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A Soft Control Architecture: Breakthrough in Hard Real-Time Design for Complex Systems

In the relentlessly changing world of technology, several important advances and trends have emerged that allow OEMs to transition to a soft control architecture that will not only move them away from dependence on FPGAs and DSPs, but also change the basis of competition in

China's Big Bid For Germany's Industry 4.0 Technology

Klaus E. Meyer for Forbes:  Midea, the Chinese household appliances (“white goods”) manufacturer just made what analysts called an ‘incredibly high’ bid for German robot maker Kuka. This acquisition would take the Chinese investor

Tether free actuator hailed as soft robotics breakthrough

Jon Excell for The Engineer:  Designed by a team at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, the new device is claimed to have considerable advantages over existing pneumatically-powered soft actuators as it doesn’t require a tether.

Employing Drones to Solve Business' Most Complex Issues

A true system doesn’t only take the technology into account, but also the processes and human aspects.

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Special Tradeshow Coverage for XPONENTIAL 2016

XPONENTIAL 2016 (formerly AUVSI) will be held from May 2nd - 5th in New Orleans, LA. This RoboticsTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

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SUNSPRING by 32 Tesla K80 GPUs

From Ross Goodwin on Medium:

To call the film above surreal would be a dramatic understatement. Watching it for the first time, I almost couldn’t believe what I was seeing—actors taking something without any objective meaning, and breathing semantic life into it with their emotion, inflection, and movement. 

After further consideration, I realized that actors do this all the time. Take any obscure line of Shakespearean dialogue and consider that 99.5% of the audience who hears that line in 2016 would not understand its meaning if they read it in on paper. However, in a play, they do understand it based on its context and the actor’s delivery. 

As Modern English speakers, when we watch Shakespeare, we rely on actors to imbue the dialogue with meaning. And that’s exactly what happened inSunspring, because the script itself has no objective meaning.

On watching the film, many of my friends did not realize that the action descriptions as well as the dialogue were computer generated. After examining the output from the computer, the production team made an effort to choose only action descriptions that realistically could be filmed, although the sequences themselves remained bizarre and surreal... (medium article with technical details)

Here is the stage direction that led to Middleditch’s character vomiting an eyeball early in the film:

C
(smiles)
I don’t know anything about any of this.

H
(to Hauk, taking his eyes from his mouth)
Then what?

H2
There’s no answer.

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New Online Configurator from Festo Slashes OEM Engineering Costs and Speeds Delivery for Cartesian Robots

Armed with basic application information, an engineer can specify a single axis, 2D, or 3D Cartesian robot in minutes and have a CAD drawing at the end of the process. By 2017 assembled modules will arrive at the OEM within three weeks, about half the current delivery time.

Small and Powerful 270Vdc VPX Power Card Now Available

Aegis Power Systems released their first VPX power card, supporting a variety of markets including unmanned and industrial robotic applications employing VITA 62 standards.

Midwest Engineered Systems Expands… AGAIN

We've recently invested in an additional 60,000 sq ft facility in order to build larger projects and offer increased capacity to our customers.

RE2 Robotics Inks $3.3 Million Contract to Develop Robotic Systems for the U. S. Air Force's Rapid Airfield Damage Repair Program

RE2 Robotics announced today that the Company signed a 3-year $3.3 million dollar subcontract with a division of Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA) located at Tyndall AFB, Florida. RE2 will provide mobile manipulation and ground robotics expertise for the Air Force's Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) program.

Rethink Robotics Brings Strategic Global Partners Together in Boston

From China to Germany, channel partners convene to discuss the future of collaborative robots in manufacturing

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IPR Robotics offers a wide range of servo-driven 7th axis linear rails for industrial robots. These rails come in ten different sizes and are constructed from modular high strength extruded aluminum sections to handle payloads of 100 kg to 1600 kg or from steel to handle 2000 kg payloads. This variety of rail sizes allows each application to be sized correctly, controlling the space required and the price point. The drive train design of these rails utilizes helical gear-racks and is proven over 10 years to be repeatable and reliable, even in tough foundry applications.

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