Three Teams Take Top Honors at DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

"May the best robot win" has been a frequently uttered phrase throughout the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, held this Friday and Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

Japan's Robot Revolution Is Attracting Venture Capitalists

by Shigeru Sato and Monami Yui for Bloomberg Business:    Venture capitalists who have long avoided investing in Japan may think again as startups in the country develop a new generation of robot technology, according to consultant Koichi Hori. While Japan has little chance of catching up to the U.S. in digital media, the next phase of technological innovation will be in robotics with artificial intelligence, said Hori, who headed Boston Consulting Group Inc.’s Japan office before founding Dream Incubator Inc. in 2000. That plays to Japan’s strengths in engineering, he said.  “Digital media will only be in the mainstream for about three years, or five years at most,” Hori, 70, said in an interview in Tokyo on May 27. “From that time on, robots and robotics will be the eye-catchy industries. Japan has a good chance, particularly in the area of hardware for robots.” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing for a “robot revolution” to help reclaim the dominance of Japanese technology after companies such as Sony Corp. lost ground to Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. With venture investment less than 3 percent that of the U.S., Japan has struggled to replicate Silicon Valley’s success as a hub of innovation.   Cont'd...

Watch DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals Live Online

25 teams compete on a disaster-simulated course, and one winning robot will take home $2 million. CuriosityStream will bring you top of the line coverage of the event. Get up close with the robots, meet the brains behind the technology - and explore the past, present, and future of robots with our new lineup of Science/Technology programming. Join CuriosityStream and DARPA as we discover which robot will save the day!

The Ideal Inductive Sensor for Robotic End Effectors - Balluff SuperShorty

Balluff's SuperShorty Inductive Sensors are extremely lightweight, and with diameters as small as 6.5mm and lengths as short as 6mm, they are the shortest inductive sensors on the market - making them ideal for robotic end effectors.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge June 5-6, 2015

DARPA competition puts robots from 24 international teams through difficult tasks of mobility and manipulation; ultimate goal is to develop robots able to help humans in disasters.

At TU-Automotive Detroit, Velodyne LiDAR to Help Make Sense of Sensor-Driven Future for Autonomous Vehicles

Which Way for Sensors? Velodyne's Wolfgang Juchmann to Offer LiDAR Market Leader's POV During Nation's Biggest Connected Car Event

Marktech Introduces New Line of APDs

Cost-effective and ideally suited for extreme low light conditions, Marktech Silicon Avalanche photodiodes (Si APD) are the preferred optical detectors

Mouser Electronics Expands to Japan with Local Customer Service Center

Global Authorized Distributor Now Provides 21 Local Branches Across Three Continents

Robotics Teams Prepare to Compete for $1.5 Million in NASA Challenge

June 8-13 the fourth running of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge

Adept Technology Announces $8 Million Registered Direct Offering

Adept plans to use the net proceeds of the offering for working capital and general corporate purposes.

ADVANCED Motion Controls announces expanded micro Z-Drive capabilities

Available immediately are the AZBH10A4 and AZBD10A4 micro-sized analog plug-in brushless servo drives. These new models add Hall Velocity mode and Duty Cycle mode capabilities to the µZ series. Pronounced 'micro-Z' these plug-in drives are the smallest off-the-shelf servo drives from ADVANCED Motion Controls and are designed for embedded applications in a wide range of industries including: Robotics, Lab Automation, Homeland Security/Military, Electric Mobility, Medical and Packaging. These micro sized servo drives are designed to drive brushless and brushed DC motors at a high switching frequency. To increase system reliability and to reduce cabling costs, the drives are designed for direct integration into your PCB. Weighing in at just 9 grams, these drives output 10A peak and 5A continuous and operate with a bus voltage range of 10-36VDC.

MUSCLE CORPORATION'S YUME ROBO WELCOMES ROBOT REVOLUTION EXHIBIT GUESTS AT MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO

Exhibit Supported by Google.org Features Muscle's Yume Robo and Begins National Tour in Chicago

BLUE OCEAN ROBOTICS, APS EXPANDS OPERATIONS INTO THE UNITED STATES

New U.S. Based Blue Ocean Robotics, LLC Opens Office in Cincinnati

24 of the World's Best Robots in Los Angeles Area to Compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

DARPA Robotics Challenge June 5-6, 2015 at The Fairplex, Pomona, California

SRI International to Showcase High-Impact Platform Technologies at DARPA Robotics Challenge Expo

Demos to Include High-Efficiency Humanoid, Micro-Robots, Low-Cost Robotic Hand, and Wearable Robotics

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Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.