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

Puck in Hand, Velodyne LiDAR to Return to sUSB Expo at Fort Mason

Juchmann to Present at Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition, 'The Silicon Valley Drone Show,' on April 30

Neya Systems LLC to Provide Cost-Free Community License to UxSDK for UCS Software Development Kit

Neya Systems, LLC is pleased to announce a cost-free Community License of its UxSD for UCS Software Developers Kit.

UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry

May 4-7 in Atlanta www.auvsishow.org

Fetch Robotics Unveils Robotics System for Logistics Industry

Robots Designed to Improve Material Handling at Warehouses and Fulfillment Centers

Video - Milling a Statue out of Soft Foam

This is an example of high speed milling of a soft foam statue into a sculpture using Robotmaster and a KUKA Robot. The 7-axis robot allows accurate cutting from all angles.

Fetch Robotics' Fetch & Freight

From Fetch Robotics (the core team from Unbounded Robotics/all former employees of Willow Garage):

The Fetch Robotics’ system is comprised of a mobile base (called Freight) and an advanced mobile manipulator (called Fetch). Fetch and Freight can also use a charging dock for autonomous continuous operations; allowing the robots to charge when needed and then continue on with their tasks. In addition, the system includes accompanying software to support the robots and integrate with the warehouse environment. Both robots are built upon the open source robot operating system, ROS.

Fetch is an advanced mobile manipulator, including features such as:

  • Telescoping spine with variable height from 1.09 to 1.491 meters
  • Capacity to lift approximately 6 kgs.
  • 3D RGB Depth Sensor
  • Back-Drivable 7DOF Arm
  • Modular Gripper Interface
  • Head Expansion Mount Points
  • Pan-Tilt Head
  • Differential Drive
  • ROS-Enabled

Freight is a modular base, used separately or in conjunction with Fetch. Features include:

  • Base Expansion Mount Points
  • Payload support of approximately 68 kgs.
  • 2D Laser Scanner
  • Stereo Speaker
  • Computer Access Panel
  • Run-Stop
  • ROS-Enabled

(full press release)

Fetch Robotics Unveils Robotics System for Logistics Industry

More and more, when consumers or businesses place an order they want those items delivered immediately. Between services such as Amazon Prime, Google Express, eBay Now, and the continuing growth of e-commerce, there is a consumer expectation of speed and efficiency that is putting significant pressure on the role of logistics and e-commerce warehouses. To address this challenge, Fetch Robotics today introduced a robotics system designed for the logistics industry.

TURCK Introduces New Industrial Ethernet Solution to Support Smaller Connectivity Needs

M8 Industrial Ethernet connectivity solution, the smallest available to date.

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