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.

Robots Explore Dangerous Mines with Novel Sensor Fusion Technology

The 3D Riegl scanning laser range finder and an Acumine 2D scanning millimeter wave radar were transported on Husky and used to record video footage and densely sampled data sets. The data is being submitted to the International Journal of Robotics Research to ensure that this insight and information is available to the robotics community.

International LiDAR Mapping Forum: Sold Out Exhibits and Record Number of UAVs

Over 60 world-leading technology, software and service providers to exhibit at 2015 event

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.

Adept Technology Launches New Family of SCARA Robots in North America

eCobra robot models are available in 600-mm and 800-mm-reach configurations.

3D Robotics Launches DroneEDU to Unleash the Power of Drone Tech in the Classroom

North America's Largest Consumer Drone Manufacturer Now Offers Free & Discounted Hardware, Support, Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities for All Levels of Education

Baxter Helps Stonecutting Tools Manufacturer Maintain its Edge on the Competition

Trow & Holden Uses Baxter Robot as a Workforce Multiplier to Support a Large, Highly Specialized Customer Base

ABB Robotics unveils second generation IRC5C compact industrial robot controller

Renowned for its outstanding performance and quality, the footprint of the IRC5C is now up to 25 percent smaller than the original compact model

MVTec launches HALCON for Android

Machine vision software on mobile devices ----Wide range of applications for character and object recognition

Valmie Resources (VMRI) Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Vertitek

Leader in UAV Technology to Boost Valmie's Position in $98 Billion Drone Market

maxon motors - Right Angle Spiroid® Gear

Designed to achieve maximum torque with minimal space

"Robots - The New Era. Living, Working and Investing in the Robotics Society of the future" eBook by Andrea Forni

Milan, Italy / January 2015 - "Robots. The New Era - Living, working and investing in the robotics society of the future" is a new multimedia e-book written for a general audience and helps readers understand why Robotics is going to lead to a radical change in how millions of people live, work and invest in the stock market.

SAM Robotic Surrogate Operator

From AkihabaraNews and Robohub:

Conceptually, it’s quite simple: joysticks, knobs, and switches manipulated on a custom radio controller direct the flexing and relaxing of pneumatic “artificial muscles” arranged along “arms and legs” that attach to a vehicle’s pedals and levers. When actuated, the robot replicates a human body’s controlling movements.

Kowa Tech claims the system delivers input strength equal to that of human limbs and an overall operational capability 80% that of in-vehicle operation (with gains expected as the system matures). The 3-piece modular robot is weather and vibration-proof, weighs only about 30 kg (66 lbs.), easily installs in under 30 minutes, and can be removed in half that time. Current prototypes are operable from up to 200m, and commercial models are expected to reach 1 kilometer.

Rounded out with video monitoring for an in-vehicle perspective, in theory ActiveRobo SAM is a near-comprehensive surrogate operator. Most of their demos and testing have thus far been limited to excavator and other heavy equipment work, but the company hopes to eventually make the system adaptable to any vehicle... (full article)

Laser Components Group Expands with In-House Pbs and PbSe Detector Production

This latest company addition demonstrates its commitment to providing customers with the choice of selecting the best detector for their particular application.

Raytheon acquires Tucson-based Sensintel, Inc.

Sensintel will become part of Raytheon Company's Missile Systems business.

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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.