Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Regulating the UAV Industry: Current Status and Future Trends

Current UAV regulation is not a cause for concern as is so often suggested. Regulations for commercial UAV usage are fit for purpose and are likely to become more relaxed as UAV technology evolves.

Robotics Engineers: What are the salary levels & who is hiring?

The below salary charts for robotics engineers shows the highest salary levels for robotics engineers in New York & San Francisco at approx. $110,000.

Yale OpenHand Project

From Yale's OpenHand Project: This project intends to establish a series of open-source hand designs, and through the contributions of the open-source user community, result in a large number of useful design modifications and

Automating Jobs: The Driverless Car Will Have Some Ugly Side Effects

During the ten years between 2020 and 2030, we’re going to have our first experience with human-free businesses where systems/software will be communicating/negotiating with each other and you’ll just be sitting on the sideline.

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Beating Super Hexagon With Computer Vision

Two great examples of using Computer Vision to beat Super Hexagon.

Super Hexagon is a really hard game. The goal of Super Hexagon is to control a small triangle which circles around a central hexagon (which occasionally collapses into a pentagon or square in the hexagon and hyper hexagon difficulty) attempting to avoid contact with incoming "walls". 

First example from Valentin Trimaille's Super Hexagon bot:

Ray Casting Wall Detection

The point is that a bot for this game makes a really nice image processing project to start learning OpenCV: simple shapes but lots of human disturbing effects, fast-paced game meaning real-time is required, very simple controls: rotate CW or CCW... (full article)

Second example from Shaun LeBron's  Super Hexagon Unwrapper:

This project is written in Python. It employs Computer Vision algorithms provided by SimpleCV to establish a reference frame in the image. Then it warps (or "unwraps") the image based on that reference frame, using OpenGL fragment shaders... (github code) (full explanation)

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

VC-backed OGSystems acquires Urban Robotics

OGSystems, which is backed by General Catalyst Partners, has acquired Portland, Oregon-based Urban Robotics, a provider of advanced airborne military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications. No financial terms were disclosed.

THE RISE OF THE CHIEF ROBOTICS OFFICER

The answer to robotics in the corporate sphere, as well as the ultimate target for robotic industry vendors make its debuts at the third edition of RoboBusiness Europe, taking place in Milan (Italy) on April 27-30, 2015

Parent Company of Daifuku North America Invests $75-Million in Material Handling Systems Research and Development

Wynright and Jervis B. Webb Company Will Discuss New Technologies and Success Stories at ProMat 2015

Grant Imahara is Taking Over Mouser Electronics' Twitter

Tweet and Learn about Grant's Giant Spider-Bot during the Twitter Party

MakerBot Introduces the MakerBot Starter Lab for Educational Institutions and Businesses

MakerBot Starter Lab Creates 3D Printing Hub to Jumpstart 3D Printing Capabilities Quickly, Efficiently and Cost-Effectively

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Stäubli – Tp80 Fast Picker Robot

Stäubli - Tp80 Fast Picker Robot

Introducing the TP80 Fast Picker, a new series that delivers speeds in excess of 200 picks per minute, and more flexibility at a lower cost. Stäubli has long set the standard for high speed and precision in robotic performance, ensuring the highest possible throughput and shortest cycle times.

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Harmonic Drive LLC

Harmonic Drive LLC

Harmonic Drive LLC (HDLLC) designs and manufactures precision servo actuators, gearheads and gear components. Harmonic Drive® gears play critical roles in robotics, medical diagnostics and surgical robotics. We work with industry-leading customers and companies of all sizes to provide both standard product and custom-engineered solutions. The majority of the products sold by HDLLC are proudly made at our US headquarters and manufacturing facility in Massachusetts.