NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design Software

OpenVSP (Vehicle Sketch Pad) is a parametric aircraft geometry tool. OpenVSP allows the user to create a 3D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis. VSP allows even novices to quickly become proficient in defining three-dimensional, watertight aircraft geometry. The predecessors to OpenVSP have been developed by J.R. Gloudemans and others for NASA since the early 1990's. On January 10 2012, OpenVSP was released as an open source project under the NASA Open Source Agreement (NOSA) version 1.3. Windows, Mac or Linux versions are available here . A set of video tutorials can be viewed here .    

RSLogix 5000 Software from Rockwell Automation Empowers New Series of Scalable Control System Offerings for Smaller Applications

New features of Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000 software create a highly intuitive design environment for the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system

HONEYWELL MAKES IT EASY FOR OEMS TO RESEARCH AND BUY THE RIGHT SENSING AND CONTROL COMPONENTS

New Sensing and Control Website Includes Powerful Product Finder and Distributor Inventory Search Features.

Toshiba announces THL SCARA robots

Toshiba Machine announces THL Series of low-cost and lightweight SCARA Robots. The THL Series consists of three SCARA robot models, each uniquely offered at the same price point.

Dansko Selects Kiva Systems to Automate Shoe Distribution to Retail Stores

Mobile-Robotics Selected for 'Ship-to-Store' Efficiency and Accuracy

Advantech Introduces the UNO-4673A IEC 61850-3/IEEE 1613 Compliant Substation Automation Platform

DIY Drones Amateur UAVs

DIY Drones is an excellent community site for amateur unmanned vehicle development. Using Arduino as a foundation they have created the ArduPilotMega universal autopilot autopilot hardware. It combines sophisticated IMU-based autopilot electronics with free Arduino-based autopilot software that can turn any RC vehicle into a fully-autonomous UAV. The software is open source and currently has three variations: Arduplane, for any fixed-wing aircraft, Arducopter, for any rotary-wing aircraft, and ArduRover, for any ground or water-based vehicle. The site has an active forum as well as a store where you can purchase all the ArduPilot Mega Controller, other Arduino hardware or complete Drone kits.

CSWorks introduces protocol connectivity for Modbus devices

CSWorks Inc. announced today that the latest release of its HMI/SCADA/M2M software framework expands its customer reach by including Modbus to the list of supported protocols

Point Grey Launches High Definition 2.8 Megapixel FireWire Camera, Sets New Standard for CCD Sensitivity

Point Grey, a world leader in advanced digital imaging products, today announced the addition of new 2.8 megapixel models to its Grasshopper Express IEEE 1394b (FireWire-b) digital cameras series.

TORC Robotics to Tackle High-Speed Autonomous Vehicle Navigation Challenges

Cross-platform software and sensor payload to enable autonomous vehicle operations up to 100 KPH by significantly increasing high-speed obstacle detection range.

STMicroelectronic's iNEMO Body-motion Suit

STMicroelectronics has unveiled a smart suit prototype with sewn-in new multi-sensor ST iNEMO® motion co-processor that recognize complex movements of the wearer’s body and translate them to a digital model with outstanding precision and speed. The current-generation prototype of ST’s body-motion reconstruction suit demonstrates the optimal performance of the miniaturized iNEMO multi-sensor nodes attached on each arm, forearm, thigh, calf, and two on the back; additional nodes can be mounted on hands, on shoes or on the head. Tests with realistic, complex human body motions have proven the outstanding precision and speed of ST’s body-motion reconstruction suit, with deviation in spatial accuracy below 0.5 degrees during movements and the time needed to process and apply the sensor data to the skeleton model less than 15 milliseconds.

Rockwell Automation introduces On-Machine Motor Controller

Rockwell Automation introduces On-Machine Motor Controller. Machine builders can now offer customers a compact distributed motor controller that easily installs on the machine without an enclosure, and quickly connects to the enterprise network, thanks to the new family of Allen-Bradley ArmorStart LT distributed motor controllers from Rockwell Automation.

Advantech introduces Low Power Embedded Automation Computers

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces two new Embedded Automation Computers, the UNO-3072A and UNO-3074A with Intel Atom D510 processor.

EPSON Robots updates RC+ software

EPSON Robots introduces version 5.4 of EPSON RC+ 5.0, a development environment now featuring the EPSON RC+ Simulator.

Study Finds Robots Inspire New Learning and Creativity Possibilities for Kids

According to a new Latitude study, Robots @ School, robots are helping to reveal a potential shift in kids' social and learning psychologies, suggesting new opportunities for educators and technologists to better address common hurdles children encounter in the learning process to inspire self-direction and creative risk-taking and to enhance kids' experiences with technology more broadly.

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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.