Amazon.com Inc. To Buy Kiva Systems Inc. for $775 million.

The all-cash deal for closely held Kiva will close in the second quarter, Seattle-based Amazon said today in a statement. Kiva’s orange robots, which can slide under shelves and bins of products, are used by Quidsi Inc. -- the company behind Soap.com and Diapers.com that Amazon acquired for about $545 million last year. Kiva, whose headquarters will remain in North Reading, Massachusetts, will help Amazon make shipping more efficient, the company said. “Amazon has long used automation in its fulfillment centers, and Kiva’s technology is another way to improve productivity by bringing the products directly to employees to pick, pack and stow,” Dave Clark, vice president of global customer fulfillment at Amazon, said in the statement. Bloomberg has the entire financial details here.  

Lieutenant General Rick Lynch Joins RE2, Inc. Advisory Board

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Amazon.com to Acquire Kiva Systems, Inc.

Kiva Systems' headquarters will remain in North Reading, Massachusetts

Precision MicroDynamics has Announced Today the Availability of Polaris, the World's Fastest Motion Control System, to Machine Builders Everywhere

Precision MicroDynamics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high performance motion control systems and components, has announced today the availability of Polaris™ to machine builders everywhere. This new system consists of a controller, amplifiers, and an ultra-fast real-time communication network for distributed motion control. Software includes general motion control, computer numerical control (CNC), machine setup, tuning, and programming tools.

Commercial Grade Remote Control Lawn Mowers for Slope Mowing

Summit Lawn Mower Company is introducing remote control lawn mowers designed to increase productivity and safety on steep hills. The heavy duty track drive design combined with a low center of gravity allows these mowers to navigate on slopes too steep for conventional power equipment.

New Labeling and Identification System for Robotunits Conveyors Upgrades Company's Customer Service

Australia's top conveyor provider, RobotUnits has created a new ID labeling and identification system which features a unique serial number for reference, to better cater to their customers' conveyors' maintenance needs.

TORC Robotics Announces Unmanned Vehicle Conversion Kits for Ground Robotics Market

TORC Robotics now offers unmanned vehicle kits to rapidly configure tele-operated or autonomous capabilities on customer-selected platforms.

NRL Test Robotic Fueling of Unmanned Surface Vessels

Providing the host ship the capability to refuel USVs without the need to bring them aboard ship enhances mission efficiency and reduces host ship exposure

Abbott Technologies Powers Advanced Robotic Vehicle

Abbott power supplies deliver the rugged reliability needed for a lifetime of four-wheeling in extreme conditions.

iAutomation Becomes Latest Dunkermotor Channel Partner

Engineering-focused automation solutions provider adds Dunkermotor intelligent servo motors, brushed DC motors and gearmotors, as well as linear motors, to its motion control portfolio.

Microscan Wins Several Chinese Automatic Identification Awards

Microscan announces that it has won three awards within the category of "China Automatic Identification Industry 2011," including the Excellent Global Brand Award of Automatic Identification Industry and two product awards.

'Making Things See' Kinect Book by Greg Borenstein

'Making Things See' from O'Reilly Media / Make shows you how to build Kinect projects with inexpensive off-the-shelf components, including the open source Processing programming language and the Arduino microcontroller. Things covered in the book include:   Create Kinect applications on Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux Track people with pose detection and skeletonization, and use blob tracking to detect objects Analyze and manipulate point clouds Make models for design and fabrication, using 3D scanning technology Use MakerBot, RepRap, or Shapeways to print 3D objects Delve into motion tracking for animation and games Build a simple robot arm that can imitate your arm movements Discover how skilled artists have used Kinect to build fascinating projects   The book is available now on Amazon .  

U.S. Army's Third Robotics Rodeo Scheduled for June 20-29 at Fort Benning

Still Seeking Participant Info Papers and Demonstration Videos until 23 March 2012

Health Robotics Named to Top 50 World Robot Companies

Health Robotics today announced that it received additional recognition (this time in the USA) for its global customer accomplishments by being named to the Robotics' Business Review Top 50 list.

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

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ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

ST Robotics Develops the Workspace Sentry for Collaborative Robotics

The ST Robotics Workspace Sentry robot and area safety system are based on a small module that sends an infrared beam across the workspace. If the user puts his hand (or any other object) in the workspace, the robot stops using programmable emergency deceleration. Each module has three beams at different angles and the distance a beam reaches is adjustable. Two or more modules can be daisy chained to watch a wider area. "A robot that is tuned to stop on impact may not be safe. Robots where the trip torque can be set at low thresholds are too slow for any practical industrial application. The best system is where the work area has proximity detectors so the robot stops before impact and that is the approach ST Robotics has taken," states President and CEO of ST Robotics David Sands.