Projet Romeo is being developed by Aldebaran Robotic, the same group working on the NAO . Project Romeo is a 4 foot tall humanoid designed to assist elderly and disabled individuals in their daily activities. The robot will be able to walk through a home, fetching food from the kitchen, taking out the garbage, and acting as a loyal companion who helps entertain its owners and keep tabs on their health. The project started in 2009 but the company hasn't released much info about it until now. Below is the first video of Projet Romeo, sitting in a chair, talking and moving his arms and hands:
Liquid Robotics(R), an ocean data services provider and developer of the first wave-powered Wave Glider(R) marine robot, was named by Fast Company as one of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2012.
iRobot Corp., a leader in robotic technology-based solutions, today announced Robert (Knob) Moses is leaving iRobot to pursue other interests. Moses will remain with iRobot through a transition period.
Robotic Industries Association Event to Feature Robot Safety Standard and Robot Risk Assessment Courses at One Day Event
Featuring robot-assisted lean manufacturing demonstrations in hall 3 booth #151
Recruiters posted more than 2,100 online job ads for robotics skills in January of 2012, growing 44% versus 2011, according to WANTED Analytics™.
Cognex introduces the In-Sight 7000 smart camera. This vision system features vision tools, fast image capture, capability to power and control a range of external lighting, and enough input/output (I/O) capacity for virtually any inspection scenario - all in a compact, industrial IP67 package that makes the system ideal for more applications than ever before.
ABB reported an increase in profitability in the fourth quarter of 2011 on a combination of strong revenue growth and cost savings. For 2011, the company reached $40 billion in orders for the first time ever and reported record revenues of $38 billion.
TORC Robotics Increasing Speed and Operational Capability for the USMC Optionally Unmanned GUSS (Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate) Program
GstarCAD is developing an application on Android to enable users design more flexible and efficient. This application will give new experience to users with its new features.
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 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.
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
JAI has added four new GigE Vision cameras to its series of industrial grade CCD cameras built around quad-tap sensors from Kodak.
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RTX64 turns the Microsoft 64-bit Windows operating system into a Real-time operating system (RTOS). RTX64 enhances Windows by providing hard real-time and control capabilities to a general purpose operating system that is familiar to both developers and end users. RTX64 consists of a separate real-time subsystem (RTSS) that schedules and controls all RTSS applications independently of Windows.RTX64 is a key component of the IntervalZero RTOS Platform that comprises x86 and x64 multicore multiprocessors, Windows, and real-time Ethernet (e.g. EtherCAT or PROFINET) to outperform real-time hardware such as DSPs and radically reduce the development costs for systems that require determinism or hard real-time.