NASA's Free Flying Robot Challenge

From NASA, Google's Project Tango, and Top Coders: Welcome to the NASA Free Flying Robot Mission Patch & Naming Challenge sponsored by the NASA Tournament Lab!  In 2017, NASA is aiming to launch a robot that will be used on-board the International Space Station (ISS). The robot has been tentatively called the “Free Flying Robot”. Not that catchy, right?  So here’s where NASA needs your help – we need the Topcoder community to help design a custom mission patch AND develop a name for the Free Flying Robot.  So what is a Free Flying Robot? It’s a robot that is capable of functioning autonomously, but can also be controlled by a flight crew on-board the ISS or from Earth. It can conduct zero gravity robotics experiments, carry mobile sensors such as an RFID reader for logging inventory & inspect items using a built in camera  Currently on the ISS there are robotic devices called  “ SPHERES ”  (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites), and the new Free Flyer Robot program is being seen as a step forward in the use of robotic devices in spaceflight... ( submission form )  

Robotics Design, Synthesis and Processing

The total process of building a robot is first to identify a need, then defining the problem that must be overcome to accomplish the need.

Robotic Rover to Collect Data on Plant Development

Iowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions.

OMRON's "Thoughtful" Ping-Pong Robot; Winner of the Grand Prix in the CEATEC JAPAN 2014

- Innovation Awards as Selected by U.S. Journalists -

RBR Announces 2014 Game Changer Award Finalists

The Game Changer Awards, produced by Robotics Business Review, honor the products and innovators pushing the robotics industry forward in critical areas.

3D Robotics Launches New 3DR Mapping Platforms for Fully Automated, All-in-One 2D and 3D Mapping Drone Packages

The new Aero-M and X8-M devices offer the most cost-effective, accurate and repeatable aerial perspectives for farms, construction sites, and other survey applications

Neya Systems LLC Integrates UxAB with QinetiQ North America's TALON V

Neya Systems has successfully integrated its UxAB autonomy hardware and software with the QinetiQ North America (QNA) TALON V platform.

George Brown College Center for Continuous Learning Announces Collaborative Agreement with Neumann University

George Brown College offers a direct pathway for graduates of their distance education-based, technical training programs into an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies Degree.

Torque Transmission Unveils New Miniature RA-300 Gear Drive

Torque Transmission's new addition to their right angle gear boxes and speed reducers features small size with big features. Only 1.25 inches in height, width and length, the RA-300 gear drive is rated for 1/8 hp at 1800 rpm.

Kickstarter - STEM Toy TROBO Raises Over $60,000 in Kickstarter Campaign

TROBO is a huggable stuffed robot toy and storytelling app that answers kids' questions about the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) around them.

Pack Expo - ABB Robotics to highlight compact, high speed picking, packing and palletizing demos at Pack Expo 2014 in Chicago

ABB's packaging portfolio covers the full payload range, featuring industry-leading software for reduced programming and operational complexity

iRobot Unveils Its First Multi-Robot Tablet Controller for First Responders, Defense Forces and Industrial Customers

Point and go: uPoint Multi-Robot Control system simplifies the operation of all iRobot unmanned ground vehicles via an intuitive tablet application and enhanced communications

Biologists and Roboticists Gain Insights into Unique Motion of Sidewinder Snakes

The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights.

Oshkosh Defense Showcases High-Performance, Production-Ready JLTV at AUSA 2014

Oshkosh set to deliver best value JLTV solution with low risk transition to production

Photron Introduces Multi-Head, High Speed Camera System

• New FASTCAM Multi features 1 or 2 compact, lightweight camera heads

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

With the SLS, SOS, and STO functionalities, the SCHUNK EGN gripping system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849 enables safe human/machine collaboration. If the production process is interrupted by an emergency shut-off, the SCHUNK EGN goes into either a safely limited speed mode or a safe stop mode depending on the activated protection zone. In contrast to other solutions available on the market, the SCHUNK safety gripping system is continuously powered even in the safe operating stop so that the gripped parts are reliably held even without mechanical maintenance of gripping force. As soon as the protection zone is released, the gripper immediately switches back to the regular operating mode without the system having to be restarted.