Microsoft Announces Kinect for Windows And New SDK At CES

Earlier this week Microsoft announced that they would officially be bringing their Kinect hardware to the Windows platform. The hardware is the mostly the same but new firmware allows the depth camera to see objects as close as 50cm away without losing accuracy or precision. Microsoft also says Kinect for Windows is 20% faster than it was in the last release and the accuracy rate of skeletal tracking and joint recognition have been substantially improved. Microsoft has allowed the beta SDK to be used with Xbox Kinect and will continue to allow existing projects access to the SDK but they also state that all future projects will need to purchase the Kinect For Windows hardware in order to have access to upcoming SDK releases. Kinect For Windows and the SDK will cost $249 ($149 for an academic license).

World's First Dual-Core Gyroscope from STMicroelectronics Handles Smart User Interface and Image Stabilization in Phones and Tablets

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and the leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications 1, has introduced the market's first dual-core gyroscope capable of handling both user-motion recognition and camera image stabilization.

ABB Extends IRC5 Panel Mounted Controller to Larger Robots, Providing Small Footprint Functionality and Easier Integration

PMC variant of IRC5 Panel Mount Robotic Controller can be integrated into large robots. It consists of large drive module and standard IRC5 control module that can be separately mounted in variety of configurations, which gives machine builders flexibility to create custom enclosures to best protect electronics for specific harsh environments. Up to 4 drive modules may be connected to same control module for multiple robot control (MultiMove) or control of additional axes.

GeckoSystems' CEO Summarizes 2011 Achievements and Looks Ahead to 2012

GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. has released their CEO's shareholder update summarizing the events of 2011 and the company's expectations for the future.

Marvell Introduces New Four-In-One ZigBee Microcontroller SoC Delivering the Highest Level of Integration in the Industry

Marvell ZigBee 88MZ100 SoC provides full integration for home automation and LED lighting control applications

RMT Robotics Announces ADAM Mobile Robot Fleet Sale in the U.S.

RMT Robotics announces the sale of a small fleet of ADAM Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) to a large international manufacturer of industrial products.

Health Robotics Reports Sales Records: 44 New Sales in 4Q2011 and 101 New Sales in 2011; Extends IV Robotics Worldwide Undefeated Streak to 24 Months

Health Robotics logged another record trimester in 4Q2011, continuing to benefit from its year-old decisions to terminate its contracts with some under-performing distributors, switching channel strategies to directly manage customer operations in certain key countries, and persevering with its crucial approach to replace McKesson in North America.

AMT'S MIKE JACOBS RE-ELECTED TO ROBOTIC INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Company Founder's Expertise in Early Adoption of Emerging Automation Technologies and Commitment to Automation Job Growth Supports RIA's Mission

3D Systems Debuts First Consumer 3D Printer

3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) unveiled today its first ever consumer 3D printer: the Cube personal printer, priced at $1,299 and ready to print right out of the box in a wide range of vibrant colors

Axiomtek Releases MANO860 Mini ITX Motherboard

Axiomtek introduces MANO860, an industrial-grade Mini ITX motherboard based on the Intel QM67 Express chipset and designed for the 2nd generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors in Socket G2.

Impress introduces CMC-141 multi-channel PID controller

Impress Sensors & Systems introduced CMC-141 multi-channel controller with large touchscreen colour TFT display and up to 72 digital inputs/outputs. The controller is ideal for the simultaneous measurement and control of a wide variety of process engineering applications.

Is 2012 The Year That Robot Applications Take Root?

Tell us what apps you want.

CogniVue Unveils World's Smallest, Lowest Power, Smart Camera Development Module

CogniVue Corporation, a pioneer of a new class of programmable processors for low power, small form factor embedded intelligent vision processing, today announced SmartVue - the smallest and lowest power smart camera module demonstration and development platform in the market today.

Advantech announces UNO-1100H Embedded Automation Computers

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces UNO-1100H series of Class I, Division 2 certified automation computers.

Setting New Benchmarks for "Pick and Place" Applications

Stäubli Robotics is introducing the TP80 fast picker, a new series of high-speed pickers that deliver greater speeds, up to 200 picks per minute, and more flexibility at a lower cost to the packaging market.

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IntervalZero’s RTX64

IntervalZero's RTX64

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.