Demo Software To Visualize, Calibrate and Process Kinect Cameras Output

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      

Freescale Adds Controller and Peripheral Modules and Full Kits to Tower System Development Platform

Fifteen additions to modular tool lineup, including modules featuring Kinetis and ColdFire+ microcontrollers, support rapid prototyping and help reduce time to market

MossRehab First in the U.S. to Offer Therapeutic Use of ReWalk Device

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 Robotic Interoperability Breakthrough

AMREL recently demonstrated an important breakthrough in interoperability for unmanned systems.

Inside The Innards of a Nuclear Reactor

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. 

DELTA TAU: POWER PMAC - Motion Control Innovation

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

Top Ten Robot Limbs

MAKE Magazine has a selection of ten of the most interesting robotic limbs from the archives. Including a robot sorts over 400 pancakes per minute.

A New Cast of Makers Will Converge on The Henry Ford for Maker Faire Detroit 2011, July 30-31

On July 30 and 31, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan will be the place to visit when Maker Faire Detroit returns to Henry Ford Museum for two days of unconventional imagination and stunning ingenuity.

Rapidly Growing Robotics Startup Rep Invariant Systems, Inc. Rebrands as Jaybridge Robotics

Rep Invariant Systems, Inc., a rapidly growing robotics software company, today announced that it has changed its name to Jaybridge Robotics. The Cambridge, Massachusetts company, identified by Mass High Tech as one of "Five You Should Follow," offers leading expertise in autonomous vehicle motion, navigation, perception and systems integration.

PPT Vision adds JAI cameras to enhance M-Series embedded machine-vision line

Industrial machine-vision camera manufacturers JAI (San Jose, CA, USA) and PPT Vision (Bloomington, MN, USA) have announced that JAI's CM-140GE-UV ultraviolet (UV) camera and CM-030GE-RH remote-head camera models will be incorporated into PPT's M-Series embedded machine-vision system lineup.

Bilibot: A $1200 Dollar Robot Built Around The Microsoft Kinect Sensor

The Bilibot Project started at MIT through the exploration of what could be done with the new Microsoft Kinect sensor. Besides being a great sensor for gesture technology, the Kinect is a powerful robotic sensor - so much so that robotics laboratories at universities across the world are replacing their $5000 sensors with the $150 Kinect! The Bilibot project takes advantage of this new technological breakthrough to provide a research quality robot at a hobby robot's price.   For $1,200.00 you get: an iRobot Create a Kinect (modified to run off of a battery) a computer running all the nessecary open source software a small robot arm that uses geared motors, and can lift objects weighting up to 3 lbs and all the mounting hardware, , wiring and electronics needed to put it all together.   They also have a promotion where they'll send you back $350 if you buy a BiliBot and program it to do something new and interesting and make the source available to the rest of the BiliBot community.   The current batch of Bilibots are sold out but the next batch will be available in September.

Sensitive Gripper with Integrated Web Server

With the WSG 50, SCHUNK is now able to offer a sensitive gripper that can be controlled via Ethernet TCP/IP in addition to Profibus DP. It also has an integrated Web server for configuration and diagnostics that makes programming, putting it into operation, remote maintenance, and updating, simple.

SmartReflect - as Reliable as a Light Barrier, as Straightforward as a Diffuse Sensor

Baumer introduces photoelectric sensors with the new SmartReflect principle for absolutely reliable object detection. These light barriers create a closed light beam between the sensor and machine part. A separate reflector is unnecessary, reducing operating costs and increasing process safety. SmartReflect light barriers recognize objects of any kind.

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