18 Questions to Ask Your AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) Vendor:
Part 2

With so many AGV solutions on the market, it can be difficult to tell which AGV is right for your application and facility. Before investing in automation, ask your AGV vendor these important questions about install times, safety standards and the team you'll be working with.

AUVSI to Host Workshop on Drones and the Wireless Industry at CTIA Super Mobility Conference, Sept. 8

Review of new FAA regulations for operating commercial drones

AirMap Launches Real-time Traffic Alerts to Notify Drones about Nearby Manned Aircraft

Real-time traffic alerts bring us closer to autonomous, beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights for drones

Sony company chief hints at company's plans to head into robotics and AI

SHIVALI BEST FOR MAILONLINE:  While Sony is currently one of the leading producers of smartphones, cameras and home entertainment systems, the company may soon be heading into the realm of robotics and AI. On Thursday, Kazuo Hirai, CEO of the Tokyo-based company, took to the stage at the IFA electronics show in Berlin to discuss the firm's newest products.He said that Sony was keen to explore new areas of technology, and that artificial intelligence and robotics were part of that.

The move towards robotics and AI is part of Sony's 'last one inch' mantra, that refers to getting products close to consumers.  Mr Hirai said: 'I think the combination of 'the last one inch' - things that you hold in your hand to access or upload information, entertainment and so on - combined with AI and robotics is the area that is going to be a future growth area in a big way for Sony.  Cont'd...

Innovative unmanned aerial vehicles can be launched from underwater for aerial missions

"Some of the other major manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles include AeroVironment and DJI Innovations among others."

The ABC of RPA, Part 10: At What Point Should I Also Consider Bringing Artificial Intelligence Into The Office Environment?

Once a number of robots have been successfully implemented within your internal team and your process experts have a thorough understanding of how these robots have impacted the operating environment - then you can progress to artificial intelligence.

Drone USA, Inc. Expects That New Regulations Will Significantly Increase the Commercial Drone Market

Small UAS Rule, which was first passed by the FAA in June and went into effect Monday, August 29, 2016, simplifies the process of becoming a commercial drone pilot. Under the new regulations, commercial drone operators will no longer have to obtain a traditional pilot's license and receive case-by-case permission from regulators.

Only two weeks left to register for world's largest vehicle perception technology conference

The event, which will be held from 20-22 September in Brussels, Belgium, has passed the initial attendance target and has already expanded twice to meet demand from exhibitors.

The First Autonomous, Entirely Soft Robot

From Leah Burrows and Harvard:  A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3-D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3-D-printed robot — nicknamed the “octobot” — could pave the way for a new generation of such machines...

...Through our hybrid assembly approach, we were able to 3-D print each of the functional components required within the soft robot body, including the fuel storage, power, and actuation, in a rapid manner,” said Lewis. “The octobot is a simple embodiment designed to demonstrate our integrated design and additive fabrication strategy for embedding autonomous functionality.”... (full article)

 

Drone World Expo to Offer MAPPS Fall Policy Conference and Geospatial Pavilion for Commercial End Users

-As the FAA's Part 107 takes effect this week, there are several opportunities for end users of UAS technology to become educated at this November's Drone World Expo (DWE) taking place November 15-16 at the San Jose Convention Center.

CNH Industrial brands reveal concept autonomous tractor development: driverless technology to boost precision and productivity

Precision farming and machine automation are already taking on ever-greater importance in order to meet the need for more efficient, economic and sustainable agriculture. However, at key times of the year farm work still demands long hours in the field - particularly when harvesting a crop, or planting the next one.

Aviation Maintenance School to Offer Unmanned Aircraft Systems Courses

This two day course will expose students to key aspects of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry with a focus on the operator role and mission. This course is designed to help students obtain their operator certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

NASA Holds Final Sample Return Robot Competition

In this final round of the challenge, teams have up to two hours each to locate as many as 10 unknown samples that vary in size, shape, location and difficulty.

New Kespry Drone 2.0 Has Twice the Aerial Coverage

Based on requests from commercial customers, the new Kespry Drone 2.0 now flies over 30 minutes per flight, covering up to 150 acres at a 400 foot altitude, and can operate effectively in up to 25 mph sustained winds and 35 mph wind gusts.

Kongsberg Geospatial and FAA ASSURE UAS Team Members Partner for Operational Trials of Detect and Avoid and Beyond Visual Line of Sight Display Software

U. of Alaska, U. of North Dakota to adopt IRIS UAS software for BVLOS drone research

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