World's biggest awards in civilian applications of drones and robotics technology select top projects after three-day live contests in Dubai Awards receive more than 1,600 projects from 165 countries
Velodyne LiDAR Announces Deployment of Its VLP-16 LiDAR Sensor by Robotic Research, LLC Under U.S. Army Contract for Autonomous Shuttles
Real-Time 3D VLP-16 LiDAR Puck Used on Autonomous Shuttle at Fort Bragg, As Prototype Autonomy Kit Moves Forward
Westbury Group Releases Report, "Drone and Unmanned Systems Capital Markets Transactions: 2015 Year in Review"
Industry's most comprehensive database shows that 2015 witnessed a dramatic increase in drone and unmanned systems M&A transactions and venture capital deals.
EagleView Continues to Innovate with Development of Outdoor Lab for Drone Research at Rochester Institute of Technology
The 100' x 100' x 50' outdoor lab will provide a space to develop and test new drone technologies and allows for the incorporation of important test variables such as the impact of weather conditions on signal processing.
I look forward to watching this transformation from the comfort of my Mercedes sedan... today, from the driver's seat; a few years from now as a passenger; and a few years later as a passenger in some service provider's Mercedes.
Industry stakeholders to discuss regulations, promoting innovation across borders
Arlington Capital Partners ("Arlington Capital"), a Washington, DC - based private equity firm, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Defense & Security business of iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT).
BY ANGELA MOSCARITOLO for PCMAG: SoftBank is giving its Pepper robot a new job with some big responsibilities. The Japanese telecom giant is planning to open a cell phone store in Tokyo this spring staffed primarily by Pepper robots, according to a report from The Japan Times. About five to six Pepper robots will run the store from March 28 through April 3, and be responsible for helping customers and making sales. "I don't know how this will turn out, but it should be a quite interesting experiment," SoftBank CEO Ken Miyauchi told the newspaper. The robots will be able to answer questions about different cell phone options, and when someone's ready to buy, they'll even attempt to complete the sale. SoftBank does plan to have humans at the ready to handle tasks Pepper can't yet do — like checking customer IDs when drawing up a new contract. Cont'd...
Focus and delivery of Automation for Industrial, Factory, Heavy Equipment, Mapping and Inspection Markets moving ahead
Innovation on the Rise: More States Adopting Pro-Innovation Policies, According to Consumer Technology Association's 2016 Innovation Scorecard
Twelve states and the District of Columbia are now championing innovation-friendly policies at the highest level according to the 2016 Innovation Scorecard, an annual innovation policy performance index released today by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.
Autonomous underwater vehicles are essential for tasks such as exploring the seabed in search of oil or minerals. Fraunhofer researchers have designed the first robust, lightweight and powerful vehicle intended for series production.
Dutch unmanned aerial system manufacturer unveils commercial grade UAS with collision avoidance capabilities
Adam Fabio for Hackaday: [Kevin Harrington] loves robots, but hates reinventing the wheel every time he creates a new machine. He’s built BowlerStudio: A robotics development platform to combat this problem. BowlerStudio was asemifinalist in the 2015 Hackaday Prize. BowlerStudio is a soup-to-nuts platform for creating all sorts of robots. [Kevin] has integrated Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D modeling, kinematics, machine vision, and a simulation engine complete with physics modeling into one whopper of a software package. To prove how versatile the system is, he designed a hexapod robot in the CAD portion of the program. The robot then taught itself to walk in the simulation. Once the design was 3D printed, the real robot walked right off the bread board. [Kevin] linked the hardware and software with DyIO, another of his projects. BowlerStudio is a huge boon for just about any robotics hacker, as well as educators. An entire curriculum could be created around the system. Thanks to its Java roots, BowlerStudio is also a multi-platform. [Kevin] has binaries ready to go for Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu. Cont'd...
From Greenbot: The Greenbot was introduced at the Agritechnica 2015 trade fair. The Greenbot is the first driverless machine to be developed especially for professionals working in the green sector who have to carry out repetitive tasks on a regular basis, such as working in fruit cultivation, horticulture, agriculture, or the municipal sector. The software that controls the fourwheel steering and hydraulic four-wheel drive system is userfriendly, safe and reliable. The Greenbot can be programmed to function fully independent and can be used to replicate tasks recorded in advance using a tractor with a driver. Programs can also be activated using the remote control, and then the Greenbot repeats the instructions. This mode is called ‘Teach & Playback’. The Greenbot is furthermore able to independently plan its own route and operations for specific applications, such as spraying orchards or mowing public green areas... ( site )
BLUE OCEAN ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES SECOND WAVE IN US EXPANSION STRATEGY WITH PLANS TO OPEN SEVERAL FRANCHISE-LIKE SUBSIDIARIES IN THE US
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TX2 robots: redefining performance by offering collaborative safety and high performance in a single machine. These pioneering robots can be used in all areas, including sensitive and restrictive environments, thanks to their unique features. Safety functions are easy and inexpensive to implement. They allow a higher level of interactions between robots and human operators, while still guaranteeing protection of your people, production and investment.