QinetiQ North America Wins 2012 Counter-IED Robotics Challenge

Bobcat Engineer Wins JIEDDO Contest at U.S. Army's Robotics Rodeo

Strong growth in ABB Robotics brings jobs, facility expansion in Michigan

More than 100 employees and 145,000 sq ft added at ABB's Auburn Hills, facility

QUAN: New iPad-Controlled Robots May Help Kids With Autism

Because children with autism are sometimes more likely to communicate with a non-human entity, Popchilla can serve as a bridge between autistic kids and the outside world.

Elbit Systems of America Showcases the Skylark® I-LE Block II at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2012

The Skylark® I-LE Block II offers cutting edge technology designed to assist warfighters, homeland security agents and local civil servants in fulfilling close range, tactical missions.

Gamma Two Robotics Announces Product Launch of Vigilus Security Robot

The "Vigilus MCS" will debut at the American Society for Industrial Security's annual conference and trade show, September 10, in Philadelphia, PA

A New Programming Language For Image-processing Algorithms

Halide is a new programming language designed to make it easier to write high-performance image processing code on modern machines. Its current front end is an embedding in C++. Hardware targets include x86-64/SSE, ARM v7/NEON, and CUDA. Created by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Halide was used to rewrite several common image-processing algorithms whose performance had already been optimized by seasoned programmers. The Halide versions were typically about one-third as long but offered significant performance gains — two-, three-, or even six-fold speedups. In one instance, the Halide program was actually longer than the original — but the speedup was 70-fold. The paper is available here and the source will be posted within the next couple of days on github and the projects home here.

NEANY Inc. to Unveil New System at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2012

New Unmanned Surface Vehicle, Arrow UAV, and Ground Control System will be on display

Rajant to Exhibit its Kinetic Mesh Technology at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2012

Rajant solutions are based on the proven Rajant BreadCrumb® wireless, portable mesh networking nodes and InstaMesh software, which enable continuous and instantaneous routing of wireless and wired connections.

QUAN: The iPad Era of Robotics Has Arrived

A new wave of robotics taking advantage of the iPad's ease of use and processing power is coming, and Quantum is well-positioned to help bring these innovations to market.


Many machine builders like decentralized motion control solutions because they simplify machine design and assembly.

GstarCAD Attracts Much Attention at India-International Build Expo-2012

Recently, GstarCAD makes its public appearance at India-International Build Expo-2012. Visitors were impressed by the capability of GstarCAD for helping them realize their designs in the real world.

2012 Engelberger Robotics Awards to be Presented to Richard Litt and Martin Buehler

At a special ceremony on Thursday, August 30 in Taipei, Taiwan, during the 43rd International Symposium on Robotics (August 29-31, 2012).

North American Robotics Industry Posts Best Quarter Ever

From Robotic Industries Association:

North American robotics companies sold more industrial robots in the second quarter of 2012 than any previous quarter in history, according to new statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group. 

A total of 5,556 robots valued at $403.1 million were sold to North American companies, a jump of 14% in units and 28% in dollars over the same quarter in 2011. Orders in the first half of 2012 totaled 10,652 robots valued at $747 million, increases of 20% in units and 29% in dollars over the same period last year. 

"Obviously, we're thrilled about the great results so far this year," said Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA. The strong sales reflect increased demand for robotics in industries such as automotive, plastics & rubber, and metals. However, as the economy slows, it's not clear that these numbers will remain as strong heading forward." 

Orders for spot welding robots, used primarily in automotive solutions, jumped 68% in the first half of 2012. Other big jumps were seen in coating & dispensing (+42%), arc welding (+20%), and assembly (+19%). Material removal orders, a smaller application area, rose 364 percent. 

Automotive related orders accounted for 65% of units and 64% of dollars in the first half of 2012. This represents sharp gains of 44% in units and 56% in dollars over the opening half of 2011. 

"It's great that the auto related numbers continue to post huge gains, but as we know, automotive industry purchases are cyclical," Burnstein explained. "However, we were disappointed to see non-automotive related orders fall eight percent in units and one percent in dollars in the first half of the year, with even sharper declines in the second quarter alone." 

RIA estimates that some 220,000 robots are now used in the United States, placing the US second only to Japan in robot use. 

Hood Technology to Feature Advanced Stabilized Imaging Systems for Small UAVs at AUVSI 2012

Extremely low size, weight and power (low SWaP) intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance payloads will be demonstrated at AUVSI in HoodTech's booth #4615.

Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Market to See Explosive Growth, Increase Over 700% by 2018

As UAS technology trickles down from the military into commercial applications, know which sectors are poised to grow the fastest will help businesses stay ahead of the market and capitalize on the coming expansion.

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