"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.

US$1m 'Drones for Good' Competition Attracts Huge Participation From 57 Countries

More than 800 entries highlight exciting opportunities in use of drone technology to meet public needs

Custom Case Group Joins Leading Unmanned Vehicle Association

Manufacturer hopes to promote drone and UAV industry issues through AUVSI membership

New Dates Announced for BZ Media's InterDrone, the International Drone Conference and Exposition

Registration now open for Las Vegas event focused on boomingcommercial drone market

The Industrial Automation Exchange

New online tool connects manufacturers with industrial automation expertise, products

CSF Robotics becomes a Robotmaster reseller for Australia and the Asia Pacific region

We are proud to announce that CSF Robotics becomes a Robotmaster reseller for Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Anibit Online Graphical Programmer for the Pololu 3pi Robot

From Anibit: We have adapted a graphical programming environment for the Arduino known as "Blocklyduino" to be tailored to Pololu's 3Pi Robot Platform. Blocklyduino is itself an adaptation of Blockly, a software package for developers to create graphical programming environments. All of this is heavily inspired by Scratch and the MIT App inventor. If you are not familiar with those tools and watch to teach kids about programming, you really should check the out. Graphical Programming is a great introduction to programming for kids. and the Pololu 3Pi is a low cost, ready-made robot that kids love. As part part of our mission at Anibit to inspire and educate about robotics, we felt the need to bring the two together... ( Anibit link )

NEW QC-160 ROBOTIC TOOL CHANGER PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY, EXCEEDS 200 kg ROBOT LOAD SPECIFICATION

The new QC-160 Robotic Tool Changer, recently developed by ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, has a high moment capacity in a lightweight and compact design and utilizes the same proven Locking Mechanism as ATI's QC-200 Series.

Motion for many: Instantly control three-phase motors for $25 with TI's C2000 Piccolo F2806x InstaSPIN-MOTION LaunchPad

Leverage InstaSPIN-MOTION technology for torque, velocity or servo position control systems with sensorless or sensored feedback

Establishing the CODE for Unmanned Aircraft to Fly as Collaborative Teams

CODE program is offering the opportunity to participate in discussions to help develop groundbreaking software enabling unmanned aircraft to work together with minimal supervision

Güdel Introduces New Green Tire Trays

Fast, efficient handling of sticky, green tires.

ROBOTS EXPLORE DANGEROUS MINES WITH NOVEL SENSOR FUSION TECHNOLOGY

Research team uses Husky UGV to run autonomous sensor data in Chile's mines; goal to remove humans from dangerous environments.

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Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

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.