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IRobot's Colin Angle on the Home Run of Robotics (It's Not A.I.)

Robert Buderi for Xconomy: “helping people stay in their home as they age and maintain the lifestyle advantages of living at home.” And that means, he says, “We’re going to need a lot of robots.”

Robotic Solutions in the Supply Chain

Following a number of successful implementations, we’re starting to see robots and their human counterparts work side by side in warehouses, deliveries and at sorting centers. Logistics plays a fundamental role in the success of the manufacturing process and by using robot

Where Should the Robot Controller Go?

You can save yourself surprises by planning robot controller mounting and wireway routing ahead with your selected robot integrator’s project team.

BitFlow Identifies Five Machine Vision Trends for 2018

BitFlow, Inc., a manufacturer of frame grabbers for machine vision cameras, annually gives its top five industry trends for the upcoming year.

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Special Tradeshow Coverage for FABTECH 2017

FABTECH 2017 will be held from November 6th - 9th in Chicago, Illinois. This RoboticsTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

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Tracking rogue drones with DJI's new Aeroscope system

Lauren Goode for The Verge: Martino calls this box “the gizmos,” but its real name is Aeroscope. It’s DJI’s new solution for detecting rogue drones that are flying nearby.

Boston Dynamics CEO: 'Robotics will be bigger than the Internet'

Catherine Clifford for CNBC: "The Internet lets every person reach out and touch all the information in the world. But robotics lets you reach out and touch and manipulate all the stuff in the world — and so it is not just restricted to information, it is everything,"

Humanoid robot market to double by 2023, industrial robotics to hit $72B

Alison DeNisco Rayome for TechRepublic: By 2023, we will see an increasing use of humanoid robots for education, as well as in the retail industry, to better personalize customer support.

DARPA laying groundwork for growth in-space robotics

Sandra Erwin for Space News: DARPA pioneered the concept of using robots for in-space repairs and more recently invested millions of dollars in a public-private partnership with Space Systems Loral to build an autonomous vehicle for servicing satellites 36,000 kilometers ab

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The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Announces New Standards Projects

Focus areas address metrics for ensuring human wellbeing, developing methodologies to achieve ethically-driven nudging parameters, and establishing fail-safe mechanisms in autonomous and semi-autonomous systems

New Frameless Brushless Servo Motor Kits from Maxon

Available in size ranges from 30 Watt to 260 Watt, these EC (electronically commutated) frameless slotted motors feature low voltage windings, high pole pair count and are shipped as BLDC motor kits with the rotor and stator delivered separately without bearings and motor shaft.

Collaborative Robots Market to see 'rapid growth' over next eight years, says report

Collaborative robots are devices planned and developed for mechanizing tasks and making the job easier for humans. The constant expansion of the automation business is anticipated to improve the development of the global collaborative robot market in the future.

SPS Drives brings servo actuators and sushi

Aerospace, medical and automotive engineers will be able to speak with experts from high precision gearing manufacturer Harmonic Drive AG to improve the accuracy and efficiency of their applications at this year's SPS IPC Drives show in Nuremberg. Harmonic Drive AG will be launching its FHA-C Mini Servo Actuators with Absolute MZE encoder at stand 119 in hall four, from November 28-30, 2017.

Is your robot battery up to the task?

The very purpose of using a robot to automate a process relies on the robot being accurate and repeatable. As robots move from environments where they were traditionally used behind cages to open environments, it is important that their power solutions keep up. Here, Michele Windsor, global marketing manager at global battery specialist Ultralife Corporation, explains why plant managers need to consider smart batteries for industrial and service robots.

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MICROSCAN: READ AND VERIFY BARCODES INVISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE

MICROSCAN: READ AND VERIFY BARCODES INVISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE

Space, or the lack of it, can be a challenge when placing barcodes or Data Matrix symbols on components. However, readable barcodes are critical to component traceability, time/date stamping, work in progress (WIP) tracking, and recall management. MicroHAWK UHD smart cameras can decode very small and difficult-to-read barcodes, including Data Matrix two-dimensional (2D) symbols and direct part marks (DPM). Users can rely on the MicroHAWK UHD to read symbols with an x-dimension almost invisible to the naked eye!

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