Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Meet Lowe's New Robot Retail Workers

From Business Insider: Lowe's is introducing a fleet of multilingual robots at one of its Orchard Supply Hardware stores to help out with customer service, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

NEXCOM IoT Controller Solution Brings Intelligence to Manufacturing

In this white paper, NEXCOM will explain how the NEXCOM IoT controller NIFE 100 provides a unique open-architecture solution with the configuration flexibility to surmount communication barriers in building the Factory-of- Things and supporting the necessary data communicati

Grabit Inc. Demos Electrostatic Gripper

From Grabit Inc.: Enhanced Flexibility Grabit technology eliminates the need for part-specific grippers and minimizes gripper changeover, dramatically reducing costs and downtime.

High-torque, Compact Motors And Rugged Design Create Economical, Light-weight Bomb-disposal Robot.

In a world in which an abandoned suitcase, a box, or even a pile of rubble can conceal an improvised explosive device (IED), bomb-disposal robots have become essential.

UCSD Investing in Robotics

San Diego already has major industry and defense players and employers with many robotics technologies and applications. There are also significant manufacturing sectors in San Diego and nearby Tijuana.

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MegaBots: Live-Action Giant Robot Combat

From MegaBots Kickstarter:

The mad scientists at MegaBots, Inc. have been zealously working on the prototypes and final design of 15-foot-tall, 15,000-pound, walking humanoid combat robots with giant, modular pneumatic cannons for arms. A driver-and-gunner team pilot each MegaBot in a battle against other MegaBots, vehicles, and a variety of other defenses and obstacles in live-action combat – the likes of which the world has only dreamed of through video games and movies...

...At our minimum funding level ($1.8M), we can build two robots. They’ll duke it out in an epic 1-on-1 deathmatch tournament. At higher funding levels, we can build more MegaBots and unlock the gameplay options you know and love: team deathmatches, free-for-alls, king of the hill, capture the flag, home base capture, escort missions, and more!  (Kickstarter)

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

New Modular 3D Printer, MM1, Announces Open Source Platform and Offers RepRap Upgrade Kit

MakerMex seeks to make 3D printing technology available to everyone with the MM1, recently funded on Kickstarter.

Bimba Manufacturing Announces MythBuster Jamie Hyneman Joining its Product R&D Team

Special Effects Guru to Advise Company on Strategic Development

Tata Technologies Showcases Additive Manufacturing, Online Training at Autodesk University 2014

In-house application engineer expert to give AU attendees an inside look at 3D techniques and capabilities

Robotics and Automation - Featured Product

Us Digital - E5 Optical Kit Encoder

Us Digital - E5 Optical Kit Encoder

Precise speed is critical for controlling autonomous robot movement in environments where collisions with other machines or humans are possible. US Digital encoders provide the ideal solution for robotic applications, as the small package size allows system designers to optimize their designs without giving up on performance. The E5 optical kit encoder easily mounts and dismounts to an existing shaft, providing digital feedback information. The E5 encoder is an improved replacement for HEDS-5500 series encoders and accommodates standard NEMA motor sizes 17-34. Features include 32-1250 cycles per revolution (CPR), A&B quadrature with optional index and latching 5 pin or 10 pin cable connectors. US Digital has best-in-industry lead times, with standard orders shipping with 1-2 business days.

Robotics and Automation - Featured Company

Robotmaster (Jabez Technologies)

Robotmaster (Jabez Technologies)

Robotmaster seamlessly integrates robot programming, simulation and program generation using industry proven CAD/CAM tools typical of CNC Manufacturing. Optimized and error-free programming for such tasks as trimming, 3D machining, de-burring, polishing, welding, dispensing, grinding and painting.