Make It Smart; Make It Here!

Make it smart and make it here! These are the rallying words heard around the world regarding keeping jobs in-country and manufacturing smarter, more efficiently, and less costly.

3D Video Capture With Three Kinects

From Doc-Ok.org: Video from a capture space consisting of one Oculus Rift head-mounted display and three Kinect 3D cameras set up in an equilateral triangle, with each Kinect approximately 2m from the center point. The resulting 3D video data is merged with a virtual 3D model of an office environment... (cont'd)

Parrot Bebop

From Parrot's official announcement today: Today, after 5 years of development, we are excited to introduce you Parrot Bebop Drone, a ultra-light drone with a full HD camera digitally stabilized on its 3-axis. Chris Anderson's and DIYDrones first look IEEE Spectrum coverage Press release pdf  

Open Source Firmware for RC Radio Transmitters

From OpenTX: OpenTX is open source firmware for RC radio transmitters. The firmware is highly configurable and brings much more features than found in traditional radios... ( cont'd )

Thumbles: Robotic Tabletop User Interface Platform

From  Pattenstudio : Thumbles is an interactive tabletop system based on a group of tiny robots that users can grasp and manipulate. Each robot can represent anything from character in a video game to a molecule in a scientific visualization. The system combines the versatility of a graphical interface with the tactile advantages of physical controls.

Robot Orders a Scone in Mountain View, California

Using the Anybot QB Avatar to order a scone from Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, CA.

Bionic Kangaroo

With the artificial kangaroo, Festo also shows how pneumatic and electric drive technology are combined in a highly dynamic system.

Why I Automate: Engineered Machined Products, Inc.

Like any small company introducing change into their operations, some employees feared that automation may take their jobs. But at EMP, the opposite was true. "We've seen jobs grow, and that's very important; not only for this community, but for the State of Michigan,"

Festo's FAST Program

The FAST™ Program is a group of close to 2,000 products that can be utilized in many automation applications that we guarantee to ship within 1, 3, or 5 days, depending on the configuration.

Golang Powered Robotics

From Gobot's homepage: Gobot is a framework and set of libraries in the Go programming language for robotics, physical computing, and the Internet of Things... ( cont'd )

UBR-1 Available for Purchase

From Unbounded Robotics: Beginning today, UBR-1 is available for purchase. To order your own state-of-the-art mobile manipulation platform please contact sales@unboundedrobotics.com. The majority of requests we have had to date have been for the UBR-1 pro model, so we have decided to focus on and ship only one model. The cost of the UBR-1 is $50,000 and will include the newest Hokuyo UST-20LX scanning laser. UBR-1 now offers a higher maximum speed, a state of the art laser scanner, more RAM, and a larger hard drive capacity. In addition to the UBR-1 we are happy to announce that we will also be offering a ROS Ready Computer Package to make setting up your robot even easier. This package includes a computer with Ubuntu and ROS pre-installed, and a wireless router pre-configured to connect your robot and computer. We are planning to start shipping robots to their destinations in late August... ( cont'd )

Magnetically Actuated Micro-robots For Micro-Factories

From SRI International: SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems... ( cont'd )

MorpHex

From Kåre Halvorsen project on the Lynxmotion forums: Sphere shaped hexapod that I plan to give the following features: Roll freely like a ball Have different sort of locomotion for moving in any direction Variable inner-body dimensions Transform from a sphere shape into a hexapod and vice versa Walk like a hexapod   Project's summary on  Robotee  and original forum thread.

New Computer Vision Project Can Solve reCAPTCHAs With Over 99% Accuracy

From Google Online Security Blog: Translating a street address to an exact location on a map is harder than it seems. To take on this challenge and make Google Maps even more useful, we’ve been working on a new system to help locate addresses even more accurately, using some of the technology from the Street View and reCAPTCHA teams. This technology finds and reads street numbers in Street View, and correlates those numbers with existing addresses to pinpoint their exact location on Google Maps. We show that this system is able to accurately detect and read difficult numbers in Street View with 90% accuracy. Turns out that this new algorithm can also be used to read CAPTCHA puzzles—we found that it can decipher the hardest distorted text puzzles from reCAPTCHA with over 99% accuracy... ( cont'd ) ( full technical paper )

National Robotics Week And MATE ROV Competition

The 2014 MATE competition highlights the role that ROVs play in exploring and documenting shipwrecks, studying sinkholes, and conserving our national maritime heritage sites.

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Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive Introduces New Lightweight Versions of Select Gearhead Products.

Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control introduces new lightweight versions of select gearhead products. The new gearheads are ideal for designs where weight is a critical factor. Building on the success of Harmonic Drive LLCs current gear units, new lightweight versions were the next logical evolution of the CS/ SH product lines. With weight reductions of 20-30% without any reduction in torque ratings, the Lightweight (LW) gear units provide exceptional torque density.