The Line Between Hype And Reality For Robotic Process Automation

RPA can bring about a "virtual integration" of multiple systems while executing repetitive work more accurately and reliably than humans can.

ABB Robotics hosts over 1,600 guests at its United States Robot Factory opening and Customer Days 2015 events

Auburn Hills, MI becomes the third worldwide manufacturing location for ABB robots; Customer Days featured over 55 live robotic demos and 53 technical training seminars

Aldebaran Announces Date for the NAO Challenge High School Finals

June 27th, 2015 at the Longmont Museum in Colorado

Custom Parts Manufacturer Increases Global Competitiveness with Smart, Collaborative Robots

Standby Screw Machine Products Co. Powers Production, Precision with Baxter

Why Robots and Humans Struggled with DARPA's Challenge

Will Knight for MIT Technology Review:  When some of the world’s most advanced rescue robots are foiled by nothing more complex than a doorknob, you get a good sense of the challenge of making our homes and workplaces more automated. At the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a contest held over the weekend in California, two dozen extremely sophisticated robots did their best to perform a series of tasks on an outdoor course, including turning a valve, climbing some steps, and opening a door (see “A Transformer Wins DARPA’s $2 Million Robotics Challenge”). Although a couple of robots managed to complete the course, others grasped thin air, walked into walls, or simply toppled over as if overcome with the sheer impossibility of it all. At the same time, efforts by human controllers to help the robots through their tasks may offer clues as to how human-machine collaboration could be deployed in various other settings. “I think this is an opportunity for everybody to see how hard robotics really is,” says Mark Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, now owned by Google, which produced an extremely sophisticated humanoid robot called Atlas.   Cont'd...

RobotM-Br Reinforces the Growing Presence of Robotmaster in Latin America at Feimafe 2015

At several booths, visitors had the opportunity to see what Robotmaster's CAD/CAM programming solution is capable of and get a notion of how their work can be simplified with a high-performance software. With Robotmaster's recent support of Nachi robots, visitors were also treated to a Nachi MZ07 robot demonstrating the milling process.

ROS101: Creating Your Own Rqt Dashboard

A dashboard is a single rqt window with one or more plugins displayed in movable, re-sizable frames.

US$ 1 Million Award for Civilian Application of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Ready to Accept Entries

First edition of 'UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good' open to individuals, teams, universities and companies from around the world

DJI Announces Developer Platform and Object Avoidance System

DJI Matrice 100 and DJI Guidance part of developer suite open the skies to new hardware and software applications

Three Teams Take Top Honors at DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

"May the best robot win" has been a frequently uttered phrase throughout the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, held this Friday and Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

Japan's Robot Revolution Is Attracting Venture Capitalists

by Shigeru Sato and Monami Yui for Bloomberg Business:    Venture capitalists who have long avoided investing in Japan may think again as startups in the country develop a new generation of robot technology, according to consultant Koichi Hori. While Japan has little chance of catching up to the U.S. in digital media, the next phase of technological innovation will be in robotics with artificial intelligence, said Hori, who headed Boston Consulting Group Inc.’s Japan office before founding Dream Incubator Inc. in 2000. That plays to Japan’s strengths in engineering, he said.  “Digital media will only be in the mainstream for about three years, or five years at most,” Hori, 70, said in an interview in Tokyo on May 27. “From that time on, robots and robotics will be the eye-catchy industries. Japan has a good chance, particularly in the area of hardware for robots.” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing for a “robot revolution” to help reclaim the dominance of Japanese technology after companies such as Sony Corp. lost ground to Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. With venture investment less than 3 percent that of the U.S., Japan has struggled to replicate Silicon Valley’s success as a hub of innovation.   Cont'd...

Watch DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals Live Online

25 teams compete on a disaster-simulated course, and one winning robot will take home $2 million. CuriosityStream will bring you top of the line coverage of the event. Get up close with the robots, meet the brains behind the technology - and explore the past, present, and future of robots with our new lineup of Science/Technology programming. Join CuriosityStream and DARPA as we discover which robot will save the day!

The Ideal Inductive Sensor for Robotic End Effectors - Balluff SuperShorty

Balluff's SuperShorty Inductive Sensors are extremely lightweight, and with diameters as small as 6.5mm and lengths as short as 6mm, they are the shortest inductive sensors on the market - making them ideal for robotic end effectors.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge June 5-6, 2015

DARPA competition puts robots from 24 international teams through difficult tasks of mobility and manipulation; ultimate goal is to develop robots able to help humans in disasters.

At TU-Automotive Detroit, Velodyne LiDAR to Help Make Sense of Sensor-Driven Future for Autonomous Vehicles

Which Way for Sensors? Velodynes Wolfgang Juchmann to Offer LiDAR Market Leaders POV During Nations Biggest Connected Car Event

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ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

The ST Robotics Workspace Sentry robot and area safety system are based on a small module that sends an infrared beam across the workspace. If the user puts his hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. Each module has three beams at different angles and the distance a beam reaches is adjustable. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to watch a wider area. "A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.