ECOVACS ROBOTICS NAMED AS 2015 CES INNOVATION AWARDS HONOREE

"Ecovacs Robotics is honored to receive the esteemed CES Innovation Award honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology"

Ceramics Manufacturer 'Fires Up' its Production Line with Rethink Robotics' Baxter

Du-Co Ceramics Integrates Robotics Into Ceramics Parts Manufacturing Process

Unmanned Team Of K-MAX Helicopter And Indago Quad Rotor Demonstrate Firefighting Capability

"The unmanned K-MAX and Indago aircraft can work to fight fires day and night, in all weather, reaching dangerous areas without risking a life"

Kairos Autonomi Honored with Robotic Business Review Game Changer Award

Award honors robotic industrys remarkable technical accomplishments and their makers.

3D Robotics Launches X8+ Ready-to-Fly Personal Drone with Expandable Payload Capacity, Introduces FPV Kit

The ruggedized X8+ not only has the power to carry professional mirrorless system cameras, but also provides the lifting capacity to do delivery and real work, making it much more than a flying camera.

Festo Introduces Its All-in-One DC Servo Motor/Drive Unit - The MTR-ECI

This solution is ideal for on-machine mounting and fast, precise format adjustment.

Deep Visual-Semantic Alignments for Generating Image Descriptions

Because of the Nov. 14th submission  deadline for this years IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) several big image-recognition papers are coming out this week: From Andrej Karpathy and Li Fei-Fei of Stanford: We present a model that generates free-form natural language descriptions of image regions. Our model leverages datasets of images and their sentence descriptions to learn about the inter-modal correspondences between text and visual data. Our approach is based on a novel combination of Convolutional Neural Networks over image regions, bidirectional Recurrent Neural Networks over sentences, and a structured objective that aligns the two modalities through a multimodal embedding. We then describe a Recurrent Neural Network architecture that uses the inferred alignments to learn to generate novel descriptions of image regions. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our alignment model with ranking experiments on Flickr8K, Flickr30K and COCO datasets, where we substantially improve on the state of the art. We then show that the sentences created by our generative model outperform retrieval baselines on the three aforementioned datasets and a new dataset of region-level annotations... ( website with examples ) ( full paper ) From Oriol Vinyals, Alexander Toshev, Samy Bengio, and Dumitru Erhan at Google: Show and Tell: A Neural Image Caption Generator  ( announcement post ) ( full paper ) From Ryan Kiros, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Richard S. Zemel at University of Toronto: Unifying Visual-Semantic Embeddings with Multimodal Neural Language Models  ( full paper ) From Junhua Mao, Wei Xu, Yi Yang, Jiang Wang and Alan L. Yuille at Baidu Research/UCLA: Explain Images with Multimodal Recurrent Neural Networks  ( full paper ) From Jeff Donahue, Lisa Anne Hendricks, Sergio Guadarrama, Marcus Rohrbach, Subhashini Venugopalan, Kate Saenko, and Trevor Darrell at UT Austin, UMass Lowell and UC Berkeley: Long-term Recurrent Convolutional Networks for Visual Recognition and Description ( full paper ) All these came from this Hacker News discussion .

DARPA-Funded Inflatable Robotics Helps Spark Idea for Silver Screen Star

Make-believe soft robot in Disneys newest movie has roots in real-world robotics research

Researchers Make Self-Learning Robots using 3D Printers

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other obstacles.

Opto Diode's New Quadrant Photodiode 5 mm² - SXUVPS4

The SXUVPS4 photodiodes are ideal for laser alignment applications

Gearing Up for A Smarter Future: SVForum presents "iHuman: The Future of Minds and Machines"

"iHuman: The Future of Minds and Machines," to be held on December 4th, 2014, in Silicon Valley, California

PINC Air Elevates Supply Chain Execution to New Heights

PINC Solutions announces an innovative aerial robotic RTLS product.

Kickstarter - UberBlox modular metal construction set to launch via Kickstarter

A new metal construction and prototyping set with a unique single-connector mechanism allows makers to create sophisticated structures and automated machines quickly and accurately. (see pre-launch video at uberblox.com)

Schunk - Cleanroom Gripper for Small to Medium Part Handling

The EGS from SCHUNK is perfect for the gripping of small to medium sized workpieces, with flexible force and high speed in clean environments, such as assembly, testing, laboratory, and the pharmaceutical industry.

DJI Inspire 1

DJI's new Inspire 1 with 4K camera( $2899 USD from DJI ): Aircraft specs: Hovering Accuracy (GPS Mode) Vertical: 1.6' / 0.5 m Horizontal: 8.2' / 2.5 m Maximum Angular Velocity Pitch: 300°/s Yaw: 150°/s Maximum Tilt Angle 35°/s Maximum Ascent/Descent Speed Ascent: 16.4 fps / 5 m/s Descent: 13.1 fps / 4 m/s Maximum Speed 72.2 fps / 22 m/s (Attitude mode; no wind) Maximum Flight Altitude 14,764' / 4,500 m Maximum Wind Speed Resistance 32.8 fps / 10 m/s Maximum Flight Time Up to 18 minutes Camera: Model Name: X3 Designation: FC350 Sensor Sony EXMOR 1/2.3" CMOS Resolution 12.0 MP Lens Field of View: 94° Focal Length (35 mm Equivalent): 20 mm  Aperture: f/2.8 Design: 9 elements in 9 groups; aspherical lens element Filters: Anti-distortion filter; UV filter Video Recording UHD (4K): 4096 x 2160: 24p, 25p 3840 x 2160: 24p, 25p, 30p FHD (1080p): 1920 x 1080: 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p HD (720p): 1280 x 720: 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p Maximum Biterate: 60 Mbp/s File Format Photo: JPEG, DNG Video: MP4 in a .MOV wrapper (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) Recording Media Type: microSD/SDHC/SDXC up to 64 GB Speed: Class 10 or faster Format: FAT32/exFAT Photography Modes Single shot Burst: 3, 5, 7 frames per second (AEB: 3/5 frames per second; 0.7 EV bias) Time-lapse Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C Gimbal: Model Zenmuse X3 Number of Axes 3-axis Control Accuracy ±0.03° Maximum Controlled Rotation Speed Pitch: 120°/s Pan: 180°/s Controlled Rotation Range Pitch: -90° to +30° Pan: ±330° Angular Vibration Range ±0.03° Output Power Static: 9 W In Motion: 11 W Operational Current Static: 750 mA In Motion: 900 mA Mounting Detachable   Video with required "Johnny Ives-alike" introductory speech:

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