Barrett Technology expands to new corporate headquarters

Barrett Technology opens 2014 in its newly completed facility.

OSI LASER DIODE Announces NEW High-Power Laser Fiber Packaging

• The new CVD high power laser fiber packaging will be showcased in OSI Laser Diode's booth # 2029 at SPIE Photonics West, Moscone Center, San Francisco, Feb. 4-6, 2014.

Intelligrated appoints Chris Lingamfelter as vice president, integrated system sales and strategy

Supply chain system sales veteran joins executive team

Rex: A Single-board Computer With A Full OS That Is Designed For Robots

From the Rex Kickstarter:

Why do you want Rex?

There are two general classes of electronics used in robot hardware: microcontrollers (ex. Arduino) and single-board computers. Microcontrollers are great for projects that only require a single program to be run, quickly and without overhead, like controlling LEDs and motors. Single-board computers are great for anything you'd need a cheap, small computer for - like networking applications and image processing.

Advanced autonomous robots require the strengths of both. A system developed around Rex, being made specifically for robots, brings it all together in one nice little package in a way that has never been done before.

Hardware Specs:

  • Texas Instruments DM3730
  • 1GHz 32-bit ARM Cortex-A8 Processor core
  • 800MHz DSP core
  • 512MB LPDDR RAM
  • USB Host port
  • MicroSD slot
  • Camera Module port
  • 3.5mm Audio-in jack
  • 3.5mm Audio-out jack
  • 5V DC input for desktop development

Each Rex will come pre-installed with Alphalem OS, a FOSS custom linux distribution. It includes a core set of built-in device drivers - ones that we've hand-picked as being the most useful for robots (like USB WiFi adapters and cameras). We'll publish the list in a wiki on our website.

Here are the other main features:

  • An Arduino-style programming environment with support for multiple programming languages (C, C++, Python).
  • A special task manager called the Master Control Program (MCP).
  • An API for message passing in multi-process applications.
  • A standard Linux filesystem which will allow you to install just about any Linux software that can be cross-compiled for ARM.
  • Libraries for common processes such as I2C communication, face detection, and sensor reading.

Michael Toscano to Represent the UAS Industry at the AMA Expo

A leading voice in the industry of unmanned systems, Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), will be among the featured guest speakers at the Academy of Model Aeronautics EXPO, January 10-12, 2014, at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario CA. Toscano will present "The State of the Industry" and will also participate in a panel discussion with James Williams, manager of the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, and Rich Hanson, AMA government and regulatory affairs representative.

Climbing, Gecko-Like Robot by SFU Researchers Can be Useful in Space

The sticky feet of a climbing, gecko-like robot developed by SFU researchers could be useful in space, international tests show.

Opto Diode Introduces a 100 mm2 Photodiode- SXUV100

The highly sensitive device permits detection to 1 nm, and provides a remarkably stable response after exposure to EUV/UV conditions.

Harvest Automation and SBI Software Announce Partnership to Integrate Harvest Knowledge and SBI Grower

This collaboration will create a seamless connection between Harvest Knowledge and SBI Grower.

Festo Introduces the New CPX-FB36 Node for EtherNet/IP Communications

The CPX-FB36, which is the next generation replacement for the Festo CPX-FB32 communication node, is ideal for production and process automation environments requiring diagnostics from the operational and master controller level on down to the field level.

Five Elements Robotics Announces the Launching of Budgee

The Friendly Robot that Follows You Around and Carries Your Stuff!

Scientists Use Unique Robotic Vehicle to Study the Deep Sea

Scientists and engineers using advanced technology and a unique robotic vehicle to study the deep sea will also be using their computers to interact with students, teachers, and the public about the research they are conducting.

The Top 10 Most Popular DARPA Stories of 2013

Here is a look back at the most popular-based on webpage views.

techJOYnT Partners with RobotsLAB To Bring Award Winning Robots to Oklahoma Public Schools

techJOYnT partners with RobotsLAB to bring award winning robots to Oklahoma Public Schools. RobotsLAB BOX is a teaching aid designed to help educators demonstrate abstract concepts in math and science through the innovative use of robots.

Inertia Dynamics NEMA Brakes for Servo & Stepper Motors

The MPC is a power-off brake module with an output shaft.

Island University Designated by FAA as Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site

The test sites will facilitate testing and research of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technologies to provide scientific data on the future integration of these aircraft safely with other air traffic.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Stäubli – TP80 Fast Picker robot

Stäubli - TP80 Fast Picker robot

Introducing the TP80 Fast Picker, a new series that delivers speeds in excess of 200 picks per minute, and more flexibility at a lower cost. Stäubli has long set the standard for high speed and precision in robotic performance, ensuring the highest possible throughput and shortest cycle times.