Intuitive Robot Programming for Flexible Aerospace Manufacturing

Robots are proving to be flexible tools for aircraft manufacturing and assembly. Their full potential however can be limited by the challenges of programming a robot in a CAD/CAM environment. Software that integrates offline programming, simulation, code generation, and path optimization makes the process seamless and error-free.

ZOOM IN, ZOOM OUT: SPEEDY, AGILE UAVS ENVISIONED FOR TROOPS IN URBAN MISSIONS

DARPA aims to give small unmanned aerial vehicles advanced perception and autonomy to rapidly search buildings or other cluttered environments without teleoperation

World's First Robotic Entertainment On The High Seas For Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Robotic Arts and ABB Robotics join forces to debut groundbreaking RoboScreen® entertainment system.

ABB to exhibit at International CES for the first time, featuring innovative robotic technology at the 2015 show in Las Vegas

Highlights include two sizes of patented RoboScreen system, and smallest 6-axis robot, ideal for electronic products assembly

John Carmack On Modern C++

Winter break homework from John Carmack. Gamasutra reprint article "In-depth: Functional programming in C++":

A large fraction of the flaws in software development are due to programmers not fully understanding all the possible states their code may execute in. In a multithreaded environment, the lack of understanding and the resulting problems are greatly amplified, almost to the point of panic if you are paying attention. Programming in a functional style makes the state presented to your code explicit, which makes it much easier to reason about, and, in a completely pure system, makes thread race conditions impossible... (full article)

Also "Lessons to learn from Oculus development team when using the “Modern C++” approach":

Modern C++ doesn’t imply necessarly the overuse of templates

Andrei Alexandrescu says about the Modern C++ design:

"Modern C++ Design defines and systematically uses generic components - highly flexible design artifacts that are mixable and matchable to obtain rich behaviors with a small, orthogonal body of code."

Modern C++ has a close relation with generic programming; probably it’s the reason that makes many developers neglect the modern C++ approach. They think that the code will be mostly implemented as templates, which makes the code difficult to read and maintain.

In the SDK, the templates represent only 20% of all types defined and most of them are related to the technical layer... (full article)

LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

LORD Corporation MicroStrain® Sensing Systems was recently selected by Energy Harvesting Journal for having the "Best Technical Development of an Energy Harvesting Device."

TUSExpo reveals speakers line-up

TUSExpo, the first fully integrated European trade show and conference focused on the Unmanned Systems industry, has revealed its line-up of speakers.

University of Pittsburgh Team Publishes New Findings from Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Project

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes.

Humanistic Robotics and Critical Solutions International (CSI) Partner to Offer Comprehensive Route Clearance Package

HRI landmine and IED rollers complement CSI's Husky vehicle to create a safer route clearance toolbox for the end user

QinetiQ North America Wins Two TALON Contracts

U.S. Army and U.S. Navy refurbish TALON Counter IED Robots

Wood Component Manufacturer Lays the Groundwork for Growth with Collaborative Robotics

At Walnut Creek Planing, Rethink Robotics' Baxter is Feeding Wood-Shaping Machines and Facilitating Smooth Transitions on New Lines

Trimble Expands PurePixel Solution to Canadian and European Agriculture Markets

PurePixel Solution Now Includes Leaf Chlorophyll Concentration Index to Enable Farmers to Better Determine Crop Maturity and Harvest Readiness

Intuitive Robot Programming for Flexible Aerospace Manufacturing

Robots are proving to be flexible tools for aircraft manufacturing and assembly. Their full potential however can be limited by the challenges of programming a robot in a CAD/CAM environment. Software that integrates offline programming, simulation, code generation, and path optimization makes the process seamless and error-free.

Underactuated Rotor For Simple Micro Air Vehicles

From MODLAB (The modular robotics laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania):

We derive thrust, roll, and pitch authority from a single propeller and single motor through an underactuated mechanism embedded in the rotor itself. This allows new types of conventionally-capable micro air vehicles which only require two motors for practical control. This contrasts with the many servos and linkages of conventional helicopters or the many drive motors found in quadrotors... (cont'd)

Growing Demand for Güdel Robot Tracks and Gantry Robots Leads to Major Investment in US Manufacturing

Installation of the machining center is slated for the first quarter of 2015.

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Comau’s Racer3 Robot: Beauty and Passion Meet Precision and Speed

Comau's Racer3 Robot: Beauty and Passion Meet Precision and Speed

Racer3 is a powerful, high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot featuring a payload of 3kg and a reach of just 630 mm. Built from high-strength aluminum, the newest innovation in Comau robotics is lightweight and can be easily mounted on benches, walls, ceilings or on inclined supports. The third robot within the award-winning Racer family, Racer3 is Comau's response to the growing demand for fast, cost-effective robotic automation within small to medium-sized enterprises and emerging countries. Racer3 is intended for general industry use to increase productivity and reduce overall costs by automating industrial applications. It combines field-proven technology and enhanced dexterity with a keen focus on safety, design and product aesthetics. With a streamlined design and brushed metal exterior, the new powerhouse of a robot combines beauty and speed together with absolute precision and repeatability. Primary applications include assembly, material handling, machine tending, dispensing and pick & place.