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Quick Overview of 4D Graphics

The 4 in the 4D represents the additional level of visual process information available, “Making the invisible – visible.” This means that on the screen the user receives 3D visualization of the robot’s movement.

Metallic glass gears make for graceful robots

Science Daily:  Throw a baseball, and you might say it's all in the wrist.  For robots, it's all in the gears.   Gears are essential for precision robotics. They allow limbs to turn smoothly and stop on command; low-quality gears cause limbs to jerk

Innovative Robotic Technology Improves Safety in Hazardous Locations

UL and Shell collaborate on a robot that performs inspections in the most challenging environments.

Going Where No Man Has Gone Before: What Does the Future Hold for Automation in the Service Industry?

Most service organisations are still at the stage of small scale trial RPA deployments summarised as "if x is true, then click button y". So how do we go on our voyage of discovery, and move from where we are now to a more automated enterprise?

Stanford study concludes next generation of robots won’t try to kill us

Bruce Brown for DigitalTrends:  It sounds like we can all take a breath and forget about robot attacks occurring — at least anytime soon. Robots turning against their makers is a common theme in science fiction. However, there’s “no cause for concern t

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Robotics startup Exotec raises $3.5 million to help warehouses pack and dispatch goods using mini robots

Paul Sawers for Venture Beat:  A French robotics startup has raised €3.3 million ($3.5 million) to build and grow a fleet of mobile robots that help warehouses prepare orders for delivery.

The company was founded in 2015 by former GE Healthcare software architect Renaud Heitz and BA Systèmes technical director Romain Moulin,  and Exotec Solutions (“Exotec”) robots have already been tested across a number of industries. With $3.5 million more in its coffers, the company expects to launch its first robot — called Exo — into the wild in early 2017. The most recent round was raised from 360 Capital Partners, Breega Capital, and a handful of its existing investors.

The miniature robots are being targeted at any logistics operator that relies on humans to traverse large warehouses picking items off shelves, and it promises to cut employees’ average daily distance covered from 15km to 4km per day and to “[double] the productivity” of each worker. The robots are controlled by what the company calls a “centralized intelligence system,” which liaises between the humans and the robots on the ground.  Cont'd...

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Novotechnik - New Touchless Angle Sensors With IO-Link

IO-Link is a standard intelligent digital interface. It's serial communication protocol makes wiring easier, needing only three wires to simultaneously transmit measured values and status information. The status bit can signal a controller if a sensor needs replacement and the controller can detect the new device and automatically configure it based on stored values minimizing down time. Parameters such as zero point can be sent and programmed into the sensor over this bus.

SMP Robotics S5 PTZ Security Robot Wins Awards for Tech Tank and Featured New Product Contests at ISC East Security Conference

SMP Robotics S5 Security Robot was presented at ISC East by a master distributor Make Em Move Robotics and was nominated in two categories: Tech Tank and Featured New Product Contest and won in both categories.

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Release New Video Showing Drone Platform for Project First Responders

Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara launch the second video episode from the Project First Responders series. This new video explores the challenges of launching multiple drones in public safety operations. To see the new video and more from the Empowering Innovation Together program, visit www.mouser.com/empowering-innovation.

Millennia, The Robot With a Heart to Debut at Universal Medical Systems Booth at AAEP Convention Visit Booth #941 at The Show From Dec. 4-6

Universal Medical Systems, Inc. (UMS) the world's premier provider of veterinarian diagnostic imaging systems and the first company to offer robotic imaging to veterinary medicine is sponsoring the appearance of Millennia, the Robot With a Heart at their tradeshow booth # 941 for the American Association of Equine Practitioners 62nd Annual Convention from December 4-6, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Telepresence Robots to Celebrate United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Robots will storm the Prudential Center in Boston, MA during the 31 Nights of Light Event on December 3rd, 2016. Suitable Technologies is partnering with NTI to help individuals with severe disabilities be at the event even though they are hundreds of miles away.

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Comau’s Racer3 Robot: Beauty and Passion Meet Precision and Speed

Comau's Racer3 Robot: Beauty and Passion Meet Precision and Speed

Racer3 is a powerful, high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot featuring a payload of 3kg and a reach of just 630 mm. Built from high-strength aluminum, the newest innovation in Comau robotics is lightweight and can be easily mounted on benches, walls, ceilings or on inclined supports. The third robot within the award-winning Racer family, Racer3 is Comau's response to the growing demand for fast, cost-effective robotic automation within small to medium-sized enterprises and emerging countries. Racer3 is intended for general industry use to increase productivity and reduce overall costs by automating industrial applications. It combines field-proven technology and enhanced dexterity with a keen focus on safety, design and product aesthetics. With a streamlined design and brushed metal exterior, the new powerhouse of a robot combines beauty and speed together with absolute precision and repeatability. Primary applications include assembly, material handling, machine tending, dispensing and pick & place.

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Nanotec

Nanotec

Nanotec Electronic, founded in 1991, offers a powerful range of stepper and servo motors, controllers, gears, linear actuators, and accessories to serve a broad range of industries.