Why you should care about the Uncanny Valley

As the demand for human-like robots grows, the Uncanny Valley phenomenon will impact robot manufacturers and developers more and more. With populations aging in countries as diverse as China and the United Sates, roboticists will increasingly focus on social robots. They will ignore the Uncanny Valley at their own risk.

Application Case Study: Continental AG, Czech Republic Division

Smart Cameras Provide Additional Benefits to Auto ID Applications

The Camera Has Many Eyes

Coupled with computers and software, plenoptic cameras can enable a robot to better navigate its environment with less confusion and work autonomously. Robotic sensors, using light filed technology, match up to the human sense of sight, serving as a robots eyes, allowing the robot to get around in its surroundings.

Interview - Video Quality for UAVs

Exceptional image quality, including the ability to transport this high-bandwidth video in real time, is absolutely essential to protecting our war fighters, as well as civilians who may be in harms way.

Dunkermotor Enters New Distribution Agreement With In-Position Technologies

High tech machine automation distributor to add intelligent servo motors, brushed DC motors, gearmotors and linear motors for western states customers.

Health Robotics' Upgrades its Worldwide Network in Saudi Arabia with Hospital Automation Technology (HAT)

DENSO Introduces New VS-Series 6-Axis Cleanroom Robots

World's fastest, most precise in their class

iRobot Receives U.S. Army Orders Totaling $6 Million

The robot is ideal for a variety of missions, including reconnaissance, route clearance, hazardous materials detection and bomb disposal

Research and Markets: First Responder, Border Patrol, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Security Robots: First Responder Type Robot Markets Are Anticipated To Reach $1.6 Billion By 2018

First Responder Type Robot markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the next generation robots systems provide a way to improve law enforcement services delivery in the communities of the world

Microscan Names Cheng Han Ko as Asia Pacific Sales Director

Microscan has appointed Cheng Han Ko as Asia Pacific Sales Director. Ko will manage the company's commercial operations in the Asia Pacific region, overseeing multiple regional sales managers to ensure the high-level operation of Microscan's sales organization in the region.

AeroVironment to Deploy Small Unmanned Aircraft for Federal Communications Commission Post-Disaster Communications Demonstration

Small unmanned aircraft systems to demonstrate broadband network and long distance communications link for the FCC Deployable Aerial Communications Architecture Notice of Inquiry proceeding

Ocean Robots Embark on Final Stage of Pacific Crossing (PacX) Collecting Unprecedented Amounts of Ocean Data

Helping Foster Interest in Science Education and Ocean Exploration

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Selects Autodesk Digital Prototyping Software to Design Electrical Controls in Industrial Robots

KHI has recently been focusing on overseas markets such as China and India, where there is growing demand for industrial robots

QUAN Contacts New Robotics Targets

The company is targeting early-stage robotics innovators ready to move their ideas and designs past the conceptual and prototyping stages to the production phase

TurtleBot 2 Coming Soon

ROSCon 2012 was held in St. Paul, Minnesota over the weekend. Willow Garage was showing off a prototype refresh of the TurtleBot. The biggest change is that the iRobot Create bases are being replaced by a new base designed by the South Korean company Yujin Robot. They are calling the new base Kobuki and it has a number of upgrades from the Create base. Changes include an odometry system, integrated gyroscope, large batteries, and access to all the hardware through a panel at the back of the base. Kobuki will also have the ability to use a self-charging dock that can feed power to both the base and the attached laptop make 24/7 operation possible. The Kobuki official site.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

TM Robotics – Shibaura Machine THE SCARA range

TM Robotics - Shibaura Machine THE SCARA range

The THE range from Shibaura Machine is an extensive line up of SCARA robots. Available in four arm lengths THE400 (400mm), THE600 (600mm) and the most recent THE800 (800mm) and THE1000 (1000mm), this range is suitable for assembly, handling, inspection and pick and place processes in varied industrial applications. The THE1000 boasts a 20kg payload capacity and an impressive 0.44 second cycle time, providing high speeds for processes with large components. In fact, the range has been recognised for as the price-to-performance leader compared to other SCARA models in its price range due to its impressive speed versus payload capacity.