Wise School Opens the Tyberg Art & Innovation Lab

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Tyberg Art & Innovation Lab on November 3, 2015

FIRST® Announces Scholarship Program Milestone: $25 Million Available to High-School Students

Nearly 200 Providers Offer College Scholarship Opportunities to FIRST Alumni

Six-axis robotic arm called Eva, which weighs 2.3 kilograms and will cost $3,000

Suryansh Chandra claims the affordable robotic arm his company Automata is developing could lead to robots becoming as ubiquitous as desktop 3D printers. "Today, every design studio has a 3D printer," Chandra says. "Soon, we hope to get to the point where every design studio has a robotic arm." Chandra founded Automata together with Mostafa Elsayed five months ago, after they became frustrated by the expense and complexity of industrial robots while working at the research division at Zaha Hadid Architects. "If you're out to get a robot today, you'd have to spend 50 or 60 thousand dollars," Chandra explains. "Our goal is to democratise robotics through a low cost hardware platform and easy to use software." Automata's first product is a plastic six-axis robotic arm called Eva, which weighs 2.3 kilograms and will cost $3,000 (£2,000). "Unlike industrial robots that are heavy and expensive, Eva is low cost and lightweight," Chandra says. "She can pick up 750 grams when fully outstretched and about a kilogram in a more recessed position."   Cont'd...

"Spring-mass" technology heralds the future of walking robots

This approach to robots that can walk and run like humans opens the door to entire new industries, jobs and mechanized systems that do not today exist.

Kickstarter - Dobot Blows Away Kickstarter Expectations for Robotic Arms

Open-source robotic arm for domestic use

Neato's New Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum Now Available at Major Retailers

Botvac Connected Available at Amazon, Best Buy and Enjoy

Rob Scharff's Soft Robotics 3D-printed hand responds to human grip

Dutch Design Week 2015: Delft University of Technology graduate Rob Scharff has created a soft robotic limb that can shake hands with people. The hand was created as part of Scharff's Soft Robotics research project – which focuses on the ways robots can be integrated with more tactile materials, and so improve robot-human interactions.  Cont'd...

Leeds could become the first 'self-repairing city' with a fleet of robotic civil servants

By Chloe Olewitz for Digital Trends:  Most people don’t know a whole lot about the city of Leeds other than its distinct regional accent, but believe it or not, local Leeds University is actually known for being a pioneering research leader in the field of robotics. The university’s School of Civil Engineering has put together a key research team that is currently developing a fleet of civil service robots and drones that would effectively turn Leeds into a self-repairing city. The robotics research project is funded with £4.2M ($6.5M) of national funds, focusing on autonomous machines that would fix infrastructure issues across the city of Leeds, and perhaps, eventually, beyond. Leeds’ robot fleet will focus on robotic fixes for citywide issues like burst or damaged utility pipes, broken or nonfunctional street lights, and road fractures that disturb drivers on their way to anywhere. Three main branches of the project cover the functions of the Leeds robots: Perch and Repair; Perceive and Patch; and Fire and Forget. The Perch and Repair segment covers research into robotic drones that can land, or “perch” like birds atop tall structures like street lamps or building-mounted civil structures. The Perceive and Patch team leads research into drones that can survey popular roads or even particularly dangerous ones in order to identify and repair potholes where they exist, and in the future, even prevent them before they occur.   Cont'd...

The Breakthrough of the Smart Robots

AUTOMATICA will show in Munich from June 21 to 24, 2016 how the automation industry is facing the challenge of this new technology.

NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Partner Again for Two Levels of Competition as the 2016 Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge Expands

For the fifth consecutive year teams from across the globe will test their autonomous robot retrieval skills at WPI.

Addition of International Robotics Expert is One Giant Commercial Leap for Gamma 2 Robotics

Former Space Station Command and Control Lead Engineer Joins as Chief Product Officer

Robot Can Pick and Sort Fruit

A robotics breakthrough by product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants is set to boost productivity across the food chain – from the field to the warehouse. It paves the way for robots to take on complex picking and sorting tasks involving irregular organic items – sorting fruit and vegetables, for example, or locating and removing specific weeds among crops in a field. “Traditional robots struggle when it comes to adapting to deal with uncertainty,” said Chris Roberts, head of industrial robotics at Cambridge Consultants. “Our innovative blend of existing technologies and novel signal processing techniques has resulted in a radical new system design that is poised to disrupt the industry.”  

Dash Robotics Unveils Kamigami, its First Line of Animal-Inspired Robots

Controlled with a mobile app and easy for kids to build, Kamigami programmable robots are affordable and fun

Cannybots Partners with KIPP to Bring Technical Education to Underserved Communities

Cannybots, makers of their revolutionary Robot Smart Toys that allow kids to design, build, program and race their own custom cars, will donate one kit per every 100 kits sold to KIPP schools to introduce kids to the world of robotics.

Leading US Indoor Agriculture Conference Hosts Sold Out New York Event, Announces Robotics White Paper, New Technologies from Sponsors & Global 2016 Line Up

At its inaugural New York event, leading indoor agriculture conference Indoor Ag-Con unveils the industry's first robotics & automation white paper and a global event line up for 2016. Event sponsors Illumitex and PodPonics announce new multinational partnerships and new Internet of Things and "big data" technologies.

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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.