Karotz, the new robot rabbit now available

Aldebaran Robotics, the specialist in robotics which has already marketed more than 2000 NAO humanoid robots in four corners of the planet in the most prestigious universities and laboratories, now opens a consumer department and is marketing through the brand Violet, Karotz, a multipurpose companion connected to the internet.

Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman

Ideas in Action is a weekly PBS program hosted by Jim Glassman. A recent episode focused on the future of the American economy and the role of intelligent computers and robots will play. His two guests were Martin Ford, author of "The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future" and Dr. Robin Hanson, Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. The entire episode is available here .

ABB to acquire Powercorp in Australia

ABB will acquire Powercorp, an Australian renewable power automation company. This acquisition strengthens ABB's portfolio of control technologies used to manage the integration of renewable energy sources.

Haydon Kerk Introduces PCM7539X Stepper Motor Controller

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions introduced the PCM7539X IDEA programmable stepper motor drive capable of a 75VDC input voltage and a max output current of 3.85A RMS.

KUKA Robotics Corporation Debuts New Technologies at FABTECH 2011

Discover the latest in welding technology from KUKA Robotics in booth #6339 at FABTECH Chicago, IL November 14-17th, 2011

Roomba Co-inventor Announces New Robot

Joe Jones, a co-inventor of iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaning robot left iRobot to found  Harvest Automation along with three other industry veterans. Their first product is a small wheeled robot that picks up potted plants and move them from place to place. For nurseries that grow or distribute ornamental plants these task are labor intensive and the growing demand makes finding the human labor required difficult. The robot is being tested now in a few nurseries and Wired has a more detailed article here .

Gstarsoft Highlights New Dynamic Block Editor in GstarCAD 2012

The dynamic block in the upcoming GstarCAD 2012 adds flexibility and intelligence to symbols.

Advanced Motion Controls announces DZE & DZS servo drives

ADVANCED Motion Controls releases DZE & DZS series of servo drives for EtherCAT enabled control networks. These products not only provide precise motion but also at reduced cost when applied in a multiple networked axes system.

DoD Envisions Further Investments for Fielding Warfighter Technologies: Manned & Unmanned Forces

DoD Envisions Further Investments for Fielding New Warfighter Technologies: NDIA Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition Providing Forum for Opportunity to Answer the Question, "What Will it Take to Achieve the Vision?"

Robotiq's Adaptive Gripper Ready for Flexible Fixturing Welding Applications at FABTECH 2011 - Booth #6369

Robotiq is pleased to introduce the Adaptive Gripper and welding glove component for flexible fixturing welding applications at FABTECH 2011. Equipped with a heat and splatter resistant glove, the Adaptive Gripper can pick and position, with great precision, any type of bracket, pipe and irregular shaped part to be welded on an assembly.

Smart Cameras from Vision Components now programmable with Microsoft tools

Image processing expert Vision Components introduces a multi-level approach which considerably facilitates programming for VC's intelligent cameras. All VC machine vision libraries have been revised to run on PCs.

Maxon Release New Pancake Motor Brochure

Maxon have just released their new 24pg Pancake Motor Brochure.

Collective construction

A research project at Harvard aims to demonstrate an autonomous multi-robot systems capable of the construction of 3D structures. The hardware comprises a mobile robot and specialized passive blocks; the robot is able to manipulate blocks to build desired structures, and can maneuver on these structures as well as in unstructured environments. To illustrate the robot’s ability to perform complex tasks combining these functions, they demonstrate it autonomously building a ten-block structure significantly larger than itself. The full paper can be found here .

Robots to Create More Than a Million Jobs by 2016

ROBOTICS will be a major driver for global job creation over the next five years. The announcement is based on a study conducted by the market research firm, Metra Martech, "Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment", which was published on Thursday in Tokyo.

Smile Supplement Robot

From the video its hard to tell what technology is behind this robot but heres the Google translation of the press release: Communication robots for the elderly "Nodding Kabochan SMILE SUPPLEMENT ROBOT" Launched mid-November! Pumpkin is not nodding, communication robots for the elderly in the shape of a little boy. The reaction of five sensors that are built, or nodding, He makes a variety of chat depending on the season. To take advantage of robot technology, the elderly, who also receive care, How to care for, and further engaged in the business who care, safe delivery and a smile will help to improve life.  

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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.