Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

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:

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

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

Robotics and Automation - Featured Product

US Digital - E4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoder

US Digital - E4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoder

US Digital is pleased to announce the launch of the E4T, their latest series of miniature high performance optical encoders. The E4T series delivers a marked performance increase over similar encoder models and designed to be an enhanced replacement for the E4P encoder series. The E4T utilizes state of the art transmissive optical sensing technology, and incorporates US Digital's own proprietary OptoASIC. Assembly of the E4T is simple and efficient and retains the previous E4P's form factor. Key features of the new E4T include: • Mechanically and Electrically Interchangeable with E4P • Improved Quadrature Signal Strength • 100 kHz Frequency Response • Transmissive Optical Design • Collet Style Push on Optical Disk Design (Patent Pending) • Simple & Efficient Assembly Process As with all of our products the E4T is designed and manufactured in their Vancouver, Washington USA facility and is available for purchase as of December 2014.

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REIKU Drossbach

REIKU Drossbach

Almost 85% of Robotics Downtime can be directly attributed to cable or hose failures. For over 40 years REIKU has been recognized as the Global Leader in Hi Tech Cable Protection Systems. The cost of production downtime and the eventual replacement of failed cables and hoses can be dramatically reduced or even eliminated with REIKU Robotic Cable Management System Solutions. REIKU works closely with all of the major Robot manufacturers developing "customer oriented system solutions".