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Everything You Need to Know About Stepper Motors

Recent servo motors are equipped with the encoder of 20 bits (1,048,576 steps) which has a very fine resolution. Because of this, errors due to the encoder installation accuracy have a huge effect on stopping accuracy.

What’s Happening in Robotics? Five Trends to Watch

2016, through mid-June, shows 56 startups received $427.5 million; and that 20 acquisitions have happened thus far totaling $4.53 bn (from the 11 reporting amounts involved).

The Third Offset Must Update Asimov's Laws of Robotics

JG Randall for The National Interest:  Things tend to happen in threes. An unlikely triumvirate on the surface, it would appear that Asimov’s laws on robotics and the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) will outflank the Third Offset—the nation&

Artificial muscle for soft robotics: Low voltage, high hopes

Phys.org:  Soft robots do a lot of things well but they're not exactly known for their speed. The artificial muscles that move soft robots, called actuators, tend to rely on hydraulics or pneumatics, which are slow to respond and difficult to store. Dielectric el

Robot Vision vs Computer Vision: What's the Difference?

Unlike pure Computer Vision research, Robot Vision must incorporate aspects of robotics into its techniques and algorithms, such as kinematics, reference frame calibration and the robot's ability to physically affect the environment.

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University of Surrey presents a roadmap of space robotics

ABIGAIL BEALL FOR MAILONLINE:  Many people spend their childhood peering up into the vast expanse of the sky, dreaming of growing up to become an astronaut.  But these dreams could be dashed as the idea of people venturing into space will one day become a distant memory, according to a report published today.  Robots will eventually have enough capabilities to replace humans and other animals on space missions, experts have said.  Many missions involving humans in space are dangerous and expensive.  But for years robots have been sent to places humans could not venture, like the rovers venturing to the edges of our solar system.  According to European Space Agency (Esa) Astronaut Roberto Vittori, who launched a paper on space robotics and autonomous systems, robots can help carry out these dangerous missions.  Cont'd...

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NYU Tandon, ff Venture Capital Announce AI NexusLab to Launch Artificial Intelligence Startups

First AI-Focused Partnership for a University and Venture Fund in the United States

Indiegogo - COWAROBOT Introduces First-Ever Robotic Suitcase, R1, With Launch of Indiegogo Campaign

COWAROBOT R1 frees the users' hands and follows autonomously, making travel more high-tech and enjoyable

IFR: China Seeking to Join the Top 10 Robotics Nations by 2020

By then, its robot density is targeted to rise to 150 units - this being the number of industrial robots per 10,000 employees (2015: 36 units).

Now Available through North American Distributors: The Most Advanced Autonomous Mobile Robot for Indoor Transportation Logistics - The MiR100

Mobile Industrial Robots, (MiR), a next-generation developer and manufacturer of autonomous mobile robots already sold in 26 countries, extends its foothold in the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican market by announcing distribution agreements for its award-winning mobile robot, the MiR100. These twelve industrial automation distributors in North America cover all major regions and are trained, certified and selling MiR100s.

Robotics Manufacturing Takes Off In Thailand

Thailand's Dominance in ASEAN Automotive Markets Paves Way for Growth in Robotics Industry, According to Thailand Board of Investment (BOI).

Robotics and Automation - Featured Product

Innovative, Modular, Dual Belt Conveyor Pallet Systems

Innovative, Modular, Dual Belt Conveyor Pallet Systems

Dorner's 2200 Series Precision Move Pallet Systems feature the latest advancements in pallet traffic management. A unique pin tracking system guides pallets through merges and curves while maintaining product orientation. The fast belt change capability increases efficiency and reduces downtime in assembly automation processes. They are available in lengths up to 25 ft., can handle loads up to 500 lbs. and travel at speeds up to 114 ft/min.

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Zaber Technologies Inc

Zaber Technologies Inc

Zaber's extensive line of computer controlled motorized linear slides, miniature linear actuators, motorized rotary stages, motorized mirror mounts, goniometers and other devices, make automating sub-micron positioning applications quick, easy, and affordable.