NASA-WPI 2013 Robot Prize Competition Registration Open

Teams will compete to demonstrate a robot can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control.

Robots, Take Your Mark… The DARPA Robotics Challenge Begins Today! Will It Include You?

DARPA introduces teams for Tracks A and B, opens registration for Tracks C and D, launches simulation software for download

Aitech's New CompactPCI Ethernet Switch Improves Network Connectivity

Rugged switch ideal for data management in harsh environments

ATI INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION BECOMES AN EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANY BY ESTABLISHING AN EMPLOYEE STOCK OWNERSHIP PLAN (ESOP)

ATI has always provided both superior products and outstanding customer service

EH PUBLISHING AND INNOVABILITY PARTNER TO BRING ROBOBUSINESS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT TO EUROPE

The first European Edition of the Premier Business Development Event for the global Robotics Industry will take place in Genoa, April 11-12

Adept Technology Introduces SmartController EX

More processing power and faster communication

DENSO Introduces New ISO 3 Cleanroom Robots

World's fastest, most precise in their class

Last Nights Robot Hall of Fame Inducts NAO, PackBot, BigDog and WALL-E

The Robot Hall of Fame® inducted four robots chosen for the first time by a popular vote — Aldebaran Robotics' NAO humanoid, iRobot's PackBot bomb disposal robot, Boston Dynamics' four-legged BigDog and WALL-E, the fictional robot of the namesake Pixar movie — during a ceremony tonight at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

"More than any previous class of inductees, this group of robots selected by popular vote represents contemporary robotics — robots at the cutting edge of technology — rather than older robots of strictly historical importance," said Shirley Saldamarco, Robot Hall of Fame director and a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center. "Two of our inductees, NAO and Packbot, are commercially available and BigDog is still the focus of active research. Even our fictional honoree, WALL-E, is from a movie that's just four years old."

More than 17,000 people across every continent except Antarctica participated in the online vote in August and September. The 12 nominees on this year's ballot were chosen by a group of 107 robotics experts, industry leaders and aficionados selected by the Robot Hall of Fame (RHOF).

The RHOF, created in 2003 by Carnegie Mellon University, recognizes excellence in robotics technology. It honors both the fictional robots that inspire innovation and the real robots that embody it. In 2009, it was integrated into Carnegie Science Center's roboworld™ exhibit.

The new inductees were elected in four categories: Education & Consumer; Entertainment; Industrial & Service; and Research.

NAO was inducted in the Education & Consumer category. An autonomous, programmable, humanoid robot developed by Aldebaran Robotics in 2006, the 22-inch-tall robot is used as an education platform and in the RoboCup robot soccer Standard Platform League. Other nominees in this category were iRobot's CREATE and the VEX Robotics Design System.

In the Entertainment category, voters chose WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth Class), the lovable star of the 2008 Disney/Pixar blockbuster by the same name. In the movie, WALL-E inadvertently embarks on a space journey that ultimately decides the fate of mankind. Other nominees in this category were Rosie the maid from the cartoon series "The Jetsons" and Johnny 5 from the 1986 movie "Short Circuit."

PackBot won in the Industrial & Service category. Created by iRobot, PackBot is one of the most successful battle-tested robots in the world. It performs bomb disposal and other dangerous missions for troops and first responders. More than 4,500 units are currently on station in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was one of the first robots to enter the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant after the 2011 tsunami. The other nominees were Kiva Systems' autonomous warehouse robots and the Jason submersible from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Finally, BigDog was recognized in the Research category. This dynamically stable quadruped robot was created in 2005 by Boston Dynamics. It can traverse difficult terrain and run at 4 miles an hour while carrying 340 pounds and climbing a 35-degree incline. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has sponsored its development as a robotic pack mule to accompany soldiers in terrain too tough for conventional vehicles. Other nominees were Willow Garage's two-armed PR2 mobile robot and NASA's Robonaut.

ROBOT HALL OF FAME INDUCTS NAO, PACKBOT, BIGDOG AND WALL-E

The Robot Hall of Fame® inducted four robots chosen for the first time by a popular vote - Aldebaran Robotics' NAO humanoid, iRobot's PackBot bomb disposal robot, Boston Dynamics' four-legged BigDog and WALL-E, the fictional robot of the namesake Pixar movie - during a ceremony tonight at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

Molex Launches QuickConnect and Fast Start Up Features for Industrial Robotics at Pack Expo 2012

Innovative capabilities designed for Brad® HarshIO Ethernet/IP and PROFINET modules enable faster tool changes and power up

INTEGRATED MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (IMT) STREAMLINES MANUFACTURING PROCESS WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF IFS ERP SYSTEM

Enterprise Resource Planning System Designed to Further Improve Manufacturing Efficiency

QUAN Signs Letter of Intent With Clelland DataSciences to Develop and Market Mine-Killing Robots

The futuristic robots could detect mines that other sensors can't, potentially leading to a highly profitable revolution in battlefield demining services.

IMT UNVEILS CTx TRANSMITTER AT AUVSI NORTH AMERICA 2012

Ultra Compact Design and Low Power Consumption Ideal for Small Hidden Locations or Body-Worn Applications

FIRST® Extends Annual Robotics Championship in St. Louis Through 2014

St. Louis has held a FIRST Regional Competition for ten years and has hundreds of volunteers involved in all four programs at FIRST

IMT'S STX IN AUS' GUARDBO... IMT'S STx INTEGRATED INTO AMERICAN UNMANNED SYSTEMS' GUARDBOT

Compact HD/SD CODFM Transmitter Enables Unmanned Amphibious Vehicle to Deliver Advanced Sensor Communications

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New KUKA Robot:  KR 3 AGILUS Maximum performance in minimum space

New KUKA Robot: KR 3 AGILUS Maximum performance in minimum space

Great advances often start with small steps - in manufacturing cells measuring only 600 × 600 mm. Here, the KR 3 AGILUS is in its element. Particularly in the case of small parts and products which must be produced in a minimum of space. KUKA expertise, concentrated into the smallest of spaces, is setting new standards for the 3-kg class. The lightweight robot masters various tasks with agility, dynamism and maximum precision, leading to high flexibility in production - even when it comes to extremely narrow spaces.