Robotics Alley Announces Scholarship Award Winner

The Robotics Alley Conference & Expo, in partnership with the Minnesota High Tech Association, has named its 2014 STEM scholarship award winner.

Powerful Laser Diodes in a TO Housing

635 nm Laser Diode at 500 mW

High Speed Bipedal Robot Running Using High Speed Visual Feedback

From University of Tokyo:

ACHIRES is composed of high-speed vision and high-speed actuators to achieve instantaneous recognition and behavior. The similar technologies are used in our Janken (Rock Paper Scissors) Robot. High-speed vision detects the state of the biped robot including the timing of landing at 600 fps. The biped mechanism with the leg length of 14 cm is set to run in the sagittal plane. At present, the running velocity reaches 4.2 km/h. Simple control based on high-speed performance of sensory-motor system enables the biped robot to stably run without falling, unlike computationally expensive ZMP-based control which is commonly used for balance. The aerial posture is recovered to compensate for the deviation from the stable trajectory using high-speed visual feedback.

We also address a task of somersaulting. While running, the robot takes a big swing with one foot and jumps. After takeoff, both legs are controlled to curl up for high-speed rotation in the air. ACHIRES is going to be improved to push the envelope while demonstrating various biped locomotion tasks... (cont'd)

Beginners Tutorial: Autonomous Robot Control Theory

From Nick McCrea at Toptal:

In this article, I’m going to describe the control scheme of my simulated robot, illustrate how it interacts with its environment and achieves its goals, and discuss some of the fundamental challenges of robotics that I encountered along the way... (full article)

Robotic Biopsy System Drives the Point Home

Compact, high-torque motors precisely control biopsy needle to improve speed, efficiency, and radiation exposure.

ReWalk Robotics updates IPO terms

ReWalk Robotics plans on selling 3.35 million of its shares in an IPO that will trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "RWLK." The pricing terms were not disclosed. Barclays Capital and Jefferies will serve as underwriters. Based in the U.S., Israel and Germany, ReWalk is a maker of wearable robotic exoskeletons for individuals with spinal cord injury. Its backers include SCP Vitalife Partners. Yaskawa Electric Corp. Israel Healthcare Ventures, Pontifax and Previz Ventures.

ADVANCED Motion Controls News and Announcements

DVC Series - DigFlex® Performance™ for Electric Mobility

XIMEA USB 3.0 Cameras Support Linux ARM Platforms

XIMEA adds Linux ARM compatibility to world's smallest USB 3.0 line of industrial cameras.

Butler3000 Robot Bartender Making Its Portland Debut at PIE PDX

The Butler3000 will debut in Portland at the PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) Happy Hour, August 29, 2014.

Energid Technologies Develops Software Enabling Driverless Convoy Vehicles

Computer Simulation will Support Autonomous-Vehicle Algorithm Development

Unbounded Robotics to Shut Down Due to Issues With Willow Garage Spin-Off Agreement

From Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum:

IEEE Spectrum has learned that Unbounded Robotics, a spin-off of Willow Garage that developed the UBR-1 mobile manipulator, is currently "in the process of shutting down." The UBR-1 is no longer for sale.

Recently, a source (who asked not to be named) forwarded us an email from Unbounded Robotics CEO Melonee Wise. Our source received the message after requesting a quote for a UBR-1 robot:

"Unfortunately Unbounded Robotics is in the process of shutting down due to issues with our Willow Garage spin off agreement that prevents us from raising series A investment. Unbounded Robotics is no longer selling the UBR-1.... (cont'd)

Adept Technology Introduces New Mobile Robot Localization Technology

"Acuity" Feature Enables "Lynx" Mobile Vehicle Navigation in Extremely Dynamic Environments

IMTS 2014 - Quaker Introduces New Approaches to Coolants at IMTS

The QUAKERCOOL® 700 Series metal removal fluids are mineral oil free micro-emulsions.

RIA International Collaborative Robots Workshop Agenda Announced

Event to be Held in Silicon Valley on September 30, 2014

VALERI Project Aims to Make Robots that Work Alongside Humans

Trying to squeeze into small enclosed areas, carrying out highly repetitive tasks, retiring with back injuries even while your expertise is needed: these everyday realities of working in aviation construction may become a thing of the past.

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