Handroid

Handroid is a new robotic hand made by Japanese company ITK. It uses a system of tendon-like wires and their differential contraction moves every digit with precision. ITK plans to commercialize the Handroid in about two years for about $6,500 per unit.

SwRI, Robot Manufacturer Sign Collaboration Agreement

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. have entered into a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on integrating Motoman Robotics' line of industrial robots with the open-source ROS (Robot Operating System) software.

'Father of Java' leaves Android maker Google For A True Robotics Company

James Gosling -- the so-called "father of Java" -- left Google on Tuesday to join a company that is looking to scatter thousands of robots around the Earth's oceans. Gosling will become chief software architect for Sunnyvale startup Liquid Robotics, a 4-year-old company that places 7-foot-long robots resembling surfboards in the ocean to collect and transmit data for a variety of uses. Called Wave Gliders, the devices are powered by wave energy, with the constant up-and-down motion providing energy that pulls the robots through the ocean.

Epson Launches Image Processing Option for Industrial Robots

Vision Guide facilitates small-lot production and high-precision assembly

DENSO Increases Robot Service Capabilities

DENSO increased the number of its robot service engineers in its national service center in Maryville, Tenn., and its robotics headquarters facility in Long Beach, Calif. The company has also added a new robot field-service engineer in the Midwest region.

rChordata releases PowerBotix robot Power Supply

rChordata announced its PowerBotix line of power supply systems that allow robot batteries to be hot swappable, reducing or eliminating system downtime. The PowerBotix system also intelligently communicates with an onboard computer allowing for better mission planning.

Toyota Assigned Patent for Movable Robot

Toyota, Toyota-Shi, Aichi-Ken, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,010,232) developed by Yuichiro Nakajima, Toyota, Japan, Haeyeon Lee, Toyota, South Korea, and Hideki Nomura, Nagoya, Japan, for a movable robot.

Launch of MotorSolve with Thermal Analysis Announced

Infolytica Corporation announced plans to include an extensive thermal analysis module in the next release of MotorSolve, which is due out by fall 2011. With this latest addition, it will be possible to evaluate the impact of temperature and different cooling methods on the performance of brushless, PMAC and induction machines.

Point Cloud Library (PCL) version 1.1.1 has been released

PCL 1.1.1 is a patch release, API compatible with 1.1

ROS Electric Emys is now officially available!

This amped up, current release of ROS features new, stable libraries for arm navigation and point cloud processing. There is also improved support for Android, Arduino, Windows, ARM, and Python 3. Please see the release page for some of the cool new tools and libraries in Electric, such as "interactive markers" for creating custom GUIs in RViz.

Hillcrest Labs Unveils Next-Generation Portfolio of Motion Control Software and Products

Hillcrest Labs today unveiled its second-generation family of user interface solutions that pave the way for a wide range of products to incorporate state of the art natural user interfaces (NUIs).

US Patent Issued to FANUC on Aug. 30 for "Image Processor for Robot System and Robot System Including the Same" (Japanese Inventors)

United States Patent no. 8,010,233, issued on Aug. 30, was assigned to FANUC Ltd. (Yamanashi, Japan). "Image Processor for Robot System and Robot System Including the Same" was invented by Yoshiki Hashimoto (Yamanashi, Japan), Takehisa Sera (Yamanashi, Japan) and Shougo Takahashi (Yamanashi, Japan).

Schneider RCCL/Spider for Complex Case Loading

LAS VEGAS, NV - Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc., specializing in end-of-line solutions for cartoning, case packing and palletizing needs, demonstrates its newest Robotic Vertical Carton/Case Loader (RCCL) equipped with two FANUC Robotics Delta (spider) robots for specialty cartoning, case loading, and high-speed pick and place applications at Pack Expo, Las Vegas Convention Center, September 26-29, 2011 in Booth 2018.

VISION wants to grow further

Promising start to registrations: An even better event is to follow the most successful VISION - Focus on system integration

Machine Vision Market in North America Posts Healthy Results in Second Quarter 20

Machine vision sales grew 16% in North America in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter one year earlier, according to the Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA).

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Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.