Arlington Capital Partners Announces Acquisition of iRobot Defense and Security Business

Arlington Capital Partners ("Arlington Capital"), a Washington, DC - based private equity firm, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Defense & Security business of iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT).

SoftBank's Pepper Robots to Staff Tokyo Cell Phone Store

BY ANGELA MOSCARITOLO for PCMAG:  SoftBank is giving its Pepper robot a new job with some big responsibilities.  The Japanese telecom giant is planning to open a cell phone store in Tokyo this spring staffed primarily by Pepper robots, according to a report from The Japan Times. About five to six Pepper robots will run the store from March 28 through April 3, and be responsible for helping customers and making sales.  "I don't know how this will turn out, but it should be a quite interesting experiment," SoftBank CEO Ken Miyauchi told the newspaper.  The robots will be able to answer questions about different cell phone options, and when someone's ready to buy, they'll even attempt to complete the sale. SoftBank does plan to have humans at the ready to handle tasks Pepper can't yet do — like checking customer IDs when drawing up a new contract.   Cont'd...

5D Robotics Raises $5.5M Funding in Seed Round for Commercial Business

Focus and delivery of Automation for Industrial, Factory, Heavy Equipment, Mapping and Inspection Markets moving ahead

Innovation on the Rise: More States Adopting Pro-Innovation Policies, According to Consumer Technology Association's 2016 Innovation Scorecard

Twelve states and the District of Columbia are now championing innovation-friendly policies at the highest level according to the 2016 Innovation Scorecard, an annual innovation policy performance index released today by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.

Fraunhofer Researchers Design Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Seabed Exploration

Autonomous underwater vehicles are essential for tasks such as exploring the seabed in search of oil or minerals. Fraunhofer researchers have designed the first robust, lightweight and powerful vehicle intended for series production.

Aerialtronics adds sense and avoid technology to Zenith UAS

Dutch unmanned aerial system manufacturer unveils commercial grade UAS with collision avoidance capabilities

HACKLET 93 - ROBOTICS TOOLKIT AND ESP8266 PACKET INJECTION

Adam Fabio for Hackaday:  [Kevin Harrington] loves robots, but hates reinventing the wheel every time he creates a new machine. He’s built BowlerStudio: A robotics development platform to combat this problem. BowlerStudio was asemifinalist in the 2015 Hackaday Prize. BowlerStudio is a soup-to-nuts platform for creating all sorts of robots. [Kevin] has integrated Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D modeling, kinematics, machine vision, and a simulation engine complete with physics modeling into one whopper of a software package. To prove how versatile the system is, he designed a hexapod robot in the CAD portion of the program. The robot then taught itself to walk in the simulation. Once the design was 3D printed, the real robot walked right off the bread board. [Kevin] linked the hardware and software with DyIO, another of his projects. BowlerStudio is a huge boon for just about any robotics hacker, as well as educators. An entire curriculum could be created around the system. Thanks to its Java roots, BowlerStudio is also a multi-platform. [Kevin] has binaries ready to go for Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu.   Cont'd...

Greenbot: Driverless Tractor

From Greenbot: The Greenbot was introduced at the Agritechnica 2015 trade fair. The Greenbot is the first driverless machine to be developed especially for professionals working in the green sector who have to carry out repetitive tasks on a regular basis, such as working in fruit cultivation, horticulture, agriculture, or the municipal sector.  The software that controls the fourwheel steering and hydraulic four-wheel drive system is userfriendly, safe and reliable. The Greenbot can be programmed to function fully independent and can be used to replicate tasks recorded in advance using a tractor with a driver. Programs can also be activated using the remote control, and then the Greenbot repeats the instructions. This mode is called ‘Teach & Playback’. The Greenbot is furthermore able to independently plan its own route and operations for specific applications, such as spraying orchards or mowing public green areas... ( site )

Blue Ocean Robotics Announces US Market Expansion Strategy

BLUE OCEAN ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES SECOND WAVE IN US EXPANSION STRATEGY WITH PLANS TO OPEN SEVERAL FRANCHISE-LIKE SUBSIDIARIES IN THE US

Embeddable Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for OEM applications

Sensoray introduces its new Model 4011, a compact digital video recorder (DVR) designed for embedded OEM applications. It records audio and video (A/V) to USB storage media in MP4 format and captures JPEG images on-the-fly without interrupting A/V recording. The A/V outputs allow live video, recorded A/V, or JPEG snapshots to be displayed on a monitor.

LiveU and FlyMotion Unmanned Systems Collaborate to Deliver Video Content for First Integrated Mobile Drone Command and Control Vehicles

Innovative solution integrates LiveU bonded cellular technology for wireless video transmission to and from any location around the world with FlyMotion Unmanned Systems' award-winning, full-scale unmanned aerial solutions

Kespry Announces Woolpert as Latest Commercial Drone System Customer

The fully automated Kespry Drone System comes complete with drone, K Box, battery, charger, iPad, and Kespry iPad app which maps the area and flies the drone.

Is Velo3D Plotting a 3-D Printed Robot Revolution?

Tekla S. Perry for IEEE Spectrum:  Velo3D, based in Santa Clara, Calif., has $22.1 million in venture investment to do something in 3-D printing: That makes it fourth among 2015’s best-funded stealth-mode tech companies in the United States, according to CB Insights. This dollar number is about all the hard news that has come out of this startup, founded in 2014 by Benyamin Butler and Erel Milshtein. But job postings, talks at conferences, and other breadcrumbs left along Velo3D's development trail—has created a sketchy outline of this company’s plans. Consider which 3-D printing technology is ready for disruption: metal. 3-D printing of plastics took off after 2009, when a key patent that covered the deposition technology expired; we now have desktop printers for 3-D plastic objects as cheap as $350. Printing of metal objects—done regularly in industry, particularly aerospace—uses a different, and, to date, far more expensive technology: selective laser sintering. This technology melts metal powders into solid shapes; it requires high temperatures, and far more complicated equipment than what’s found in the layering sort of printers used for plastic. The patent for this technology expired in early 2014—just before the formation of Velo3D. At the time, industry experts indicated that there wouldn’t be cheap metal printers coming anytime soon, but rather, would only come after “a significant breakthrough on the materials side,” OpenSLS’s Andreas Bastian told GigaOm in 2014. Could Velo3D’s founders have that breakthrough figured out?   Cont'd...

Driverless Tractors and Drones to be Among the Key Applications for Agricultural Robots

The worldwide market for the agricultural robot has seen a boost in 2015 and many new products that are in field tests are expected to be commercially available by 2016.

Safely Bonding with Drones

Gimball model drone eliminates the peril of flying close to people and potentially damaging structures.

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