We Robot 2014 to be Held in Coral Gables, Florida, on April 4-5, 2014

Robotics is becoming a transformative technology.

GĂĽdel, Inc. Announces Transition of Trackmotion (TMF) Manufacturing to US

"Swiss Quality, Made Locally" a Core Strategy for GĂĽdel's US marketplace

uArm

From the projects' kickstarter ($104,217 pledged of $5,000 goal): uArm is a 4-axis parallel-mechanism robot arm, inspired by the ABB PalletPack industrial robot arm IRB460. ($185 for complete black kit and a gripper) The basic design is Arduino-controlled with 4 degrees of freedom. Three servos on the base control the main movement of the arm and the mini servo on the top moves and rotates the object. The end-effector of the arm is always kept parallel to the ground. Right now we have already developed a Windows application that allows the uArm to be controlled with keyboard or mouse.  With some basic controlling skills, you can use basically any input device to control it, for example, we have also used other remote controller to control the arm. With our imbedded inverse-kinematics algorithm, the uArm can be precisely controlled using coordinates.  We have also written an Arduino library specifically for controlling the uArm. So if you are familiar with Arduino, you can program it directly with Arduino IDE. By calling different functions, you can easily move uArm to your desired position without doing tons of hard math... cont'd

New Sensors Unlimited Mil-Rugged, High Resolution, Extended Sensitivity Shortwave Infrared Video Camera with Snapshot

Sensors Unlimited's new camera is an all-solid-state, ruggedized camera with snapshot exposure capability and automatic gain control (AGC).

BYD Collaborates with I2R on Autonomous Vehicle Research

A*STAR's I2R and China's BYD develop a joint vehicle laboratory

Rockwell Automation Introduces Allen-Bradley Micro820 PLC for Remote Automation Applications

Rockwell Automation announces the new Allen-Bradley Micro820 programmable logic controller (PLC), a new addition to the Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLC family. The 20-point Micro820 controller features embedded Ethernet and serial ports, and a microSD slot.

DARPA Open Catalog Makes Agency-Sponsored Software and Publications Available to All

Public website aims to encourage communities interested in DARPA research to build off the agency's work, starting with big data

Spectra-Physics® Expands Ultrafast Amplifier Portfolio

• Extends offering to high >14 W power and to ultrashort sub-20 femtosecond (fs) pulses at high repetition rates

Spectra-Physics® Launches Breakthrough >60 W Ultraviolet (UV) Laser

• Quasar® 355-60 also boosts maximum repetition rate by 3.5x, shrinks minimum pulse width by 2.5x

Spectra-Physics® Debuts Disruptive Cost-Performance Ultraviolet (UV) Q-switched Laser

• New Talon™ delivers unprecedented combination of UV performance, reliability, and cost

North American Robotics Shipments Grow in 2013 While New Orders Contract

While robot shipments set record highs in 2013, new orders fell.

Microscan to Instruct Machine Vision Course at Upcoming Learning Labs

Microscan, a global technology leader in machine vision and barcode solutions, will present an educational machine vision workshop at the upcoming 2014 Anaheim Learning Labs Program, scheduled to take place February 11-13 in Anaheim, CA.

USPTO Awards Vehicle Dispatching Patent to Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

The US Patent & Trademark Office recently awarded ASI with Patent No. US 8,626,565 B2 titled "Vehicle Dispatching Method and System."

Bilsing Automation Announces New PSB-20 Series Grippers

New slim, lightweight and high clamping force Bilsing gripper can become the standard across a variety of robotic end-of-arm tooling applications.

Robot Sidekicks: With NSF Funding, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researchers Tackle the Challenges of Putting Robots on the Shop Floor and in Our Homes

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have received awards through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Robotics Initiative to investigate and overcome fundamental challenges involved with robots working alongside people. Dmitry Berenson will develop algorithms that will permit robots to collaborate with people on small-scale manufacturing operations. Sonia Chernova will draw on the experience of thousands of online "teachers" to learn more about how "everyday people" can teach robots to do simple tasks.

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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.