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.

National Robotics Week Was A Hit!

The fifth annual National Robotics Week was held April 5-13. Established by Congress in 2010 to raise awareness about robots and their important role in shaping the future of education, industry and the U.S. economy,

Industrial Robotics Market is Expected to Reach $41.17 Billion, Globally, by 2020

Rapid growth in automation demands, coupled with reduction of duties on refurbished goods in Asia Pacific region has fueled the growth of this market.

Leap Motion V2 Tracking

From Leap Motion's developer blog : V2 retains the speed and positional accuracy found in V1, but the software also now tracks the actual joints and bones inside each of the user’s fingers. This leads to some immediate benefits over V1: Finger and hand labels – every finger, hand, and joint now has anatomical labels like ‘pinky’, ‘left hand’, and ‘proximal phalanges’ Occlusion robustness – fingers are tracked even when they’re not seen by the controller, as might happen if you turned your hands completely vertically or intertwined the fingers of your left and right hands Massively improved resistance to ambient infrared light – sunlight, powerful halogens, etc. Much more granular data for developers about the user’s hands and fingers – 27 dimensions per hand, in addition to special parameters like grab/pinch APIs

Velodyne in the Driver's Seat at Computer History Museum Exhibit on Autonomous Vehicles

Industry Pioneer David Hall Keeps His LiDAR Eyes on the Road; Exhibit Coincides with Rollout of Google's Latest LiDAR-Equipped Self-Driving Car

MD Buyline Identifies Emerging Technologies for Soft Tissue Robotics

A complimentary report discusses financial considerations and clinical outcomes for soft tissue robotic-assisted surgeries

Low Power, Longer Distance, Tiny Package: New Laser Sensing Technology for Self-driving Cars, Smartphones and 3-D Video Games

A new twist on 3-D imaging technology could one day enable your self-driving car to spot a child in the street half a block away, let you answer your Smartphone from across the room with a wave of your hand, or play "virtual tennis" on your driveway.

Ekso Bionics and CSNE Partner to Enrich Human Machine Interface

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, announced today they have been accepted by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) as an industry partner. Ekso Bionics and CSNE will work together to enrich the human machine interface and enhance potential neural interface to create links between the nervous system and the outside world.

Microsystems Technologies Office: Creating A New Electronics Revolution For National Defense

MTO sets sights on developing next-generation microsystems to face evolving security challenges; plans meeting this summer with technical communities to discuss new focus areas

Adept Technology Adds Sales Engineer in Southern Europe

Company Focused on Growing New Business, Supporting Existing Customers in Italy

Unmanned Aircraft Series Sets Record for Mission Hours Flown in One Week

Flight record is more than 50 percent above those recorded for Global Hawk in 2013

VoCore: A Coin-sized Linux Computer With Wifi

VoCore Indiegogo Campaign: VoCore is a coin-sized Linux computer with wifi. It is also able to work as a full functional router. It runs OpenWrt on top of Linux. It contains 32MB SDRAM, 8MB SPI Flash and using RT5350(360MHz MIPS) as its heart. It provides many interfaces such as 10/100M Ethernet, USB, UART, I2C, I2S, PCM, JTAG and over 20 GPIOs but its size is less than one square inch... ( $20 USD for single unit )

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Universal Robots Add a Sense of Touch in New e-Series Cobots with  Built-in Force/Torque Sensor and Re-Designed User Interface

Universal Robots Add a Sense of Touch in New e-Series Cobots with Built-in Force/Torque Sensor and Re-Designed User Interface

With the new e-Series cobot line, Universal Robots raises the bar for cobots, adding unique new features while significantly strengthening the four core principles defining collaborative robots: fast set-up, easy programming, flexible deployment, and safe operation. With a new built-in, tool-centric Force/Torque sensor the e-Series is ready to take on applications requiring force control right out of the box. A repeatability of 30 micron means the new cobots are suitable for very precise finishing, assembly and electronics tasks. A re-designed user interface decreases cognitive load and expedites program development, while a new externally accessible, 500Hz system bus enables more complex motion control algorithms or profiles.