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Starting a Robotics Company? Sell a Service, Not a Robot

Tekla S. Perry for IEEE Spectrum: “I’m a big fan of going out and doing a service with a robot, competing with other businesses that provide that service, rather than trying to sell a $100,000 robot,”

Acting Like a Muscle, Nano-Sized Device Lifts 165 Times its Own Weight

Rutgers University-New Brunswick engineers have discovered a simple, economical way to make a nano-sized device that can match the friendly neighborhood Avenger, on a much smaller scale. Their creation weighs 1.6 milligrams (about as much as five poppy seeds) and can lift 26

Japan Bebot, the World's Most Advanced AI Concierge

Multilingual correspondence through smartphones can be realized in real time at any time, 365 days, for foreigners' inquiries and requests to visit Japan. The service is in full use offering accommodation facilities like Holiday Inn and Grand Bell Hotel and car rental servic

Implementing Robots in Healthcare

The main drivers included improving productivity and efficiency, improving repeatability and consistency of processes, increasing operations capacity, increasing operational agility and flexibility, reducing labor costs, and increasing speed of operations.

Neurotechnology and the Future of Hope

If researchers can use implanted BCIs to allow people to bypass their muscles, indeed, if these scientists can find a cost-effective, reliable way to work around a damaged or compromised nervous system, people suffering paraplegia, amputation, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig'

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Self-folding electronics could enable advanced robotics

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces: The development, reported in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, could lead to new ways for people to interact with machines and even create self-folding robots.

Germany's Siemens to Set up Robotics Research Center in China

Reuters: The Siemens research center at Beijing's Tsinghua University would focus on combined mechanics and electronics, human-robot collaboration and the application of artificial intelligence in robotic controllers, the German firm said.

What Can 80 Engineers Do with 40 Robots in 24 Hours?

Ian Wright for Engineering.com: The inaugural Robotiq User Conference (RUC) will demonstrate what 80 engineers can do with 40 robots in 24 hours.

Sony backs Acutronic Robotics' hardware robot operating system

Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch: Acutronic was set up in 2016, and offers a way to allow components combine in new robotics systems easily with ready-made compliance with industry and commercial standards for easy deployment.

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Senior Management Expects Humans and Robots to be Comfortable Coworkers by 2020, But Skills and Culture Gaps Pose Hurdles

New Genpact study reveals large disparities - in business performance and attitude - between artificial intelligence leaders and laggards; opportunities exist for companies that overcome internal barriers

Endeavor Robotics Wins Its Third Major Contract in Six Weeks with the United States Government

Massachusetts-based robotics company to deliver 75 'throwable' robots widely used by military and law enforcement personnel

Exoskeleton Market to expand $3.4bn by 2024

Exoskeleton market share is consolidated with the presence of few players including, ReWalk, Ekso Bionic, REX Bionic, Lockheed martin, Cyberdyne and Panasonic.

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St Robotics - R17hs-6, The 6-axis Version Of The High Speed R17 Variant

St Robotics - R17hs-6, The 6-axis Version Of The High Speed R17 Variant

The 6-axis version of the R17HS high speed variant of the R17 robot is now available. As is our policy the 6th axis is an optional bolt-on module. At the same time we have made it even faster and new software eliminates shake and greatly improves repeatability as this video shows. Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wG0MeiJ-yE. The video would seem to imply a repeatability of 0.01mm but we are sticking with 0.2mm in the spec. The motor specialist was able to tune the motors from the other side of the pond. My first reaction when we put power on and entered the first commands was to jump back in amazement (and maybe an expletive). Tip speed is now 3m/s; that's 3 times as fast as its nearest competitor yet costs half the price. I love it when a plan comes together.

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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.