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Velodyne Lidar Expands Global Reseller Network
01/11/10 — Manufacturer of high definition 3-D lidar sensors now has distributor offices in Germany, China, Israel, South Korea and the UK. Velodyne Lidar, Inc., a manufacturer of high definition 3-D lidar sensors, has secured international agreements with five major distributors worldwide to expand marketing for the company’s sensor products.  The extended…

National Instruments Introduces LabVIEW Robotics 2009
01/11/10 — LabVIEW Robotics 2009 can import code from other languages including C/C++, .m files and VHDL, and communicate with a wide variety of sensors using built-in drivers for everything from LIDAR, IR, sonar and GPS devices to dramatically reduce development time allowing engineers and scientists to focus on adding their own…

Silicon Labs Microcontrollers Deliver Industry’s Lowest Active and Sleep Current
12/24/09 — MCUs integrate a efficient dc-to-dc converter designed to operate down to 0.9 V, enabling low-cost battery operation, which supports smaller form factors, reduces system cost and provides an innovative way to extend battery life. Addressing the need for energy efficiency in power-sensitive applications, Silicon Laboratories Inc. (NASDAQ: SLAB), a provider…

STMicroelectronics Combines Linear and Angular Motion Sensing in a Single Device
12/19/09 — By integrating a 3-axis digital accelerometer with a 2-axis analog gyroscope in a single module, the new device improves performance, boosts reliability, reduces size and shrinks cost, for multiple applications in remote controllers, personal navigation systems and other portable devices. STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM),a supplier of MEMS for consumer and portable…

Slam Dunk for Future Smart Robots
12/18/09 — Four universities working under the European Union’s Rawseeds project have developed set of free benchmarking tools that allow roboticists to effectively compare different Simultaneous Localization and Mapping approaches and algorithms against each other for the first time. “What does the world look like?” and “where am I?” are two questions…

TORC Provides Unmanned Industry With Integration-Ready Robotic Ground Vehicle
12/17/09 — The ByWire XGV experimental ground vehicle platform, a JAUS interoperable, drive-by-wire controlled ground vehicle platform that utilizes the Ford Escape Hybrid as the base vehicle, provides jump start for autonomous research and development. TORC Technologies, a developer of robotic technologies for unmanned and autonomous vehicles, is offering unmanned systems researchers,…

ON Semiconductor Launches Miniature Integrated Driver ICs
12/07/09 — ON Semiconductor’s new AMIS-30532 and AMIS-30542 ICs eliminate the need for many external components and feature ultra-miniature NQFP packaging, making them suitable for direct mounting on high current stepper motors and reliable enough for demanding applications such as those in the industrial and automotive arenas. ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), a…

Microchip Technology Releases Tools for Motor Control
12/07/09 — The dsPICDEM MCHV toolset for the development of high-voltage, closed-loop motor control applications, and the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board for creating unipolar and bipolar stepper motor applications, are both designed to ease the development process and reduce development time Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP] announced two new low-cost development systems,…

Four NASA Robots Using RTI Publish-Subscribe Middleware
12/04/09 — NASA’s human-robotic systems communicate using Real-Time Innovations’ publish-subscribe middleware based on the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service for Real-time Systems (DDS) standard. Real-Time Innovations (RTI), providers of real-time middleware, announced that NASA is using RTI middleware to control a fleet of experimental robots. The NASA Human-Robotic Systems Project is…

Neurotechnology Adds Palmprint Identification to MegaMatcher Face, Fingerprint and Iris Capabilities
11/30/09 — Developer of object recognition and biometric identification technologies releases VeriLook 4.0 for biometric facial recognition and MegaMatcher 3.1 for multi-biometric applications. Neurotechnology, a provider of high-precision biometric identification technologies, has released two new upgrades in the company’s core product line: VeriLook 4.0 SDK (Software Development Kit) for facial recognition and…

Wind River Partners With Kontron on Distribution Agreement for VxWorks and Wind River Linux
11/24/09 — Kontron joins Wind River partner validation program to provide tighter hardware and software integration within a software ecosystem. Wind River and Kontron today announced a global, multi-year agreement under which Kontron will distribute Wind River’s VxWorks and Wind River Linux operating systems. This agreement extends a decade-long collaboration, and is…

Bourns Introduces New WEBENCH-Based Tools for Power Supply, LED Driver Design and Inductor Selection
11/17/09 — New version of WEBENCH Designer, a design and prototyping tool, is customized specifically for Bourns and its inductor customers. Bourns, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, announced that the company has introduced the availability of WEBENCH Designer customized specifically for Bourns and its inductor customers.  In cooperation with…

VTI Launches Gyro-Accelerometer Sensors
11/13/09 — The devices combine the company’s 3-axis accelerometer with a near-tactical-grade, 1-axis gyro in a single robust package for high-performance industrial applications. VTI Technologies, a developer of low-g MEMS sensors, has released a new family of gyro-accelerometer combo sensors for high-performance industrial applications. Combining its market leading 3-axis accelerometer with a…

Matrox Imaging Releases GigE Vision Camera for Harsh Environments
11/04/09 — Matrox GatorEye, the newest member of the GigE Vision family of cameras, has an IP67 rating meaning that it is totally protected against dust and protected against the effect of immersion between 15cm and 1m, making it suitable for harsh and demanding manufacturing environments. Matrox Imaging has announced an industrial…

MobileRobots New Build-a-Bot Robotic Base Makes Hospital, Lab & Factory Robots Easy
11/02/09 — MobileRobots new autonomous MT400 “Build-a-Bot” is designed specifically to help integrators and OEMs quickly create service robots for hospitals, factories, labs and offices. MobileRobots Inc (http://www.MobileRobots.com) announced first shipment of its tenth robot model: the new MT400 robotic “build-a-bot” base, powered by Motivity autonomy. MT400 is the first autonomous platform…

Canesta Raises $16 Million
10/21/09 — New strategic investors signal the importance of 3-D natural interfaces to the future of PCs and other consumer devices. A provider of mass-market 3-D image sensors, Canesta, Inc. announced it has raised $16 million in additional capitalization. Joining returning investors Carlyle Growth Partners, Hotung Venture Group, and Venrock are two…

TYZX Introduces the TYZX DeepSea G3 Embedded Vision System for Autonomous Robots
10/05/09 — Small rugged vision system delivers real-time 3D data about shapes and locations to applications for navigation, obstacle avoidance, person-tracking, and more. TYZX, a provider of 3D vision technology company, announced the availability of the TYZX DeepSea G3 Embedded Vision System (EVS), a small, fast, rugged, and smart 3D vision system…

Automotive System-on-a-Chip Enables Precision Ultrasonic Sensing
10/03/09 — Maxim Integrated Products’ newest MAXQ mixed-signal microcontroller provides a compact system-on-a-chip for accurate ultrasonic distance measurements, and adds intelligence to cost-sensitive sensor-conditioning applications. Maxim Integrated Products (NASDAQ: MXIM) introduces the newest member of its MAXQ RISC microcontroller product line: the MAXQ7667 SoC (system-on-chip), mixed-signal microcontroller for ultrasonic sensor applications. A…




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