Rethink Robotics Announces $26.6 Million Series D Round of Financing

New Investors GE Ventures and Goldman Sachs Bring Cumulative Investment to $100 Million

Servo-Tek Publish 8pg Comprehensive DC Tachometer Catalog

The new Servo-Tek Products Company tachometer catalog includes detailed specifications of all Servo-Tek high performance DC tachometers for precision speed control applications.

Innodisk's ServerDOM SSD Wins 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award

Ultra-Compact Enterprise SSD Boot Drive Judged on Design, R&D and Quality

VERSABALL Beer Pong Robot

From Empire Robotics: The VERSABALL is a squishy balloon membrane full of loose sub-millimeter particles. The soft ball gripper easily conforms around a wide range of target object shapes and sizes. Using a process known as “granular jamming”, air is quickly sucked out of the ball, which vacuum-packs the particles and hardens the gripper around the object to hold and lift it. The object releases when the ball is re-inflated. VERSABALL comes in multiple head shapes and sizes that use the same pneumatic base... ( Empire Robotics' site )

FIRST® RECYCLE RUSHSM 2015 Robotics Game Unveiled

RECYCLE RUSHSM Game Revealed by Dean Kamen to Nearly 75,000 High-School Students Worldwide at the 2015 FIRST® Robotics Competition Season Kickoff Students take advantage of opportunity to be mentored by world's best engineers Senator for New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) noted: "Knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects is the key to success."

Four Robotics Related Kickstarters For January

EVB: Replace the brain of your LEGO® EV3 with BeagleBone / X PlusOne: Your Ultimate Hover + Speed Aerial Camera Drone / The ProtoCam+: An easy way to build projects and prototypes around your Raspberry Pi Camera Module with your A+ and B+ Raspberry Pi / Tektyte: LogIT Specialised Circuit Testers

Gudel Introduces the Base-RAP Dress-out Solution

Standard routing and protection solutions for cable management from TrackMotion cable carrier to robot base.

Robot Learning Manipulation Action Plans by "Watching" Unconstrained Videos from the World Wide Web

From Yezhou Yang, Yi Li, Cornelia Fermuller and Yiannis Aloimonos: In order to advance action generation and creation in robots beyond simple learned schemas we need computational tools that allow us to automatically interpret and represent human actions. This paper presents a system that learns manipulation action plans by processing unconstrained videos from the World Wide Web. Its goal is to robustly generate the sequence of atomic actions of seen longer actions in video in order to acquire knowledge for robots. The lower level of the system consists of two convolutional neural network (CNN) based recognition modules, one for classifying the hand grasp type and the other for object recognition. The higher level is a probabilistic manipulation action grammar based parsing module that aims at generating visual sentences for robot manipulation. The list of the grasping types. Experiments conducted on a publicly available unconstrained video dataset show that the system is able to learn manipulation actions by “watching” unconstrained videos with high accuracy.... ( article at Kurzweilai.net ) ( original paper )

2014 Robotics In A Word: "MORE"

The list of top stories in robotics for 2014 is a story of "MORE": MORE uses of and for robots; MORE serious discussions about robots; MORE robots in unusual places; MORE news in the financial press; MORE funding, acquisitions and IPOs; and MORE choices.

Booming Holiday Drone Sales Creates Unknown Safety Risk

With thousands of drones given as holiday gifts this year, thousands more untested operators are about to launch their gifts into the sky, creating a mass safety risk of unknown proportions, according to Darrell Slaughter, Director of Business Development at Phoenix, Arizona-based Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU).

2015CES - INMOTION to Showcase New Self-balancing Smart Vehicles at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

The Newest Smart Sensor Control Vehicles to be Demonstrated for the Media at Pepcom's Digital Experience

Intuitive Robot Programming for Flexible Aerospace Manufacturing

Robots are proving to be flexible tools for aircraft manufacturing and assembly. Their full potential however can be limited by the challenges of programming a robot in a CAD/CAM environment. Software that integrates offline programming, simulation, code generation, and path optimization makes the process seamless and error-free.

ZOOM IN, ZOOM OUT: SPEEDY, AGILE UAVS ENVISIONED FOR TROOPS IN URBAN MISSIONS

DARPA aims to give small unmanned aerial vehicles advanced perception and autonomy to rapidly search buildings or other cluttered environments without teleoperation

World's First Robotic Entertainment On The High Seas For Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Robotic Arts and ABB Robotics join forces to debut groundbreaking RoboScreen® entertainment system.

ABB to exhibit at International CES for the first time, featuring innovative robotic technology at the 2015 show in Las Vegas

Highlights include two sizes of patented RoboScreen system, and smallest 6-axis robot, ideal for electronic products assembly

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air – Flexible and Intelligent

Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air - Flexible and Intelligent

• Vacuum generation that's 100% electrical; • Integrated intelligence for energy and process control; • Extensive communication options through IO-Link interface; Schmalz already offers a large range of solutions that can optimize handling process from single components such as vacuum generators to complete gripping systems. Particularly when used in autonomous warehouse, conventional vacuum generation with compressed air reaches its limits. Compressed air often is unavailable in warehouses. Schmalz therefore is introducing a new technology development: a gripper with vacuum generation that does not use compressed air. The vacuum is generated 100% electrically. This makes the gripper both energy efficient and mobile. At the same time, warehouses need systems with integrated intelligence to deliver information and learn. This enables the use of mobile and self-sufficient robots, which pick production order at various locations in the warehouse. Furthermore, Schmalz provides various modular connection options from its wide range of end effectors in order to handle different products reliably and safely.