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American Robotics Becomes First Company Approved by the FAA To Operate Automated Drones Without Human Operators On-Site

A seminal milestone in the drone industry, American Robotics now meets the safety requirements needed to make drones scalable for widespread commercial use.

Talking to Machines - New Operating Concepts With Artificial Intelligence

A simple request, a short sentence, for the human brain to interpret what is meant, make the connection and initiate an appropriate reaction is easy. For a machine this is much more complicated. To control technical devices with speech requires many individual steps.

Cybathlon: A Success for the Maxon Teams

The CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition is history. Due to the Covid-​19 pandemic, the teams had to compete in different time zones and locations. And out of the 50 teams participating, one in four teams were using maxon products.

Triad of Torque, Speed and Precision. Applications? Step Into the Ring.

Many applications require drive solutions that have a central opening through which parts of the application can be guided. Examples of this can be found in optics and photonics for laser steering systems or in automation and robotics for semiconductor handling systems.

Readers Choice 2020: How Do You Train a Retail Robot?

Here are some lessons learned while shepherding grocery robots as they’ve logged more than 250,000 miles of pilot runs and hundreds of actual deployments.

Readers Choice 2020: Smarter Robotics Are Changing Security

While robots already play a prominent role in logistics and manufacturing, industry leaders are just beginning to realize the potential of this technology in security measures.

Readers Choice 2020: How Robots Are Changing On-Site Construction

The introduction of construction robotics may prove to be a tipping point for this industry. How are robots changing on-site construction today, and where can we expect to see them in the future?

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Examples of Rescue Robotics Changing Emergency Response Times

Robots have worked in emergency services for decades, and they’re only becoming more prevalent. Here are some leading examples of these machines improving first responders’ response times.

Ways to Optimize Manufacturing Cybersecurity

Manufacturing facilities are at an increasingly high risk of cyberattacks, especially as they feature more connected, advanced machines that play vital roles in operations.

Happy New Year from Atlas, Spot and Handle

The Boston Dynamics crew got together to celebrate the start of what we all hope will be a happier year. Happy New Year from all of us.

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Miso Robotics Expands Series C into 2021 to Match Investor Demand

After raising a record-breaking $17 million through crowdfunding, the creators of Flippy extend round as pandemic boosts demand for kitchen robots

Element5 and LBMC announce strategic partnership to bring greater security to automation for post-acute care

The partnership is aimed at strengthening healthcare data compliance and security measures across Element5's workflow automation suite for post-acute care

FLIR Systems Receives $30.1M Contract Increase from US Army for Sustainment Efforts on MTRS Inc. II and CRS-H Programs

Adds to Existing $57.9M IDIQ Contract for Sustainment Activity across All FLIR Unmanned Ground Systems

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ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics
ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

The ST Robotics Workspace Sentry robot and area safety system are based on a small module that sends an infrared beam across the workspace. If the user puts his hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. Each module has three beams at different angles and the distance a beam reaches is adjustable. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to watch a wider area. "A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.

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