Khronos to Create New Open Standard for Computer Vision

Open call for contributions and industry participation in initiative to create acceleration API for computer vision applications and libraries; Working group meetings commencing in January 2012

Maxon's New ESCON 36/2 - A Powerful PWM Servo Controller

Maxon's new ESCON 36/2 DC is a 4-quadrant PWM servo controller for use with DC motors up to 72 Watt. This very fast digital current controller, with enormous bandwidth for optimal motor current/torque control, provides drift-free yet extremely dynamic speed behavior through a speed range of 1 to 150,000 rpm.

Galil's New DMC-300xx Pocket Motion Controller is Smart, Compact and Low Cost

Galil Motion Control, an industry leader in motion control technology, is announcing the DMC-300xx Pocket Motion Controller Series, their latest generation, single-axis Ethernet motion controller. It combines a high performance motion controller and a 800Watt sine drive in a low cost, compact 3.9 in. x 5.0 in. x 1.5 in. package. The DMC-300xx is also available as a controller-only model which can be connected to a stepper or servo motor amplifier of any power range.

Aldebaran Robotics Updates Their NAO Robot

Aldebaran Robotics just released a promo video for their next NAO robot. The new model includes 2 cameras, 4 microphones, sonar rangefinder, 2 IR emitters and receivers, 1 inertial board, 9 tactile sensors, and 8 pressure sensors. NAOqi, their proprietary embedded software, provides functionality for task such as speech recognition, object recognition, and access to all the sensors. Code development can take place in Windows, Mac OS, or Linux and be called from many languages, including C++, Python, Urbi, and .Net.

Motion Control Market up 19% in 2011.

According to statistics released by MCA, new orders for motion control products are up 19% through third quarter of 2011.

Meggitt introduces 993B-7-M12 triaxial vibration sensor

Meggitt introduces 993B-7-M12 triaxial vibration sensor with removable cable, improved in-band signal fidelity and a 50% increase in dynamic range.

Liquid Robotics Attracts Industry Luminaries to Form Strategic Advisory Board

22-Member Board Includes Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Scott McNealy, Arthur Money & Conrad Lautenbacher

KUKA Robotics Canada Opens New Facility

Modern facility offers customers an opportunity to experience KUKA's latest robotic technology

NAO Next Gen: Aldebaran Robotics Launches a new Generation of its Humanoid Robot

Aldebaran Robotics, the world leader in humanoid robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot - NAO Next Gen. The power of NAO Next Gen, the new fully programmable humanoid robot that has the most extensive worldwide use, is opening up new perspectives and fields of application for its users.

RMT Robotics Announces Sale of Robotic Green Tire Handling System

RMT Robotics is pleased to announce the sale of a robotic green tire handling and press delivery system to a major global tire manufacturer. The equipment will be implemented at the customer's production facility in the U.S. and will be installed and operational by the end of 2012.

Upgrading to GstarCAD2012, Saving up to 80%

GstarCAD launched a upgrading program as a part of its 20th anniversary celebration and got good response from clients and prospects.

GstarCAD 2012's Unique Functions Speed up Design Work

GstarCAD 2012 unveils its unique functions including Boolean operations on polylines, exporting tables to Excel spreadsheets, and incrementing copied text etc. to minimize repetitive tasks, and greatly improve the efficiency of GstarCAD 2012 customers.

INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY 2012 TO SHOWCASE INTELLIGENT AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY TECHNOLOGIES AT HANNOVER MESSE

U.S. Pavilion in Hall 5 Will House Industrial Subcontractors and Job Shops

Micro-expression Detection Software

Humans are good at recognizing full facial expressions which present a rich source of affective information. However, psychological studies have shown that affect also manifests itself as micro-expressions. These are very rapid 1/3 to 1/25 second involuntary facial expressions which give a brief glimpse to feelings that people undergo but try not to express. Researchers at Oxford University and Oulu University are developing software that can recognize these ‘micro-expressions’. The initial experiments do indicate that the approach can distinguish deceptive from truthful micro-expressions, but further experiments need to be conducted to confirm it. The full paper is available here .

FIPA introduces lightweight suction fingers and angle arms

FIPA introduces lightweight suction fingers and angle arms. Structurally optimized light-weight, modular, adjustable suction fingers weigh up to 50% less than their predecessors.

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air - Flexible and Intelligent

Schmalz Technology Development - Vacuum Generation without Compressed Air - Flexible and Intelligent

• Vacuum generation that's 100% electrical; • Integrated intelligence for energy and process control; • Extensive communication options through IO-Link interface; Schmalz already offers a large range of solutions that can optimize handling process from single components such as vacuum generators to complete gripping systems. Particularly when used in autonomous warehouse, conventional vacuum generation with compressed air reaches its limits. Compressed air often is unavailable in warehouses. Schmalz therefore is introducing a new technology development: a gripper with vacuum generation that does not use compressed air. The vacuum is generated 100% electrically. This makes the gripper both energy efficient and mobile. At the same time, warehouses need systems with integrated intelligence to deliver information and learn. This enables the use of mobile and self-sufficient robots, which pick production order at various locations in the warehouse. Furthermore, Schmalz provides various modular connection options from its wide range of end effectors in order to handle different products reliably and safely.