NEMA 17 Stepper Motor with Built-in Controllers and Motor Encoders

Zaber's new product, the X-NMS-E Series, simplifies motion control by incorporating a built-in controller and motor encoder. Capable of over 25,000 microsteps per revolution and up to 2800 rpm, this compact stepper motor includes a detachable home sensor and small magnet. An additional, optional away sensor is also available.

The artist who turned his dead cat into a drone is now building a helicopter out of a cow

From Business Insider:

It all started in 2012, when his cat Orville got hit by a car. Jansen decided it would be a shame to simply bury his late feline friend, so he drew inspiration from his pet's namesake — Orville Wright, one of the Wright Brothers, the inventors of heavier-than-air flight. Jansen gutted Orville, preserved him, and turned him into a custom quadcopter...

... When a friend offered him a dead badger, he immediately accepted and soon settled on a use for it: a submarine. The project is called "Das Boot," a play on the famous German U-boat film "Das Boot," as well as the Dutch word for "badger" — "das." (full story)

Academy of Model Aeronautics, Fly Robotics, and Civil Air Patrol Team Up to Provide sUAS Training to Cadets

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is proud to announce that in conjunction with its longstanding partnership with Civil Air Patrol (CAP), they will now offer sUAS ground school powered by Fly Robotics to thousands of cadets across the country.

Five Open Source AutoPilot UAV Projects

Here are five open source Autopilot UAV projects that are helping accelerate the adoption of autopilot drones.

CES 2016 - Autonomous Cars Set To Dominate

BY DAVID GILBERT For International Business Times:  As cars become less about horsepower and torque and more about the technology inside, CES has become one of the most important showcases of the year for auto manufacturers. It's a sea change in how cars are built and marketed, with technology now the core, rather than an added feature. Connected, autonomous and electric vehicles will all be on display at CES 2016, with some of the world’s most talk-about companies in the field looking to make a major impact.

First up will be Faraday Future, the secretive startup based in Los Angeles and backed by a Chinese billionaire. It is set to unveil its first ever concept design on Jan. 4, and while all the company has said so far is that it will be an electric vehicle, it is widely believed to feature autonomous capabilities.

While Faraday Future is a relative unknown, one of the world’s biggest automotive companies, Ford, will also be at CES announcing news about the autonomous car it has been testing internally for several years. Among the announcements expected is apartnership with Google to build some of Google’s fleet of self-driving cars.  Cont'd...

Startup Gets $11M Funding for GPS-enabled Robots

In our automated future, the navigation capabilities of autonomous vehicles, devices and machines will demand high precision, stability and flexibility.

ROTOR FX Launches

A New Global Showcase for Selling Drone Technology

Google Attracts Top U.S. Automakers With Self-Driving Technology

Jack Clark for Bloomberg Business:  Google’s self-driving car technology is attracting top U.S. automakers, as Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors talk with the company while laying the groundwork for a future with autonomous cars.

Ford Motor Co. and Google are discussing working together, including in a joint venture to build cars using Google’s technology, said a person familiar with the talks who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

That follows comments in October from Mark Reuss, product development chief for General Motors Co., that the automaker was “very interested” in exploring ways its manufacturing skills could complement Google’s system. Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, has said repeatedly the past few months that his company wants to work on autonomous driving with technology companies such as Apple Inc. and Google.

“We are entering the era of the technology and software-defined vehicle,” said Thilo Koslowski, a vice president in the automotive practice at Gartner Inc. “You’re just seeing the auto industry recognize the importance of that.”  Cont'd...

Integro Tech Named System Integrator Giant for Fourth Year

Integro Technologies has been recognized as a System Integrator Giant for the fourth consecutive year by Control Engineering Magazine.

Mecklermedia To Liquidate; Plans To Sell Assets

Mecklermedia Inc. (OTC: MECK), an operator of trade shows for the 3D Printing, Robotics and Bitcoin industries, announced today that the company has adopted a plan of liquidation and dissolution and intends to suspend its operations upon stockholder approval of the plan of liquidation and dissolution.

CES 16 - DENSO showcases smarter mobility and smarter living at 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show

At the upcoming 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, global auto supplier DENSO will use virtual and augmented reality platforms to illustrate how its technology could be used to make life smarter, safer and easier.

CES 16 - Robotics Marketplace At CES® 2016 Sees Huge Growth & Expansion

The Robotics Marketplace at CES 2016 will see a whopping 71 percent growth in exhibit space over CES 2015.

NRL-Developed Micro-UAV Named POPULAR SCIENCE 'Best of What's New'

The small glider Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) developed by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) aerospace engineers, Aaron D. Kahn and Dr. Daniel J. Edwards, has been named '2015 Best of What's New' by the distinguished science and technology publication, POPULAR SCIENCE.

TORC Robotics and Caterpillar launch remote control system for Cat® Skid Steer, Multi-Terrain, and Compact Track Loaders

Introducing the integration of TORC Robotics' RemoteTask™ wireless remote control technology with the Cat D Series SSL, MTL, and CTL.

Autonomous Vehicle Task Force: Latest California Regulation for Driverless Cars Will Stalemate Progress, Send Innovation Elsewhere

In response to California's newly released rules restricting the deployment of driverless cars, Securing America's Future Energy's (SAFE) Autonomous Vehicle Task Force released the following statement:

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