MVTec launches HALCON for Android

Machine vision software on mobile devices ----Wide range of applications for character and object recognition

Valmie Resources (VMRI) Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Vertitek

Leader in UAV Technology to Boost Valmies Position in $98 Billion Drone Market

maxon motors - Right Angle Spiroid® Gear

Designed to achieve maximum torque with minimal space

"Robots - The New Era. Living, Working and Investing in the Robotics Society of the future" eBook by Andrea Forni

Milan, Italy / January 2015 - "Robots. The New Era - Living, working and investing in the robotics society of the future" is a new multimedia e-book written for a general audience and helps readers understand why Robotics is going to lead to a radical change in how millions of people live, work and invest in the stock market.

SAM Robotic Surrogate Operator

From AkihabaraNews and Robohub: Conceptually, it’s quite simple: joysticks, knobs, and switches manipulated on a custom radio controller direct the flexing and relaxing of pneumatic “artificial muscles” arranged along “arms and legs” that attach to a vehicle’s pedals and levers. When actuated, the robot replicates a human body’s controlling movements. Kowa Tech claims the system delivers input strength equal to that of human limbs and an overall operational capability 80% that of in-vehicle operation (with gains expected as the system matures). The 3-piece modular robot is weather and vibration-proof, weighs only about 30 kg (66 lbs.), easily installs in under 30 minutes, and can be removed in half that time. Current prototypes are operable from up to 200m, and commercial models are expected to reach 1 kilometer. Rounded out with video monitoring for an in-vehicle perspective, in theory ActiveRobo SAM is a near-comprehensive surrogate operator. Most of their demos and testing have thus far been limited to excavator and other heavy equipment work, but the company hopes to eventually make the system adaptable to any vehicle... ( full article )

Laser Components Group Expands with In-House Pbs and PbSe Detector Production

This latest company addition demonstrates its commitment to providing customers with the choice of selecting the best detector for their particular application.

Raytheon acquires Tucson-based Sensintel, Inc.

Sensintel will become part of Raytheon Company's Missile Systems business.

US$1m 'Drones for Good' Competition Attracts Huge Participation From 57 Countries

More than 800 entries highlight exciting opportunities in use of drone technology to meet public needs

Custom Case Group Joins Leading Unmanned Vehicle Association

Manufacturer hopes to promote drone and UAV industry issues through AUVSI membership

New Dates Announced for BZ Media's InterDrone, the International Drone Conference and Exposition

Registration now open for Las Vegas event focused on boomingcommercial drone market

The Industrial Automation Exchange

New online tool connects manufacturers with industrial automation expertise, products

CSF Robotics becomes a Robotmaster reseller for Australia and the Asia Pacific region

We are proud to announce that CSF Robotics becomes a Robotmaster reseller for Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Anibit Online Graphical Programmer for the Pololu 3pi Robot

From Anibit: We have adapted a graphical programming environment for the Arduino known as "Blocklyduino" to be tailored to Pololu's 3Pi Robot Platform. Blocklyduino is itself an adaptation of Blockly, a software package for developers to create graphical programming environments. All of this is heavily inspired by Scratch and the MIT App inventor. If you are not familiar with those tools and watch to teach kids about programming, you really should check the out. Graphical Programming is a great introduction to programming for kids. and the Pololu 3Pi is a low cost, ready-made robot that kids love. As part part of our mission at Anibit to inspire and educate about robotics, we felt the need to bring the two together... ( Anibit link )

NEW QC-160 ROBOTIC TOOL CHANGER PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY, EXCEEDS 200 kg ROBOT LOAD SPECIFICATION

The new QC-160 Robotic Tool Changer, recently developed by ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, has a high moment capacity in a lightweight and compact design and utilizes the same proven Locking Mechanism as ATIs QC-200 Series.

Motion for many: Instantly control three-phase motors for $25 with TI's C2000 Piccolo F2806x InstaSPIN-MOTION LaunchPad

Leverage InstaSPIN-MOTION technology for torque, velocity or servo position control systems with sensorless or sensored feedback

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Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air - Flexible and Intelligent

Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air - Flexible and Intelligent

• Vacuum generation that's 100% electrical; • Integrated intelligence for energy and process control; • Extensive communication options through IO-Link interface; Schmalz already offers a large range of solutions that can optimize handling process from single components such as vacuum generators to complete gripping systems. Particularly when used in autonomous warehouse, conventional vacuum generation with compressed air reaches its limits. Compressed air often is unavailable in warehouses. Schmalz therefore is introducing a new technology development: a gripper with vacuum generation that does not use compressed air. The vacuum is generated 100% electrically. This makes the gripper both energy efficient and mobile. At the same time, warehouses need systems with integrated intelligence to deliver information and learn. This enables the use of mobile and self-sufficient robots, which pick production order at various locations in the warehouse. Furthermore, Schmalz provides various modular connection options from its wide range of end effectors in order to handle different products reliably and safely.