RMT Robotics Launches New Case and Crate Picking Solutions for the Dairy Industry

Systems will help dairy producers improve profitability by streamlining operations, lowering costs

TestPlant updates industry-leading robotic test tool, eggPlant, with optical character recognition (OCR) and support for Mac OS X Lion

Leading GUI and screen test automation tool adds greater efficiency and additional intelligent features in v11

Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robotics Podcast

Per Sjöborg has a series of audio interviews with leading researchers and thinkers in the field self-reconfiguring modular robotics. On his website Flexibility Envelope he describes the field of self-reconfiguring modular robotics as the joining two elements: The first part is Modular robotics. This is a branch of robotics that aims to build complex systems with simple components. A bit like Lego,simple pieces are,by cooperating,capable of building complex objects. The Second part is Self-reorganization to make the units able to move among each other on their own accord and thus reconfigure themselves from one task to another without human intervention. This also allows the system created to be active and dynamic. His audio interviews can be found on here  and are a great listen.

RobotWorx Partners with In-House Solutions Inc.

Robot integrator RobotWorx and Robotmaster software distributor In-House Solutions Inc. are working together to provide customers with the best solutions to challenging applications.

Servos, Motors, and Actuators Driving Robotic Components Market Towards a Healthy $2.4 Billion in 2016, According to ABI Research

Servos, motors, and actuators will show significantly higher growth rates than the overall robot market, due to the increasing complexity of robots. ABI Research forecasts robotic component revenues to exceed $2.36 billion in 2016, in a total robotics market of some $22 billion.

New Programmable Rotary Position Sensors

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Vert-X 22E Series of programmable touchless rotary sensors. These sensors use a magnetic pick up that is secured to the rotating object, so that there is no direct mechanical linkage between the shaft and the measuring system, and therefore no wear.

An In-Depth Customer Look At The Cubelets KT01 Construction Kit

Birgus Latro has posted a write up and several videos looking at the Cubelets KT01 Construction Kit from Modular Robotics . This is the first production run of the Cublets and was limited to just 100 kits. Cublets are a modular robotics kit that consists of 20 magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. Each cubelet in the kit has different equipment on board and a different default behavior. There are Sense Blocks that act like our eyes and ears; they can sense light, temperature, and how far they are away from other objects.

Proximity Probe with Rear and Side View Target Protection

Condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS have added a new option to their established range of proximity probes which virtually eliminates the detrimental effects on measurements caused by both side and rear targets. The PRSVBeam proximity probe has an innovative tip design which overcomes the problems associated with traditional probe designs, such as poor accuracy, system non-linearities and extended set-up time.

A Multi Axis Motor Control EPOS2 36/2 Motherboard

Operating as standalone controller or integrated into final product as sub-board, EPOS2 36/2 Motherboard features snap-apart construction with 11 nodes connected via CAN-Open, allowing multi-axis customization on single board. Two digital inputs and 1 digital output are mapped on board with additional I/O expansion module as option. In addition to motor speed, torque, and position control, EPOS2 36/2 is capable of synchronously running coordinated multi-axis path dictated by interpolating points.

MoNETA: A Mind Made from Memristors

IEEE Spectrum has an article by Dr Massimiliano Versace about a memristor-based approach to AI that consists of a chip that mimics how neurons process information. Researchers have suspected for decades that real artificial intelligence can't be done on traditional hardware, with its rigid adherence to Boolean logic and vast separation between memory and processing. But that knowledge was of little use until about two years ago, when HP built a new class of electronic device called a memristor. Before the memristor, it would have been impossible to create something with the form factor of a brain, the low power requirements, and the instantaneous internal communications. Turns out that those three things are key to making anything that resembles the brain and thus can be trained and coaxed to behave like a brain. In this case, form is function, or more accurately, function is hopeless without form. Basically, memristors are small enough, cheap enough, and efficient enough to fill the bill. Perhaps most important, they have key characteristics that resemble those of synapses. That's why they will be a crucial enabler of an artificial intelligence worthy of the term.

Multi-Axis Joint Modules suit lightweight applications.

Igus' "robolink" successfully tested in 100 beta applications

Hansen Medical Receives CE Mark for Its Magellan(TM) Robotic System for Peripheral Vascular Interventions

Company to Commence Initial Launch in Europe

Microscan Introduces Three New Machine Vision Innovations

Microscan introduces the AutoVISION™ family of machine vision products. The product line includes the Vision HAWK and Vision MINI smart cameras, as well as the new AutoVISION™ machine vision software interface.

Demo Software To Visualize, Calibrate and Process Kinect Cameras Output

Kinect RGBDemo and the Nestk Library by Nicolas Burrus aim at providing a simple toolkit to start playing with Kinect data and develop standalone computer vision programs without the hassle of integrating existing libraries.  The 0.6 release includes two new demos, an interactive program to calibrate multiple RGBD cameras, and a one shot 3D model acquisition of objects lying on a table based on  PCL  table top detector. Current features include: Grab kinect images and visualize / replay them Support for  libfreenect  and  OpenNI/Nite  backends Extract skeleton data / hand point position (Nite backend) Integration with  OpenCV  and  PCL Multiple Kinect support and calibration Calibrate the camera to get point clouds in metric space (libfreenect) Export to meshlab/blender using .ply files Demo of 3D scene reconstruction using a freehand Kinect Demo of people detection and localization Demo of gesture recognition and skeleton tracking using Nite Demo of 3D model estimation of objects lying on a table (based on PCL table top object detector) Demo of multiple kinect calibration Linux, MacOSX and Windows support      

Freescale Adds Controller and Peripheral Modules and Full Kits to Tower System Development Platform

Fifteen additions to modular tool lineup, including modules featuring Kinetis and ColdFire+ microcontrollers, support rapid prototyping and help reduce time to market

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Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Mechatronic Motion Solutions from Festo is a unique system of components, modules, and software. It integrates all types of pneumatic, servopneumatic and (electro)mechanical automation motion and combines them according to your task. Irrespective of the control system environment you use, Mechatronic Motion Solutions always provides the appropriate interfaces. The fingers can be actively moved and their strength amplified; the operator's hand movements are registered and transmitted to the robotic hand in real time. The objectives are to enhance the strength and endurance of the human hand, to extend humans' scope of action and to secure them an independent lifestyle even at an advanced age.