How 4 Mexican Immigrant Kids and Their Cheap Robot Beat MIT

From Wired:

Ten years ago, WIRED contributing editor Joshua Davis wrote a story about four high school students in Phoenix, Arizona—three of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico—beating MIT in an underwater robot competition. That story, La Vida Robot, has a new chapter: Spare Parts, starring George Lopez and Carlos PenaVega, opens in January, and Davis is publishing abook by the same title updating the kids’ story. To mark that occasion, WIRED is republishing his original story... (full article)

2015 China International Robot Show(CIROS2015)

With the strong support of Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China, China International Robot Show(CIROS) jointly hosted by China Machinery Industry Federation in 2012 is the top professional robot exhibition of whole field in China, the official exhibition platform of China Robot Industry Alliance and the only exhibition project supported by International Federation of Robotics(IFR) in China. As the top, largest-scale and most professional robot exhibition, CIROS attracts hundreds of robot enterprises and the full report of CCTV News.

Novotechnik - New Angle Sensor With Return Spring

Novotechnik, U.S. introduces the SP1600 Series of compact angle sensors. Housing profile to connector is 26 mm.

Optimal Actuator In MIT's Cheetah Robot

From Biomimetics MIT Cheetah project:

The high speed legged locomotion of the MIT Cheetah requires high accelerations and loadings of the robot’s legs.  Because of the highly dynamic environmental interactions that come with running, variable impedance of the legs is desirable; however, existing actuation strategies cannot deliver.  Typically, electric motors achieve their required torque output and package size through high gear ratios.  High ratios limit options for control strategies.  For example, closed loop control is limited to relatively slow speed dynamics.  Series elastic actuation adds additional actuators and increases system complexity and inertia.  We believed a better option existed.  In the end, we developed a novel actuator, optimal in many applications... (project homepage) (full published article)

Commercial UAV Expo Announced for October 2015

Commercial UAV Expo, October 5-7, 2015 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

NCKU Robots Win Big in Global Competition

The incorporation of skills created by robot design is crucial to the development of industry, according to Li.

Enhanced COTS Subsystem from Aitech Integrates High Performance with Exceptional Ruggedization

A191 RediBuilt handles critical control systems in manned and unmanned applications

DARPA-Funded Inflatable Robotics Helps Spark Idea for Silver Screen Star

DARPA's M3 program is creating and demonstrating novel design tools, fabrication methods and control algorithms to make robots more mobile and better able to manipulate objects in their environment.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday

From Adafruit:

Welcome to the Black Friday sale – 15% off plus all the free items & shipping as you shop! Use code: BLACKFRIDAY on check out. We thought about doing flash sales or complicated codes but that’s a lot of frustrating hoop jumping for everyone, so we came up with what we think is an amazing deal that is straight forward, no stress and valuable – a 15% off discount anything in stock and lots of great free things automatically depending on how much you order. 

We are currently offering a FREE Adafruit Perma-Proto Half-sized Breadboard PCB for orders over $100, a FREE Trinket 5V for orders over $150, FREE UPS ground (Continental USA) for orders $200 or more, a FREE Pro Trinket 5V for orders over $250

From Sparksfun:

On Cyber Monday (12/1), everything in our Actobotics category is 20% off.

Next on 12/1/2014, we are offering hourly flash sales from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, with 30-50% off on some of our most popular products.

These items have been hand-selected by our employees and are some of our favorite designs! See below for the complete list, so you can plan ahead to snag these great deals.

  • Flash Sales are ONLY valid during their time window. If an item is sitting in your cart and the flash sale for it ends, the price will go back up!
  • There is no combining flash sale orders throughout the day.
  • Flash sales are a “while supplies last” sort of deal (which means no backorders!) - so get ‘em while the getting is good.... (list of flash sale items)

From Servocity:

(Full pdf flyer for monday's sale) Two random orders from monday will recieve a "golden ticket" worth $500 of actobotics parts.

From Robotshop:

(Full list of sale items available friday through monday) Free hexbug nano with every purchase.

Festo Introduces the DDLI Pneumatic Actuator for Servo Positioning and Force Control

The new DDLI servo-pneumatic actuator from Festo delivers precise dynamic movement of large loads - up to 180kg horizontally and 60 kg vertically - and cycle times up to 30 percent faster than comparable standard pneumatic actuators.

NextGen Photoelectric Sensors with IO-Link for the Food Industry

Cost and time savings due to flexibility characterize the stainless steel models of the O500 photoelectric sensor.

Indiegogo - Cubic Robotics Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Produce Open-Platform Artificial Intelligence Device

Cubic Robotics has already raised more than $30,000 through crowdfunding to produce an open-platform AI device for home and personal use.

ESCON Module 24/2 Servo Motor Controller

A miniature controller with maximum functionality.

Kissing It Better: Lifting Ergonomically with Vacuum

By using the right suction and the right lips for the job, you really can "kiss it better" before lifting, rather than after.


Robotiq releases a new version of its 2-Finger 85 Adaptive Gripper. Nearly two times stronger and 50% faster this new Gripper has been perfectly designed to match Universal Robots in terms of payload, flexibility and user-friendliness.

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REIKU Drossbach - pre-Engineered Robotic Cable Management Systems

REIKU Drossbach - pre-Engineered Robotic Cable Management Systems

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