On Cyber Monday, Friendly Robots Are Helping Smaller Stores Chase Amazon

DAVEY ALBA for Wired:  Locus Robotics is an offshoot of Massachusetts-based Quiet Logistics, a third-party order fulfillment company that gets merchandise out the door for big apparel retailers like Zara, Gilt Groupe, and Bonobos. And the idea behind its bots isn’t just to replace humans, but to create a system where everyone can work together more efficiently. What most people don’t realize in the age of push-button shopping is the “shopping” part doesn’t disappear. You the consumer are no longer at the store doing the physical work of tracking down the thing you want. But somebody still has to do it. For e-commerce, that task typically falls to a worker at a distribution center who must locate the product, make sure it’s not damaged, and send it off to be packed and shipped. This can be grueling, tedious work. More than anything else, it’s about walking. Lots of walking. Locus aims to have its bots do the walking instead.  Cont'd...  

Low-cost, LiDAR-based Navigation for Mobile Robotics

Using the ROS Navigation suite from the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), we highlight a solution employing the Rhoeby Dynamics R2D LiDAR, a low-cost LiDAR device

Nearly 100 Million Consumer Robots Will be Sold During the Next 5 Years, According to Tractica

Household Robots to Lead in Adoption, with Strong Growth in Robotic Personal Assistants, Robotic Toys, and Educational Robots

ULC Robotics and SGN Unveil the Next Generation of Pipeline Robotics

Introducing Two Innovative Robotic Systems to Change the way Gas Utilities Manage Cast Iron Infrastructure

New HfS Research Report Highlights Syntel's Strategic Investments in Intelligent Automation

Michigan-based global IT service provider Syntel collaborates with companies about tying their revenue model to an intelligent automation strategy noting the challenge is as much about strategic planning as it is about the solution. "Intelligent automation is in a very nascent phase of development and the large service providers, thus far, have not educated the market well on the implications of these innovations and their investments," suggested by the HfS report. Syntel starts the automation discussion around ROI analyses. This way, Syntel and the client can determined what components are scalable enough to justify the business case.

Electrical Slip Ring In The Application of Robotics

The rotating joint of robot has complicated structure and inconvenient installation, but we could adopt electrical slip ring to realize 360 degree with unlimited rotations freely in the robot, which through slip ring to transmit power and signal.

Ingenious Remote Operated Aircraft Tug unveiled in North America to ease Airport Ground Handling and to generate up to 40% more Hangar and Parking Space

World's only Aviation Tow Vehicle that can turn an Aircraft 360 Degrees on the Spot without turning the Airplanes Nose Gear is utilizing unused hard to reach Areas that are not accessible with conventional Aircraft Tow Tugs. A new Generation of Towbarless Ground Handling Equipment.

Robotics Alley to Host Career Fair for Engineering, Technical Jobs

For the second year, the Robotics Alley Conference & Expo will offer a free career fair for engineering, manufacturing and technical professionals.

Global Robotics Industry to Surpass $151 Billion by 2020, According to Tractica

Consumer Robots, Enterprise Robots, Autonomous Vehicles, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Will Drive the Rapid Diversification of the Sector beyond Traditional Industrial Markets

Softing releases software update for PROFIBUS Tester 5

Industrial automation provider announces immediate availability of software update for its comprehensive all-in-one diagnostic tool

Silicon Valley Robotics Releases Service Robotics Case Study Showcasing New Roles for Robots in Today's Economy

Silicon Valley Robotics today published the first in a series of case studies in service robotics showcasing the new ways in which robots can enrich our economy, creating new positions in the retail, logistics, health and hospitality industries.

ADDING MULTIMEDIA Seegrid Solidifies New Leadership Team

- CFO Ed Henry Joins Company to Complete Executive Team -

The Geminoids are Coming!

There is research going on at the University of New South Wales in Australia, to determine the behavior of humans, as they interact with Geminoids-the name given these life-like robots because of their similarity to humans. The next step is to study whether a human being can get used to interacting with Geminoids.

Amazon's robotics group asked the FCC to test special wireless equipment

Jillian D'Onfro for Business Insider:  Amazon is ramping up its robotics efforts and testing new technology that could make it safer to operate the fleet of robots toiling in its warehouses, according to recent FCC filings.  The FCC gave Amazon Robotics an expedited experimental license to test a "proximity sensing system" that the company hopes to deploy in fulfillment centers outside the U.S. Amazon Robotics "seeks to evaluate radiolocation technology to be used in the operation of robotics in fulfillment centers outside the United States," the company said in the filing, the first such FCC filing by Amazon Robotics. While Amazon stresses that the technology is strictly for internal use, and not something it intends to sell to "end users," the filing underscores the company's increasing investment and innovation in robotics, which has the potential to transform a broad swath of industrial and consumer markets.   Cont'd...  

MecklerMedia's RoboUniverse Conference & Expo to Host Robotics Startup Competition with $10,000 Prize, Courtesy of Asimov Ventures

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ST Robotics - K11R robot controller now available for your own robot!

ST Robotics - K11R robot controller now available for your own robot!

St Robotics is making the K11R robot controller available for any robot that uses stepping motors including the IGUS range. Providing you use low inductance motors the K11R will provide surprising power and speed from it's 55v DC supply and Gecko micro-stepping drives controlled by a fast DSP and micro-controller. The software is RoboForth II V17 embedded in the controller which together with the PC project supervisor gets your robot going within minutes. It is a text based conversational language that is so easy to use yet permits programs of great complexity when required. The kinematics are easily tailored to any size of robot and any number of axes from 3 to 6. The controller will also provide easy calibration to sensors and also reads back and compares encoders if you fit them. Speed, acceleration and rate of acceleration (3rd order) are all programmable as is emergency stop and many other features. Your positional data and programs may be saved on your PC and also in the controller's flash memory. The K11R will also control external devices such as pneumatic gripper, vacuum pickup, air cylinders and communicate with a PLC. Pricing starts at $2500. Contact ST at sales@strobotics.com