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New Programmable 2 x150A DC Motor Controller from Roboteq
09/27/10 —   Roboteq Inc. has introduced an intelligent controller capable of driving two DC motors up to 150 amps each at up to 50V. The HDC2450 is targeted at designers of mobile robots, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), or any other high-power, motor-control application. The controller accepts commands from analog joystick, standard…

robotSim Pro Now Included in LabVIEW Robotics 2010
09/12/10 —   robotSim Pro, from Cogmation Robotics Inc., is a 3D physics-enabled robotic simulator designed to streamline the design and testing of robotic control programs, algorithms, and behaviors. robotSim Pro is now included in National Instruments’ LabVIEW Robotics 2010. The National Instruments’ robotic advisory group identified robotic simulation as a requirement…

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Announces New Online Prototype Ordering for 24 Hour Shipment
08/23/10 — All of the major product groups are offered on line including hybrid and canstack linear actuators, precision lead screw assemblies, RGS and LRS linear rail systems, ScrewRail linear actuators, and drives. Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Inc., a premier manufacturer of engineered linear motion products, introduces the Haydon Kerk Engineering Development…

Boston-Power’s Swing Battery Selected for NASA’s Humanoid Robot Project
08/23/10 — Company’s Swing batteries will provide power for Robonaut 2, a dexterous, humanoid robot designed to work alongside humans as a robotic assistant. Boston-Power, Inc., a provider of next-generation lithium-ion batteries, announced that its award-winning Swing battery system has been selected by NASA as a part of Project M – a…

Velodyne Introduces HDL-32E LiDAR Sensor
08/21/10 — The HDL-32E is a small, light, and competitively priced next generation product designed to meet the explosive demand for autonomous navigation and 3D mobile mapping applications Velodyne Lidar, Inc., a manufacturer of high definition LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors, announced the introduction of the HDL-32E to meet the demand…

MapleSim Used to Develop a Robotic Space Rover Model
08/11/10 — Advanced physical modeling tool from Maplesoft was key for the rapid development of a high fidelity, multi-domain model of robotic space rover for the Canadian Space Agency. Unmanned planetary exploration is a focus for many space research agencies worldwide today. To do this successfully, advanced autonomous robotic rovers are needed.…

NI LabVIEW 2010 Optimizes Compiler for Faster Code Execution
08/09/10 — National Instruments also includes LabVIEW add-on developer program to expand the platform with new functionality and to new applications. National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced LabVIEW 2010, the latest version of the graphical programming environment for design, test, measurement and control applications. LabVIEW 2010 delivers time savings with new features such…

Intelligent Motor Controller Targets Small Electric Vehicles and Robotics
08/05/10 — Roboteq, a developer of motion controllers for mobile robots, has released the BL1650, a smart 7.5KW brushless DC motor controller designed for small electric vehicles and mobile robots that features intelligent current sensing. Roboteq, Inc. (http://www.roboteq.com) introduced an intelligent controller capable of directly driving a brushless DC up to 150Amps…

VIA Takes Advanced 64-Bit Computing to the Factory Floor
06/29/10 — The VIA EPIA-M840 Mini-ITX board, which sports the latest 64-bit VIA Nano E-Series processor, is designed for a range of embedded device designs including advanced industrial and factory management applications. VIA Technologies, Inc, a producer of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced it latest Mini-ITX board, the VIA EPIA-M840,…

Yost Engineering Announces New Line of Low Cost Attitude Heading Reference Systems
06/27/10 — A new family of Attitude Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) from Yost Engineering, the low-cost, compact YEI 3-Space Sensors, are now available at under $150. The YEI 3-Space Sensor family provides a reliable, high-accuracy, low-cost, small-size solution to movement and orientation challenges. The YEI 3-Space Sensor utilizes on-board processing and filtering…

TYZX Introduces G3 PersonTrack QuickStart Kit
06/22/10 — Kit for developing and deploying precise, high-performance person-tracking applications features two TYZX DeepSea G3 Embedded Vision Systems, ethernet cables, and a gigabit PoE network switch that delivers power and communication to up to seven TYZX G3 EVS systems. TYZX, a 3D vision technology company, announced the availability of the TYZX…

STMicroelectronics’ Newest 3-Axis Accelerometer is Stingy with Power
06/22/10 — Embedded features include click and double-click recognition, 4D/6D orientation detection, the power-saving sleep-to-wake-up mode and a programmable FIFO memory block for smarter power management. STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a supplier of MEMS for consumer and portable applications, has extended its motion-sensor portfolio with a 3-axis digital-output accelerometer that combines a drastically…

RE2 Awarded Semi-Autonomous Manipulation System SBIR
05/28/10 — During Phase 1 of award, the company is to design semi-autonomous manipulation system consisting of a dexterous manipulator, intelligent end-effectors, a single camera-based visual tracking system, and intuitive graphical and speech command user interfaces. RE2, Inc., a leading developer of intelligent modular manipulation systems, announced today that it has been…

The Urbi Robotic Software Platform Goes Open Source
05/07/10 — Gostai makes source code for advanced robotics operating system available under Affero GNU GPL v3 license.  It is available for immediate download and use from Gostai’s website. Gostai, the editor of innovative software for robotics & AI, announced that its core Urbi technology is opening its code base to the…

GE’s XMC Module Is Suited For Video Streaming From Unmanned Vehicles
04/28/10 — Rugged ICS-8580 uses advanced technology to ease integration, minimize program risk and cost when adopting new video standards in embedded systems. GE Intelligent Platforms today announced the ICS-8580 Rugged Video Streaming XMC, a powerful, compact, easy to use and flexible answer to the problem of capturing, compressing and delivering video.…

TACO Project Innovating 3D Sensing Systems
04/21/10 — The TACO project, co-financed by the European Commission under EU Framework Programme, is developing a 3D sensor that will enable robots to observe their environment in a more natural and human-like manner. The TACO project, which started in February 2010, will make it possible to apply current robots in more…

INTRA Groupe Selects Wind River for Radioactive Cleanup Robots
04/21/10 — INTRA Groupe’s new family of rugged, real-time remote controlled radioactive cleanup robots to standardize on Wind River’s VxWorks, the world’s leading commercial real-time operating system. Wind River announced that the France-based Group of Robotic Intervention on Accidents (INTRA) has selected VxWorks for its new family of radioactive cleanup robots, called…

Sarnoff Launches Acadia II Vision Processor
04/06/10 — Low power and small size of Sarnoff’s ARM11 MPCore based Acadia II system-on-a-chip provides real-time contrast enhancement, stabilization, multi-sensor fusion, and tracking, making it ideal for unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. Sarnoff Corporation launched Acadia II, a powerful system-on-a-chip (SoC) with real-time, portable, and low power consumption for vision processing…




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