QinetiQ North America Introduces DriveRobotics at World of Concrete 2015

System Transforms Manned Industrial Vehicles into Unmanned Robots

North American Robotics Market has Strongest Year Ever in 2014

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group.

Web tool for individual 3D gripper jaws now available online at www.schunk.com

World's first fully automatic 3D design tool for additively manufactured gripper fingers

Robotics applications a key highlight at major China machinery show in March

SIMM features five concurrent exhibitions with more than 1,200 exhibitors from around the world

Bolt Closes $25 Million Fund And Expands To San Francisco

Fund to Support Larger Investments in Hardware Startups and Expanded Presence Located within Autodesk's Workshop on Pier 9 in San Francisco.

QinetiQ North America Introduces LineWatch at Annual DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition

Smart grid innovation features "bird-on-a-wire" sensors for quick, safe installation on the distribution grid

Quirkbot: Arduino Platform For Building Things Out Of Straws

From Quirkbot's kickstarter page:

Quirkbot is a microcontroller toy that anyone can program.It is compatible with the open construction toy Strawbees and can be used along with readily available materials like regular drinking straws, LEDs, and hobby servos (motors) to create a wide variety of hackable toys suitable for anyone aged 10+.

European Research Consortium Collaborates to Develop Unmanned Robot to Manage Vineyards

A European research consortium comprising Spanish, French, Italian and German universities and companies is working on the development of an unmanned robot, equipped with non-invasive advanced sensors and artificial intelligence systems, which will help manage vineyards.

ABB Robotics introduces RobotWare 6, the latest version of its robot controller software

RobotWare 6 affords manufacturers greater flexibility and reliability, with an extensive toolbox for developers and broad communications capabilities

Robots Learn to Perform Tasks by "Watching" YouTube Videos

DARPA program advances robots' ability to sense visual information and turn it into action

Industrial Robots - China to overtake EU and North America by 2017

China is already the world's largest market in the sale of industrial robots.

Ekso Bionics Announces Pan European Study to Examine Benefits of Ekso GT Robotic Exoskeleton

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, announced that nine leading centers in Europe including SPZ Notwill in Switzerland, Institut Guttmann in Spain and The Clinic for Spinal Cord Injuries in Hornbaek, Denmark (now part of Rigshospitalet and Glostrup Hospital), are participating in a clinical study to include close to 70 participants.

Daryl Davidson, Executive Director - Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation - Announced as a Speaker at DITEC 2015

Daryl Davidson, the Executive Director of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation, has accepted an invitation to participate as a headline speaker at the Defence Innovation and Technology Conference (DITEC) 2015. Taking place on 25 February, DITEC 2015 will see many of the world's leading research and military experts gather to share ideas and discuss the application of new technology to the defense environment.

Raspberry Pi 2

From Raspberry Pi Foundation:

Let’s get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 is now on salefor $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), featuring:

  • A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance) (Broadcom BCM2836)
  • 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
  • Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1

In stock now at element14.

From Microsoft:

We’re excited to announce that we are expanding our Windows Developer Program for IoT by delivering a version of Windows 10 that supports Raspberry Pi 2. This release of Windows 10 will be free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT... (sign up page)

Winner of the AAAI Video Competition People's Choice Award

Mario Lives! An Adaptive Learning AI Approach for Generating a Living and Conversing Mario Agent:

Also Robohub has links to the rest of AAAI videos here.

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Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control introduces new lightweight versions of select gearhead products. The new gearheads are ideal for designs where weight is a critical factor. Building on the success of Harmonic Drive LLCs current gear units, new lightweight versions were the next logical evolution of the CS/ SH product lines. With weight reductions of 20-30% without any reduction in torque ratings, the Lightweight (LW) gear units provide exceptional torque density.