Rhoeby Dynamics 2D LiDAR set to dramatically reduce the cost of robotics navigation

The new Rhoeby Dynamics R2D LiDAR is the smallest, lightest, lowest-cost device on the market today. It's proven capable of performing mapping, navigation and dynamic obstacle avoidance in the indoor setting, and comes complete with its open-source ROS driver for rapid integration into any robotics platform.

Bigger, Better, Stronger 6DOF Platforms Using AMC1280USB Controller

From  Thanos 6DOF Motion Simulator Electronics blog : Lately we see more and better DIY 6DOF platforms being build. The community is growing strong and the interest in 6DOF systems is bigger than ever. Its the only way to provide full immersion for motion simulation at the moment, that combined with other new technologies like the oculus rift or fully enclosed detailed cockpits can really make the difference. The times that desktop racers or flight enthusiasts were enjoying their simulation games or training for the real thing is past without return. Even older motion systems that provide 2DOF (seat movers) or 3DOF platforms are now the past, offering too little to the immersion of gaming... ( more projects )  

ULC Robotics, Inc. Wins Game Changer Award for CISBOT Robotic System

ULC's Robotic Technology for the Repair and Rehabilitation of Cast Iron Gas Mains is Recognized as a Leading Robotics System in Construction, Mining and Energy by Robotics Business Review

littleBits Invents New Way To Play With Debut of Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, Unlocking the Imagination for Amazing Tech-Infused Creations

Themed Kit and Debut of App Provide Roadmap to Invention with 12 Projects that Empower Kids to Create and Hack Their Worlds

Motek 2015: Festo Presents FlexShapeGripper and eMotionButterflies

At Motek 2015 from 5th to 8th October in Stuttgart, Festo presents current research projects from the Bionic Learning Network.

Three Tiny Robots that Could Change Healthcare

Imagine a world, where Tiny robots can go inside your body, see what's wrong it with and target therapies only for that area. Here are 3 Tiny Robots to make you believe your imagination could come true.

Science, Disrupted: Crowdsourcing Visions About the Future

Attendees at DARPA's Wait, What? forum share visions of what's just over the techno-horizon

RE2 Robotics Partners with University of Texas Arlington to Develop Robotic Nursing Assistant

RE2's robotic manipulator arms will serve as the brawn for the robotic nursing assistant to aid patients and reduce on-the-job injuries suffered by nurses during lifting and maneuvering patients.

Robotics for Space Business Plan Competition!

LightSpeed Innovations is excited to announce the New Space Business Plan competition LA regionals that will feature and focus on robotics. Deadline to enter is 15 November 2015 with the regional event (with prizes) held Dec 3rd in Los Angeles. Regional competitions feature a live pitch to competition judges, investors, sponsors and business leaders. Using the NewSpace BPC's proven scoring rubric, competitors will be judged on the quality of their business plan and the team's ability to execute. The national competition will be held on July 20, 2016 in Seattle, at the Space Frontier Foundation's annual NewSpace Conference. For more information, visit www.lightspeedic.com!

Google robotics to become a separate entity under Alphabet?

By tech2 News Staff:  Earlier this year, Google had released an interesting video of Spot, a 160-pound dog robot navigating an office and then heading outside on its own. It is a smaller version of the Big Dog that first popped its head when Google acquired Boston Company. As the new changes come into effect, Boston Company is now Alphabet-owned and not a part of Google. It will continue to build robots, and falls under Google X Projects (for now), a subsidiary of Alphabet. The other subsidiaries include Google, Nest Labs, Google X, Calico, Google Ventures, Google Capital and Google Life Sciences. A new report says that the “company will create a separate division for robotics within the renamed umbrella entity Alphabet”, citing a person related to the matter. Google has acquired roughly eight companies related to robotics including military grade robotics company Boston Dynamics. It will likely allow Boston Dynamics to operate with some independence.   Cont'd...

RECORD NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS AT AUTOMATICA 2016

AUTOMATICA 2016 trade fair in Munich on June 21 to 24, 2016

Solutions, Inc. (ASI) as Platinum Sponsors and Reveals Program Details

December 14-16, 2015 in San Diego, California

TriTech and Double Robotics Partner to Bring Milwaukee the Double Telepresence Robot

TriTech Corporation of America, Wisconsin's choice for IT solutions, has partnered with Double Robotics to bring the Double telepresence robot to Milwaukee. This video conferencing solution gives the user a virtual presence as close as possible to being there.

Advances in farming robotics could address shortage in agricultural workers

By Steve Brachmann for IPWatchDog:  More and more, the agricultural world is looking towards the mechanization of labor processes through robotics as a way of potentially increasing their productivity. Robotics was identified as a sector of investment growth in agricultural tech by an April 2014 white paper on agriculture technologies published by the entrepreneurship and education non-profit Kauffman Foundation. Robotics is a regular focus of ours here on IPWatchdog, most recently visited in our coverage of the incredible advancements in walking and jumping robotics pioneered by Boston Dynamics, a Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) subsidiary. With American farmers already heavily involved in the regulatory conversation involving the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, we thought that it would be interesting to delve into the world of farming robotics and see the recent advances in that particular field. It’s important to understand first that the robotics being developed for commercial use on farms won’t be stand-alone humanoid units ranging through fields to pick crops. Any piece of hardware implementing an algorithm which automates some of the manual work of farming falls under this heading. One good example of this is the LettuceBot, a precision thinning technology which works to visually characterize plants in a lettuce row, identify which plants to keep and eliminating unwanted plants to optimize yield. The unit doesn’t move by itself but is guided along by a tractor instead. The technology has been developed by Blue River Technology of Sunnyvale, CA, a company which has attracted $13 million in investment between 2011 and 2014 to commercialize this product. The LettuceBot’s creators hope toprovide the technology as a third-party service to farm owners before manufacturing the unit for commercial sale.   Cont'd...

The Hague to Host European Trade Fair on Drones

On 2 - 4 February 2016, The Hague will host the second edition of the European trade fair The Unmanned Systems Expo (TUSExpo) at the city's World Forum. TUSExpo is aimed at the fast-growing market for unmanned systems such as drones and will feature both commercial and civil applications in areas including security, agriculture, industry, science, entertainment and environmental protection. The exposition is expected to attract 2,500 international visitors.

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ST Robotics - R17HS-6, the 6-axis version of the high speed R17 variant

ST Robotics - R17HS-6, the 6-axis version of the high speed R17 variant

The 6-axis version of the R17HS high speed variant of the R17 robot is now available. As is our policy the 6th axis is an optional bolt-on module. At the same time we have made it even faster and new software eliminates shake and greatly improves repeatability as this video shows. Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wG0MeiJ-yE. The video would seem to imply a repeatability of 0.01mm but we are sticking with 0.2mm in the spec. The motor specialist was able to tune the motors from the other side of the pond. My first reaction when we put power on and entered the first commands was to jump back in amazement (and maybe an expletive). Tip speed is now 3m/s; that's 3 times as fast as its nearest competitor yet costs half the price. I love it when a plan comes together.