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Innovation First Announces Introduction of ROBOTC Programming for VEX Robotics
01/18/08 — First, Inc., a leader in educational and competitive robotics products, announced that the ROBOTC programming language will now be compatible with their VEX Robotics Design System. ROBOTC is a C programming language, for engineering, programming and robotics education, developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy team. ROBOTC provides an operating…

3DV Systems Announces ZCAM™, Low Cost Real-Time Depth Sensing Camera
01/14/08 — 3DV Systems, an Israel based technology firm focused on sophisticated imaging technologies, has announced ZCam™, a low cost 3D PC camera that senses depth in real-time. 3DV’s new camera has the potential to radically change human-machine interfaces with its fine gesture recognition capability, in industries such as computing, consumer electronics,…

Software Helps Mars Rovers Find Winter Havens
12/13/07 — Ohio State University researcher Ron Li and his research team are developing new navigation software for NASA that will make it easier for the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity to find safe haven while they wait out the Martian winters. by Pam Frost Gorder New software is helping NASA find…

VIA Launches ARTiGO Builder Kit for the Pico-ITX
12/13/07 — VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform solutions, launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience.…

NIST Measures Performance of Auto Crash Warning Systems
12/07/07 — Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed and tested a laser-based ranging system to assess the performance of automobile collision warning systems. Researchers in industry and at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will be able to use the NIST technology to accelerate the development…

Express Logic Unveils ThreadX® RTOS for Microchip Technology’s PIC32 32-bit Microcontroller Famil
11/21/07 — Express Logic, Inc., the leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), today announced the availability of its ThreadX® RTOS for the new PIC32 microcontroller family from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors. In August, Express Logic announced its ThreadX/MCU Edition for Microchip’s 16-bit…

New Release of Free Engineer’s Design Tool, Motortec STP Plus, Assists in Motor Evaluation
11/21/07 — Groschopp, Inc. announced the release of Version 1.4 of MOTORTEC™ STP, its Speed, Torque and Power Calculator that is available for free download from the Groschopp website effective immediately. Ron Didier, Groschopp’s Vice President of Engineering, is the author of MOTORTEC STP PLUS, which was originally released in January 2006.…

National Instruments and QNX Software Systems Deliver Measurement-Quality Analog I/O to OEMs
11/21/07 — National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) and QNX Software Systems announced an OEM evaluation bundle of software and hardware that reduces the barrier to entry for engineers and scientists using graphical system design to create embedded devices that require measurement-quality analog I/O. The new bundle features a low-cost USB data acquisition device from…

Objective Interface Systems Announces Complete Middleware Solutions for Robotics
11/21/07 — Objective Interface Systems (OIS), provider of the most widely deployed communications middleware for real-time and embedded systems, today announced the OIS Robotics Platform, a complete communications infrastructure which simplifies development and sets a new security standard for robotics systems. Robotic systems are growing increasingly complex, from autonomous security robots and…

Medical Equipment Compliance for Servo Drives From ADVANCED Motion Controls
11/14/07 — Medical equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) producing technology for treatment, diagnostics or closely related support services are increasingly relying on motion control for precision movements. Inherently, drives and drive systems are required to meet stringent requirements that comply with regulations imposed by the FDA and FCC. These standards are beyond those set…

ACS Motion Control’s Multi-Axis Motion Controller Series Supports Sub-Nanometer Resolution
11/09/07 — ACS Motion Control, an international manufacturer of advanced multi-axis motion controllers, machine controllers and integrated control modules, has developed an advanced, stand alone multi-axis motion controller that provides high resolution and high-speed motion without compromising accuracy and throughput. Designated the SPiiPlus SA Series, the stand alone motion controller supports a…

Lumedyne Technologies Receives Award for “Outstanding Commercialization Success”
11/08/07 — Lumedyne Technologies (formerly Omega Sensors) has been awarded “Outstanding Commercialization Success” by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. This award is in recognition of the company’s commercialization efforts of a Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) accelerometer technology developed by SPAWAR Systems Center, San Diego; a research laboratory of the U.S. Navy.…

Freescale Leverages Power Architecture Technology to Evolve Robotic, Kiosk and Unmanned Vehicle Capa
10/08/07 — Freescale Semiconductor has released the MPC8610 integrated host processor - a high performance device based on Power Architecture(TM) technology. The MPC8610 helps robots see and navigate in 3D space, enables touch screen kiosks to recognize voices and facial features, and allows cockpit controls to display images with outstanding resolution. This…

DSPnano© Open Source RTOS Targets Microchip Technology’s 16 bit dsPIC® DSCs and PIC24 MCUs
08/31/07 — RoweBots Research Inc., a Waterloo supplier of software tools and embedded system consulting, today announced the launch of DSPnano Version 2 for the 16 bit dsPIC® Digital Signal Controller (DSC) and PIC 24 microcontroller (MCU) families from Microchip Technology [NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading supplier of microcontroller and analog semicondutors. DSPnano…

NavCom Announces the Release of StarControl(TM), Easily Configure and Monitor NavCom’s GPS Receivers
08/13/07 — NavCom Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), announced the release of StarControl, a utility designed to adapt commercially available handheld controller solutions and programs to support NavCom GPS receivers. With StarControl, users are now able to: -- Support multiple off-the-shelf Windows-based handheld controller devices to…

Boston Engineering Launches Modular Electronics Platform that Streamlines Mobile Device Prototyping
08/10/07 — The new FlexStack™ Modular Electronics Platform from Boston Engineering Corporation promises to help manufacturing companies streamline prototyping or jump-start deployment of any small, portable battery-powered devices—particularly electronics, medical devices, robotics or sensors—by offering a quickly configurable, stackable bus architecture in an embedded hardware solution. Based on the Analog Devices Blackfin®…

Bae Systems Develops Human-In-The-Loop Simulation Capabilities For Hybrid Electric Drive Vehicles
07/31/07 — BAE Systems engineers in Santa Clara have developed a human-in-the-loop simulation capability to support the design of Hybrid Electric Drive systems for future vehicles. BAE Systems has been using modeling and simulation capabilities for more than two decades in the development and integration of combat vehicles and technology, and now…

FANUC Robotics Introduces iRVision, an Intelligent, Easy-to-Use Integrated Robot Vision Option
07/20/07 — FANUC Robotics America, Inc. has introduced iRVision(TM), an easy to use, integrated robot vision option for the new FANUC R-J3iC Controller. The iRVision System is the company’s first built-in vision package that is available on all R-J3iC Controllers, providing customers a single source for robot guidance or process feedback. The…




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