Multi-application Robot Arm Is 'Child's Play' To Program

"Teaching the robot is child's play, both Julian and I taught ourselves within a day," Steve Blease continued. "The teach mode is ideal for establishing the basic approach and then it's just a question of fine-tuning for final positioning."

CT2WS Threat Detection Technology Does a 360

HRL Laboratories built and tested the rugged, water-proof, modular, 360° imaging sensor nicknamed OWL (Omni-directional threat Warning and Locator).

PolyU Students Show Prowess in UAV Design Competition

A student team from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has made a strong presence in the 2013 Taiwan Innovative Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) Design Competition by taking home the Second Runner-up (Navigated Flight Category).

SpotterRF Provides "Eyes" for Mobile Force Protection Training at Camp Williams

SpotterRF provides budget conscious radar option through growing list of new integrators.

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. Announces New Version of Mobius Command & Control Software

ASI announces release of Mobius™ Command & Control Software version 6.0 featuring a unified code architecture.

Falkor Systems and I Heart Engineering Announce Merger

Two leading open-source robotics firms join forces to build the robot future

MoviMED Custom Imaging Solutions Named Vision Specialty Alliance Partner by National Instruments

MoviMED, a motion and vision system integration specialist with more than 45 combined man-years of experience with NI products, has been named a Vision Specialty Alliance Partner.

Unisource Presents Packaging Solutions at PACKEX in Toronto

Unisource Worldwide, Inc., a global provider of integrated packaging solutions, will feature its packaging solutions at the 2013 PACKEX Toronto Show, at the Toronto Congress Centre, May 14-16, 2013.

ADLINK Launches Powerful Embedded Vision System, EOS-1220

Equipped with 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processors and GigE Vision compliance

Murata Machinery Turning Division Adds New Dealer Technical Equipment

Technical Equipment Sales will now be a CNC machine tool dealer for the Muratec brand in Ohio, Indiana & Kentucky.

MoveIt! Software Framework for Motion Planning in ROS

From ROS.org:

Willow Garage is proud to announce the initial release of MoveIt! : new software targeted at allowing you to build advanced applications integrating motion planning, kinematics, collision checking with grasping, manipulation, navigation, perception, and control. MoveIt! is robot agnostic software that can be quickly set up with your robot if a URDF representation of the robot is available. The MoveIt! Setup Assistant lets you configure MoveIt! for any robot, allowing you to visualize and interact with the robot model quickly.

MoveIt! can incorporate both actual sensor data and simulated models to build an environment representation. Sensor information (3D) can be automatically integrated realtime in the representation of the world that MoveIt! maintains. CAD models can also be imported in the same world representation if desired. Collision-free motion planning, execution and monitoring are core capabilities that MoveIt! provides for any robot. MoveIt! updates its representation of the environment on the fly, enabling reactive motion planning and execution, which is essential for applications in human-robot collaborative environments.

MoveIt! interfaces with controllers through a standard ROS interface, allowing for ease of inter-operability, i.e. the ability to use the same higher-level software with a variety of robots without needing to change code. MoveIt! is architected to be flexible, using a plugin architecture to allow users to integrate their own custom components while still providing out-of-the-box functionality using default implementations. Furthermore, the ROS communication and configuration layer of MoveIt! is separated from core computational components such as motion planning or collision checking, the latter components being provided separately as C++ libraries.

Available here.

UAV Technology for Campus Security Being Developed at University of Alabama

With campus safety and security in mind, engineering students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville are working with the campus police department to perfect unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies for use on-campus.

NRL Shatters Endurance Record for Small Electric UAV

This flight shatters their previous record of 26 hours and 2 minutes set in 2009 using the same vehicle, but with gaseous hydrogen stored at 5,000 pounds per square inch (psi).

Evana Automation Delivers Lean, 21-Step Assembly and Test System to AAM

Evana utilizes diverse technologies to specialize in motion control, robotics integration and system architecture by linking production equipment, material handling systems, data collection, networking, as well as computer software and hardware into flexible, unified technology.

Development Projects Selected to Manage NASA's Unmanned Aircraft System Challenge Prize Competition

NASA has selected Development Projects Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, to manage a new Centennial Challenge prize competition involving unmanned aircraft systems in 2014.

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