2012 Venture Funding Roundup From Hizook


Due to the popularity of Hizook's list of VC Funding for Robotics in 2011, we figured folks would be curious how 2012 fared in comparison.... and the news is promising!  cont'd

Seegrid Flexible AGVs Reduce Overtime in Great Lakes Wine and Spirits Distribution Centers

Great Lakes Wine and Spirits purchased two Seegrid GP8D flexible AGVs to drop inbound pallets in various drop zones throughout the distribution centers to shorten the hilo operator's travel; the result is more is accomplished quickly and overtime compensation is dramatically reduced. The company estimates a savings of approximately $28,000 per year in overtime reduction.

Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces and Robotics: John Phillips, Pleora Technologies

We're seeing growing demand for interfaces that don't require a traditional frame grabber inside the personal computer (PC), as well as a migration towards smaller form factor PCs with embedded processing.

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Launches Social Media Site for Robots, Unveils Apps That Enhance MINDSTORMS EV3 Experience

New MINDSTORMS Community Website and Three Apps Allow Builders to Create and Control Robots from Smart Devices, Upload Photos Directly from Phones, and Hone Skills with Games

Registration is Open for 2014 AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition

Aerospace and defense manufacturing professionals are invited to join industry leaders at AeroDef Manufacturing, February 25-27, 2014 at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center. AeroDef convenes the industry to find solutions to its most complex challenges.

First robot to collaborate directly with employees at Volkswagen plant

The car manufacturing group Volkswagen has integrated an industrial robotic arm from the Danish manufacturer Univer-sal Robots into mass production at its engine production plant in Salzgitter, Germany. The lightweight robot UR5 is installed in the cylinder head assembly section, where it is responsible for handling delicate glow plugs. This is the first collaborative robot in use at Volkswagen worldwide. Due to its integrated safety mode, the six-axis robotic arm is able to collaborate directly with people without any guards, contrib-uting significantly towards optimizing ergonomic working processes.

Microscan to Demonstrate ID & Inspection Solutions at Pack Expo 2013

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces that it will showcase its latest identification and inspection solutions for product traceability and quality compliance in Booth #S-7455 at Pack Expo 2013.

Flutter: $20 Wireless Arduino With Half Mile Range.

Kickstarter campaign:

What is Flutter?

Flutter is a wireless electronics development platform based on Arduino. With over half a mile of usable range, a powerful ARM processor, and integrated encryption, Flutter makes it easy for you to build projects that communicate across the house, across the neighborhood, and beyond.

Whether you want to check the temperature of a beer-brewing setup, have your mailbox send you a text message when the mailman arrives, control a swarm of flying robots, or just turn on your lights with your phone, Flutter gives you the range, power, and flexibility to do it.

We’re not just building circuit boards though. Our goal is simple: make it easier for engineers, makers, builders, and hackers to go farther with their projects than ever before. Even if it's their first time. We’re going to arrange and keep a set of basic electronics tutorials so getting started with Flutter is as easy as possible.

Getting Connected

Creating Flutter networks is easy, even if it’s just two boards. Specify networks in Arduino code or configure Flutter with our mobile app. Once configured, devices can enter and exit the network seamlessly. This makes it extremely easy to set up a network at home (or anywhere else) where all of your projects can reliably communicate. Flutter is like a second network for your devices.

IPak Machinery Adds Value and Capability to 2013 TF-350 Tray Former with Enhanced Servo-Drive Technology

New, improved servo-driven TF-350 S-Series boasts superior speed, forming consistency, tray aesthetics and flexibility in a simple, easy to maintain design; See the IPak TF-350 S-Series tray former at Pack Expo Las Vegas, September 23-25, Booth C-2014.

XY Stages for High Speed Microscopy Applications

IntelLiDrives releases a new low profile large aperture XY stage for automated microscopy applications.

Alelo and RoboKind Win Grant to Develop Robots for Language Learning

Alelo-led team will develop a robot to engage children in Chinese language learning and improve student outcomes.

IntelLiDrives XYZ Robot Helps Researchers to Develop Weather-resistant Crops

XYZ robot is used to acquire time-lapsed plant growth images.

Honeywell Launches New Digital Pressure Sensors with CANopen®

High configurable digital pressure sensors are rugged and accurate

Nissan Announces Unprecedented Autonomous Drive Benchmarks

Nissan will be ready with revolutionary commercially-viable Autonomous Drive in multiple vehicles by the year 2020 ---- Program underway in Japan to construct first dedicated, purpose-built autonomous drive proving ground ---- The goal is availability across the model range within two vehicle generations ---- Nissan already working with top universities including MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Oxford and The University of Tokyo*; seeks to broaden collaborative research with other world-class institutions as well as start-ups ---- Nissan leveraging 80 years of technical prowess and innovation in new effort to revolutionize vehicle chassis and design for Autonomous Drive

DARPA Selects Southwest Research Institute to Support DARPA Robotics Challenge

DARPA is funding an effort to advance robot technology that can supplement or substitute for direct human activity in disaster environments.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics - Right-Sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics offers a wide range of servo-driven 7th axis linear rails for industrial robots. These rails come in ten different sizes and are constructed from modular high strength extruded aluminum sections to handle payloads of 100 kg to 1600 kg or from steel to handle 2000 kg payloads. This variety of rail sizes allows each application to be sized correctly, controlling the space required and the price point. The drive train design of these rails utilizes helical gear-racks and is proven over 10 years to be repeatable and reliable, even in tough foundry applications.