harvester. This robot will be used to harvest and trim grapevines. No word on how this will affect migrant workers. Link via (Wired)

Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will spend 40 days exploring the Arctic Ocean sea floor. They will do this with the help of two robots or AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) named Puma and Jaguar. They hope to find new and interesting life in these harsh conditions. Puma will be used to map out the hot fluid containing minerals rising from hydrothermal vents in the ocean floor. Once located, Jaguar will be deployed with video cameras and image mapping sonar. A third towed vehicle will collect actual samples. Retrieving the robots can be tricky as the ice floes on the surface tend to move. Link

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