Machine Vision Market Grew 5% in North America in 2011

Sales of machine vision components and systems in North America climbed five percent in 2011 to nearly $1.9 billion, according to new figures released by AIA, the industry's global trade group.

Technosoft announces iPOS3604 VX intelligent servo drive

Technosoft announces iPOS3604 VX intelligent servo drive. The drive offers high power density (up to 360 W of peak power) on a very compact board (only 21 x 54 mm of PCB space).

Dextre's Most Dexterous Task: Canadian Space Agency Robot Sets Record for Precision

Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency's robotic handyman on board the International Space Station (ISS), has accomplished the most intricate work ever performed by a robot in space. Over three days (March 7-9), Dextre successfully concluded the initial phases of the Robotic Refueling Mission with unprecedented precision.

Marine Corps Complete Fourth Limited Technical Assessment of Unmanned Ground Vehicle

TORC Robotics Increasing Speed and Operational Capability for the USMC Optionally Unmanned GUSS (Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate) Program

Robotic Glove For Auto Workers And Astronauts

General Motors and NASA are jointly developing a robotic glove that auto workers and astronauts can wear to help do their respective jobs better while potentially reducing the risk of repetitive stress injuries.

The Human Grasp Assist device, known internally in both organizations as the K-glove or Robo-Glove, resulted from NASA and GM's Robonaut 2 – or R2 – project, which launched the first humanoid robot into space in 2011. R2 is a permanent resident of the International Space Station.

When engineers, researchers and scientists from GM and NASA began collaborating on R2 in 2007, one of the design requirements was for the robot to operate tools designed for humans, alongside astronauts in outer space and factory workers on Earth. The team achieved an unprecedented level of hand dexterity on R2 by using leading-edge sensors, actuators and tendons comparable to the nerves, muscles and tendons in a human hand.

Research shows that continuously gripping a tool can cause fatigue in hand muscles within a few minutes, but initial testing of the Robo-Glove indicates the wearer can hold a grip longer and more comfortably.

For example, an astronaut working in a pressurized suit outside the space station or an assembly operator in a factory might need to use 15 to 20 pounds of force to hold a tool during an operation but with the robotic glove they might need to apply only five to 10 pounds of force.

Inspired by the finger actuation system of R2, actuators are embedded into the upper portion of the glove to provide grasping support to human fingers. The pressure sensors, similar to the sensors that give R2 its sense of touch, are incorporated into the fingertips of the glove to detect when the user is grasping a tool. When the user grasps the tool, the synthetic tendons automatically retract, pulling the fingers into a gripping position and holding them there until the sensor is released.

Rosinstall 0.6 Series Released

Freescale Introduces Kinetis L Series, Industry's First Microcontrollers Built on the ARM® Cortex-M0+ Processor

Alpha samples of entry-level Kinetis L series MCUs planned for Q2

5-finger hand: Almost as talented as its human model

The 5-finger hand from SCHUNK enables service robots to carry out complex gripping operations and to communicate with gestures.

ABB Robotics launches the PalletPack 460, a new function package for fast, flexible and cost-effective palletizing

Pre-engineered configuration is easy to integrate and program; delivering improved productivity, and reduced set-up times and engineering costs

Point Grey Hosts Successful USB3 Vision Standards Meeting

Point Grey, a leading designer and manufacturer of digital cameras for industrial, scientific, and traffic applications, recently hosted the AIA Winter 2012 Vision Standards Meeting in Vancouver, Canada from February 13 - 17th.

Liquid Robotics' PacX Challenge Wave Gliders Break World Record for Distance by an Unmanned Wave Powered Vehicle

Four Brave Ocean Robots Battled Gale Force Storms to Reach Hawai'i

Mazor Robotics Signs Agreement with Distributor for China

Agreement Includes Commitment to Purchase Three Renaissance Systems---- Distributor Responsible for Securing Regulatory Clearance in China


PEMSERTER® Series 3000™ press is equipped to pick up, move, and position a work piece for alignment with holes where fasteners will be installed automatically by the press.

New Medical Technology Saving Lives

Most of the medical advances that we have seen have been with pharmaceuticals, as drug companies compete to introduce new more effective drugs because the patents on many blockbuster drugs are about to expire. But the coolest advances have to do with medical equipment. The age of high-tech medicine is here with even greater advances in development.

Interview - Wireless Assembly Line Robotics - Joseph Citrano III, of Honeywell

A robot has multiple axis, so a wireless switch is sensing position on those different axis. A Limitless™ wireless solution includes wireless switches and I/O devices that are paired and communicate with a PLC or controller interface.

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