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Robotic Assistants May Adapt to Humans in the Factory
06/13/12 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In today’s manufacturing plants, the division of labor between humans and robots is quite clear: Large, automated robots are typically cordoned off in metal cages, manipulating heavy machinery and performing repetitive tasks, while humans work in less hazardous areas on jobs requiring finer detail. But according to Julie…

Gumstix, Inc. Simplifies Mobile Robotic Development
06/06/12 — SAN JOSE, CA—Gumstix, Inc., the premier provider of tiny computers-on-module (COM) and expansion boards for professional design engineers and hobbyists, today introduced the TurtleCore, a new, low-cost expansion board that will enable robotics enthusiasts to build robots easily and cost-effectively using the iRobot Create Platform. The TurtleCore expansion board, in…

RMT Robotics Appoints Torrens Director of ADAM Systems Group
06/05/12 — RMT Robotics, a Cimcorp Oy company and the manufacturer and integrator of ADAM autonomous mobile robot (AMR) recently announced the appointment of Bill Torrens as director of the ADAM Systems Group. In this new capacity, Torrens will lead the ADAM Systems Group in the continued accelerated global growth of ADAM…

ReconRobotics Establishes International Headquarters in Switzerland
05/30/12 — ReconRobotics, Inc. announced today that it has established its international headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, signaling a significant advancement in the company’s three-year global expansion. Known as RRI Global SAGL, the new wholly owned subsidiary will oversee all sales, marketing and customer service operations outside of North America. Barry E.T. Harris…

Inventor Snags $10k for Robo Invention
05/29/12 — Chris Burns for SlashGear—Inventor / developer Arthur Wait of Silicon Valley took home $10,000 this week for winning Microsoft’s most recent Robotics @Home Competition with his fabulous new Smart Tripod. This device takes several components such as the Eddie Robot Platform, a Kinect, and a Microsoft RDS 4, and creates…

American Packaging Corporation Puts Seegrid Robots To Work
05/29/12 — American Packaging Corporation (APC), a packaging supplier for major brands such as Pringles, Betty Crocker, and Planters, has invested $150 Million in the last 13 years on new equipment and facility upgrades. Following a $17.5 Million expansion of their Columbus, Wisconsin facility, APC needed to move its packaging materials across…

FireTag Improves Branding Technology, PTI Compliance
05/23/12 — FireTag, a palletized laser marking system, announced improvements to its machine enabling greater marking efficiency of variable data on corrugated cases. FireTag is an integrated solution, across all industries, where case-level traceability is needed. It was originally designed as an alternative to peel and apply labels for produce growers and shippers becoming compliant with…

ADAM Robots Introduced into Japanese Market
05/23/12 — RMT Robotics entered into a sales representative agreement with eepos Japan for the promotion and sale of its ADAM mobile robots in Japan. Eepos Japan will work with RMT to promote and sell the AMR fleets to end users throughout Japan with a strategic focus on the automotive manufacturing and…

Humanoid Robot Works Side by Side With People
05/22/12 — ScienceDaily — The first robots reached the world of industry over 60 years ago. Since then, for security reasons, they have performed their work isolated in cages, and that prevented collaboration between workers and machines. The research centre Tecnalia Research & Innovation is embarking on a new era by incorporating…

Furby is Back!
05/18/12 — Hasbro—It's been nearly seven years since the Gremlin-like, adoptable Furby last hit toy shelves. After a lengthy hiatus, Hasbro is planning on bringing back the fuzzy, interactive doll this fall. In a recent Q1 earnings call, Brian Goldner, CEO, Hasbro, said that Furby, first introduced in 1998, would make a…

Satellite Housecalls By Robotic Space Doctor
05/17/12 — Space Mart & Popsci—Aside from a couple particularly nasty collisions, dead satellites comprise the bulk of our planet’s space junk problem — as they die, get fried by radiation and become zombies, or are decommissioned, there’s nowhere for them to go. ViviSat aims to change that by servicing satellite swhere…

KUKA Robotics Joins Up With AMRC
05/15/12 — KUKA  is seeking to become involved in order to offer greater technical support to the AMRC’s future automation projects after being chosen to supply a number of robots for various research programs. KUKA robots are currently being used at the center for a project headed by Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems…

Affordable 3D Printers Hit The Market?
05/09/12 — Lem from RobotsDreams—iheartengineering headquarters in Brooklyn has managed to build a rapidly expanding business around the print-on-demand model and unique product designs. Besides their abundant creativity, the heart of their business is a first generation MakerBot 3D printer that manufactures parts as orders come in the door (or over the…

FMC Technologies Completes Acquisition of Schilling Robotics
04/26/12 — FMC had previously announced its intention to purchase the remaining outstanding shares of Schilling and increase its ownership to 100 percent. Schilling is a leading producer of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), ROV manipulator systems, control systems and other high-technology equipment and services for oil and gas subsea exploration and production.…

Rodney Brooks on Robots, Technology and the Future
04/25/12 — MIT News—Brooks’s “lips are sealed,” as The Economist put it last week, about what exactly he and Heartland Robotics are up to in a converted warehouse in South Boston’s Innovation District. But venture capitalists have already gambled $32 million on the premise that whatever it is they produce, it’s going…

Millionaires’ Club to Fund Robotic Space Missions
04/25/12 — Phys.org—A group of high-tech tycoons wants to mine nearby asteroids, hoping to turn science fiction into real profits. The mega-million dollar plan is to use commercially built robotic ships to squeeze rocket fuel and valuable minerals like platinum and gold out of the lifeless rocks that routinely whiz by Earth.…

Robot Cargo Ship Docks in Space
04/24/12 — An unmanned Russian supply ship arrived at the International Space Station Sunday (April 22) carrying tons of fresh supplies in an Earth Day delivery for the orbiting lab's crew. The robotic Progress 47 cargo ship docked with the space station at 10:39 a.m. EDT (1439 GMT), ending a two-day flight…

Polaris Expands Robotic Pool Cleaning Line
04/20/12 — SAN DIEGO, CA—Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. is introducing two new models, the Polaris 9400 Sport and Polaris 9100 Sport, to its Polaris advanced Sport Robotic pool cleaner line for the 2012 pool season. The two new models complement the company's popular Polaris 9300 Sport and 9300xi Sport models, and share…




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