SCHUNK FEATURED IN ROBOT REVOLUTION EXHIBIT AT MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO

Exhibit supported by Google.org features SCHUNK and begins national tour in Chicago

AgBot 2016 Powers $50,000 Grant for Grizzly RUV

Although farming has become mechanized, the evolution of agricultural techniques to include unmanned robots provides a unique opportunity.

Emotional 'Pepper' robots sell out in one minute in Japan

The initial batch of Pepper robots developed by Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank Corp and manufactured by Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group sold out in one minute on the first day it went on sale in Japan.

The 1,000 Pepper robots available for purchase in June sold out in 60 seconds when online orders started at 10 am on Saturday, according to a statement from SoftBank Robotics Corp, a robotics venture formed by SoftBank, Foxconn and Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group.

Orders are no longer being taken and additional sales of Pepper, which sells for 198,000 yen (US$1,625), are scheduled to be announced on SoftBank's website in July.

In addition to Pepper's emotion recognition functions, the robot generates emotions autonomously by processing information from its cameras, touch sensors, accelerometer and other sensors within its "endocrine-type multi-layer neural network," SoftBank said.

UASympEx 2015: Europe's 1st Symposium for Integration and Security of drones in Hamburg

Hamburg - UASympEx will take place on September 18th and 19th 2015 in Hamburg, on the initiative of Christian L. Caballero Kroschel and Jan Hesselbarth from Caballero & Hesselbarth Consulting - together with the Northern Business School (NBS) and supported by the city of Hamburg.

Drone Startups Grab Record Cash

By Thomas Black for Bloomberg Business:  Startup drone makers are finding record amounts of funding as venture capitalists prowl for early winners in what may become an $82 billion industry.

From Silicon Valley to New York, firms including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners and ff Venture Capital are lining up behind unmanned aerial vehicle companies. Google Inc., General Electric Co. and Qualcomm Inc. also are jumping in with cash.

“Everybody wants to invest in drones because they’re seeing not only the potential but actual results right now,” said Jon Ollwerther, vice president of marketing and operations at drone builder AeroCine, which operates from a waterfront Brooklyn warehouse with a view of the Statue of Liberty. “We have said no to money.”

There’s more than ever to go around. Investors have pumped $210 million into businesses like SZ DJI Technology Co. and DroneDeploy so far in 2015, almost double the total for all of last year, according to data compiler CrunchBase. The pace has quickened as U.S. regulators grant more exemptions for limited commercial operations, reassuring financial backers that they’ll see a payoff from their support.  Cont'd...

Siemens Expands Frontier Partner Program for Manufacturing-focused Startups to Accelerate Innovations to Market

Siemens and Silicon Valley combine engineering and entrepreneurship to forge breakthrough technologies, harness the power of data and make 'real' things. ---Frontier Partner program grants 3D printing and robotics-focused startups access to Siemens software and technology to accelerate product development. ---Announcements made at The Atlantic Silicon Valley event discussing software innovation and the next generation of manufacturing and 3D printing.

North American-Made Robot Travels Under Iconic George Street in Scotland Repairing Gas Infrastructure without Disruption

US-Based ULC Robotics' CISBOT Robot is Deployed Underground for UK Gas Utility SGN

Lower Cost Cables, Fully Guaranteed with the New Chainflex M Line from igus

igus, a leader in the development and testing of cable management systems and continuous-flexing cables, has announced the release of their Chainflex M line of lower-cost cables.

OSI Laser Diode Introduces 1490 nm High Power Pulsed Laser Diode Module

New SCW 1430 series laser diode module will be showcased at Laser World of Photonics in Munich, Germany, June 22-25, 2015, Hall A2 Booth 102.

Intelligrated announces rebranding, evolution of software group

Development of software assets combines with automation expertise to deliver suite of integrated warehouse capabilities

Agreement Reached for Alibaba and Foxconn to Invest in SoftBank's Robotics Business

SoftBank, Alibaba and Foxconn cooperate to spread global adoption of robotics

DARPA to Explore Possible Futures at "Wait, What?" Forum

"Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum," to be held September 9th through 11th in St. Louis

Sporting Velodyne's 3D LiDAR Sensor, NASA/JPL's 'RoboSimian' Competes in 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge

Industry-Leading HDL-32E Sensor Also Deployed on Boston Dynamics' SPOT; Helps Robots 'See' Danger Lurking in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Motion Control Association is now Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) after merger with SMMA

MCMA's key activities include market data collection, analysis and reporting - members receive free quarterly reports.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Joins The White House "Nation of Makers" Initiative

WPI responds to President Obama's call to develop a workforce oriented towards innovation, invention, design and manufacturing.

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