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Drones, autonomous vehicles on Echodyne's radar as it pulls in $29M from investors

Matt Day for Seattle Times: Echodyne’s radar arrays are designed to bring some of the power and precision of massive, heavy, military-grade radars to a tablet-sized device.

Report: Cyberattacks on Industrial Robots

Trend Micro recently released the first in-depth, hands-on research that demonstrates the extent to which industrial robots can be compromised.

Unmanned Mowing Robots will be on sale in Japan soon, developed by public and private partnerships

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will work on the development of an unmanned mowing robot in collaboration with Industrial Technology Research Institute, Yokohama City, Fukuoka Prefecture and others.

Another Race to the Moon—This Time by Robots

On September 13, 1959, the Soviet Union landed the first human-made object on the surface of the Moon. The United States landed the first human on July 20, 1969. Now, there is a race to land the first robot on the moon.

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AUVSI – All Things Unmanned

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Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA

April Glaser for Recode: The court ruled that the FAA’s drone registration rules, which have been in place since 2015, were in violation of a law passed by Congress in 2012.

How Robotics Will Change the Food Industry

Quora via Forbes: I think we'll see this across industries where basic tasks that can be easily automated eventually will be, and it will pave the way for a workforce that is more productive and efficient.

The Not-So-Secret Code That Powers Robots Around the Globe

Ellen Huet for Bloomberg: A Silicon Valley startup is the guardian of the building blocks of robot life.

The tech giants of Silicon Valley are starting to rely on crime-fighting robots for security

Melia Robinson for Business Insider: On a recent night outside the offices of Knightscope, a robotics startup in the heart of Silicon Valley, a middle-aged man allegedly toppled a five-foot tall, 300-pound robot to the ground.

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ATI Industrial Automation's 2017 Technology Fair set for August 10th in Orion Township, MI

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their specific automation challenges and possible solutions with ATI account managers, engineers and personnel from automation partner companies who will also be on hand.

Military UAV insights from US, Canada and German Armed Forces

SMi reports: Military leaders from US, Canada and German Armed Forces to discuss UAV's roles from an operational perspective and explore current and future challenges.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Movendo Technology Launch the Production of their First 30 Rehabilitative Hunova Robots

The first 30 robots will be available from June in Europe and the USA. The technology was developed and patented at the IIT laboratories and has been launched on the market by the IIT spin-off Movendo Technology thanks to a 10 million euro investment from entrepreneur Sergio Dompè.

Robosea Launches World's First Bionics Unmanned Underwater Drone, BIKI, on Kickstarter

Full of tech features and operated through a controller or personal mobile device app, the unmanned underwater device w/ built-in GPS can maneuver nearly anywhere, with a depth of 200 feet, using advanced bionics technology.

Drones are revolutionizing our world the way smartphones did before!

The value of potential drone-based business applications is currently estimated at around 130 billion dollars / Rapid developments - new drone applications are being developed and tested around the world / Focus on legal framework conditions

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Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control introduces new lightweight versions of select gearhead products. The new gearheads are ideal for designs where weight is a critical factor. Building on the success of Harmonic Drive LLCs current gear units, new lightweight versions were the next logical evolution of the CS/ SH product lines. With weight reductions of 20-30% without any reduction in torque ratings, the Lightweight (LW) gear units provide exceptional torque density.

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Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. / MEAU

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. / MEAU

From simple pick-and place-applications, to complex assembly tasks, Mitsubishi Electric MELFA industrial robots are equipped with class-leading speed and precision. Coupled with intelligent options like 3D vision, force sensing and seamless PLC integration, and backed by the industry's best initial warranty, Mitsubishi Electric has the robots required for today's demanding manufacturing applications."