Robot Artist Transforms Photos Into Artwork

Phantom Data Services announces its latest project, a robot artist that generates unique artwork from simple photographs.

Open-source 3D Printed Life-size Robot

From InMoov's homepage: Gael Langevin is a French modelmaker and sculptor. He works for the biggest brands since more than 25 years. InMoov is his personal project, it was initiated in January 2012 InMoov is the first Open Source 3D printed life-size robot. Replicable on any home 3D printer with a 12x12x12cm area, it is conceived as a development platform for Universities, Laboratories, Hobbyist, but first of all for Makers. It’s concept, based on sharing and community, gives him the honor to be reproduced for countless projects through out the world... ( cont'd )

Kickstarter - Control VR Launches Motion Capture Glove That Will Change the Way We Interact with Technology

Kickstarter Campaign to Spur Innovation and Break the Barrier between Reality and the Virtual World by Putting Control at Users' Fingertips

XMOS and Synapticon Partner on Robotics

Technology leaders collaborate to support robotics, autonomous vehicles and next generation factory automation

SOFTBANK MOBILE AND ALDEBARAN UNVEIL "PEPPER" - THE WORLD'S FIRST PERSONAL ROBOT THAT READS EMOTIONS

A new robot, and new businesses to emerge: robot apps

Service Robotics Awards Ceremony Held at AUTOMATICA 2014

Universal Robots builds momentum in Mid-Atlantic Region

The Danish manufacturer of industrial robots is exhibiting at ATX East in New York, June 10-12 showcasing the UR5 and UR10 models. Distributors of the collaborative robot arms are now seeing significant traction in the Mid-Atlantic region where surprising new markets for automation are opening up.

RedZone Robotics Enters Partnership with Interflow

RedZone Robotics. ("RedZone"), a leading provider of wastewater asset management technologies and solutions for municipalities, contractors and engineering companies, today announced a partnership with Interflow Pty Limited ("Interflow"), a leading total solution provider to the Australian pipe renewal market.

Lateral Impact Study May Help Improve Robustness of Bionic Robot

The balancing strategy to lateral impact in a rat is closely related to the striked position of the body. The research result can be inspired to improve the robustness of bionic robot. This was found by Dr. JI Aihong and his group from Institute of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Trimble Adds New Agronomic Service to its Connected Farm Solution

Service Provides 3-D Soil Mapping and Analysis

USI selects GreenPeak ZigBee for high-growth Smart Home market

Production-ready ZigBee module includes GreenPeak radio chip for cost-efficient implementation and quick time to market

Algorithm that harnesses data from a new sensor could make autonomous robots more nimble.

MIT paper from Andrea Censi and Davide Scaramuzza: The agility of a robotic system is ultimately limited by the speed of its processing pipeline. The use of a Dynamic Vision Sensors (DVS), a sensor producing asynchronous events as luminance changes are perceived by its pixels, makes it possible to have a sensing pipeline of a theoretical latency of a few microseconds. However, several challenges must be overcome: a DVS does not provide the grayscale value but only changes in the luminance; and because the output is composed by a sequence of events, traditional frame-based visual odometry methods are not applicable. This paper presents the first visual odometry system based on a DVS plus a normal CMOS camera to provide the absolute brightness values. The two sources of data are automatically spatiotemporally calibrated from logs taken during normal operation. We design a visual odometry method that uses the DVS events to estimate the relative displacement since the previous CMOS frame by processing each event individually. Experiments show that the rotation can be estimated with surprising accuracy, while the translation can be estimated only very noisily, because it produces few events due to very small apparent motion ... ( full paper )

MULTIROTOR Service Drone Features Redundant Flight Control and Aerial Geo-Survey

MULTIROTOR service-drone extends its market lead at the upper end of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology with fully redundant flight control option and aerial geo-survey with 1 mm ground resolution and accuracy of 4-6 mm.

SwRI announces collaboration with OSRF to advance industrial robotics

News summary: SwRI and OSRF enter cooperative agreement to support manufacturing automation and industrial robotics.

The Rubik and the Robot

A multi-talented control and automation team applies its mechanical, electrical, and software engineering chops to celebrate-and solve-a timeless puzzle.

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Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.