New Pipe Inspection Robot from STRAHL LLC: Focus on Results and Affordability

Motorized German-made pipe crawler GECKO 9050 with Kevlar-reinforced water- and acid-proof 100 to 150 meter cable, and advanced camera head. Pan-and-tilt camera head is default, optional extra wheels, camera head raiser for easy centering and a sonde locator are available.

5D Robotics Acquires Industrial Business and Assets of Aerial MOB, LLC

New aerial division will drive future innovations in robotics and aerospace industries

RE2 Robotics Wins Federal Laboratory Consortium Achievement Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer

-- RE2 Partners with the Space and Naval Systems Center Pacific to validate open architecture and interoperability for EOD robots --

Crowdfunding Projects For April

Here are a few projects we think are worth looking into. Be careful... it is crowdfunding.

U-Kart Robotic Vehicle Platform Wins 2016 Innovation Award

FTR Systems introduced a development platform for building robotic electric vehicles at the 2016 Electric Vehicle Show in Taiwan. The robot kit won a bronze medal as part of the Innovation Awards.

Cheetah Mobile Hosts Summit for Global App Developers; Announces Data-driven Content Strategy along with $50M Investment in Robotics

Three-year plan focuses on combining big data insights to surface new online content; Cheetah Robotics investment arm to advance deep learning and automation.

Bring 3D printed robots to life with 'Ziro' hand-controlled robotics kit

Benedict for 3Ders.org:  Tech startup ZeroUI, based in San Jose, California, has launched an Indiegogo campaign for Ziro, the “world’s first hand-controlled robotics kit”. The modular kit has been designed to bring 3D printed creations to life, and has already surpassed its $30,000 campaign goal.
It would be fair to say that the phenomenon of gesture recognition, throughout the wide variety of consumer electronics to which it has been introduced, has been a mixed success. The huge popularity of the Nintendo Wii showed that—for the right product—users were happy to use their hands and bodies as controllers, but for every Wii, there are a million useless webcam or smartphone functions, lying dormant, unused, and destined for the technology recycle bin.  Full Article:
 

Early-Stage VC Becomes Most Aggressive Investor in Robotics and Machine Learning Space

Comet Labs Closes 10 Investments within Six Months

CLEARPATH NAMED 2016 EDISON AWARD WINNER

Clearpath wins Silver at New York Ceremony for OTTO 1500 self-driving vehicle

Mouser Electronics Continues Hall of Fame Sponsorship at FIRST Championship Event

Celebrity Engineer Grant Imahara to Attend

ChartaCloud Announces Humanoid Robotics 'Makerspace' for Local Libraries and STEM Education

Libraries Can Now Become More Vital to Communities By Providing Member Access to a Humanoid Robotics and STEM Curricula

GeckoSystems, an AI Robotics Co., Forecasts $25,000,000 in Revenues

CEO's Trip to Japan to be Pivotal.

Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos

From Justus Thies, Michael Zollhöfer, Marc Stamminger, Christian Theobalt and Matthias Nießner:

We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. To this end, we first address the under-constrained problem of facial identity recovery from monocular video by non-rigid model-based bundling. At run time, we track facial expressions of both source and target video using a dense photometric consistency measure. Reenactment is then achieved by fast and efficient deformation transfer between source and target. The mouth interior that best matches the re-targeted expression is retrieved from the target sequence and warped to produce an accurate fit. Finally, we convincingly re-render the synthesized target face on top of the corresponding video stream such that it seamlessly blends with the real-world illumination... (full paper)

 

Robotics Students From Canada, China, Puerto Rico And The United States Of America Crowned Champions At VEX Worlds 2016

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title achieved at VEX Worlds for the largest student-led robotics competition!

Japan`s Industry: University Collaboration To Speed Up The Robot Ventures

START, is a Industry-university cooperation development platform promoting the seeds of technology or robotics ventures in Japan.

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ST Robotics - r12 robot arm

ST Robotics - r12 robot arm

ST Robotics have decades of experience in industrial robots having sold hundreds of robots over the years. The company has 3 main models, R12, R17 and R19 all using a unique simple industrial technology that dramatically reduces costs resulting in the lowest priced industrial robots available. The same uncomplicated technology vastly improves reliability. ST backs this up with a 2 year warranty. Typical applications are routine testing, sample handling and also education. The software is a different paradigm from most robots. It is command based; you type a command and see immediate action. Programming is a building block approach, building confidence as you program in small 'mind-sized bytes'. ST offers free unlimited technical support.