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Innovative 3D Scanner Relies On Manta Camera From Allied Vision

8tree‘s portable 3D scanner enables easy, fast surface inspection in the automotive and aerospace industries. A Manta digital camera from Allied Vision contributes to rapid and accurate measurement.

Video - Milling a Statue out of Soft Foam

This is an example of high speed milling of a soft foam statue into a sculpture using Robotmaster and a KUKA Robot. The 7-axis robot allows accurate cutting from all angles.

Fetch Robotics' Fetch & Freight

From Fetch Robotics (the core team from Unbounded Robotics/all former employees of Willow Garage): The Fetch Robotics’ system is comprised of a mobile base (called Freight) and an advanced mobile manipulat

A Driving Force of the Future: Self-Driving Goes Green

With the inevitable progression and inclusion of self-driving cars, we will see an increase of road safety, oil efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Planting Trees With Drones

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Microsoft HoloLens gets real with robotics, surgery, architecture

Jared Newman for PCWorld:  At the 2015 Build conference, Microsoft tried to prove that HoloLens is more than just a neat gimmick.
 
The company showed off several new demos for its “mixed reality” headset, which can map digital imagery onto the user’s physical surroundings. While previous demos had focused on fun ideas like a virtual Mars walk and a living room-sized version of Minecraft, the Build presentation emphasized real-world applications for businesses and education.
 
For instance, Microsoft showed how architects could use HoloLens to interact with 3D models, laid out virtually in front of them on a table. They might also be able to examine aspects of a building site at full scale, with virtual beams and walls rendered before their eyes.
 
Not all the presentations were so serious. Microsoft also showed off an actual robot whose controls appeared in the virtual space above the robot’s head. Users could then create a movement pattern for the robot by tapping on the ground. Another demo showed how users could create their own personal screens that followed them around in real space.

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

Automate 2015 A Big Success For Exhibitors

Güdel Introduces New and Improved High Payload Gantry Robots

Innovative ZP-6 and ZP-7 modules deliver heavier payload capacity with smaller footprint and improved maintenance characteristics.

New Development with Interesting Advantages - Pyroelectric LTO Detectors in Current Mode

The LASER COMPONENTS Pyro Group introduces new developments: Pyrodetectors used in current mode.

Bishop-Wisecarver Group Provides $2000 in Scholarships and Support to Local Eagle Scouts

Scholarships Given in Honor of Bishop-Wisecarver Founder, Bud Wisecarver, and his Naturalist Brother, Bob Cooke Wisecarver

Why and How to Use Membrane Potentiometers Instead of Traditional Linear and Rotary Position Sensors New Hoffmann-Krippner Whitepaper

Complex sensor assemblies can be reduced, simplified and integrated less expensively with modern membrane potentiometers

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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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Micromo

Micromo

For over 50 years, MICROMO has provided the highest quality, custom micro motion solutions for markets such as medical, aerospace, defense and robotics in North America. Decades ago in Germany, it all started with the FAULHABER coil, the landmark invention by Dr.Fritz Faulhaber. The self-supporting, ironless rotor coil design paved way for a new industry that produces millions of motors today.