IREX - Meet the Japanese robots that do what humans can't

By Sam Byford for The Verge:  Nearly half the jobs in Japan could be performed by robots in a decade or two, according to a recent study by Nomura Research Institute. If that's the case, then the International Robot Exhibition — IREX for short — is going to be the best place possible to get a glimpse of Japan's future. Held in Tokyo once every two years since 1973, IREX is the biggest robot show in the world, and it features everything from cute communication bots to immensely powerful industrial machinery. Companies like Fanuc, which makes robot factory equipment used by Apple and Tesla but generally stays out of the spotlight, take center stage at IREX to demonstrate how effortlessly their articulated arms can pick up entire cars. It's a show where online video companies' dancing idol robots rub shoulders with government-sponsored androids designed to save lives in natural disasters. As you might imagine, it's quite the place to walk around.   Cont'd...

SoftIntegration Releases C/C++ Interpreter Ch 7.5.1 for Learning Coding, Math, and Robotics

Ch is also an embeddable cross-platform scripting engine and can be embedded in other applications for scripting.

Extreme Tech Challenge 2016 Unveils Top 10 Semi-Finalist For CES, On The Road To Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island

The 2nd annual Extreme Tech Challenge announces top 10 Semi-Finalists in advance of presenting to top names at CES January 8th 2016. XTC narrowed the pack from over 1,000 submissions for the most innovative and compelling tech pitches, who are vying to make the final three for a chance to present on Sir Richard Branson's very own, Necker Island.

International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2016 Program Announced

More than 60 world-leading experts will present the latest advances in LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing technology at International LiDAR Mapping Forum Feb 22-24, 2016 in Denver.

RoboUniverse Shanghai Announces AJ Fang, Vice President of Mooreland Partners as Keynote Speaker

RoboUniverse confirmed that AJ Fang, Vice President of Mooreland Partners, will deliver the opening keynote session at its Shanghai event, taking place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center on December 8-10, 2015.

Festo's R&D Timeline - Part 4

More interesting stuff from Festo - ExoHand, CogniGame, SmartInversion, NanoForceGripper

AUTOMATICA 2016: Automation in the plastics industry complete Machining in Plastic

The plastics industry is booming.

Festo's Bionic Learning Network Presents New Automation Technology at SPS IPC Drives 2015

At SPS IPC Drives 2015, the international exhibition for electric automation, systems and components from 24th to 26th November in Nuremberg, Festo presents current research projects from the Bionic Learning Network. The FlexShapeGripper and the eMotionButterflies are inspired by natural principles and demonstrate ways to transfer those to automation.

On Cyber Monday, Friendly Robots Are Helping Smaller Stores Chase Amazon

DAVEY ALBA for Wired:  Locus Robotics is an offshoot of Massachusetts-based Quiet Logistics, a third-party order fulfillment company that gets merchandise out the door for big apparel retailers like Zara, Gilt Groupe, and Bonobos. And the idea behind its bots isn’t just to replace humans, but to create a system where everyone can work together more efficiently. What most people don’t realize in the age of push-button shopping is the “shopping” part doesn’t disappear. You the consumer are no longer at the store doing the physical work of tracking down the thing you want. But somebody still has to do it. For e-commerce, that task typically falls to a worker at a distribution center who must locate the product, make sure it’s not damaged, and send it off to be packed and shipped. This can be grueling, tedious work. More than anything else, it’s about walking. Lots of walking. Locus aims to have its bots do the walking instead.  Cont'd...  

Low-cost, LiDAR-based Navigation for Mobile Robotics

Using the ROS Navigation suite from the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), we highlight a solution employing the Rhoeby Dynamics R2D LiDAR, a low-cost LiDAR device

Nearly 100 Million Consumer Robots Will be Sold During the Next 5 Years, According to Tractica

Household Robots to Lead in Adoption, with Strong Growth in Robotic Personal Assistants, Robotic Toys, and Educational Robots

ULC Robotics and SGN Unveil the Next Generation of Pipeline Robotics

Introducing Two Innovative Robotic Systems to Change the way Gas Utilities Manage Cast Iron Infrastructure

New HfS Research Report Highlights Syntel's Strategic Investments in Intelligent Automation

Michigan-based global IT service provider Syntel collaborates with companies about tying their revenue model to an intelligent automation strategy noting the challenge is as much about strategic planning as it is about the solution. "Intelligent automation is in a very nascent phase of development and the large service providers, thus far, have not educated the market well on the implications of these innovations and their investments," suggested by the HfS report. Syntel starts the automation discussion around ROI analyses. This way, Syntel and the client can determined what components are scalable enough to justify the business case.

Electrical Slip Ring In The Application of Robotics

The rotating joint of robot has complicated structure and inconvenient installation, but we could adopt electrical slip ring to realize 360 degree with unlimited rotations freely in the robot, which through slip ring to transmit power and signal.

Ingenious Remote Operated Aircraft Tug unveiled in North America to ease Airport Ground Handling and to generate up to 40% more Hangar and Parking Space

World's only Aviation Tow Vehicle that can turn an Aircraft 360 Degrees on the Spot without turning the Airplanes Nose Gear is utilizing unused hard to reach Areas that are not accessible with conventional Aircraft Tow Tugs. A new Generation of Towbarless Ground Handling Equipment.

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