Program manager leads DARPA effort on microsystem devices and material integration
Helen Greiner left iRobot four years ago to start a new robotics company now called CyPhy Works. Their website has info on two of the robots they have been working on. The Extreme Access System for Entry (EASE) (pictured above)is a small hovering robot designed for inspection and ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) applications. EASE is intended for operating in close quarters, beyond line of sight, and in GPS denied areas; all of which are critical when performing search and rescue missions, building clearing, or civil infrastructure inspection. The EASE system consists of a lightweight ground control station (GCS) and a micro Vertical Takeoff and Land (VTOL) air vehicle. It is not dependent on a GPS signal for operation, making it not only effective as a micro UAS in the traditional sense, but also enables it to fly indoors and in confined spaces as effectively as it does in open spaces. It has unmatched endurance due to our patented microfilament technology that enables the use of hot-swappable batteries, which power the entire system from the base station. The fishing-line thin microfilament provides directly connected communication between the GCS and the air vehicle, as well as power. Unlike all other RF controlled UASs, the microfilament makes the EASE impervious to jamming while the microfilament is unaffected by water, power lines, etc. The Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system is designed to provide long term persistent stare capabilities and enable reliable long distance communications. PARC uses CyPhy Works' patented microfilament system to deliver extreme endurance, increased capabilities, and a smaller logistical footprint. PARC flies itself, so very little user training is required; and when operating the system the user can focus on the data that PARC produces, instead of the system itself. The PARC system consists of a Ground Control Station (GCS) and a purpose built quadrotor VTOL air vehicle. The PARC vehicle carries a gyro-stabilized, gimbal mounted, EO/IR camera payload. In addition to the camera system, PARC has additional payload capacity for communications devices. If additional payload capacity is required, the camera payload can be removed. The PARC vehicle can operate at altitudes of up to 1,000 feet above ground level, or 11,000 feet density altitude. This high altitude capability enables long distance communications and extends visual reach.
ATMAE Announces 2012 Conference Student Competition Winners in Robotics, Technology and Applied Engineering
College students, faculty and administrators took the opportunity to network and learn what's on the cutting edge of technology, management and applied engineering, at ATMAE's 2012 Conference in Nashville, TN. The activities included presentations on the latest research by industry and education professionals, robotics competition and technology challenges for students.
LineBot to launch Drink Runner, a line-following service robot that delivers individual drinks in total darkness non-stop for up to 4 per charge.
The developed technology will provide autonomous robots with advanced vision capabilities for use in military and search-and-rescue operations.
Integrated linear actuator incorporates linear servo motor with precision feedback and bearing system.
Maplesoft's Modeling and Simulation Tool MapleSim Aids in the Design of RoboThespian Robot that Walks and Talks
Maplesoft today announced its collaboration with Engineered Arts Limited, a company that designs and produces the revolutionary RoboThespian robots.
SPIE Photonics West will set records again this year, solidifying its role as the leading international event in the optics and photonics industry. This year's program is the largest yet, with more technical presentations and exhibiting companies from the biomedical optics sector, the latest advancements in lasers, MEMs, and optoelectronics, and a major exhibition including 1,300 suppliers. Presentations span early research results, scientific achievements, engineering solutions, and industry forums on silicon photonics, sustainable technology, and the global laser market, providing a matchless opportunity to see the future.
It is compact, portable and durable for convenient travel, yet functional enough for permanent installation in domestic and business settings.
These new THL robots fall into the class of small SCARA robots, while they boast the maximum payload capacity (5kg) in their class.
DARPA-funded effort demonstrates preciseautonomous payload placement with UAV.
Opto Engineering has established a new division, Opto-E, focusing on Infra-red and Laser Optics.
Opto Engineering is pleased to present you the brand new TC16M models for 35mm format sensors and 4k/8kpix line scan cameras.
IMTS 2014 - Crowley Webb Named Media Agency for IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show
IMTS 2014 will be held Sept. 8-13 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
Advantech's Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) products, SPC and TPC series has won an iF product design award 2013
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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product
Midwest Motion Products Inc., based in Howard Lake, Minnesota, is pleased to announce the release of the new "GRA52" Right Angled Gearmotor System. This new 1:1 Right Angled Gearbox allows for significantly increased versatility, and design whose geometry allows for the unit to be mounted in tight spaces. We employ our Standard Brushed or Brushless DC Motors and Planetary Gearheads to complete the new R/A Design. Features/Benefits: Cost effective design - as low as $250*, Very Versatile - Output Ratios ranging from 3.7:1 to 2076:1, Fully Reversible Design, Readily available - Samples can be built from Stock Material, High Volume capacity.