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.
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: DIY Drones post and discussion. Hackernews post.
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.
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.
CoaXpress and MatLab integration offer options where previously none existed. The ability to have a controllable high speed camera at distances greater than 7m wasn't a possibility before, without the use of extenders and other potential hardware failures.
With over 35,000 attendees and 1500 exhibitors this provides an excellent platform for the market launch of the Delta E rotator.
PAC Worldwide Releases the PACjacket3, the Next Generation of Their Automated Packaging Machine Series
PAC Worldwide is pleased to announce the latest version of their highly successful automated packaging machine series, from their PACjacket Systems line, the PACjacket3.
FABTECH 2013 runs Nov. 18-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago
ROBO-STOX Marks Launch Of Global Robotics And Automation Index ETF With Robot Ringing NASDAQ Closing Bell
UR5 Robot Arm from Universal Robots Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell, Showcasing Market-Leading 'Collaborative Robot'
The University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) will host the symposium on Nov. 14-17 at UC's Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center.
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LASYS 2014: Laser production systems for material processing are becoming more and more precise and efficient
The Kollmorgen EB Series provides a high-performance explosion-proof servomotor suitable for applications where flammable vapors or gases create a potentially hazardous environment.
Gam Gear's new SSP Series is an innovative washdown servo gearbox solution designed for food, medical or sanitary applications.
ABB unveils new IRB 6700 family, the next generation of large industrial robots featuring superior performance and the lowest total cost of ownership in its class
Multiple variants: One family of robots with payloads from 150 to 300 kg and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters ---- Robust yet precise: Collision resistant with moment of inertia capabilities and highly accurate next generation motors ---- Built around Lean ID: Cost effective Integrated Dressing (ID) for easy programming, reduced wear and small footprints ---- Simplified maintenance: Longer service intervals, highly accessible components and optimized service routines ---- Lowest Total Cost of Ownership: Key improvements and better energy efficiency combine to reduce TCO by up to 20%
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