$1.8B chip facility coming to Purdue | Pittsburgh company part of robotics alliance

$1.8B chip facility coming to Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, IN–Minnesota-based U.S. semiconductor manufacturer SkyWater Technology, in partnership with the state and Purdue University, has announced plans to invest $1.8 billion in a state-of-the-art chip research and production facility in Indiana. The day before the announcement, the U.S. Senate approved a slimmed-down version of the “CHIPS…

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Iowa embraces virtual reality tech | Ford Motor Company and Big Data

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Iowa embraces virtual reality tech IOWA–Iowa manufacturers are adopting virtual reality (VR) applications in a big way. This article talks about some of the companies, such as Davenport-based ChalkBites and Marshalltown-based Mechdyne, that have made VR the basis of their work. This movement is aided by the Center for Industrial Research and Services at Iowa…

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Detroit airport’s facial recognition tech | First ever cyclorotor hybrid drone

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Facial recognition tech at Detroit Metropolitan Airport DETROIT, MI–Detroit Metropolitan Airport is now home to a eparture board that uses facial recognition tech to show travelers customized info about their flight, making finding gate and departure information quicker and easier. The technology, called PARALLEL REALITY, debuted at CES in 2020. Miami University students take top…

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AI and specialty crop growth | Detroit ranks at top of startup ecosystems

AI and specialty crop growth PITTSBURGH, PA–Agritech startup Bloomfield Robotics has won the Akamai Technologies Future of Life Online Challenge. Akamai said it chose Bloomfield Robotics as one of the winners because of the company’s unique use of AI and custom imaging hardware to address challenges related to specialty crop growth. Last year, Bloomfield completed…

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Tech for locating hidden devices | Flyover country in the spotlight

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Hemp and the automotive industry NASHVILLE, TN–The Hemp Alliance of Tennessee is partnering with the University of Tennessee and the State’s Department of Agriculture to look at another way to use hemp fiber: in the automotive industry. BMW has been using hemp-created material in the door panel lining of its electric i3. The research, which will…

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What does GE Aviation have to do with Top Gun? | Freshwater tech in Milwaukee

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What does GE Aviation have to do with Top Gun? CINCINNATI, OH–When George Lucas’s sound production company Skywalker Sound needed to create a portfolio of aviation sounds for the latest blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, they turned to GE Aviation. The team headed over to GE Aviation’s Peebles Test Operation, a 7,000-acre facility in rural Ohio…

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Flyover cities lead LinkedIn’s report | Argo AI launches fully driverless car service | Power tools

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Flyover cities lead LinkedIn’s report  FLYOVER COUNTRY–LinkedIn analyzed 2021’s job opportunities in 69 leading U.S. metropolitan areas. Over half of the wide-ranging list of locations where job postings are bountiful included are Flyover Cities! Check it out. UK IoT company comes to Missouri MISSOURI–Wyld Networks, a United Kingdom tech company that specializes in wireless connectivity…

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Solar facility in Nashville | Immersive sound tech

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Tennessee solar facility financed NASHVILLE, TN–Solar energy company Clearloop has entered into an agreement with electric truck and SUV manufacturer Rivian to finance a Tennessee solar facility that will help power Rivian’s EV chargers in the region. Rivian’s one megawatt investment will power its Rivian Waypoint chargers located in Tennessee state parks, among other clean energy commitments in…

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Astrobotic unveils flight model | Drone flies with 3D printed antenna

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Astrobotic unveils flight model PITTSBURGH, PA—Commercial space company Astrobotic unveiled the flight model of its Peregrine lunar lander during a visit by top NASA and government officials to the company’s headquarters. The flight model, as opposed to earlier test models, is the version of Peregrine that will actually fly to the moon on a United…

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Weed-destroying bots | New innovation hub in NC

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Weed-killing bot: Version 2.0 CHENEY, KS–Greenfield Robotics has unveiled its Version 2.0 robot. Called the Weedbot, the robot can travel through farmland at 3.5 mph, cutting weeds down within inches of a crop, eliminating the need for herbicides and tillage, with the aim of creating a healthier world. Full-scale innovation hub comes to Chapel Hill…

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Renewal of the Midwest’s industrial base | Remote workers at Purdue | Tulsa startup space

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Investments in EV manufacturing renew Midwest’s industrial base FLYOVER COUNTRY—According to this Forbes article, Flyover Country may be experiencing a moment. With the renewal of the Midwest’s industrial base with coming investments in microchips and electric-vehicle manufacturing, there is a generational opportunity for the region to re-assert itself as a leader of American economic progress.…

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Conference calls in your EV | Innovation district breaks ground at App State

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A new spin on the conference call DEARBORN, MI—According to Darren Palmer, Vice President, Ford Electric Vehicle Programs, the company is “looking at ways to bring the human connection in.” Ford will be outfitting its EVs with the internet’s most popular pastime since March 2020: online conference calling. Toward that end, Ford and Cisco have…

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Robot operates 3-D printers at Ford | CA company moves to Ann Arbor

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Robots at Ford DEARBORN, MI–As part of its industry-first process, Ford Motor Co. is using a robot to operate the company’s 3-D printers completely on its own. The robot, called Javier, provides Ford with feedback and significantly reduces margins of error. Ford has filed several patents related to the overall process, communication interfaces, and precise…

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Drones do windows | St. Louis is a 5-star community

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Safer window cleaning KANSAS CITY, MO—Here’s another great use of drones: Using them to do cleaning for exterior building surfaces. Startup Drone Wash is hoping to roll out this tech amid skyrocketing liability insurance premiums for window cleaning companies. Founder Andrew Brain said the firm plans to seek angel investor funding and acquire three to…

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Disrupting the vertical agtech market | EV and self-driving cars

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Disrupting the vertical agriculture market PITTSBURGH, PA—A startup founded by MBA student Austin Webb and incubated at Carnegie Mellon University, aims to disrupt the $60 billion U.S. vertical agriculture market. Fifth Season offers a proprietary automated system that grows fresh produce indoors year-round in vertical trays, using artificial intelligence, robotics and data to control light,…

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Flyover and military tech | Bridge inspection tech

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Wichita State to help U.S. Army with tech development WITCHITA, KS—A program at Wichita State University will help the U.S. Army with technology development and its integration. FirePoint Innovations Center is intended to accelerate joint technology development, transfer, and commercialization between DEVCOM, universities, industries, and government organizations. Purdue launches initiative with U.S. Air Force WEST…

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