Robotics Emerge to Power Next-Generation Industrial Environments

Dan Dibbern and Laura Studwell for Quality Magazine:  Industrial robots are expected to be the focus for investment in factory automation. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), investment in industrial robots is expected to grow at an annual rate of 12% from 2015 to 2017. The packaging industry is experiencing a surge in robotic integration throughout primary, secondary and tertiary packaging—from processing, assembly, labeling and cartoning to case packing and palletizing.

The driving force behind the surge in robotics sales growth in North America is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The FSMA is requiring companies to introduce automated machinery and components into the production process to help eliminate potential product quality and integrity issues.

With the FSMA about to publicly release its requirements, the use of robots in packaging is at the point of takeoff. And with recent technical advances in robotics helping to power the new wave of interest, companies are experiencing first-hand that robots are faster, smarter and more affordable than ever before.

18,000+ Students Bring Their Custom-Built Robots to the Largest Sport for the Mind™ Showdown, the 2015 FIRST® Championship

Revolve Robotics Demonstrates Easy Telepresence Integrations with Telemedicine Ecosystem Leaders

Revolve Robotics to Demo Integrated Solutions including GeriJoy, JACO, Plantronics, swyMed, and Vidyo at ATA Booth #2226

Kickstarter - Drone For Consumers - C-mi - Achieves Successful Liftoff with Kickstarter Campaign

The C-mi campaign earned Kickstarter's coveted "Staff Pick" status while its funding goal reached 50% completion in 7 days.

CyPhy Works, Inc. Revolutionizes Multi-Rotor Drone Flight with Launch of LVL 1 Drone

Helen Greiner, CEO of CyPhy Works and cofounder of iRobot, announces first consumer drone

ST Robotics Announces New Vision System

ST Robotics offers an excellent, low-priced, yet highly accurate vision system that can measure to 0.1mm and send precise coordinates of an object to the robot.

Building Enthusiasm for Construction Robotics

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.
Demolition Days
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.
Bionic Builders?
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.

Service Robotics Market - Global Industry Analysis, Growth And Forecast, 2013 - 2019

This market research report covers all the market aspects along with in-depth information about the drivers, restraints, and future market opportunities. The report also provides an insight into the various parameters of the service robotics market such as value chain analysis, market share analysis, new product developments, joint ventures and partnerships, collaboration, and recent market activities by the key players in the market.

Microsoft HoloLens gets real with robotics, surgery, architecture

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.

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.

Drone World (drone-world.com) Launches with DJI Phantom 3 & Phantom 2 Drone Kits

Drone-world.com specializes in custom DJI Phantom 2 and Phantom 3 kits.

AirMap Launches to Enable Safe, Legal and Hassle-Free Drone Flying

Introducing a Free, Comprehensive Airspace Database and Resource for Unmanned Aircraft Operators

OSU Engineers Test Locomotion Abilities of Two-Legged Robot

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.

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.

Kickstarter - UDOO Neo = Raspberry Pi + Arduino + Wi­Fi + BT 4.0 + Sensors gets funded in just 80 minutes

Launched on Kickstarter on Monday 20 April 2015 - Funded in 80 minutes

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Stäubli – TP80 Fast Picker robot

Stäubli - TP80 Fast Picker robot

Introducing the TP80 Fast Picker, a new series that delivers speeds in excess of 200 picks per minute, and more flexibility at a lower cost. Stäubli has long set the standard for high speed and precision in robotic performance, ensuring the highest possible throughput and shortest cycle times.