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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…

Draper Funds $1M for Next Giant Leap’s Moon Lander
01/27/11 —   Draper Laboratory, an independent, not-for-profit research and development organization, has committed more than $1 million from its internal R&D program to fund the design and development of a guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) system test bed for use in Next Giant Leap’s commercial lunar mission. “A critical component of…

Beaming Rockets Into Space
01/23/11 —   Space launches have evoked the same image for decades: bright orange flames exploding beneath a rocket as it lifts, hovers and takes off into the sky. But an alternative propulsion system proposed by some researchers could change that vision. Instead of explosive chemical reactions on-board a rocket, the new…

Roboteq Publishes Free WiFi Robot Platform
12/29/10 —   Roboteq Inc., which develops motor controllers for the mobile robotics industry, has published a WiFi robot design platform featuring the company’s AX3500 DC motor controller and an Intel Atom processor-based Mini-ITX mainboard.  The robot is a battery-operated, four-wheel-drive unit that is built around a 1.5 by 2 foot (46cm…

Puck Motor-Drive-Electronics Module Wins U.S. Patent Protection
12/21/10 —   The key innovation underlying Barrett Technology’s Puck drive-electronics module for brushless motors will be awarded a United States Patent today under U.S. Patent No. 7,854,631. According to intellectual property consultancy Vern Maine & Associates, “There are many complex legal and technical requirements that must be fulfilled in order to…

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…




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