GeckoSystems Featured as One of Six Key U.S. Vendors in Service Robotics Market

...their experienced market researchers are sufficiently astute to accept that small service robot firms, such as GeckoSystems, can nonetheless develop advanced technologies and products as well, or better, as much larger, multi-billion dollar corporations such as Google Inc., etc.

Sharp and Autonomous Solutions, Inc. launch fully autonomous security robot

The INTELLOS A-UGV, launched today at the ASIS International show in Orlando, Florida, is a cost-effective, mobile sensor platform that can capture video, audio and environmental data as it patrols assigned areas. Organizations will be able to address the needs of a changing security landscape with the capabilities offered by INTELLOS.

General Dynamics Bluefin-21 AUV Launches Bluefin SandShark Micro-Underwater Vehicle During U.S. Navy Exercise

Through several ANTX demonstrations, the Bluefin SandShark M-AUVs surfaced and functioned independent of the heavyweight-class Bluefin-21. In one mission scenario, the Bluefin-21 simulated data collection and transfer of target imagery and other information to two Bluefin SandSharks.

Significant Global Demand Pushes UAV Sales to Exceed $82 Billion over Next 10 Years, IHS Markit Says

US regained number one export position in 2015 from Israel; Asia/Oceania market sales to double to $15 billion

Swarms of Robots Manage to Not Run Into Each Other

Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum:  At Georgia Tech, Li Wang and professors Aaron D. Ames and Magnus Egerstedt have been developing ways to allow infinitely large teams of mobile robots to move around each other without colliding, and also without getting in each other’s way. This is very important for people like me, who have 37Roombas at home, but also for anyone imagining a future where roads are packed with autonomous cars.

The fundamental issue here is robot paranoia. When robots move around, they typically maintain a sensor-based “panic zone” for safety, and if anything enters that space, they panic, and stop moving. If you have only two robots moving around, they can keep clear of one another, but as the number of robots increases, the odds that two “panic zones” will intersect also increases, to the point where they overlap and you just end up with a completely paralyzing global robot freakout. Or as the Georgia Tech researchers put it (in a much fancier way), “as the number of robots and the complexity of the task increases, it becomes increasingly difficult to design one single controller that simultaneously achieves multiple objectives, e.g., forming shapes, collision avoidance, and connectivity maintenance.”  Cont'd...

Liquid Robotics announces Maritime Robotics as new Business and Technology Partner for the Nordic Countries

Joining Liquid Robotics' Open Oceans Partner Program, Maritime Robotics is now an authorized partner to sell Liquid Robotics' Wave Gliders and associated mission and integration services to customers throughout the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.

Epson Partners with DJI to Create AR Smart Glasses Solutions for Piloting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Partnership designed to enhance safety and capabilities of DJI drone piloting using Epson Moverio BT-300; launch to mark first mass-market consumer application of AR glasses

Mouser Electronics, Grant Imahara and Local Motors Team to Reimagine the Autonomous Driving Experience

Mouser Electronics Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is teaming up with Local Motors and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to build a fully transforming vehicle cockpit for 3D-printed autonomous vehicles. It is the latest series from Mouser's highly popular Empowering Innovation Together™ educational program.

LG Electronics To "Aggressively Invest" In Robotics

Joshua Swingle for Android Headlines:  LG is certainly no stranger when it comes to robotics and smart appliances, but until now, such products have had limited use. With the company’s latest announcement, this will change. The electronics giant has confirmed that it’s currently investing a lot of resources into robots in the hope of capitalizing on advanced AI, which could eventually be implemented into products that combine hardware with artificial intelligence in order to work with smart home appliances as well as to develop machines that could perform everyday tasks. “We will prepare for the future by aggressively investing in smart home, robots and key components and strengthen the home appliances business’s capabilities,” said Jo Seung-jin, head of LG’s appliances business.

As of now, there’s no time frame for when we’ll see the results of these investments on the shelves, but LG already has plans for products that will work with air conditioners and washing machines, though combining AI with self-driving cars is also something the company is researching. Although such plans aren’t exactly detailed, the investment does hint at a change in the way LG is treating robotics. Up until now, the company has only experimented with products of limited use, but the new change in focus hints at robotics becoming one of LG’s main focus points, meaning that, for consumers, having a robot in their homes could become the norm. Currently, LG has not confirmed the amount of money it plans to invest in robotics.  Cont'd...

Sentera Enables UAV Flight Planning That Far Exceeds Battery Life

AgVault Mobile App 2.0 Battery Swap Feature Revolutionizes UAV Flight Planning and Data Capture

18 Questions to Ask Your AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) Vendor:
Part 2

With so many AGV solutions on the market, it can be difficult to tell which AGV is right for your application and facility. Before investing in automation, ask your AGV vendor these important questions about install times, safety standards and the team you'll be working with.

AUVSI to Host Workshop on Drones and the Wireless Industry at CTIA Super Mobility Conference, Sept. 8

Review of new FAA regulations for operating commercial drones

AirMap Launches Real-time Traffic Alerts to Notify Drones about Nearby Manned Aircraft

Real-time traffic alerts bring us closer to autonomous, beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights for drones

Sony company chief hints at company's plans to head into robotics and AI

SHIVALI BEST FOR MAILONLINE:  While Sony is currently one of the leading producers of smartphones, cameras and home entertainment systems, the company may soon be heading into the realm of robotics and AI. On Thursday, Kazuo Hirai, CEO of the Tokyo-based company, took to the stage at the IFA electronics show in Berlin to discuss the firm's newest products.He said that Sony was keen to explore new areas of technology, and that artificial intelligence and robotics were part of that.

The move towards robotics and AI is part of Sony's 'last one inch' mantra, that refers to getting products close to consumers.  Mr Hirai said: 'I think the combination of 'the last one inch' - things that you hold in your hand to access or upload information, entertainment and so on - combined with AI and robotics is the area that is going to be a future growth area in a big way for Sony.  Cont'd...

Innovative unmanned aerial vehicles can be launched from underwater for aerial missions

"Some of the other major manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles include AeroVironment and DJI Innovations among others."

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