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iRobot Selects TYZX 3D Vision Systems for Advanced Sensing on Military Robots
08/11/09 — TYZX stereo vision provides depth perception to help unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) avoid obstacles and manipulate sensitive objects. TYZX, the 3D vision technology company, today announced that iRobot Corporation has chosen the TYZX DeepSea G2 Embedded Vision System (EVS) for several military robotics research projects requiring real-time vision and depth-perception.…

Freescale Samples Eight-Core QorIQ P4080 Processor
08/06/09 — Freescale’s new eight core QorIQ P4080 processor scales linearly across multiple enhanced Power Architecture cores. Freescale Semiconductor is now sampling its QorIQ P4080 multicore processor – the flagship member of Freescale’s QorIQ product family and the company’s fourth device now available based on 45-nm process technology for optimal performance and…

Prodigy PCI Programmable Motion Cards with Ethernet Connectivity
07/01/09 — Performance Motion Devices’ Prodigy family of motion cards, well suited for robotic applications, now has board-level C-Motion programming, expanded design flexibility, and extended connectivity options. Performance Motion Devices, Inc. (PMD) has announced the newest addition to its latest advancement in the Prodigy® family of motion cards, the Prodigy/CME PCI card.…

National Instruments and MobileRobots Inc. Collaborate on Robot Foundation Technologies
07/01/09 — National Instruments, a developer of products that assist in the design, prototype and deployment of systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications, partners with MobileRobots, a producer of robot platforms and foundation technology for mobile robots, to deliver solutions that can speed cost-effective service robots to market. National Instruments (Nasdaq:…

CoroWare Introduces the Explorer
06/26/09 — CoroWare Technologies, a subsidiary of CoroWare, Inc. (OTCBB:COWI), today announced availability of the Explorer, an all-terrain robot designed and optimized for conducting R&D into new robotic applications that operate in unstructured, outdoor environments. “Our R&D customers wanted a robot comparable to the CoroBot that could be taken outdoors,” said Jon…

STMicroeletronics Debuts Tiny Gyroscopes for Gaming, Navigation, Other Handheld Units
06/09/09 — STMicroelectronics has introduced a new series of single- and multi-axis gyroscopes designed for micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). The gyroscopes are designed to provide angular-motion detection for electronic units handled by humans, including gaming, remote-pointing, car navigation, camera and other applications. Both the single-axis (yaw only) and two-axis (pitch-and-roll, pitch-and-yaw) gyroscopes support…

RoweBots Ships RTOS Support for TI Stellaris Processors
06/09/09 — Real-time embedded-Linux distributor RoweBots, Inc. has announced the release of a version of its real-time operating system for Texas Instruments Inc.’s Stellaris microcontroller families. Unison, Version 4 for ARM Cortex-M3 processors is an ultra-tiny real-time OS (RTOS) compatible with embedded versions of Linux and POSIX operating systems and the applications…

Ascent Solar Modules to Be Designed into the Development of Hybrid Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
05/31/09 — Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), announced that its state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules will be designed into the development of a hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (H-UAV) called the Silent Sentinel developed by Bye Aerospace, Inc. The H-UAV will be designed primarily for military use; however, its capabilities will also include…

Laser-Ranging System Provides Precision to the Nanometer
05/26/09 — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the development of an ultra-precise laser-ranging system that combines two different approaches to range-finding and an “optical frequency comb”—a set of spectrometry tools that can precisely identify the color of light from specific sources. The system combines time-of-flight method of…

World’s Smallest Voice-Activated Robots
05/26/09 — Researchers at Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University have unveiled what they call the world’s smallest voice-controlled robot. The robots, which stand 15-centimeters high, take voice instructions to perform Tai Chi, kneel, or shake hands. Users can program the ‘bots for other behaviors as well. The robots were designed by a…

Base10 Selects RTI’s Real-Time Middleware for Unmanned Ground Vehicle Project
03/30/09 — Real-Time Innovations’ publish-subscribe middleware, based on the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service for Real-time Systems (DDS) standard, is being employed in German armed forces RoboScout unmanned ground vehicle currently under development by Base10. Real-Time Innovations (RTI), a developer of real-time middleware, announced that Base Ten Systems Electronics GmbH (Base10)…

‘Marco Polo’ Game Develops Robot Control, Search Techniques
03/18/09 — Scientists have used a popular kids’ swimming pool game to guide their development of a system for controlling moving robots that can autonomously detect and capture other moving targets. Engineers from Duke University and the University of New Mexico have used the simple pursuit-evasion game “Marco Polo” to solve a…

New Prodigy Stand-Alone Motion Card Offers a Powerful New Approach to Distributed Motion Systems
01/23/09 — The latest innovation in the Prodigy family of motion cards from Performance Motion Devices, Inc. (PMD), is a Stand-Alone format that does not require a host bus connection. This new Stand-Alone design provides the capability to download motion programs to the Prodigy card for onboard execution, off-loading or eliminating the…

Evolution Robotics’ NorthStar 2.0 Wins Robotics Development Innovator Award
12/01/08 — Low cost, intelligent navigation system based on proprietary micro-GPS technology wins the first annual RoboDevelopment Innovator Award at RoboDevelopment 2008 Conference and Exposition. Evolution Robotics Inc., a leading robotics technology company, announced today that its NorthStar® 2.0 technology has been named the Robotics Development Innovator Awards’ “Best Component Technology” for…

Laird Technologies’ New LT2510 Proprietary RF Modules Push the Limits with 2.4GHz
11/11/08 — With ranges in excess of 10km and lower power consumption than ZigBee, Laird Technologies’ new 2.4GHz RF modules provide extreme performance for specialized RF applications. St. Louis, Missouri, USA – November 11th, 2008 – Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of customized, performance-critical components and…

Freescale Sensors Enhance Motion Sensitivity in Handheld Devices
11/10/08 — The company’s advanced 3-axis digital MEMS accelerometers eliminate the need for A/D converters and are supported by extensive development tools for quick integration with mobile devices. Freescale Semiconductor has introduced two advanced 3-axis digital accelerometers to help mobile device developers meet the demand for sleeker, more sophisticated portable electronics products.…

Microchip Technology Makes Embedded Ethernet Easier
11/01/08 — Security upgrade adds SSL security to TCP/IP Stack; Stack works with 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs. Company also introduces a new configuration wizard and local training. Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced from the Embedded Systems Conference in…

Japan’s AIST Selects Objective Interface Middleware for Next-Gen Robotics Platform
10/30/08 — Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has selected Objective Interface’s CORBA-based ORBexpress as the core communications architecture for AIST’s new advanced robotics platform, OpenRTM-AIST.  Faced with a society where more than forty percent of the population will be over the age of 65 in 2055, Japan…




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