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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Microscan introduces the AutoVISION™ family of machine vision products. The product line includes the Vision HAWK and Vision MINI smart cameras, as well as the new AutoVISION™ machine vision software interface.
Kinect RGBDemo and the Nestk Library by Nicolas Burrus aim at providing a simple toolkit to start playing with Kinect data and develop standalone computer vision programs without the hassle of integrating existing libraries. The 0.6 release includes two new demos, an interactive program to calibrate multiple RGBD cameras, and a one shot 3D model acquisition of objects lying on a table based on PCL table top detector. Current features include: Grab kinect images and visualize / replay them Support for libfreenect and OpenNI/Nite backends Extract skeleton data / hand point position (Nite backend) Integration with OpenCV and PCL Multiple Kinect support and calibration Calibrate the camera to get point clouds in metric space (libfreenect) Export to meshlab/blender using .ply files Demo of 3D scene reconstruction using a freehand Kinect Demo of people detection and localization Demo of gesture recognition and skeleton tracking using Nite Demo of 3D model estimation of objects lying on a table (based on PCL table top object detector) Demo of multiple kinect calibration Linux, MacOSX and Windows support
Fifteen additions to modular tool lineup, including modules featuring Kinetis and ColdFire+ microcontrollers, support rapid prototyping and help reduce time to market
In a groundbreaking move, MossRehab, one of the nations leading rehabilitation centers, will be the first facility in the country to offer ReWalk™ - I, an institutional version of ReWalk™, the only motorized exoskeleton that is approved by the FDA to be used in a rehabilitation setting under the supervision of healthcare professionals.
AMREL recently demonstrated an important breakthrough in interoperability for unmanned systems.
The robotic inspector looks like nothing more than a small metallic cannonball. There are no propellers or rudders, or any obvious mechanism on its surface to power the robot through an underwater environment. A robot outfitted with external thrusters or propellers would easily lodge in a reactor’s intricate structures, including sensor probes, networks of pipes and joints. As the robot navigates a pipe system, the onboard camera takes images along the pipe’s interior. The original plan was to retrieve the robot and examine the images afterward. But now the MIT project director and his students are working to equip the robot with wireless underwater communications, using laser optics to transmit images in real time across distances of up to 100 meters.
Controlling the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope
iRobot and InTouch Health Announce Agreement To Explore Potential Opportunities in Healthcare Market
iRobot Corp. and InTouch Health, announced the signing of a joint development and licensing agreement to explore potential opportunities for healthcare applications.
Energid Technologies assists Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in development of next-generation robot for nuclear power plant heat exchanger tube inspection
Robotic Hardware Integration Test Successfully Completed
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