In the past few years, robotics has grown and changed quickly with improvements like the ChatGPT API making it easier to control robots. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been at the forefront of this change by making a new API that lets people talk to machines in a natural, human-like way. The ChatGPT API is based on the idea that machines can learn, so it can understand natural language and respond in the right way. One of the most interesting things about the new Microsoft API is that it lets you control robots from afar. Robots can now be used from anywhere in the world, making them great for a wide range of tasks. With this much power, there are really no limits to what you can do. It’s not just tech companies using robotics to enhance our lives. Knightscope (NASDAQ:KSCP) is developing autonomous security robots (ASR) that are focused on preventing and identifying crime, Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) is focused on using robotics for national defense and aviation; Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE:PLTR) is developing robots for industrial and defense applications, and Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) is creating sophisticated robots and software to optimize efficiency at its fulfillment centers.
Knightscope (NASDAQ:KSCP), a leading maker of self-driving security robots and blue light emergency communication systems, has continued to sign contracts and deploy its ASRs and blue light emergency communication systems across the United States, at hospitals, campuses, entertainment venues to help protect the places where thousands of people live, work, study, and visit. ASRs help stop crime from taking place and emergency communication systems ensure that help is always available.
Over the last week, the company has reported several orders from new clients and additional units for existing clients. On March 9, Knightscope announced that a long-time client has renewed its K5 Autonomous Security Robot (ASR) contract for the fifth consecutive year. The client’s affectionately named “Optimus Crime” ASR patrols a San Francisco mixed-use parking building to protect the property, visitors and their cars.
On March 8, Knightscope announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has made an order for three new K1 Call Boxes for the recently renovated Bayonne Bridge. The Bayonne Bridge is an historic bridge connecting Bayonne, NJ and Staten Island, NY that spans 7,160 feet across the Kill Van Kull. The addition of more of Knightscope’s emergency call boxes will expand access to emergency assistance on the bridge by providing lifelines to anyone experiencing an emergency, crisis or distress.
Two days earlier, the company revealed that a private pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade school in southern California purchased a new K1 Blue Light Tower and that a New York park had added another K1 Call Box to their system.
Along with new contracts, Knightscope has also been focused on increasing engagement with its resellers which has led its technology reseller in Florida to order 30 new K1 Blue Light Towers to help with orders from current and future customers.
K1 Blue Light Tower emergency phones can be used wirelessly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when the weather is bad. Each device has a clear, reliable speaker, a recognisable blue flashing strobe, and a light that shines at night to help responders see who is calling. There is also power from the sun and an alarm that everyone can hear.
Tech Companies Are Using Robotics to Improve Efficiency
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has announced the next generation of AI product updates across all of its business applications. This includes the new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Copilot, which offers interactive, AI-powered assistance across all business tasks. Copilot, which is included in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales and Viva Sales, assists sellers in spending less time on administrative duties. AI may assist in writing responses to client emails and can even deliver an Outlook recap of a Teams meeting. Copilot in Dynamics 365 Customer Service provides agents with the tools they need to provide the best possible care to their clients. Dynamics 365 Copilot responds to chat and email questions contextually, and it also provides an interactive chat experience over knowledge bases and case histories, ensuring that AI-powered expertise is always ready to answer questions.
Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE:PLTR) and Cleveland Clinic announced in January a multi-year partnership to give Cleveland Clinic an operations “Virtual Command Center.” The Virtual Command Center is an innovative way to improve operational excellence and patient access by letting people on the front lines of hospitals use data to make decisions and decide how to use resources. Palantir made the Virtual Command Center with the help of Cleveland Clinic’s knowledge, and the two organizations will continue to work together as “thought partners.” At Cleveland Clinic, the Virtual Command Center is used to help improve care in all areas of operation. This means streamlining how staff is assigned, how long people have to wait, how hospital beds are given out, and how important resources are used overall.
Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) plans to hire more robots than humans and thinks that in seven years, the number of robots will be higher than the number of humans working there. Amazon got its start in robotics in 2012 when it bought Kiva Robotics for $775 million. Kiva Robotics was one of the first companies to make the self-driving mobile robots that are now common in warehouses all over the world. A few years later, Amazon set up a robotics business unit and started experimenting with many different types of robots for handling materials in its warehouses, such as the Sparrow robotic arm. TechCrunch says that as of June of last year, Amazon Robotics had put 520,000 robotic drive units in its fulfillment and sorting centers. Amazon has also changed the name of its Amazon Robotics domain to “Amazon.jobs.”
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently gave the science and technology company Leidos Holdings (NYSE:LDOS) a main contract and three subcontracts worth a total of about $102 million. Leidos is a FORTUNE 500 company that is a leader in science and technology. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Infrastructure and User Services Group (IUSG) will be helped by the main contract. The firm-fixed-price, time and materials prime contract has a five-year performance period, an eight-month base period, and an estimated value of $79 million. Leidos will work on managing operations, managed services, and application workloads as part of this contract. Leidos‘ support services will include onboarding, migration planning, modernization support, and maintenance for both current and future applications hosted in the enterprise’s hybrid cloud environments.
Knightscope’s Robot Roadshow is touring across the US to increase awareness, forge direct connections with new potential clients, and strike up conversations about these exciting technologies. The next stop of the roadshow is at the VAI Resort in Glendale, Arizona, on March 23 to allow public safety leaders to view these technologies in action, in person.
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