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.

A NEW FLEXIBLE ELECTRIC GRIPPER PERFECTLY DESIGNED FOR UNIVERSAL ROBOTS FROM ROBOTIQ

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.

OpenCV Vision Challenge

From the OpenCV Foundation:

OpenCV Foundation with support from DARPA and Intel Corporation are launching a community-wide challenge to update and extend the OpenCV library with state-of-art algorithms. An award pool of $50,000 is provided to reward submitters of the best performing algorithms in the following 11 CV application areas: (1) image segmentation, (2) image registration, (3) human pose estimation, (4) SLAM, (5) multi-view stereo matching, (6) object recognition, (7) face recognition, (8) gesture recognition, (9) action recognition, (10) text recognition, (11) tracking.

Conditions:

The OpenCV Vision Challenge Committee will judge up to five best entries.

You may submit a new algorithm developed by yourself or your implementation of an existing algorithm even if you are not the author of the algorithm. 
You may enter any number of categories. 
If your entry wins the contest you will be awarded $1K.
To win an additional $7.5 to $9K, you must contribute the source code as an OpenCV pull request under a BSD license. 
You acknowledge that your contributed code may be included, with your copyright, in OpenCV.

You may explicitly enter code for any work you have submitted to CVPR 2015 or its workshops. We will not unveil it until after CVPR.

Timeline:

Submission Period: Now – May 8th 2015 
Winners Announcement: June 8th 2015 at CVPR 2015

(full details)

More versions, more power - New DCX motors and GPX gearboxes from maxon

Now even stronger, more efficient and with yet more combination options: There are new additions to the maxon family of X drive products. Several long versions of brushed DC motors, with higher torques and more power, are being added to the product range, together with matching planetary gearheads. Each of the 3-stage versions can now be combined with the next smaller motor. This saves space, weight and costs.

Intelligrated launches southwest regional operation

Dallas-Fort Worth-based regional operation offers responsive, localized service and dedicated support for key logistics hub

Robotics Trends Media Group Announces Exciting Expansion

Robotics Trends Media Group announces today exciting growth and developments to accelerate robotics industry expansion.

ECOVACS ROBOTICS NAMED AS 2015 CES INNOVATION AWARDS HONOREE

The RAYBOT from Ecovacs Robotics is a new environmentally friendly robot designed to effortlessly clean solar panels.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Robotic Tool Changers Increase Productivity and Reduce Cost

Robotic Tool Changers Increase Productivity and Reduce Cost

The ATI Robotic Tool Changer provides the flexibility to automatically change end-effectors or other peripheral tooling. These tool changers are designed to function reliably for millions of cycles at rated load while maintaining extremely high repeatability. For this reason, the ATI Tool Changer has become the number-one tool changer of choice around the world. ATI Tool Changer models cover a wide range of applications, from very small payloads to heavy payload applications requiring significantly large moment capacity.