Earthbound Robots Today Need to Take Flight

Neil Tardella for IEEE Spectrum:  The DARPA Robotics Challenge this past summer showcased how far humanoid robots have come—but also how far they have yet to go before they can tackle real-world practical applications. Even the best of the DRC behemoths stumbled and fell down, proving, as IEEE Spectrum noted at the time, that “not walking is a big advantage.”

There is, in fact, a new not-walking way for robots to perform many kinds of tasks better and faster: the dexterous drone.

A lightweight flying platform with a robotic arm combines the strengths of two rapidly developing, parallel industries. Aerial drones like quadcopters and octocopters have in just the past few years emerged as a viable industrial and consumer product with substantial maneuverability, versatility, and durability. Yet the drones of today are mostly just flying bodies with no arms or hands.  Cont'd...

ROBOTIQ BRINGS A SENSE OF TOUCH TO UNIVERSAL ROBOTS WITH NEW 6-AXIS FORCE TORQUE SENSOR

Robotiq launches its newest Force Torque Sensor: the FT 300, bringing a sense of touch to robots. With plug and play integration on all Universal Robots, the Force Torque Sensor FT 300 makes automation of high precision tasks such as product testing, assembly and precise part insertion easy and fast to setup.

ST Robotics Announces new Passive Tool Changer System

ST Robotics has announced today the release of its new passive tool changer system, the TC12, an innovative changer that requires no compressed air or electrics to operate, for the ST Robotics R12 five and six-axis articulated robot arms.

Energid Technologies Developing Lightweight Robot Arm for Flying Platforms

New Robot Arm Funded by NASA and Leveraging Energid's Actin Software will Support Space and Terrestrial Applications

Yaskawa Motoman Announces EtherNet/IP Safety Software for DX200 Robot Controller Platform

"Real savings in integration time, troubleshooting time and lower engineering development hours are all very achievable benefits when adding an EtherNet/IP safety network."

Microscan Machine Vision Cameras Chosen for UR5 Inline Robotic Inspection System

Cross Company's Automation Group chooses Microscan for an integrated robotic inspection solution using the Universal Robots UR5 robotic arm and Microscan Vision HAWK Smart Camera.

Universal Robots experiencing rapid growth, doubling revenue and profit in 2014

Danish robot manufacturer Universal Robots achieved a spectacular growth in the 2014 annual result just published; Revenue increased an astounding 70 percent reaching more than 36M USD with profit more than doubling to 5M USD.

ABB's YuMi ushers in new era of collaborative robotics

YuMi's unveiling at the Hannover Messe next week heralds a new era of robotic coworkers capable of working collaboratively with humans while ensuring their safety

Versatile Yaskawa Motoman MH24 Robot Excels in Wide Range of Applications

Excels in assembly, dispensing, material handling, machine tending and packaging applications.

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