Microbots: Microsoft's multi-pronged robotics play takes shape

Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft:  In the early 2000s, Microsoft was all-in on robotics. By the middle of that decade, the company seemingly had all but abandoned the robotics space. But this may be the year that Microsoft may be ready to get back into robotics, on multiple fronts. When Microsoft founder Bill Gates was still involved in the day-to-day operations of the company, robotics was slated to be one of Microsoft's next big things. Microsoft built a programming model and framework for developers working on anything from Lego robots to industrial-scale robots. However, that product, "Microsoft Robotics Studio," never really went beyond the academic and hobbyist communities and the company's ambitions in this space withered. Cut to 2017. These days, the home for a good chunk of the Microsoft current robotics work is apparently in Microsoft Research (MSR) -- specifically in the AI + Research (AI+R) Group under executive vice president Harry Shum. (I say "apparently" here because Microsoft officials declined to answer any of my questions on the company's robotics initiatives.) Shum is known for his work in computer vision and graphics and has a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon.   Cont'd...

New Panel Mount Brush Servo Drives for Centralized Motion Control Systems

The AxCent™ (Axes for Centralized control schemes) product platform brings the proven and powerful performance expected of ADVANCED Motion Controls, with improvements to the design architecture that utilize years of experience in the industry and the latest advancements in modern servo system design.

360° Optics Tutorial

Enabling a full object view with just one camera.

ATX 2017 - Design News Announces 2017 Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalists, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner WiFi Pioneer Cees Links

Gadget Freak of the Year and Rising Engineering Star Award winners also unveiled

Neovo Robotics Now an Official Reseller of OCTOPUZ in Finland

Joni Nisula, CEO of Neovo Robotics, gave us some insight on how he sees the robotics industry evolving. "In Finland the trend is slowly shifting from overseas manufacturing back to local manufacturing.

CKF DEVELOPS LOW COST ROBOT PALLETISING CELL

The AC25, a direct replacement for existing manual operations, is exceptionally easy to install and operate and at a cost of just £80,000, will typically provide a payback in under two years.

Robotics, artificial intelligence, and 5G are at the heart of Theresa May's new industrial strategy

Oscar Williams-Grut for Business Insider:  The government is putting cutting edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G wireless internet, "smart" energy technology, and robotics at the heart of its new post-Brexit industrial strategy. Theresa May is set to launch the government's "Modern Industrial Strategy" on Monday at a regional meeting of the cabinet in the North West. The Prime Minister announced in a release on Sunday evening that the strategy would be focused around ten key strategic pillars, the first of which is: "Investing in science, research, and innovation."  Cont'd...

Industrial Robotics Market - Strengthening The Manufacturing Sector By Improvising Productivity.

Industrial robotics market is driven by rising demand for industrial robots across different industry, adoption of robotics in small and medium enterprises expected to bolster industrial robotics market, Asia Pacific is analyzed to be fastest growing

RTOS 101: Semaphores and Queues

The use of a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) is increasingly common in embedded software designs.

Encoder Products Company Introduces a Versatile Magnetic Encoder Module with a Threaded Housing

The Model 30MT is easy to install and provides high-performance rotary feedback over a wide range of operating conditions.

Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Announces Launch Pad Competition for Startups

Entrepreneurs Vie for Cash Award and Spotlight at Automate 2017

Mikrotron presents new family of high-resolution high-speed Machine Vision cameras

CoaXPress® cameras EoSens® 25CXP+, EoSens® 12CXP+ and CameraLink camera EoSens® 25CL+ will be showcased at SPIE Photonics West 2017

Artificial fingertip that 'feels' wins international robotics competition

Phys.org:  An open-source 3D-printed fingertip that can 'feel' in a similar way to the human sense of touch has won an international Soft Robotics competition for its contribution to soft robotics research. Pushing the boundaries of soft robotics, the open-source tactile fingertip, known as TacTip, is a 3D-printed tactile sensor that has been developed by the Tactile Robotics Team from Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL). The fingertip meets the need for a cheap, robust, versatile tactile sensor to give robots an artificial sense of touch. The sensor has a unique design in which a webcam is mounted inside a 3D-printed soft fingertip to track internal pins that act like touch receptors inside our own fingertips, making it cheap to build and highly customisable.   Cont'd...

Robots Took My Job but I Don't Care

The company pays the robot monthly, plus payroll taxes. The robot pays income tax and a percentage of the robot's wages go to the RMWP. The RMWP (Robot Minimum Wage Plan) collects the money and distributes it to the displaced workers.

Schunk - ELP Electric Linear Module

The SCHUNK ELP can be adjusted in two simple steps making it the most user friendly electric linear module on the market! The end positions can be mechanically adjusted with a screw and the speed of extension and retraction is adjusted using rotary switches on the side of the unit.

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Honeywell Intelligrated - Robotic integration capabilities

Honeywell Intelligrated - Robotic integration capabilities

Honeywell Intelligrated has deep experience implementing robotic solutions that work seamlessly with existing automated equipment and is recognized by the Robotic Industries Association as a certified robot integrator. The company's extensive robotic integration capabilities include solution development, design engineering and project management, complete manufacturing capabilities, installation and commissioning, and lifecycle support services.