uArm

From the projects' kickstarter ($104,217 pledged of $5,000 goal):

uArm is a 4-axis parallel-mechanism robot arm, inspired by the ABB PalletPack industrial robot arm IRB460. ($185 for complete black kit and a gripper)

The basic design is Arduino-controlled with 4 degrees of freedom. Three servos on the base control the main movement of the arm and the mini servo on the top moves and rotates the object. The end-effector of the arm is always kept parallel to the ground.

Right now we have already developed a Windows application that allows the uArm to be controlled with keyboard or mouse. 

With some basic controlling skills, you can use basically any input device to control it, for example, we have also used other remote controller to control the arm. With our imbedded inverse-kinematics algorithm, the uArm can be precisely controlled using coordinates. 

We have also written an Arduino library specifically for controlling the uArm. So if you are familiar with Arduino, you can program it directly with Arduino IDE. By calling different functions, you can easily move uArm to your desired position without doing tons of hard math... cont'd

New Sensors Unlimited Mil-Rugged, High Resolution, Extended Sensitivity Shortwave Infrared Video Camera with Snapshot

Sensors Unlimited's new camera is an all-solid-state, ruggedized camera with snapshot exposure capability and automatic gain control (AGC).

BYD Collaborates with I2R on Autonomous Vehicle Research

A*STAR's I2R and China's BYD develop a joint vehicle laboratory

Rockwell Automation Introduces Allen-Bradley Micro820 PLC for Remote Automation Applications

Rockwell Automation announces the new Allen-Bradley Micro820 programmable logic controller (PLC), a new addition to the Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLC family. The 20-point Micro820 controller features embedded Ethernet and serial ports, and a microSD slot.

DARPA Open Catalog Makes Agency-Sponsored Software and Publications Available to All

Public website aims to encourage communities interested in DARPA research to build off the agency's work, starting with big data

Spectra-Physics® Expands Ultrafast Amplifier Portfolio

• Extends offering to high >14 W power and to ultrashort sub-20 femtosecond (fs) pulses at high repetition rates

Spectra-Physics® Launches Breakthrough >60 W Ultraviolet (UV) Laser

• Quasar® 355-60 also boosts maximum repetition rate by 3.5x, shrinks minimum pulse width by 2.5x

Spectra-Physics® Debuts Disruptive Cost-Performance Ultraviolet (UV) Q-switched Laser

• New Talon™ delivers unprecedented combination of UV performance, reliability, and cost

North American Robotics Shipments Grow in 2013 While New Orders Contract

While robot shipments set record highs in 2013, new orders fell.

Microscan to Instruct Machine Vision Course at Upcoming Learning Labs

Microscan, a global technology leader in machine vision and barcode solutions, will present an educational machine vision workshop at the upcoming 2014 Anaheim Learning Labs Program, scheduled to take place February 11-13 in Anaheim, CA.

USPTO Awards Vehicle Dispatching Patent to Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

The US Patent & Trademark Office recently awarded ASI with Patent No. US 8,626,565 B2 titled "Vehicle Dispatching Method and System."

Bilsing Automation Announces New PSB-20 Series Grippers

New slim, lightweight and high clamping force Bilsing gripper can become the standard across a variety of robotic end-of-arm tooling applications.

Robot Sidekicks: With NSF Funding, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researchers Tackle the Challenges of Putting Robots on the Shop Floor and in Our Homes

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have received awards through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Robotics Initiative to investigate and overcome fundamental challenges involved with robots working alongside people. Dmitry Berenson will develop algorithms that will permit robots to collaborate with people on small-scale manufacturing operations. Sonia Chernova will draw on the experience of thousands of online "teachers" to learn more about how "everyday people" can teach robots to do simple tasks.

Spectra-Physics® Unveils Ultra-Compact Femtosecond Laser

• New air-cooled ultrafast laser is ideal for fixed wavelength multiphoton imaging and nano-structuring

ROS 101: Intro To The Robot Operating System

Clearpath Robotics has posted part one and two of their ongoing introductory to the ROS operating system:

Part One: Intro

Since we practically live in the Robot Operating System (ROS), we thought it was time to share some tips on how to get started with ROS. We’ll answer questions like where do I begin? How do I get started? What terminology should I brush up on? Keep an eye out for this ongoing ROS 101 blog series that will provide you with a top to bottom view of ROS that will focus on introducing basic concepts simply, cleanly and at a reasonable pace... cont'd

Part Two: Setup And Example

In the previous ROS 101 post, we provided a quick introduction to ROS to answer questions like What is ROS? and How do I get started? Now that you understand the basics, here’s how they can apply to a practical example. Follow along to see how we actually ‘do’ all of these things…. cont'd

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