European Semiconductor Industry to Discuss Strategies to Maintain Global Competitiveness at ISS Europe 2013

Discussing ways to bundle forces in a single strategy that has the potential to take on the technological, financial and entrepreneurial challenges ahead will be the topic of a highranking panel discussion at the conference.

Three-legged Robot Uses Exploding Body To Jump 30 Times Its Height

New Scientist:

George Whitesides from Harvard University and colleagues have created a three-legged robot lined with tubes filled with a mixture of methane and oxygen. When an electrical spark ignites the gases, the combustion reaction generates bursts of pressure that propel the robot aloft. "By actuating all three legs simultaneously, we caused the robot to jump more than 30 times its height," write the team. As the height of the jump was limited by the size of the experimental chamber, they think it could spring twice as high without the attached tubing.

Festo Introduces the Solid-State Cylinder Switch SMT-8M-A

The SMT-8M-A delivers high reliability in many cylinder switch applications

Opening Held for Center to Address Skills Gap, Flexible Manufacturing

Gateway Technical College opens the first flexible manufacturing training center in the region, fueled by a $1.7 million contribution by SC Johnson, at a grand opening event.

ReconRobotics One of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World

Fast Company Magazine Names ReconRobotics One of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World

Automate 2013 Reaches a Record Number of Attendees

Automate 2013, North America's leading automation event, was attended by a record 10,975 attendees from across the United States and 55 countries. The event took place January 21-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Changes At Willow Garage

Yesterday IEEE Spectrum reported that Willow Garage might be closing its doors, with information coming from several current employees. Then late last night Steve Cousins, President and CEO, released an official statement on their website:

Willow Garage is changing

Willow Garage has decided to enter the world of commercial opportunities with an eye to becoming a self-sustaining company. This is an important change to our funding model.

 

The success of the PR2 personal robot and of ROS will continue. There are close to 50 PR2 robots in the world and Willow Garage support of the platform will not diminish. And of course, ROS, as an open source platform, will continue independent of our business model choices. In addition to Willow Garage, its supporters include the Open Source Robotics Foundation and all the other contributors in the ROS community (academic, industrial and individual) who have made it the platform of choice for Robotics.

The statement doesn't confirm IEEE Spectrum's story but it doesn't dismiss it either. The original Spectrum story can be found here.

Introducing the New All-Okuma Wheel Cell Featuring the MB-56VA-AW Aluminum Wheel Drilling Machine

Next-generation wheel cell enables wheel manufacturers to increase productivity and efficiency while minimizing downtime

Summit Lawn Mower Company Introduces the World's First Commercial Grade 60" Robotic R/C Lawn Mower For Steep Hills

While remote control and fully robotic lawn mowers have been on the market for years, Summit Lawn Mower Company has been raising the bar with heavy duty track driven units ideal for steep hills. Now with the release of the new TRX-60, that bar just went up another notch.

FIRST® Robotics "Duel in the Desert"

Arizona High School FIRST Teams Preview Robots for Upcoming 2013 Arizona Regional; Scrimmage Hosted by 48West

Government Supports Home-Grown Security Robotics Technology

It will increase reliability in security-related work by introducing robots to perform repetitive tasks.

VEX® Robotics Appoints John V-Neun as Vice President of Engineering

V-Neun Chosen to Oversee Product Development Growth Worldwide

UMass Lowell Hopes To Grow Robotics Industry With Testing Facility

Workers will be able to subject robots to rain, pools of water on the ground, vibration and uneven or even sandy surfaces.

Canadian Government Announces Investments in Robotics Field

Researchers will work with companies on long-term projects in areas of importance to Canadians.

NASA'S Refueling Demonstration Proves Viability Of Satellite-Servicing Technologies

The cutting-edge technologies that RRM is demonstrating could extend the lives of many of the hundreds of satellites currently in geosynchronous Earth orbit.

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