U.S. Army Selects Lockheed Martin's SMSS Autonomous Vehicle for Afghanistan Deployment

The U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force, through the Robotics Technology Consortium, selected the Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) to deploy to Afghanistan for a first-of-its-kind military assessment. SMSS will deploy as the winner of the Project Workhorse Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) competition sponsored by the Army.

MOTOMAN ROBOTICS INTRODUCES NEW 3D RECOGNITION VISION SOLUTION

MotoSight 3D CortexVision, simplifies the use of 3D vision in robotic guidance applications. This powerful vision solution functions very similar to the human visual process. It is ideal for machine loading, product sortation and welding applications.

3D Visual Inspection System

AV&R Vision & Robotics is proud to announce a collaborative research and development agreement with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) for the technological transfer of a non-contact three-dimension (3D) measurement system that will answer the rigorous needs of AV&Rs customers in terms of precision and speed.

RMT Robotics Launches New Case and Crate Picking Solutions for the Dairy Industry

Systems will help dairy producers improve profitability by streamlining operations, lowering costs

TestPlant updates industry-leading robotic test tool, eggPlant, with optical character recognition (OCR) and support for Mac OS X Lion

Leading GUI and screen test automation tool adds greater efficiency and additional intelligent features in v11

Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robotics Podcast

Per Sjöborg has a series of audio interviews with leading researchers and thinkers in the field self-reconfiguring modular robotics. On his website Flexibility Envelope he describes the field of self-reconfiguring modular robotics as the joining two elements: The first part is Modular robotics. This is a branch of robotics that aims to build complex systems with simple components. A bit like Lego,simple pieces are,by cooperating,capable of building complex objects. The Second part is Self-reorganization to make the units able to move among each other on their own accord and thus reconfigure themselves from one task to another without human intervention. This also allows the system created to be active and dynamic. His audio interviews can be found on here  and are a great listen.

RobotWorx Partners with In-House Solutions Inc.

Robot integrator RobotWorx and Robotmaster software distributor In-House Solutions Inc. are working together to provide customers with the best solutions to challenging applications.

Servos, Motors, and Actuators Driving Robotic Components Market Towards a Healthy $2.4 Billion in 2016, According to ABI Research

Servos, motors, and actuators will show significantly higher growth rates than the overall robot market, due to the increasing complexity of robots. ABI Research forecasts robotic component revenues to exceed $2.36 billion in 2016, in a total robotics market of some $22 billion.

New Programmable Rotary Position Sensors

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Vert-X 22E Series of programmable touchless rotary sensors. These sensors use a magnetic pick up that is secured to the rotating object, so that there is no direct mechanical linkage between the shaft and the measuring system, and therefore no wear.

An In-Depth Customer Look At The Cubelets KT01 Construction Kit

Birgus Latro has posted a write up and several videos looking at the Cubelets KT01 Construction Kit from Modular Robotics . This is the first production run of the Cublets and was limited to just 100 kits. Cublets are a modular robotics kit that consists of 20 magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. Each cubelet in the kit has different equipment on board and a different default behavior. There are Sense Blocks that act like our eyes and ears; they can sense light, temperature, and how far they are away from other objects.

Proximity Probe with Rear and Side View Target Protection

Condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS have added a new option to their established range of proximity probes which virtually eliminates the detrimental effects on measurements caused by both side and rear targets. The PRSVBeam proximity probe has an innovative tip design which overcomes the problems associated with traditional probe designs, such as poor accuracy, system non-linearities and extended set-up time.

A Multi Axis Motor Control EPOS2 36/2 Motherboard

Operating as standalone controller or integrated into final product as sub-board, EPOS2 36/2 Motherboard features snap-apart construction with 11 nodes connected via CAN-Open, allowing multi-axis customization on single board. Two digital inputs and 1 digital output are mapped on board with additional I/O expansion module as option. In addition to motor speed, torque, and position control, EPOS2 36/2 is capable of synchronously running coordinated multi-axis path dictated by interpolating points.

MoNETA: A Mind Made from Memristors

IEEE Spectrum has an article by Dr Massimiliano Versace about a memristor-based approach to AI that consists of a chip that mimics how neurons process information. Researchers have suspected for decades that real artificial intelligence can't be done on traditional hardware, with its rigid adherence to Boolean logic and vast separation between memory and processing. But that knowledge was of little use until about two years ago, when HP built a new class of electronic device called a memristor. Before the memristor, it would have been impossible to create something with the form factor of a brain, the low power requirements, and the instantaneous internal communications. Turns out that those three things are key to making anything that resembles the brain and thus can be trained and coaxed to behave like a brain. In this case, form is function, or more accurately, function is hopeless without form. Basically, memristors are small enough, cheap enough, and efficient enough to fill the bill. Perhaps most important, they have key characteristics that resemble those of synapses. That's why they will be a crucial enabler of an artificial intelligence worthy of the term.

Multi-Axis Joint Modules suit lightweight applications.

Igus' "robolink" successfully tested in 100 beta applications

Hansen Medical Receives CE Mark for Its Magellan(TM) Robotic System for Peripheral Vascular Interventions

Company to Commence Initial Launch in Europe

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REIKU's Cable Saver™ - The Most Versatile Modular Robotic Cable Management Solution

REIKU's Cable Saver™ - The Most Versatile Modular Robotic Cable Management Solution

REIKU's Cable Saver™ Solution eliminates downtime, loss of revenue, expensive cable and hose replacement costs, maintenance labour costs. It's available in three sizes 36, 52 and 70 mm. All of the robots cables and hoses are protected when routed through the Cable Saver™ corrugated tubing. The Cable Saver™ uses a spring retraction system housed inside the Energy Tube™ to keep this service loop out of harms way in safe location at the rear of the Robot when not required. The Cable Saver™ is a COMPLETE solution for any make or model of robot. It installs quickly-on either side of the robot and has been tested to resist over 15 million repetitive cycles.