Schilling Robotics and Gregg Marine Declare New Subsea Drill Field Testing a Success

Schilling Robotics, LLC, experts in subsea systems, and Gregg Marine, Inc., experts in drilling and geotechnical testing services, announced today the successful completion of the field testing of their subsea drill in the waters offshore of Vancouver, British Columbia.

IBM Unveils Cognitive Computing Chips

Today, IBM researchers unveiled a new generation of experimental computer chips designed to emulate the brain's abilities for perception, action and cognition. The technology could yield many orders of magnitude less power consumption and space than used in today's computers.

ROS Electric Emys Beta Now Available

Debian packages are now available for the ROS Electric Beta release. This beta release is in feature freeze: stacks that have reached "1.0" status will only receive bug fixes from this point forward so that others can easily integrate with this new release.

China's Mammoth Intro to Robotics

According to Xinhua, the official press agency of the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn will deploy 1 million robots over the next three years to improve efficiency and reduce labor for tasks better suited to a robot.

Green Hills Software Launches Autonomous Vehicle Open Platform for UAV Control Segments, UAV Mission, Payload and Flight Control Systems

Secure, Highly Reliable Open Platform Allows Overall Reduction in Development Cost and Time-to-Market for US Government's Next Generation of Autonomous Vehicles; Includes INTEGRITY-178B Real-Time Operating System and FIPS-Validated Cryptographic Toolkit

Foot-Bots, Hand-Bots, and Eye-Bots

Travis Deyle, at Hizook has a good run down of The Swarmanoid project. Its a co-op research funded by the European Commission to build and design a distributed robotic system.  The swarmanoid that we intend to build will be comprised of numerous (about 60) autonomous robots of three types: eye-bots,hand-bots, and foot-bots.

OctoMap 1.2 and updated octomap_mapping stack for diamondback, electric & unstable

Announcement from Armin Hornung of Humanoid Robots Lab, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg to ros-users

George C. Devol, Inventor of Unimate, Dies at 99

George C. Devol, the inventor of the first robot arm: "Unimate", died on Thursday at his home in Wilton, Conn. He was 99. In May of this year, Mr. Devol was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The citation states, in part, “George Devol’s patent for the first digitally operated programmable robotic arm represents the foundation of the modern robotics industry.” Here is his NY Times obituary  and a reprint of a Robot Magazine article titled  The Rise And Fall Of Unimation . It profiles the history of Unimation, the original company Devol and partner Joseph F. Engelberger formed to produce the Unimate.

Kinea Design and Scott Technology Selected by MLA to Lead Development and Commercialization of World's First Beef Boning Co-Robot

Kinea Design and Scott Technology today jointly announced that they have been selected by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) to develop and commercialize HookAssist, the world's first beef boning collaborative robot. The HookAssist co-robot works collaboratively with operators to amplify - not replace -- human effort. The innovation, in trials now with one of the world's largest meat companies, is aimed at increasing yield and productivity, reducing workplace injuries, and alleviating labor shortages in the meat processing industry.

Pipetel's Pipeline Inspection Robots

Pipetel's Explorer  is an un-tethered, modular, remotely controllable, self-powered inspection robot for the visual and non-destructive inspection of 6" and 8" natural gas un-piggable transmission pipelines. The most prominent reasons that render a pipeline un-piggable are flow rates that are lower than needed to propel an in-line inspection tool (pig); the presence of obstacles such as valves, mitered bends, back-to-back in and out-of-plane bends; and the cost and operational complications associated with installation of launching and receiving equipment. Explorer can also be used for distribution pipelines as a pre-inspection technology for other rehabilitation and repair techniques.  The Explorer platform uses a Remote Field Eddy Current Sensor (RFEC) which is a non-destructive inspection sensor that uses low frequency alternating current to measure wall thickness for the entire pipe circumference. Explorer also incorporates two fisheye cameras at each end of the robot that provide high quality visual inspection for locating joints, tees and other pipeline appurtenances. As an in-line inspection tool, Explorer is launced operated and retrieved under live conditions and can negotiate diameter changes, bends and tees up to 90° as well as inclined and vertical sections of the pipeline network.

Lockheed Martin Unveils Samarai Flyer at Unmanned Vehicle Conference

Inspired by a maple seed, Lockheed Martin's Samarai handheld vehicle flew publically for the first time today at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference.

Pipetel's Explorer Robotic Inspection Tool Used to Inspect SoCalGas Pipelines

Pipetel Technologies has inspected 2.5 miles of pipeline operated by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) using a self-propelled robot in place of conventional internal inspection tools sometimes referred to as "smart pigs."

Eight Tips for Optimal Machine Vision Lighting

Tips for choosing the optimal lighting solution for a machine vision application.

Automation From Kuka Systems Helps Beverage Companies Achieve Major Savings By Streamlining Distribution

The recently deployed system can process 5,000 cases per hour. It features KUKA Systems' automated high speed layer-picking system as well as its layer-forming and mixed palletizing cell.

RobotWorx Unveils Custom Robotic Workcell Options

Robot integrator and reconditioning company RobotWorx now offering businesses custom-fit robotic workcells.

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