Origami Robots

Ramses Martinez, Carina Fish, Xin Chen and George Whitesides have published a paper describing a soft pneumatic actuator constructed by combining paper with a silicone elastomer. On pneumatic inflation, these actuators move anisotropically, based on the motions accessible by their composite structures. They are inexpensive, simple to fabricate, light in weight, and easy to actuate. This class of structure is versatile: the same principles of design lead to actuators that respond to pressurization with a wide range of motions (bending, extension, contraction, twisting, and others). Paper, when used to introduce anisotropy into elastomers, can be readily folded into 3D structures following the principles of origami; these folded structures increase the stiffness and anisotropy of the elastomeric actuators, while being light in weight. These soft actuators can manipulate objects with moderate performance; for example, they can lift loads up to 120 times their weight. They can also be combined with other components, for example, electrical components, to increase their functionality.

Ingenia introduces Venus Servo Drive with Motion Controller

Ingenia Motion Control released Venus digital servo drive, an integrated motion controller and digital servo drive in a convenient stand-alone package, capable to drive most of motor topologies in today's market of up to 2 kW and without the need of any additional heat-sink on its whole operating temperature range.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 66.4% in 2011

December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $519.98 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology-- and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 12.2% from November and up 12.7% when compared with the total of $461.48 million reported for December 2010. With a year-to-date total of $5,508.81 million, 2011 was up 66.4% compared with 2010.

AeroVironment Secures Global Distribution Rights for Sentient's Target Detection Software for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

AeroVironment becomes exclusive global distributor of Sentient's Kestrel Land MTI Tier I automated target detection software for use with small unmanned aircraft systems

Four New 2-megapixel Cameras with GigE Vision Interfaces

JAI has added four new GigE Vision cameras to its series of industrial grade CCD cameras built around quad-tap sensors from Kodak.

DENSO Increases Payload of VM-Series 6-Axis Robots to 13 Kg

New Higher Capacity Allows Wider Range of Applications

Rugged, High-density Amphenol Connectors Offer Increased Power and Durability

New 2M Series compatible with existing micro-miniature aerospace/defense connectors

Honeywell Introduces the PX2 Series Heavy Duty Transducers

Configurable Pressure Measurement Devices (7 bar to 34 bar) Provide Reliable Performance in Moderately Harsh Media Environments

Miniature 9-Axis Inertial Module with 32-bit Processing Unit from STMicroelectronics Boosts Realism and Accuracy in Gaming, Robotics and Navigation

MEMS leader unveils a compact 9 degrees-of-freedom motion-sensing module with powerful processing capabilities

Subsea 7 Adds Additional Schilling Robotics HD Systems to ROV Fleet

Schilling Robotics, LLC, experts in subsea systems, announced today the delivery of two (2) 150hp, 3,000m-rated HD™ ROV systems to Subsea 7.

ABB wins $30 million order for world's highest voltage three-core AC subsea cable

420 kV subsea and underground power cable system will replace overhead power lines across the Little Belt strait in Denmark

LS3 AlphaDog Heads Outdoors

Boston Dynamics' LS3 is a four legged military robot designed to go anywhere and carry up to 400 lbs of gear with enough fuel for missions covering 20 miles. The development of LS3 is being funded by DARPA and the US Marine Corps. The project has been in development for sometime and now DARPA released a new video of the prototype traversing hills and uneven ground as they test it outdoors.

Steven R. Springsteel Joins Liquid Robotics as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Liquid Robotics(R), an ocean data services provider and developer of the first wave-powered Wave Glider(R) marine robot, today announced that Steven R. Springsteel, former CEO of Chordiant Software Inc. and President/CFO of Verity, has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Marine Corps Complete Fourth Limited Technical Assessment of Unmanned Ground Vehicle

TORC Robotics Increasing Speed and Operational Capability for the USMC Optionally Unmanned GUSS (Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate) Program

Schilling Robotics Appoints Vice President of Customer Service

Shirreffs will drive the development and execution of Schilling's customer support strategy and implementation.

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