DARPA Announces Winners of Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC)

The goal of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is to generate groundbreaking research and development so that future robotics can perform the most hazardous activities in future disaster response operations, in tandem with their human counterparts, in order to reduce casualties, avoid further destruction, and save lives. Disaster response robots require multiple layers of software to explore and interact with their environments, use tools, maintain balance and communicate with human operators. In the Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC), competing teams applied software of their own design to a simulated robot in an attempt to complete a series of tasks that are prerequisites for more complex activities. Twenty-six teams from eight countries qualified to compete in the VRC, which ran from June 17-21, 2013. DARPA had allocated resources for the six teams that did best, but in an interesting twist, good sportsmanship and generosity will allow members of the top nine teams, listed below, to move forward: Team IHMC, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, Fla. (52 points) WPI Robotics Engineering C Squad (WRECS), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. (39 points) MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. (34 points) Team TRACLabs, TRACLabs, Inc., Webster, Texas (30 points) JPL / UCSB / Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. (29 points) TORC, TORC / TU Darmstadt / Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. (27 points) Team K, Japan (25 points) TROOPER, Lockheed Martin, Cherry Hill, N.J. (24 points) Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio (23 points) 

Zero Robotics Opens Algorithm Competition for Controlling Space Satellites

TopCoder®, Inc., the world's largest competitive Community of nearly 500,000 digital creators, today announced registration has opened for an algorithm competition from Zero Robotics which seeks computationally efficient code solutions to control a satellite in space.

Rockwell Automation Releases Latest PlantPAx Process Automation System

The latest release of the PlantPAx process automation system from Rockwell Automation allows companies across multiple industries to improve operator effectiveness with automated procedures, enhanced visualization and new skid-integration capabilities.

EVT Introduces Gwi Glass Wafer Inspection System

EVT introduces GWI Glass Wafer Inspection System to detect defects in glass wafers early in the production cycle. The system is based on a high resolution smart camera, which captures the image from the glass wafer. To meet the required accuracy in defect detection, a 5 MPixel sensor was selected. For higher requirements, sensors with higher resolutions are available.

Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) Introduces the GoldenEye 3D Flash LIDAR(TM) Space Camera

ASC, the leading supplier of 3D cameras for terrestrial and space applications, proudly introduces the GoldenEye 3D camera designed specifically for a wide range of space operations.

Lumalier Helps Hospitals Improve Infection Control Efforts with Real-time Disinfection Data from New iTRU-D Technology and Web Portal System

Memphis-based Lumalier - maker of TRU-D SmartUVC™, a portable UV disinfection robot utilized by hospitals to combat pathogens with precisely measured UV-C emissions - today announced the launch of iTru-D and a web portal system that will better assist hospitals in tracking their infection control efforts in the battle against the dreaded "superbugs" that are challenging patient safety.

X-FAB Introduces New Analog/Mixed-Signal Reference Kit for Rapid Adoption of Advanced Cadence Design Flows

Gets closer to first-time-right analog design by integrating advanced EDA features in design flow to increase design productivity, reduce time to market and design costs

DynCorp International and Sierra Nevada Corporation Form Strategic Alliance

New Alliance Establishes Fixed-Wing Aircraft Center of Excellence in Huntsville, Ala.

AAC is Now Offers Silicone Gel Products to Isolate Vibration on UAV Cameras

Advanced Antivibration Components offers a number of different silicone gel products for isolating vibration in UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) applications.

DJI Announces General Availability of Fully-Stabilized Zenmuse H3-2D GoPro Gimbal

The PHANTOM quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-2D puts the power of Hollywood in anyone's hands.

Three Years after Kauffman Foundation Brought Concept to Midwest, Maker Faire: Kansas City is A Global Leader

Third annual festival on June 29-30 attracts national speakers, 300 makers/exhibitors

ADT Ships TURBOdesign Suite 5.2.1

… New CFD and volute stage prediction capabilities lead list of enhancements

MEMBERS OF TOP NINE SOFTWARE TEAMS MOVE FORWARD FROM DARPA'S VIRTUAL ROBOTICS CHALLENGE

After Several Mergers, Seven Teams to Receive DARPA Support to Compete with an ATLAS Robot in 2013 DARPA Robotic Challenge Trials

Kinect 2.0 for Windows Developer Kit Program Preorder

You can apply to take part in the Kinect for Windows developer kit program. This program, which begins in November 2013, will provide developers with tools and a pre-release sensor as soon as possible so they can start building new applications before general availability in 2014. The program fee will be US$399 (or local equivalent) and offers the following benefits: Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and exclusive webcasts Early SDK access (alpha, beta, and any updates along the way to release) Private access to all API and sample documentation A pre-release/alpha sensor A final, released sensor at launch There are a limited number of spots in the program. Applications must be completed by July 31, 2013, 9:00 A.M. (Pacific Time). Apply here .   For broad information about the new Kinect check out Wired's first look video .

St. Mary's Healthcare Acquires Mazor Robotics' Renaissance System

First Hospital in the Northeastern U.S. Market to Install the Company's Surgical Guidance System

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