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Aperia Announces Enhancement to Halo Product

ATLANTA — The expansion of Halo Connect, an analytics platform focusing on predictive tire maintenance, was announced by Aperia Technologies Inc. at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show. The platform features precise vehicle location and service insights, along with tire tread depth and replacement tracking. “Following a successful limited-quantity release with some of the industry’s [...]

By | December 27th, 2019|

Akadeum Announces First Closing of Series A Financing Round

Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc. announced an initial close of its Series A financing. The company is pursuing additional investment before final close during Q1 2020. These funds will enable Akadeum to focus its commercial adoption on how to solve longstanding problems in sample preparation. The investment includes several Michigan-based angel groups in addition to venture [...]

By | December 27th, 2019|

Last Mile Robot Launches Snowy Pilot In Quest To Own Food Delivery Market

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. The postal creed dates back to Ancient Greece and perhaps foretells the next chapter of ecommerce as Refraction AI robots take to the snowy streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan to pilot their online food delivery service.  [...]

By | December 18th, 2019|

Refraction AI tests new Delivery Robots in Ann Arbor

Refraction AI tests new Delivery Robots in Ann ArborOne of the autonomous delivery robots created and currently being tested by Refraction AI sits downtown Ann Arbor, Wednesday Oct. 30, 2019. Refraction AI tests new Delivery Robots in Ann ArborMatthew Johnson-Roberson cofounder and CEO at Refraction AI sits next to one of the autonomous delivery robots [...]

By | November 4th, 2019|

Akadeum and Agilent Team Up to Explore New Testing Workflow

Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc., an Ann Arbor-based biotechnology company, announced today that it has entered into a collaboration with Agilent Technologies, Inc. to work toward a new method of isolating target molecules for detection. Akadeum aims to disrupt the status quo in isolation technology with their buoyant microbubbles. Notably, Akadeum is the first company to [...]

By | October 31st, 2019|

Alexa, You’re Fired: Why Conversational AI Startup Clinc Is Bulldozing The Competition

Just a few months ago, industry-disrupting conversational AI startup Clinc, which is rolling out an automotive application of their voice-interface software in 2021, was filling the top floor of tech and startup co-working space Cahoots and filling an office in Kerrytown. Now the conversational AI research startup is expanding into a third location in Ann [...]

By | October 7th, 2019|

MemryX develops first programmable memristor computer which aims to bring AI processing down from the cloud

ANN ARBOR—The first programmable memristor computer—not just a memristor array operated through an external computer—has been developed at the University of Michigan. It could lead to the processing of artificial intelligence directly on small, energy-constrained devices such as smartphones and sensors. A smartphone AI processor would mean that voice commands would no longer have to [...]

By | August 9th, 2019|

Voxel51 raises $2 million for its video-native identification of people, cars and more

Many companies and municipalities are saddled with hundreds or thousands of hours of video and limited ways to turn it into usable data. Voxel51 offers a machine learning-based option that chews through video and labels it, not just with simple image recognition but with an understanding of motions and objects over time. Annotating video is an important [...]

By | August 9th, 2019|

Aperia Helps Fleets Choose Tire Inflation, Monitoring Systems That Work Best for Their Operations, Industry Representatives Say

Blown-out, flat or damaged tires are considered by fleets to be at least a leading cause of roadside maintenance calls for commercial trucks, while underinflated tires are the single-biggest source of tire issues in general. To help prevent these tire-related maintenance and safety problems, technology suppliers have introduced a variety of automatic tire inflation systems, [...]

By | August 2nd, 2019|

The Refraction Rev-1 delivery robot is fast enough to hit the bike lane

As many folks continue to look skyward in expectation of drone delivery services, they’re missing the development of an increasingly popular delivery technology back on terra firma. Wheel-based delivery robots may not be quite as sexy as their flying counterparts, but with fewer regulatory hoops to jump through than drone services, the technology is likely to [...]

By | July 26th, 2019|