New Arduino Esplora With Built-in Onboard Sensors

The Arduino Esplora is a microcontroller board derived from the Arduino Leonardo. The Esplora differs from all preceding boards in that it provides a number of built-in, ready-to-use set of onboard sensors for interaction. The Esplora has onboard sound and light output interfaces. It alos has the potential to expand its capabilities with two Tinkerkit input and output connectors, and a socket for a color TFT LCD screen. Like the Leonardo board, the Esplora uses an Atmega32U4 AVR microcontroller with 16 MHz crystal oscillator and a micro USB connection capable of acting as a USB client device, like a mouse or a keyboard.   The Esplora has the following on-board inputs and outputs : Analog joystick with central push-button  two axis (X and Y) and a center pushbutton. 4 push-buttons  laid out in a diamond pattern. Linear potentiometer  slider near the bottom of the board. Microphone  for getting the loudness (amplitude) of the surrounding environment. Light sensor  for getting the brightness. Temperature sensor  reads the ambient temperature Three-axis accelerometer  measures the board's relation to gravity on three axes (X, Y, and Z) Buzzer  can produce square-waves. RGB led  bright LED with Red Green and Blue elements for color mixing. 2 TinkerKit Inputs  to connect the TinkerKit sensor modules with the 3-pin connectors. 2 TinkerKit Outputs  to connect the TinkerKit actuator modules with the 3-pin connectors. TFT display connector  connector for an optional color LCD screen, SD card, or other devices that use the SPI protocol.

Worlds First Open Source Virtual Reality Cockpit Flight Simulator 360 degrees Rotation DIY Project on Indiegogo.com: Funding Campaign from Simworx Offering Kits and Plans

Simworx may be the first simulator company to offer a DIY version of their production level 360 degrees rotation flight simulator to the DIY community, as an Open Source project. Simworx introduces the funding campaign on indiegogo.com to develop the CAD drawings,Plans, engingeering study, jigs, and component intergration for both versions of VR Cockpit with full step by step instructions for Do-it-yourself plans or Kit building the 360 rotation full motion flight simulator.

SPIE Urges Congress, President to Avoid Fiscal Cliff and Support Science and Technology to Strengthen Economy

SPIE leaders have joined other science, engineering, and STEM education organizations in urging the President and Congress to develop a bipartisan solution to avoiding the fiscal cliff that supports crucial American investment in science and technology. Deep cuts in federal R&D investments would threaten national competitiveness, the organizations are saying in a letter to U.S. leaders.

CyPhy Works is Off to a Flying Start; First Products Announced are Two Long Endurance UAVs

CyPhy Works comes out of "Stealthmode" and unveils two revolutionary small Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs): EASE and PARC.

XIMEA's xiQ USB3 Vision Camera Named One of the 2012 Hot 100 Products by UBM Tech's EDN

XIMEA today announced that EDN has named XIMEA's xiQ USB3 Vision camera as one of the "100 Hot Products of 2012." The 2012 EDN Hot 100 highlights the electronics industry's most significant products of the year based on innovation, significance, usefulness, and popularity.

Advanced Unmanned Completes First Stage of UAV Development

Aerial Imagery Company Approves Custom Aircraft Specs

QUAN Targets $2.3 Billion Market for Apple iOS Accessories

"The demand for peripheral devices capable of augmenting the abilities of these powerful tablets is growing by the day,"

Schneider Electric Selects Cypress 1-Mbit Serial nvSRAMs For Two New Programmable Automation Controllers

High-Endurance nvSRAMs Serve as Time-Stamp Buffer to Record Critical System Errors

Robovent Acquires Reinair!

The addition of Reinair Systems helps to solidify RoboVent's growing presence in the southeast U.S. region.

Machine Vision Sales in North America Down 4% through September

Resulted primarily from the weakening of machine vision system sales through September 2012

DARPA's Sanjay Raman Honored as IEEE Fellow

Program manager leads DARPA effort on microsystem devices and material integration

iRobot Co-founder's New Company And Product Unveiled

Helen Greiner left iRobot four years ago to start a new robotics company now called CyPhy Works. Their website has info on two of the robots they have been working on. The Extreme Access System for Entry (EASE) (pictured above)is a small hovering robot designed for inspection and ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) applications. EASE is intended for operating in close quarters, beyond line of sight, and in GPS denied areas; all of which are critical when performing search and rescue missions, building clearing, or civil infrastructure inspection. The EASE system consists of a lightweight ground control station (GCS) and a micro Vertical Takeoff and Land (VTOL) air vehicle. It is not dependent on a GPS signal for operation, making it not only effective as a micro UAS in the traditional sense, but also enables it to fly indoors and in confined spaces as effectively as it does in open spaces. It has unmatched endurance due to our patented microfilament technology that enables the use of hot-swappable batteries, which power the entire system from the base station. The fishing-line thin microfilament provides directly connected communication between the GCS and the air vehicle, as well as power. Unlike all other RF controlled UASs, the microfilament makes the EASE impervious to jamming while the microfilament is unaffected by water, power lines, etc.    ​ The Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system is designed to provide long term persistent stare capabilities and enable reliable long distance communications. PARC uses CyPhy Works' patented microfilament system to deliver extreme endurance, increased capabilities, and a smaller logistical footprint. PARC flies itself, so very little user training is required; and when operating the system the user can focus on the data that PARC produces, instead of the system itself. The PARC system consists of a Ground Control Station (GCS) and a purpose built quadrotor VTOL air vehicle. The PARC vehicle carries a gyro-stabilized, gimbal mounted, EO/IR camera payload. In addition to the camera system, PARC has additional payload capacity for communications devices. If additional payload capacity is required, the camera payload can be removed. The PARC vehicle can operate at altitudes of up to 1,000 feet above ground level, or 11,000 feet density altitude. This high altitude capability enables long distance communications and extends visual reach.

ATMAE Announces 2012 Conference Student Competition Winners in Robotics, Technology and Applied Engineering

College students, faculty and administrators took the opportunity to network and learn what's on the cutting edge of technology, management and applied engineering, at ATMAE's 2012 Conference in Nashville, TN. The activities included presentations on the latest research by industry and education professionals, robotics competition and technology challenges for students.

LineBot Launches Drink Runner on Kickstarter on December 10, 2012

LineBot to launch Drink Runner, a line-following service robot that delivers individual drinks in total darkness non-stop for up to 4 per charge.

Kitware Develops Novel System for Autonomous Robot Navigation

The developed technology will provide autonomous robots with advanced vision capabilities for use in military and search-and-rescue operations.

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SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

With the SLS, SOS, and STO functionalities, the SCHUNK EGN gripping system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849 enables safe human/machine collaboration. If the production process is interrupted by an emergency shut-off, the SCHUNK EGN goes into either a safely limited speed mode or a safe stop mode depending on the activated protection zone. In contrast to other solutions available on the market, the SCHUNK safety gripping system is continuously powered even in the safe operating stop so that the gripped parts are reliably held even without mechanical maintenance of gripping force. As soon as the protection zone is released, the gripper immediately switches back to the regular operating mode without the system having to be restarted.