The Trillion Dollar Drone

Drones will eventually be "as ubiquitous as pigeons", London-based futurist Liam Young recently predicted. They will be used for a lot of different tasks. One overlooked drone application even has the potential to become a trillion dollar business. And to save the world.

5 things to know about the DARPA Robotics Competition

From Lyndsey Gilpin  for TechRepublic:  The DARPA Finals will be held in Pomona, California from June 5-6, and the robots that come out of it could make some big impacts (or take over the world). Here's a summary of what you should know.  1. It began with the desire to improve humanitarian assistance and disaster relief The Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011 was an inspiration for the competition, according to Dr. Gill Pratt, the DRC program manager. The team realized we never know what the next disaster will be, but we need technology to help us better address these types of disasters with better tools and techniques. And robots have massive potential.   "The particular part that we've chosen to focus on, here, is technology for responding during the emergency part of the disaster during the first day or two," Pratt said in a media briefing several weeks before the competition. "So this is not about, for instance, robotics for doing the restoration of the environment many, many weeks, years after the disaster, but rather the emergency response at the beginning."   Cont'd..  

Unmanned Systems Markets: Present & Future

Overall, the reports that I surveyed were upbeat, predicting exponential growth for all unmanned vehicles.

STRATASYS AND CREAFORM ANNOUNCE JOINT MARKETING AGREEMENT

Partnership brings together two market leaders in 3D printing and 3D scanning, enabling customers to leverage both technologies for high-quality 3D file input and output

MEMSIC to Showcase its Latest Sensing Solutions at Sensors Expo and Conference 2015

June 10-11 2015 at the Long Beach Convention Center, CA

Adept Technology Adds New Distributor

Applied Controls Will Market and Support Adept Robots in U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region

New industrial oven with "pill pushing" robotic gantry precisely removes excess moisture from 3D-printed pharmaceuticals

A leading pharmaceutical manufacturer approached Thermal Product Solutions with a request to develop an oven that would uniformly remove excess moisture from 3D-printed prescription medications. Gruenberg engineers designed and developed a new custom industrial oven with an external robotic gantry, heat-saving windows, and internal actuators and sensors that precisely positions and dries trays of pills to exact standards.

Machine Automation Under Scrutiny for High-volume, High-Quality Manufacturing

Designed for many industrial automation, quality assurance, security and medical applications, NEXCOM's new ROKA series of Gigabit Ethernet cameras is a low cost yet highly versatile imaging solution.

AgTechTalk Owner Chad Colby Joins 2015 Commercial UAV Expo Advisory Board

Colby to provide insight on UAV technology as a tool for agriculture industry as an Advisory Board member for SPAR Point Group's 2015 Commercial UAV Expo

Afinia 3D Wins RAPID 2015 Exhibitor Innovation Award for H800 3D Printer

The Afinia 3D H800 3D printer recently won the RAPID 2015 Exhibitor Innovation Award. The H800 was selected by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Committee.

CTC Launches Giant 3D Printer with Mobile Terminal

The Giant 3D printer, with an eye-catching all-steel seamless design, fully caters to the needs of high-end users in the design and education sectors with its powerful set of features.

The Amazon Robotics Challenge. And, the winner is...

Of 25 teams from around the world, the winner of the Amazon Robotic Bin-Picking Challenge is the Technische Universität Berlin using Barrett's WAM robotic arm.

Amazon Picking Challenge aimed at improving warehouse robotics

By David Szondy for Gizmag:  One of the biggest events at the recent 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Seattle was the first Amazon Picking Challenge, in which 31 teams from around the world competed for US$26,000 in prizes. The challenge set entrants with the real-world task of building a robot that can do the same job as an Amazon stock picker.According to Amazon Chief Technology Officer Peter Wurman, who initiated the challenge, the task of picking items off the shelf may seem simple, but it involves all domains of robotics. The robot has to capable of object and pose recognition. It must be able to plan its grasps, adjust manipulations, plan how to move, and be able to execute tasks while noticing and correcting any errors. This might suggest that the robots would need to be of a new, specialized design, but for the Picking Challenge, Amazon made no such requirement. According to one participant we talked to, the more important factors were sensors and computer modelling, so ICRA 2015 saw all sorts of robots competing, such as the general purpose Baxter and PR2, industrial arms of various sizes, and even special-built frames that move up, down, left or right to position the arm. Even the manipulators used by the various teams ranged from hooks, to hand-like graspers, and vacuum pickups.   Continue reading for competition results:

DJI and Accel Launch SkyFund to Seed Innovation Across the UAV Ecosystem

SkyFund aims to accelerate entrepreneurship throughout the aerial economy

Zortrax Announces Inventure - New 3D Printer for Professionals in All Industries

Soluble Support and Heated Chamber Provide High-Quality in Entry Level Printer

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