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Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Releases New IDEA Drive
03/08/10 — Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions has introduced the Haydon RoHS compliant IDEA programmable stepper motor drive.  The IDEA Drive is a compact, easy-to-use electronic drive and fully programmable control unit with a patent pending graphic user interface.  Programming the drive is through the use of on-screen buttons instead of complicated command…

TIGAL Launches VRbot Voice Recognition Module
03/08/10 — Low cost voice recognition module provides users with 26 built-in speaker independent commands that allow basic control of robot movement straight out-of-the-box. The VRbot is a is a tiny, low cost voice recognition module designed to easily add versatile voice command functionality to robots and many additional applications where voice…

ZigBee Offers Downloads of Wireless Standards
03/04/10 — ZigBee Alliance makes public latest incarnations of ZigBee Home Automation standard for control for home appliances, power outlets, motorized devices, doorbells, mechanized window shades, security, and other devices.  ZigBee Remote Control standard also available. The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies, creating wireless solutions for use in energy management,…

AlumiFuel Power Announces Update of Its Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Initiatives
03/02/10 — Developer of on-demand hydrogen gas fuel sources begins advanced design work on a prototype steam generator for Navy UUV applications where exothermic reaction between water and aluminum is used to superheat steam to drive a turbine providing underwater propulsion. Early production stage hydrogen generation company AlumiFuel Power, Inc. (“API”), the…

MIT Commissions Peratech Limited to Develop Next Generation Tactile Robotic Skin
02/22/10 — Peratech’s Quantum Tunnelling Composites technology, composed of electro-active polymeric materials made from metallic or non-metallic filler particles combined in an elastomeric binder, is already employed in NASA’s Robonaut and Shadow Robot’s Shadow Dexterous Hand.  A new research project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is designed to enable a human…

RoweBots Releases Ultra-Tiny Embedded-Linux RTOS for Renesas Technology’s SH-2A Microcontrollers
02/19/10 — RoweBots’ ultra-tiny, embedded Linux- and POSIX-compatible RTOSs open Renesas Technology Corp.’s SH-2A microcontroller (MCU) family to Linux- and POSIX-compatible development for the first time. RoweBots Research, Inc., a supplier of tiny embedded POSIX RTOS products, announced the launch and release of Unison Version 5 and the open-source version of Unison…

JAUS Toolkit Trial Now Available with National Instruments’ LabVIEW Robotics Software
02/03/10 — National Instruments’ LabVIEW Robotics 2009 graphical programming environment to contain an evaluation version of TORC Technologies’ JAUS Toolkit, which supports the DoD-mandated Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) SAE standard for messaging between elements of unmanned systems. TORC, a provider of robotics technologies for unmanned and autonomous vehicles, has announced…

CoroWare Expands Business in Asia With New Distributor
01/29/10 — Developer of CoroBot and Explorer robotic platforms expands into the Asia-Pacific region with partnership with Malaysian distributer. CoroWare Technologies, a subsidiary of CoroWare, Inc. (OTCBB:COWI), announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with Malaysia-based technology provider Megah Suria Sdn. Bhd. Beginning January 4, 2010, Megah Suria added CoroWare’s CoroBot…

Hokuyo URG LIDAR Drivers Integrated into National Instruments LabVIEW Robotics Software
01/19/10 — NI’s newly released LabVIEW Robotics 2009 software, used to design and prototype sophisticated robotics control systems, now includes drivers for Hokuyo’s URG family of compact laser range finders. Hokuyo Automatic Co., Ltd. announced that National Instruments has integrated drivers for Hokuyo’s URG Laser Range Finders (or known as LIDAR) as…

PMD Enhances Its Prodigy Family of Motion Cards With New Features and Peripherals
01/14/10 — User accessible on-board non-volatile memory (NVRAM) and the IM600 Interconnect Module, which that simplifies the process of connecting various motion peripherals, are the newest additions to PMD’s Prodigy Motion Control Cards. Performance Motion Devices, Inc. (PMD) has enhanced its Prodigy family of motion control cards with new features and peripherals.…

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,…




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