Trending News in the Robotics Field for February 2022

Trending News in the Robotics Field for February 2022

What's the trending news in the robotics field for February 2022? Welcome to the 29th installment in our monthly series, What's Trending in Robotics News! We cover all the breaking news, hot issues, trending stories, and cool stuff that's happening — or has happened — in the robotics industry.

There were plenty of amazing things happening in the robotics industry throughout February. Let's see what caught our attention this month with the trending news in the robotics field for February 2022!

Going for the Gold

The Winter Olympics are over (sad), and robots helped them go off without a hitch. Deseret News has an incredible article listing all the things robots that helped during the games; it includes everything from scanning tickets to helping clean venues. Additionally, TrendHunter has a profile about how robots are helping serve food at the Olympics. It's a reminder that the COVID pandemic isn't over but that robots are still helping all of these huge events succeed. 


Brave New Worlds

Lots of fascinating updates from space and robotics this month. First off, The Robot Report has the first-ever video of a NASA rover touching down on the Red Planet. Next, AP News has a story about Toyota's epic plans for the surface of the moon, including a very cool-looking "cruiser" intended for the lunar surface. Finally, there's a Verge story about a potential robot outpost on the moon. It's nice to see some updates for the moon this month; so often, we hear about robots helping to explore Mars or other worlds beyond. It's a good reminder that there are plenty of things left to explore on our nearest neighbor.


Special Deliveries

Some more incredible products in the robotics delivery world this month. TrendHunter profiles three of them: the Ottobot for indoor and outdoor delivery, the versatile HulaBot, and a new FedEx robotics solution. How long do you think it will be before the Ottobot or the Hulabot shows up at your door?


Boston Dynamics

It wouldn't be a month without a Boston Dynamics update: check out the company's updates to its remarkable Spot arm right here on The Robot Report.  


Quick Hits

  • From TrendHunter: a new look at a cutting-edge autonomous delivery vehicle. 
  • TechXPlore profiles some robots that can mimic human interactions.
  • Definitely a job for robots: SciDevNet has an article about a robot that uses an electric charge to remove scorpion venom. Talk about a tricky assignment! 


What's to Come?

There is a lot of news out there — but these are the stories that caught our eyes this month. If we could give one big theme for the month, it would be "consistency." After the Covid disruptions of the past few years, it's nice that we're getting back to a little bit of consistency, as shown by the successful Winter Olympics over the last month. Of course, a big reason for the Olympic success? Robots. They were everywhere in Beijing, helping to scan tickets, serve food, and stop COVID in its tracks. They helped us get a little bit of normalcy back in our lives (and root pretty hard for our home countries). 

The bottom line: Robotics, as a whole, are on a roll. They're adapting to every aspect of our lives and touching every element of what we do, from how we eat to where we will go as a species. Our best advice? Sit back and enjoy the ride.

One more thing, readers — if you have anything we should add for the next edition, let us know! What caught your attention in the robotics world throughout February? Comment below, and we might feature it in our next issue!

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