Physical Sciences News

The U.S. Air Force is Entering a Robotic Future

January 14, 2021

Over the past five years, robotic dogs have gone viral in captivating online videos showing them opening doors, performing acrobatics, hauling trucks and pulling other stunts. In the pandemic era, they’ve been used to promote social distancing and reduce risks to medical staff hospitals. Massachusetts-based Boston Dynamics was behind most of these examples. But another […]

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We Asked 4 Experts How Cryptocurrency, Gene Editing, 5G and Drones Will Influence the Future

December 28, 2020

Cryptocurrency. Gene editing. 5G. Drones. We hear — and report on — these terms often. But for the average person who’s not well versed in these topics, they might just sound like tech-y jargon, or technology that exists solidly in the future. On the latter point: Yes, but not exclusively. In a year when Bitcoin […]

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Navy Yard Returns to its Roots While Some Philly Start-Ups Depart for the Suburbs

November 9, 2020

Twenty years after far-sighted officials began marketing the former naval base in South Philadelphia as the Navy Yard business center for growing private firms, its largest employer is — the Navy. Of the 15,000 men and women who officials say work in the new and repurposed buildings on the Delaware River at the foot of […]

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Pottstown Firm Offers Free Masks to Area Residents

May 22, 2020

Ultraflex Systems Inc., a medical device manufacturer at 237 South St., will be giving away free neoprene masks to any residents of the borough or surrounding areas who report to the main office on Friday, May 22, and Tuesday, May 26, at 11 a.m. The masks are fabricated on premises by Ultraflex employees (proudly made […]

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Check Out How Exyn Technologies Made a 3D Map of a Historic Finnish Mine

March 5, 2020

Cool partnership alert: Grays Ferry-based drone startup Exyn Technologies announced this week that it recently worked with a Toronto-based company to map a historic Finnish gold mine. Exyn is a spinout of University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Lab and uses drones and ground-based robots to collect data from places where maps and GPS don’t exist. The […]

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Leggy Bots, Flying Bots, Building Bots: Here’s What Penn’s Robotics Hub is up to

May 10, 2019

Celebration is critical and today we’re celebrating robots, Dean Miller said to the crowd gathered in Pennovation Center, the University of Pennsylvania’s research hub in Grays Ferry on Wednesday morning. “Sometimes when you think about robotics, you think about MIT, you think about [Carnegie Mellon University], you think about Stanford,” Miller, president and CEO of […]

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South Philly Agtech Startup Augean Robotics Raises $1.5M

April 4, 2019

NextFab-based Augean Robotics, makers of a full-stack robotics platform for the farming industry, just raised a $1.5 million seed round to grow its staff and scale the deployment of its technology. The company, which makes an autonomous, collaborative farming robot called Burro, raised some initial cash as part of its participation in the RAPID accelerator, […]

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This East Falls Startup, Makers of an Automated Drone Hub, Raised $1M

January 28, 2019

With drones poised to play a starring role in automating industries like agriculture and construction, the infrastructure that accompanies the flying gizmos needs to be able to keep up. That’s the driving premise behind Asylon, an East Falls startup working to bring more efficiency to industrial drone operations. The startup, founded in 2015, quietly raised $1 […]

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Startup Kapsul’s Smart AC Unit Lands Offers From Big Retailers Amid Raising $5M

October 26, 2018

With October’s chill setting in, it’s hard to believe the sweltering, muggy heat of July isn’t that far away. But when it does come, Kapsul plans to be ready. That’s what COO Chris Myers told the Philadelphia Business Journal this week as the Philadelphia-based hardware startup is in the midst of a seed round to fund the […]

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Philly Start-up Kapsul is Making a Quieter Air Conditioner Thanks to $2.3 Million From Crowdfunding

August 8, 2018

The summer months when air conditioning is considered a necessity are winding down, but a Philadelphia start-up is working to offer improved window units to make it through next year’s scorching heat. Kapsul, a company that designed a smaller and quieter air conditioning window unit, raised $2.3 million on crowdfunding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter in […]

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