Paralyzed man can now use his mind to shake hands, drink beer using robotic arm

A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer and play "rock, paper, scissors" by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported.
 
Two years ago, doctors in California implanted a pair of tiny chips into the brain of Erik Sorto that decoded his thoughts to move the free-standing robotic arm. The 34-year-old has been working with researchers and occupational therapists to practice and fine-tune his movements.
 
It's the latest attempt at creating mind-controlled prosthetics to help disabled people gain more independence. In the last decade, several people outfitted with brain implants have used their minds to control a computer cursor or steer prosthetic limbs.   Full Article:

JBM, now an official reseller for OCTOPUZ in Japan

In-House Solutions is pleased to announce that JBM, the world's top Mastercam dealer, has signed on as an official reseller of OCTOPUZ software in Japan.

Kickstarter - Start Your Rotors - C-mi is a Drone for Everyone

C-mi's Kickstarter Success has been supported with advance purchases of this superior quality drone at well below market pricing.

Composites and Robotmaster

Singularity, calibration, collisions, reach limitations, and motion granularity are uniquely complex to robotic systems and can make programming particularly cumbersome. For the past few years, Robotmaster (Jabez Technologies) has been responding to the growing demand for the robotized manufacturing of composites.

Simulating Clearpath Robots In Maplesim

If your robotics research depends on accurate models, you may want to consider looking at MapleSim® 2015 - a high performance physical modeling and simulation tool developed by Maplesoft™.

Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge Releases Competition Details

The inaugural 2016 competition will consist of three Challenges and a triathlon type "Grand Challenge.

ABB's Acquisition of Gomtec Expands Collaborative Robotics Portfolio

ABB, a leading power and automation group, announced it acquired Gomtec GmbH to expand its offering in the field of collaborative robots. The parties agreed not to disclose financial terms of the transaction.

Gomtec, based near Munich, Germany, is a privately held company that develops mechatronic systems combining mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering for customers in diverse industries. It has 25 employees.

Gomtec's technology platform will strengthen ABB's development of a new generation of "safe-by-design" collaborative robots that can be operated outside of cages or protective fencing, expanding opportunities to deploy them in new applications.

Market Report - Agricultural Robots Market Size, Company Share To 2020: PTA Newsroom.

New Market Research Reports Title "Global Agricultural Robots Market Analysis Size and Segment Forecasts to 2020" Has Been Added to Ptanewsroom.org Report Database.

Innodisk Announces Ultra-Reliable DRAM-less SSDs with High IOPS for Embedded Applications

Firmware Upgrade and Synchronous NAND Flash Achieves High Performance in small form factor

Hoffmann-Krippner To Roll Out New Sensor Technologies at Sensors Expo

Georgia based company provides the best of German Sensor Technology to US OEMS for medical, industrial, transportation, testing and other applications

Virtual Reality Enthusiasts to Welcome Perception Neuron Motion Capture Technology at SVVR 2015

The virtual reality community will gather at the heart of Silicon Valley in what is to be a record breaking year for the largest expo floor and meeting of professionals in the global VR industry.

Tynker Connects Young Programmers to Millions of Devices on the Internet of Things

Expansion of Tynker Programming Platform Enables Kids to Power Robots, Flying Drones, Lighting Systems and Other Connected Devices

Leading Industry Experts to Present Dynamic Educational Sessions and Case Studies at 2015 Drone World Expo

Speakers Include Executives from CNN, FOX Sports Media Group, NASA, Nature Conservancy and More

Five High School Students Win Robots4Us Video Contest-and a Trip to the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

Winners created compelling short videos about the future of robots in society and will get the chance to discuss their ideas and see current cutting-edge robots in action

25 teams prepare for 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

By David Szondy for Gizmag:  On June 5 and 6, the 2015 DARPA Robotic Challenge (DRC) Finals will take place at Fairplex in Pomona, California. Open to the public, it will see 25 international teams compete for US$3.5 million in prizes as part of an effort to develop robots for disaster relief. Here's what to expect.

This year's challenge will see 25 teams competing. Half of the teams are from the United States, five are from Japan, three from Korea, two from Germany, one from Italy, one from Hong Kong, and one from the People’s Republic of China. They will be vying for a US$3.5 million total of prizes; including a $2 million first prize, a $1 million second prize, and a $500,000 third prize. The robots will be of a wide variety with some humanoid, some four-legged, and some tracked, but all will need to operate free of external power, mechanical support, and limited communications with their controllers.

The basic idea behind DRC 2015 is to make things much harder for the robots than previously.

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Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Mechatronic Motion Solutions from Festo is a unique system of components, modules, and software. It integrates all types of pneumatic, servopneumatic and (electro)mechanical automation motion and combines them according to your task. Irrespective of the control system environment you use, Mechatronic Motion Solutions always provides the appropriate interfaces. The fingers can be actively moved and their strength amplified; the operator's hand movements are registered and transmitted to the robotic hand in real time. The objectives are to enhance the strength and endurance of the human hand, to extend humans' scope of action and to secure them an independent lifestyle even at an advanced age.