Space Bots & Android Waste Collectors: What's Ahead for Robotics

By Elizabeth Palermo for LiveScience:  It was a good year to be a robot. In 2015, researchers in Korea unveiled a robotic exoskeleton that users can control with their minds, a four-legged bot in China set a new world record by walking 83.28 miles (134.03 km) without stopping and 3D-printing robots in Amsterdam started work on a new steel footbridge. But these smart machines are capable of so much more. Researchers around the world are now designing and building bots that will complete more noteworthy tasks in 2016 and beyond. From exploring other planets to fighting fires at sea, here are a few skills that bots could pick up in the new year.   Full Article:  

Industrial stages with Built-in Stepper Motors, Motor Encoders, and Controllers

The X-LRQ-E Series devices are Zaber's recently released industrial-style stages, combining high load and thrust capabilities in a compact size. The dual-rail design has a low profile measuring only 36 mm high, with a 100 kg load capacity.

What Robots and AI Learned in 2015

By Will Knight for MIT Technology Review:  The  robots didn’t really take over in 2015, but at times it felt as if that might be where we’re headed. There were signs that machines will soon take over manual work that currently requires human skill. Early in the year details emerged of a contest organized by Amazon to help robots do more work inside its vast product fulfillment centers. The Amazon Picking challenge, as the event was called, was held at a prominent robotics conference later in the year. Teams competed for a $25,000 prize by designing a robot to identify and grasp items from one of Amazon’s storage shelves as quickly as possible (the winner picked and packed 10 items in 20 minutes). This might seem a trivial task for human workers, but figuring out how to grasp different objects arranged haphazardly on shelves in a real warehouse is still a formidable challenge for robot-kind.   Cont'd...

90° FOV 3D camera from Chiaro Technologies

BOULDER, CO - Chiaro Technologies expands its range of motion capable Cloudburst 3D cameras with a 90° FOV in addition 50°. Cloudburst is factory­ calibrated making it simple to merge multiple pointclouds from single or multiple cameras, and now, with 90° FOV, it's easier than ever to capture very wide scenes or in tight spaces, such as automobile interiors.

Advanced Manufacturing Expo Moves to DeltaPlex, Joins Forces with West Michigan Works! to Hold Largest Public Technology Show in Michigan

Advanced Manufacturing Expo has moved to the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids and joined forces with West Michigan Works! to hold the largest public show in Michigan that showcases technology solutions and talent for manufacturers and vendors.

Watch these robotic 'reindeer' from Boston Dynamics pull Santa's sleigh

By Lulu Chang for Digital Trends:  We’re going to rewrite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, because now, it’s robotic dogs that are pulling Santa’s sleigh. In a rather frightening video, Google-owned robotics design firm Boston Dynamics has shown us the future of Christmas, and it’s plenty progressive, complete with machines and female Santas. I can get behind that sort of holiday, I think. Of course, the Internet wasn’t so sure. And to be fair, the dog-like robots are a bit frightening. Large and, well, headless, these machines seem to hearken more to the Thestrals (the skeletal winged horses visible only to those who’ve witnessed death) of Harry Potter’s universe than the adorable reindeer that are supposed to transport jolly Saint Nick to and from the North Pole.

Time-of-Flight Camera - An Introduction

In this paper, we introduce the TOF technology and the theory of operation. We also compare TOF sensors with 2D machine vision and other 3D vision technologies and highlight TOF sensors' differentiating advantages.

Rockwell Automation Designates JMP as a "Process System Integrator"

JMP Engineering Inc. (JMP), an engineering services company providing solutions in Process Control, Information and Analytics, and Smart Robotic Applications for Fortune 500 companies, announced today that Rockwell Automation is now identifying JMP as a "Process PlantPAx Recognized System Integrator".

JBM highlights OCTOPUZ at iRex2015

The demand for quality offline robot programming and simulation software is growing. JBM met iRex2015 visitors at the doors with the solution - OCTOPUZ.

Three Heavily Funded Robotic Arms Projects on Kickstarter

Well over a million dollars pledged for these projects.

FANUC Achieves Milestone Record for Production of Over 400,000 Robots

FANUC America Corporation, the leading supplier of robotics, CNCs, and factory automation announced that its parent company, FANUC CORPORATION, has set a new world record for production of over 400,000 robots.

Three Startups Make an Impression at Robotics Alley

The 2015 Robotics Alley Conference & Expo played host to the first annual "Invest in Innovation" competition earlier this month, where three technology startups made an impression on both the judges and the attendees.

ARxIUM Selects Additional Distributors of RIVA Automated Compounding System for Asia-Pacific Region

Distributors to meet growing demand for safe and efficient IV medication compounding

Robotmaster Dramatically Changing Construction Timber Industry

Dorset, England is known for their large woodlands, and Hooke Park- being 50 acres of woodland, is Dorset's biggest one yet. Located just north west of Dorchester, Hooke Park's woodlands mainly consist of 2 species of trees that were planted from the 1950s. Their plan is to have over 15 species that are durable and strong in 50 to 60 years so they can provide a product for the future.Courtesy of Architectural Association School of Architecture

Fisnar Inc. Introduces the F7000SR Line of Soldering Robots

Fisnar announces an all new line of desktop solder robots. Available in 2 sizes to fit most soldering applications.

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