Neato Robot Vacuums need powerful batteries to clean an entire house on one charge, and new lithium batteries last four times as long as old NiMH batteries. Consumers who do the math make the more economical choice by choosing lithium batteries.
From 7Bot's Kickstarter campaign: In 2014, two of us co-founded project uArm with other two makers. There we received a lot of feedback from our Angel backers: More axis for more powerful applications, and more controlling dimensions (force control, speed control and flexible-joint). More rugged material rather than Acrylic, muscular servos hardly to be burned out. More intelligent API. Better inverse kinematics and path planning algorithms to make the movement more precise and smooth. More accessories and various of end-effectors. Our custom servos with precise position feedback allow you to quickly set it up and operate in teaching mode without any codes. In this mode, you can simply drag each joint of the robot to a serious of desired way points. The movements will be recorded, and could be replayed in an optimized path. A multi-platform supported 3D visualization application will be provided for you to manipulate the 7Bot Arm intuitively. With our 3D visualization application, you can easily set and read the position of each joint separately with real-time graphic interface. If you have two 7Bot Arms, you can build this amazing Humanoid robot -7Bot Arm Dual: Estimated shipping date is January 2015... (7Bot's Kickstarter campaign)
Over 50 delegates from 8 countries visit 20 Bay Area companies
An ABB robot's debut on NBC's "America's Got Talent" showcases the growing role of robots in the entertainment industry and their increasing prominence in everyday life.
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Indiegogo - BUDDY, the Companion Robot from Blue Frog Robotics, Raises More Than $600,000 on Indiegogo
Blue Frog Robotics, developer of companion robot BUDDY, said its Indiegogo crowd funding campaign exceeded its goal by more than six times. More than 1000 funders participated in the campaign.
Part 3 includes more bionic robots like the smartbird and a handler modeled after an elephant trunk.
Focuses on Unmanned Automotive Technologies at RoboBusiness
BY HANNAH ROSE MENDOZA for 3DPrint.com: Soft robotics is a relatively new field of research that aims to create flexible robots that are more easily adaptable to human interaction. Often, the forms of these creations and the mechanics of their movement are inspired by a close study of nature in an effort to ‘go organic’ with machines. 3D printing with flexible filament is one way in which this integration of robot and movement is taking on a flexible aspect. For this particular installation, titled Exo-biote, the National Institute for Research in Computer and Control and the Department of Science and Visual Culture at the Imaginarium worked together, with support from Neuflize Bank, to create a robot organism that embodied the formal typologies and demonstrated the possibilities for movements in soft robots. After all, some of nature’s most amazing machines have nearly entirely soft bodies – think of the octopus, for example, able to lift, carry, walk, swim, shape change, camouflage itself, and fit through a tube no bigger than a quarter! Cont'd...
eInfochips Boosts Qualcomm's Robotics Accelerator Program Powered by Techstars With Eragon SoMs and Services
eInfochips Eragon Product Line Comprising of Development Kit, System-on-Module and its Design Services will be Leveraged by the Robotics Accelerator Participants to Kick Start their Robotics Applications
University Sending Large Delegation to World Economic Forum Conference in China
Miniaturization and portability of imaging equipment is a major growth driver in the medical imaging market.
Richard Waters for FT.com: Toyota has hired the top robotics expert from the US defence department’s research arm and promised $50m in extra funding for artificial intelligence research, as it steps up the race between the world’s biggest carmakers to pioneer new forms of computer-assisted driving. However, the Japanese carmaker maintained on Friday that completely driverless cars were still years away, and that AI and robotics would have a more complex effect on the relationship between humans and their vehicles than Google’s experiments with “robot cars” suggest. Gill Pratt, who stepped down recently from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), will move to Silicon Valley to head Toyota’s robotics efforts, the company said. Darpa played a key role in stimulating interest in driverless cars with a competition in 2005 — the leader of the winning entry, Sebastian Thrun, who was then a professor at Stanford University, went on to found Google’s driverless car programme. Cont'd...
Knowm Inc. First to Deliver Commercial Memristors Capable of Bi-Directional Learning, Clearing the Way for Advanced Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applications
Milestone Confirmed by Groundbreaking New Data; Bi-Directional Incremental Capability Allows Startup to Leapfrog IBM and Other Established Competitors in Emerging Computing Fields
The new SentiBotics version provides additional navigation, grasping and higher level behavior modules for the development of mobile robots.
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Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series of linear stages have high stiffness, load, and lifetime capabilities in a compact size. The integrated linear encoder combined with stage calibration provides high accuracy positioning over the full travel of the device. At 36 mm high, these stages are excellent for applications where a low profile is required. The X-LRQ-DE's innovative design allows speeds up to 205 mm/s and loads up to 100 kg. Like all Zaber products, the X-LRQ-DE Series is designed for easy set-up and operation.