The division has adopted the 'XTR' acronym as part of their rebrand in an effort to highlight their flagship product - Xtreme Terrain Robotics.
Analog Devices Acquires Laser Beam Steering Technology from Vescent Photonics to Enable Mainstream Adoption of Automotive LIDAR Systems
This acquisition strengthens ADI's position as a major automotive safety system technology partner for next generation ADAS and autonomous driving applications and builds on ADI's 20-year history in advancing automotive safety.
ROOBO to leverage the Nuance Mix platform to integrate voice and natural language capabilities into service and educational robots
We took biomechanical data from actual human trials and applied them to a robotic model that mimics human movements when transitioning between sitting and standing positions.
Endeavor Robotics (FKA iRobot Defense & Security) completes move to new advanced robot development center
The newly configured, state-of-the-art 35,000 sq. ft. facility has been outfitted for advanced robot design, development, manufacture, and for sustained company growth.
"There is considerable learning and judgment skill that can only be acquired through experience. Furthermore, proper driving requires the ability to make split second decisions, and do so in situations the driver may not have experienced before!"
By Fraunhofer IPA via RoboHub: In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting customers in Saturn-Markt Ingolstadt since the end of October 2016 and directing them towards their desired products. Care-O-bot 4, alias Paul, approaches Saturn customers and welcomes them to the store. If they ask him about a certain product, he accompanies the customer to the department and points them in the direction of the relevant shelf. As he indulges in small talk about the weather, or another subject, Paul turns out to be a most charming contact partner. However, he prefers to leave actual customer service to his human colleagues. Paul is able to call another member of staff for support via “Voice over IP”. Before Paul bids a fond farewell and returns to the store entrance, he still has time to ask for feedback. In this way, he discovers whether customers appreciated the interaction or not. Martin Wild, Chief Digital Officer at Media-Saturn-Holding: “With Paul, we are offering our customers the opportunity to get to know one of the most advanced robots in the world.” Cont'd...
Robotics is a division of science that embraces different trades of engineering. It contracts with the design, construction, operation, and customs of robots as well as hardware and software systems for their control, sensory response, and information handling. These machineries are used to advance machines that can be substituted for us, humans. Robots are given any form and some are created to resemble as humans, both in appearance and performing tasks like humans too. Human robots or humanoids challenge to replicate walking, lifting, speech and recognition, and basically everything that a normal human can perform. Today, robotics is a speedily growing arena, because the technological advances are on a spree; exploring, crafting, and constructing new robots to serve various purposes, whether natively, commercially, or regimentally. It is also seen to lend its applications in STEM (i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as a training aid.
Nathaniel Mott for Inverse: Ordering room service can be a lesson in embarrassment. It could arrive right after you’ve taken off your clothes, while you’re indisposed, or while you’re in the middle of other hotel-related behavior. Thankfully, a robot butler named Relay is here to take that embarrassment (and other inconveniences) out of hotel deliveries. Relay is basically an autonomous locker on wheels. Guests ask for an item, a hotel worker puts the object inside Relay’s compartment, and then the robot scoots over to the guest’s room with its cargo. It then calls the guests to let them know their item is ready before heading back down to the lobby so it can recharge before its next assignment. Cont'd...
GOSY continues to gain traction in the consumer, professional healthcare and commercial security markets.
ASU Interactive Robotics Lab: The video shows a bi-manual robot that learns to throw a ball into the hoop using reinforcement learning. A novel reinforcement learning algorithm "Sparse Latent Space Policy Search" allows the robot to learn the task within only about 2 hours. The robot repeatedly throws the ball and receives a reward based on the distance of the ball to the center of the hoop. Algorithmic details about the method can be found here:
Metrolog X4 I-Robot eliminates the need for several software packages and a complex integration to control a robotic cell. Metrolog X4 I-Robot controls both the measuring device and the robot directly. A complementary product, Silma X4 I-Robot version V7, also to be released December 2016, allows complete robotic cell simulation.
Giving Teens & Tweens Computer Coding Literacy
The Company Announces Open Innovation Contest For Unmanned Inspections in Extreme Heat, Improving Safety and Helping Solve $1B Problem for the Global Electric Utility Industry
From Phys.org: A new U.S. Robotics Roadmap released Oct. 31 calls for better policy frameworks to safely integrate new technologies, such as self-driving cars and commercial drones, into everyday life. The document also advocates for increased research efforts in the field of human-robot interaction to develop intelligent machines that will empower people to stay in their homes as they age. It calls for increased education efforts in the STEM fields from elementary school to adult learners The roadmap's authors, more than 150 researchers from around the nation, also call for research to create more flexible robotics systems to accommodate the need for increased customization in manufacturing, for everything from cars to consumer electronics The goal of the U.S. Robotics Roadmap is to determine how researchers can make a difference and solve societal problems in the United States. The document provides an overview of robotics in a wide range of areas, from manufacturing to consumer services, healthcare, autonomous vehicles and defense. The roadmap's authors make recommendation to ensure that the United States will continue to lead in the field of robotics, both in terms of research innovation, technology and policies. Cont'd...
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Personal & Service Robots - Featured Product
St Robotics is making the K11R robot controller available for any robot that uses stepping motors including the IGUS range. Providing you use low inductance motors the K11R will provide surprising power and speed from it's 55v DC supply and Gecko micro-stepping drives controlled by a fast DSP and micro-controller. The software is RoboForth II V17 embedded in the controller which together with the PC project supervisor gets your robot going within minutes. It is a text based conversational language that is so easy to use yet permits programs of great complexity when required. The kinematics are easily tailored to any size of robot and any number of axes from 3 to 6. The controller will also provide easy calibration to sensors and also reads back and compares encoders if you fit them. Speed, acceleration and rate of acceleration (3rd order) are all programmable as is emergency stop and many other features. Your positional data and programs may be saved on your PC and also in the controller's flash memory. The K11R will also control external devices such as pneumatic gripper, vacuum pickup, air cylinders and communicate with a PLC. Pricing starts at $2500. Contact ST at email@example.com