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Simulating Clearpath Robots In Maplesim

If your robotics research depends on accurate models, you may want to consider looking at MapleSim® 2015 – a high performance physical modeling and simulation tool developed by Maplesoft™.

DARPA Fast Track Program Invites Non-Traditional Roboticists to Help Bolster National Security

Robotics Fast Track foresees cost-effective development of new capabilities by engaging cutting-edge groups and individuals who traditionally have not worked with the federal government

ABB’s Acquisition of Gomtec Expands Collaborative Robotics Portfolio

ABB, a leading power and automation group, announced it acquired Gomtec GmbH to expand its offering in the field of collaborative robots. The parties agreed not to disclose financial terms of the transaction. Gomtec, based near Munich, Germany, is a privately he

How Will 3D Printing Revolutionize Medicine?

3-D printing could really change medical research. Important questions can be answered, saving both time and money, as 3-D-printed models give surgeons new perspectives and opportunities to practice, and patients and their families a deeper understanding of complex procedure

A Rosy View of Smart Buildings

Smart buildings are often moving the wrong way, with more central “cloud-based” decision making, and less autonomy.

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Paralyzed man can now use his mind to shake hands, drink beer using robotic arm

A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play "rock, paper, scissors" by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported.
 
Two years ago, doctors in California implanted a pair of tiny chips into the brain of Erik Sorto that decoded his thoughts to move the free-standing robotic arm. The 34-year-old has been working with researchers and occupational therapists to practice and fine-tune his movements.
 
It's the latest attempt at creating mind-controlled prosthetics to help disabled people gain more independence. In the last decade, several people outfitted with brain implants have used their minds to control a computer cursor or steer prosthetic limbs.   Full Article:

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JBM, now an official reseller for OCTOPUZ in Japan

In-House Solutions is pleased to announce that JBM, the world's top Mastercam dealer, has signed on as an official reseller of OCTOPUZ software in Japan.

Onanon Launches OEM Connector Automated Wire Termination Robo Hot Socket

Onanon Robo Hot Socket slashes complex cable to connector assembly time and cost. Miniaturization, reliability, reduced production cost drive automated rapid fine wire termination technology for OEMs.

Kickstarter - Start Your Rotors - C-mi is a Drone for Everyone

C-mi's Kickstarter Success has been supported with advance purchases of this superior quality drone at well below market pricing.

Stratasys and MakerBot Launch CubeSat Challenge for Aerospace Engineers and Students

Challenge taps GrabCAD's 2 million members to rethink the research satellite

UL Opens Global Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Singapore

New UL 3D printing facility will offer advanced training, validation programs, advisory services and research

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Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Mechatronic Motion Solutions from Festo is a unique system of components, modules, and software. It integrates all types of pneumatic, servopneumatic and (electro)mechanical automation motion and combines them according to your task. Irrespective of the control system environment you use, Mechatronic Motion Solutions always provides the appropriate interfaces. The fingers can be actively moved and their strength amplified; the operator's hand movements are registered and transmitted to the robotic hand in real time. The objectives are to enhance the strength and endurance of the human hand, to extend humans' scope of action and to secure them an independent lifestyle even at an advanced age.

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