Penguins Inspire Novel Spherical Joint Mechanism for Propulsion Systems

Back in 1991, Nature published a picture from the IMAX movie Antarctica, along with the caption: "Emperor penguins may be waddling jokes on land, but underwater they can turn into regular rockets…accelerating from 0 to 7 m/s in less than a second."

KUKA Robotics to Exhibit Latest Solutions at Fabtech 2013

KUKA Robotics to debut the latest in robotic welding innovations for the welding and fabricating industry at FABTECH 2013.

Lincoln Electric Dedicates New Automation Center of Excellence in Brazil

The new, 5,000-square-meter facility includes demonstration, integration, training and office space.

KUKA Robotics Introduces Triple Lift Mobile Lift Platform at InterAirport Trade Fair

Designed to accommodate four workers, including their service equipment, and can raise its infinitely adjustable platform to a maximum height of eight meters.

Morgan Crucible unifies operations to provide a broader, more comprehensive product offering

Morgan Crucible has combined its two divisions Morgan Ceramics and Morgan Engineered Materials to create a unified business under the new name Morgan Advanced Materials.

SAKOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. ANNOUNCES TURNKEY TEST SYSTEM FOR HYBRID AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Fully automated test system for all driveline and electric motor testing

Trust Automation Motion Control Solutions Contribute to the Success of the MEADS FT-2 Missile Test

Trust Automation designed and developed critical motion control elements to the radar platform.

AlphaLab Gear A New Hardware & Robotics Startups Accelerator

AlphaLab Gear is a new accelerator located in Pittsburgh that converges manufacturing, technology and ingenuity for hardware & robotics startups

Universal Magnetic Sensor with programmable Switching Points

MMS 22-PI1 magnetic switch from SCHUNK, uses two programmable switching points, making it an all-purpose sensor.

Opto Diode's New Quadrant Photodiode 5 mm2 - SXUVPS4C

First of two new SXUV multi-element photodiodes to be introduced

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis to Keynote 2014 CES Leaders in Technology Dinner

LIT Dinner to Honor Top Technologists and Policymakers Instrumental in Advancing Technology Innovation

PrimeSense Reportedly Aquired By Apple

According to AllThingsD Apple is in the process of buying PrimeSense. PrimeSense is the company that developed and licensed the hardware and chip design used in the original Kinect. This could have an effect on several low cost depth cameras including the ASUS Xtion which uses PrimeSense hardware or the $200 developer camera sold directly from PrimeSense.

Their online store is still open but who know for how long.

Triquad

IEEE Spectrum:

As cool as quadrotors are, in most cases they're simply not as good as helicopters. Because of the way they're designed (with four small rotors instead of one big one), they're less powerful, less efficient, and less maneuverable. The power and efficiency issues come from the fact that one big rotor generates more lift per aircraft footprint than four small rotors, and as for maneuverability, a helicopter that can alter rotor pitch instantly will always outmaneuver a quadrotor that can only control blade speed. Seriously, try doing this with a quadrotor.

So, the thing that quadrotors have going for them is that they're simple. Helicopters have complex main rotor heads, with shafts and bearings and linkages all over the place, while quadrotors just have four motors and that's it. The University of Queensland researchers came up with a "Y4" configuration that aims to take all the good bits of helicopters and make them as simple as quadrotors. I'm just going to start calling this new design a triquad. Keep in mind that this is still a quadrotor: it just had things shifted around a little bit.

Almost all of the triquad's lift comes from its big main fixed-pitch rotor, located at the center of the "Y" (pictured below). The three little fixed-pitch rotors in the "Y" configuration are angled (at a fixed 45 degrees) to provide counter-torque (which they do slightly more efficiently than a helicopter tail rotor) along with pitch and roll control. Here's how the control works... cont'd at IEEE Spectrum

Follow up discussions:

  1. DIY Drones post and discussion.
  2. Hackernews post.

Harvest Automation Robots Space Over 40,000 Poinsettia Plants in Four Days

Harvest Automation robots are designed to work around the clock, they never need a break, and can handle the most tedious and repetitive work on a Nursery or Greenhouse operation with consistent accuracy and on-time performance.

Air Force Research Lab Uses TORC's Robotic Conversion Kits for Robotic Assault-Zone Survey Vehicle

TORC's unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) conversion kits, which maintain the ability for optionally manned operation, offer the proven capabilities and modularity necessary for AFRL to scale from one prototype to production quantity.

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