The Fluid Mechanics Laboratory and the Swartz Lab at Brown University are in development of a biological inspired bat robot platform that aims to reproduce the amazing maneuverability of these flying mammals. Bats exhibit extraordinary flight capabilities that arise by virtue of a variety of unique mechanical features. These flying mammals have developed powerful muscles that provide the folding and extension of their wing-membrane during flight (morphing). The maneuverability is achieved by reproducing the flapping and morphing capabilities of their wing-skeleton structure. This structure is composed by several joints and a membrane that generates the required lift forces to fly. Each wing has 4 degrees of freedom: the shoulder has two, the elbow joint is actuated by Migamotors SMA-muscles, and the wrist is an under-actuated joint that moves as a function of the elbow. The robot morphology is alike in proportion compared to the biological counterpart (half the size): total wingspan: 50cm, humerus length: 5.5cm, and radius: 7cm. The total weight of the skeleton is 34g (including both wings). The morphing actuation mechanism attached to the humerus bone is based on smart muscles that provide elbow rotation. More info can be found on their research site here .
RMT Robotics® (www.rmtrobotics.com), a Cimcorp Oy company and the manufacturer and integrator of ADAM™ autonomous mobile robot (AMR) (www.adamrobot.com), announces the appointment of Bill Torrens as director of the ADAM Systems Group. In this new capacity, Torrens will lead the ADAM Systems Group in
A Complete Drive Solution Packed on only 21 x 54 mm of PCB Space
AeroVironment Receives $15.8 Million Initial Order from United States Army for RQ-11B Raven Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, New Payload
Total projected value of contract action is $65.9 million----- Includes first order for miniature gimbaled payload integrating an electro-optical and infrared video sensor for improved tracking capabilities----- Modular payload compatible with existing Raven® systems
Mazor Robotics Introduces Renaissance C-OnSite Application for 3D Intra-Operative Implant Verification
Renaissance's C-OnSite application reduces potential for revision cases due to misplaced pedicle screws, while eliminating the need to purchase dedicated intra-operative 3D imaging systems
Gripping technology has a new face now: SCHUNK, the expert for clamping technology and gripping systems has won over the world-class goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as a brand ambassador. The AUTOMATICA 2012 show was the official kick-off for this cooperation, where the No. 1 goalkeeper fascinated the show visitors a whole day long on the SCHUNK booth.
Process automation and robotics are driving the growing demand for OKW's SENSO-CASE hand held enclosures. OKW is also benefiting from strong demand for its instrument enclosures in the medical and wellness technology sector, principally for laboratory, opto-electronics, opto-digital and communications equipment.
Point Grey, one of the world's largest and most innovative providers of high performance digital cameras, today announces a breakthrough in innovation with its new multi-interfaced Zebra2 camera line.
Robotiq Extends the Adaptive Robotic Grippers Product Line for Manufacturing Industries with High-Mix Automation Challenges.
Signaling a significant advancement in the company's three-year global expansion
FIRST contributes to a school being so good because it provides opportunities to explore and apply classroom skills to real-world problems and allows the students to innovate
Nersoft systems S.A.C (http://www.gstarcad.com.pe/), the distributor of Gstarsoft in Peru has attended Expooficina2012 in Peru from May 24 to May 26, 2012 and achieved great success.
As the demand for human-like robots grows, the Uncanny Valley phenomenon will impact robot manufacturers and developers more and more. With populations aging in countries as diverse as China and the United Sates, roboticists will increasingly focus on social robots. They will ignore the Uncanny Valley at their own risk.
Smart Cameras Provide Additional Benefits to Auto ID Applications
Coupled with computers and software, plenoptic cameras can enable a robot to better navigate its environment with less confusion and work autonomously. Robotic sensors, using light filed technology, match up to the human sense of sight, serving as a robot's eyes, allowing the robot to get around in its surroundings.
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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.