Helen Greiner, CEO of CyPhy Works and cofounder of iRobot, announces first consumer drone
Vicki Speed for Inside Unmanned Systems: It would seem that robotic systems could provide an extra measure of safety, as well as a higher level of efficiency and machine-consistent quality. Yet, to date, the use of robotic systems on construction jobsites has been minimal. The building industry, however, is looking with fresh eyes at robots—including at least three new systems expected to be available this year—with a focus on near-term efficiencies that make investment in the systems make sense.
Among the first fully-realized applications of robots in the construction environment are those used to support work that comes at the end of a structure’s life, namely demolition. In fact, remotely operated demolition robots have been around for more than a decade.
Robotic Building Blocks
The short answer is, ‘Yes.’ There are robotic systems in development around the world that can lay bricks, set tile or finish concrete floors.
While not autonomous systems, robotic exoskeletons, those high-tech wearable suits seen in futuristic movies that help mere mortals defend Earth against other beings, could be a very real part of tomorrow’s jobsite and a possible precursor to autonomous robots in the field.
Jared Newman for PCWorld: At the 2015 Build conference, Microsoft tried to prove that HoloLens is more than just a neat gimmick.
The company showed off several new demos for its “mixed reality” headset, which can map digital imagery onto the user’s physical surroundings. While previous demos had focused on fun ideas like a virtual Mars walk and a living room-sized version of Minecraft, the Build presentation emphasized real-world applications for businesses and education.
For instance, Microsoft showed how architects could use HoloLens to interact with 3D models, laid out virtually in front of them on a table. They might also be able to examine aspects of a building site at full scale, with virtual beams and walls rendered before their eyes.
Not all the presentations were so serious. Microsoft also showed off an actual robot whose controls appeared in the virtual space above the robot’s head. Users could then create a movement pattern for the robot by tapping on the ground. Another demo showed how users could create their own personal screens that followed them around in real space.
The LASER COMPONENTS Pyro Group introduces new developments: Pyrodetectors used in current mode.
Scholarships Given in Honor of Bishop-Wisecarver Founder, Bud Wisecarver, and his Naturalist Brother, Bob Cooke Wisecarver
Why and How to Use Membrane Potentiometers Instead of Traditional Linear and Rotary Position Sensors New Hoffmann-Krippner Whitepaper
Complex sensor assemblies can be reduced, simplified and integrated less expensively with modern membrane potentiometers
ISA and Automation Federation take part in annual FIRST Championship, an international celebration of young people's interest in science and technology
This year's championship event drew more than 900 student teams from 40 countries around the world.
Pennsylvania Precision Cast Parts (PPCP) Has Installed Two New Robotic Dipping Systems to Enhance the Efficiency and Quality of its Investment Casting
Pennsylvania Precision Cast Parts (PPCP) has completed the installation of two additional robotic dipping systems used in making investment casting ceramic shells with enhanced consistency and quality.
NEXCOM's latest industrial Access Point, IWF 300, can easily spread Wi-Fi networks out to entire factories, warehouses, and industrial facilities demanding Internet connection.
Drone-world.com specializes in custom DJI Phantom 2 and Phantom 3 kits.
Introducing a Free, Comprehensive Airspace Database and Resource for Unmanned Aircraft Operators
In a rolling, outdoor field, full of lumps, bumps and uneven terrain, researchers at Oregon State University last week successfully field-tested for the first time the locomotion abilities of a two-legged robot with technology that they believe heralds the running robots of the future.
Experienced aftermarket service executive to drive next phase of lifecycle support services growth
Boomerang Systems to Install 577-Space RoboticValet System at HERE Lawrence, Kansas Student Housing Project
The project is presently under construction and is scheduled for completion in 2016.
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