Introducing German Aerospace Center's Biped TORO

Gizmag has a good write up about a new full body biped robot (TORO) that the engineers at the German Aerospace Center are currently working on.

Mazor Robotics Announces First Follow-on Order from Major U.S. Hospital Corporation

Hospital in Memphis Acquires Mazor Robotics' Renaissance System; Represents First System Install in the State of Tennessee and the Fifth System in the major U.S. hospital corporation

New line of Miniature Sensors from Balluff

Balluff's new full line of miniature sensors can be used in the smallest of installation spaces, and they can be easily integrated in existing mechatronic assemblies. Balluff mini sensors are available with all operating principles: inductive, photoelectric, magnetic, capacitive or ultrasonic sensors.

Trend towards Automation increases Demand for Industrial Robots

2012: Second Highest Number of Robots Sold / 2013: A High Level of Robot Sales Expected Again

ADEPT RECEIVES $2.6 MILLION ORDER FROM CASTEC INTERNATIONAL CORP TAIWAN FOR ROBOTICS TO BE USED IN HIGH PRECISION ASSEMBLY WORKCELLS FOR INDEPENDENT SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING SERVICE PROVIDER

Adept Cobra Robots and Motion Control Workcells to Automate Sub-Assembly of Smart Phone Electronics

Rory McIlroy & The Robot In A Golf Challenge

Top 10 Questions to Consider Before Buying an Industrial Robot

The following document poses some of the questions that a robotic user should consider prior to selecting a robot and a robot programmer/installer.

Clute Packaging Systems Now Offers Packaging Solutions to Businesses Throughout Ontario

Clute Packaging Systems offers packaging solutions for industry and agriculture enterprises in Ontario.

DARPA Announces Winners of Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC)

The goal of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is to generate groundbreaking research and development so that future robotics can perform the most hazardous activities in future disaster response operations, in tandem with their human counterparts, in order to reduce casualties, avoid further destruction, and save lives.

Disaster response robots require multiple layers of software to explore and interact with their environments, use tools, maintain balance and communicate with human operators. In the Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC), competing teams applied software of their own design to a simulated robot in an attempt to complete a series of tasks that are prerequisites for more complex activities.

Twenty-six teams from eight countries qualified to compete in the VRC, which ran from June 17-21, 2013. DARPA had allocated resources for the six teams that did best, but in an interesting twist, good sportsmanship and generosity will allow members of the top nine teams, listed below, to move forward:

  1. Team IHMC, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, Fla. (52 points)
  2. WPI Robotics Engineering C Squad (WRECS), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. (39 points)
  3. MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. (34 points)
  4. Team TRACLabs, TRACLabs, Inc., Webster, Texas (30 points)
  5. JPL / UCSB / Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. (29 points)
  6. TORC, TORC / TU Darmstadt / Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. (27 points)
  7. Team K, Japan (25 points)
  8. TROOPER, Lockheed Martin, Cherry Hill, N.J. (24 points)
  9. Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio (23 points) 

Zero Robotics Opens Algorithm Competition for Controlling Space Satellites

TopCoder®, Inc., the world's largest competitive Community of nearly 500,000 digital creators, today announced registration has opened for an algorithm competition from Zero Robotics which seeks computationally efficient code solutions to control a satellite in space.

Rockwell Automation Releases Latest PlantPAx Process Automation System

The latest release of the PlantPAx process automation system from Rockwell Automation allows companies across multiple industries to improve operator effectiveness with automated procedures, enhanced visualization and new skid-integration capabilities.

EVT Introduces Gwi Glass Wafer Inspection System

EVT introduces GWI Glass Wafer Inspection System to detect defects in glass wafers early in the production cycle. The system is based on a high resolution smart camera, which captures the image from the glass wafer. To meet the required accuracy in defect detection, a 5 MPixel sensor was selected. For higher requirements, sensors with higher resolutions are available.

Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) Introduces the GoldenEye 3D Flash LIDAR(TM) Space Camera

ASC, the leading supplier of 3D cameras for terrestrial and space applications, proudly introduces the GoldenEye 3D camera designed specifically for a wide range of space operations.

Lumalier Helps Hospitals Improve Infection Control Efforts with Real-time Disinfection Data from New iTRU-D Technology and Web Portal System

Memphis-based Lumalier - maker of TRU-D SmartUVC™, a portable UV disinfection robot utilized by hospitals to combat pathogens with precisely measured UV-C emissions - today announced the launch of iTru-D and a web portal system that will better assist hospitals in tracking their infection control efforts in the battle against the dreaded "superbugs" that are challenging patient safety.

X-FAB Introduces New Analog/Mixed-Signal Reference Kit for Rapid Adoption of Advanced Cadence Design Flows

Gets closer to first-time-right analog design by integrating advanced EDA features in design flow to increase design productivity, reduce time to market and design costs

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Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control introduces new lightweight versions of select gearhead products. The new gearheads are ideal for designs where weight is a critical factor. Building on the success of Harmonic Drive LLCs current gear units, new lightweight versions were the next logical evolution of the CS/ SH product lines. With weight reductions of 20-30% without any reduction in torque ratings, the Lightweight (LW) gear units provide exceptional torque density.