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.

Qualcomm Announces Reference Platform with High-end Performance Capabilities to Advance Consumer Drones

-- Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight Supports Small, Light Drones with Advanced Video and Image Capture, Communication and Navigation Features --

MecklerMedia Announces Acquisition of 3DPrint.com and Creates the First Worldwide Advertising Network for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

In addition to the acquisition announcement, MecklerMedia announced the launch of the first ad network for the 3D Printing Industry.

Optical Time-of-Flight Sensing Technology

Focuses on Unmanned Automotive Technologies at RoboBusiness

Soft Robotics Project Exo-Biote 3D Prints Living Movement

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...

Agribotix Unveils New, Integrated Drone-Enabled Agricultural Intelligence Solution

-- AGCO Enters the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Business Through Strategic Partnership with Emerging Market Leader --

ARM and Thundersoft Open First IoT Ecosystem Accelerator in China

The first office in Zhongguancun, Beijing, will offer an ARM mbed IoT Device Platform innovation lab and an ARM Cortex-based IoT system on chip (SoC) design lab alongside joint facilities with ecosystem partners.

Alcoa Expands R&D Center to Deepen Additive Manufacturing Capabilities

Investment to Capture Growing Demand for Complex, High-Performance Parts for Aerospace and Beyond

NEXCOM IoT Controller Expedites Cyber-Physical Convergence for Smart Manufacturing

NEXCOM has developed a comprehensive series of IoT controller solutions for cyber-physical systems in Industry 4.0 to offer scalable computing performance.

Pack Expo - Matrix Debuts New Inever MVC Series for Packaging Liquids in Sachets at Pack Expo Las Vegas, September 28-30

The new Inever MVC series machines use the latest motion control technology to ensure speed, accuracy, and quality in packaging sachets of salad dressings and other pasty liquids. (Matrix Booth #C-3323)

Pack Expo - Benchmark Demonstrates High Speed Non-Contact Loading and Shrink Wrapping at Pack Expo 2015

During the show, the industry leading Benchmark Automation InFlight FT feeder seamlessly delivers precise continuous motion loading of product to the company's CPX 18 shrink wrapper. (Benchmark Automation Pack Expo Booth C-3619

The DesignHub Launches to Connect Electronics Designers With Industry Partners

New portal provides engineers with CAD building blocks for semiconductor components

BioBots to Debut Desktop 3D Bioprinter for Living Tissue at TERMIS Global Tissue Engineering Conference in Boston

University of Pennsylvania-founded bioprinting startup, BioBots will debut its production desktop 3D printer, capable of printing functional 3D constructs from living cells, to a worldwide collective of leading researchers and clinicians in the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine at the tri-annual TERMIS World Congress in Boston, MA on September 8th.

YellowScan, the lightest LiDAR for UAVs aided by the Ellipse-E miniature inertial navigation system.

YellowScan research and development team was searching for a high performance, light, and ITAR free inertial navigation system for motion compensation and data georeferencing.

Toyota hires robotics expert for AI push

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...

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