Adept Technology Adds Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment Co., Ltd. as New Distributor

Places Initial Order for Lynx AIV Products

FANUC America Introduces New CR-35iA Collaborative Robot Designed to Work Alongside Humans

FANUC America Corporation is introducing its new CR-35iA collaborative robot, the industry's first 35 kg payload force limited collaborative robot designed to work alongside humans without the need for safety fences.

ECA Group, Subsidiary of Groupe Gorg©, Buys into Humanoid Robotics

The innovations of this young company are realizations of new theories on humanoid robotics: hybrid dynamic robotics.

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer Wins Red Dot Design Award

MakerBot Replicator Among Winners Chosen Out of Almost 5,000 Entries for 2015 Red Dot Award for Product Design

Get Connected with Robots at the MCRI Open House July 23 & 24

Visit Motion Controls Robotics' 20th Anniversary Open House to see how robots are transforming your process.

Thinking Ahead: An interview with "The Mobility Revolution" author Lukas Neckermann

Once we remove the human-machine interface - in other words, take away pedals and the steering wheel - we shift liability to an outside-operator, much like with driverless public transport systems.

Skolkovo Robotics Center to showcase six unique robots at Innorobo in Lyon

Skolkovo Robotics Center will present its best projects at the robotics conference Innorobo 2015, which will take place on 1-3 July in Lyon, France.

Makeblock mBot: Introducing kids to robotics and programming

By Hitesh Raj Bhagat, ET Bureau:  This cute little fella is the mBot — a do-it-yourself educational robot kit from robotics experts Makeblock. Built around the Arduino open-source platform, it's designed to induct kids into the fields of robotics and programming. The company chose to build around the concept of STEM education: science, technology, engineering & mathematics. Specifically, it helps children get an early start into these disciplines. There are two versions of the mBot: a Bluetooth version for home use 2.4Ghz WiFi version, which is designed for classroom use. 
The company took to Kickstarter to generate funds for mBot and promised one unit for $49 (plus shipping). From a modest $20,000 goal, a staggering $285,463 was raised during the campaign. Now, you can buy a kit from Makeblock's website. Coming back to the mBot, everything that you need to build it is in the box — in a nutshell, you need to assemble it using the precise instructions provided and add batteries. There are 45 pieces and it's easy to put them together in about 15 minutes. It's neatly packaged and consists of very high quality materials — including some attractive anodised aluminium parts in your choice of pink or blue. Every little part that you need — from the main Arduino board, DC motors, to each screw, cable and even a set of tools — is in the box. It comes pre-programmed but it's also designed to be tinkered with. Parent of pre-teens might be familiar with Scratch — a free, graphicalbased programming language developed by MIT Media Lab. Well, Makeblock has built their own version for this and called it mBlock (it's based on Scratch 2.0 and free to download from their website). The idea behind mBlock is that younger children can start out with graphical programming and move on to text-based programming as they become more advanced.  Cont'd...

New Extended Environment Plug-In Servo Drives from AMC

Experience the advantage of plug-in integration, DigiFlex® Performance™ and extended environment capabilities in one solution. These servo drives, from Advanced Motion Controls of Camarillo, CA, are designed to operate in harsh environments including hot, cold, shock and vibration. All models operate with both 3Φ (servo, closed loop vector, closed loop stepper) and 1Φ motors and inductive loads.

Lake fire grew after private drone flights disrupted air drops

As a hot wind shifted north and drove the flames toward Onyx Peak east of Big Bear Lake, fire crews deployed to save homes scattered among brittle-dry pines — waiting for help from a DC-10 laden with 10,800 gallons of retardant.

It never came. Shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, an incident commander on the ground spotted a hobby drone buzzing near the drop site at 11,000 feet. The air tanker had to turn back, as did two smaller planes following it.

“These folks who are handling these drones, I have to assume they have no idea what they're doing,” Chon Bribiescas, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said Thursday. “They not only endangered the folks on the ground, but they endanger the pilots.”

Officials fighting the Lake fire in the San Bernardino Mountains scrambled to warn the public that it is illegal and dangerous to fly drones in restricted airspace around a fire. Unmanned aircraft are particularly hazardous because authorities have no idea who is controlling them or how they might maneuver.  Cont'd...

Pioneering the Next Generation of Robotics with the Biomimetic 'Melissa Robot'

The Human Gait will be Perfected Artificially Within 5 Years

ThinkFun and MakerBot Inspire the Engineer in Every Child with Maker Studio Construction Sets Available Online on Thingiverse

Sets to Create Imaginative, Kinetic Machines Now Available on Thingiverse, the World's Largest 3D Design Community

Commercial UAV Expo Announces 2015 Conference Program

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Experts to Speak at SPAR Point Group's Inaugural UAV Event in Las Vegas October 5-7

MathWorks Hosts "Mission on Mars Robot Challenge" Finals at Innorobo

Company provides MATLAB and Simulink to teams of engineers, researchers and students participating in the robotics competition

'Pick and mix' smart materials for robotics

The new designer materials integrate the structure of two or more separate functions at the nanoscale, while keeping the individual materials physically separate.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics offers a wide range of servo-driven 7th axis linear rails for industrial robots. These rails come in ten different sizes and are constructed from modular high strength extruded aluminum sections to handle payloads of 100 kg to 1600 kg or from steel to handle 2000 kg payloads. This variety of rail sizes allows each application to be sized correctly, controlling the space required and the price point. The drive train design of these rails utilizes helical gear-racks and is proven over 10 years to be repeatable and reliable, even in tough foundry applications.