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Thought Leader Interview: Mario Tremblay
07/05/11 —   Mario Tremblay came to the robotics field after spending six years in the Canadian Special Forces as an airborne soldier and combat engineer. In 1998, he left the military to resume civilian life and to further his education in robotics at École des Technologies Supérieures in Montreal.  In 2003, at age…

Self-Driving Cars Legal in Nevada
06/27/11 —   Nevada has always been a state that marches to its own drummer, being the first state in the country to legalize gambling and the only state to have legalized prostitution. Now it can add to its roster of firsts that it is the first state to allow self-driving autonomous…

CMU and Astrobotic Technology Complete Structural Assembly of Lunar Lander
06/21/11 —   Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University researchers have completed structural assembly of the lunar landing craft that will deliver the Red Rover robot to the Moon in 2014. Weighing in at half a ton, the aluminum structure will now be shipped to Boeing Co. facilities in El Segundo,…

Kinect SDK Beta Release Pushes Microsoft Back into Robotics
06/17/11 —   It's been a while since we've heard Microsoft and robotics used in the same sentence. Once a leader in robotics development, with longtime Microsoft employee Tandy Trower at the helm, Microsoft launched its Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 1.0 in 2006. In November 2009, seeing the opportunities in the future…

NASA Requires Source Code from Robot Challenge Entrants
06/09/11 —   Draft rules for the new NASA Centennial Challenge—created to develop robots, processes, and technologies that could be implemented in a lunar or Martian environment—were posted on the website of Worcester, Mass.-based Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the allied organization, on May 27. The rules will be open for comment until…

UK Robotic Space Plane Advances
05/25/11 — The UK Space Agency’s report on the SKYLON technical assessment, for which the European Space Agency (ESA) was commissioned, has concluded that it could not find anything that would prevent successful continued development of SKYLON and agreed with objectives of the proposed next stage of the development program. SKYLON is…

iRobot Running Android Applications on Its Ava Mobile Robotics Platform
05/11/11 — iRobot Corp. announced that it has teamed with Google Inc. to create Android applications for the iRobot Ava mobile robotics platform. These applications are being demonstrated at the Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco, Calif. “Ava is the first app-ready robot,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot.…

iRobot Supports RoboBusiness Leadership Summit as Founding Sponsor
05/04/11 —   Robotics Trends is proud to announce iRobot Corp. (IRBT) as Founding Sponsor of the 7th annual RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, an industry-vital, executive-level conference, designed specifically to serve as a catalyst for commercial development of the robotics marketplace. The conference and exposition will be held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts on…

Robotics Seminar Planned in Cambridge Next Week
05/04/11 — The Mass Technology Leadership Council, MassTLC Robotics Cluster plans to explore new ways robots are enabling companies to compete globally, revolutionize their businesses, and meet the needs of new markets. The discussion will take place May 10th from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center,…

Adaptive Gripper Extends Robot Application Opportunities
05/02/11 — Continued Growth in the Robotics Industry It’s an exciting era for robotics, which took its early start in factories and the automotive world. Over time, the use of robots for automation of tasks has expanded into a wide range of industries in both service and industrial environments. Key economic drivers…

RobotShop Launches Accelerator
04/21/11 —   RobotShop Distribution, Inc. has launched a Technological Accelerator to help inventors and developers more rapidly commercialize their products. With a presence in Canada, Europe, and the United States, RobotShop is a leading distribution marketplace for personal, professional, and educational robotic technology, representing over 200 manufacturers. “We have been receiving…

Providing Customers with Cost Effective, Highly Integrated Sensors to Aid in Navigation Applications
04/08/11 — A common hurdle for customers looking for navigation solutions is the relatively high cost of very precise inertial navigation units. MicroStrain provides a step in overcoming this barrier. By combining one of the smallest and lightest attitude heading reference system (AHRS) on the market with an onboard GPS receiver, exceptional…

ABB Robotics: From the Factory Floor to the Stage
03/22/11 —   ABB Robotics, a leading provider of industrial robots with more than 190,000 installations worldwide, has cemented its relationship with Andy Flessas, following his creation of the RoboScreen used by singer Jon Bon Jovi for two worldwide concert tours. Flessas, also known as “Andy Robot,” programmed five ABB IRB 7600…

Universal Robotics Releases Spatial Vision 2.0
03/16/11 —   Universal Robotics, Inc. has launched version 2.0 of its 3D vision software, Spatial Vision. The product, which turns a pair of webcams into a cost-efficient and accurate 3D vision system, now includes enhanced accuracy tools, support for new cameras, and improved user interfaces. Spatial Vision 2.0 can be deployed…

AeroVironment’s Hummingbird-Like Aircraft Meets Benchmark Standards
02/25/11 —   Ever watch a hummingbird suspend its body in mid-air with the rapid flapping of its tiny wings? AeroVironment Inc. has certainly seen it. In fact, the company was successful this month in replicating those movements. AeroVironment has a full portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems. Its announcement of a hummingbird-like…

Airship Program Completes Critical Design Review
02/07/11 —   Six months after signing the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) agreement with the U.S. Army to build three airships with 21-day persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, Northrop Grumman’s LEMV program team has completed its Critical Design Review (CDR). This is the fourth major milestone achieved by the…

Challenge: Complexity, Reliability, High Torque; Solution: 22mm BX4 Series Brushless DC Servomotor
02/01/11 — MICROMO introduces an addition to its FAULHABER BX4 range of four-pole brushless DC servomotors with the introduction of the series 2232/2250 BX4 CSD/CCD, the world’s most compact drive with an integrated motion controller. This new series combines all the advantages of the BX4 four-pole brushless technology with a single-axis motion…

Blind Man to Take to the Road at Daytona International Speedway
01/28/11 —   The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced that Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, will be the first blind individual to drive a street vehicle in public, as part of a demonstration scheduled during pre-race activities leading up…




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