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RoboSoft Demos Rehab Robot for Elderly
07/14/09 — French robotics and automation manufacturer RoboSoft has introduced a home-assistance robot designed to assist in home care of the elderly. RoboLAB10 comes in two versions—one designed to supply physical assistance to elderly patients who have difficulty moving themselves or doing physical tasks around the house. The other is designed to…

CMU Spinoff Designs Robot for NASA Moon Digger Contest
07/07/09 — Astrobotic Technology Inc. has begun testing the robot it built to win a NASA competition to develop the most effective excavator for missions to the moon. The winner of the NASA Regolith Excavation Challenge, which will take place Oct. 17 and 18 at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon…

The Droid Works Receives Grant to Develop UAV Indoor Navigational Technology
07/02/09 — The Droid Works, iRobot co-founder Helen Greiner’s stealth robotics company, has been awarded an SBIR Phase 1 grant to develop technology to enable search-and-rescue UAVs to navigate indoor environments. Since iRobot co-founder and former board chairman Helen Greiner left iRobot this past February to pursue other interests (she is still…

MobileRobots Inc. Announces First Service Robot Technician Training for Technical Schools
07/01/09 — Developer of robot platforms and autonomous foundations offers service-robot technician training curriculum supporting service jobs critical to robot industry growth. MobileRobots Inc announced the first service-robot technician training curriculum designed especially for technical and career colleges. The program teaches students to customize robot applications and to install and maintain robots.…

FANUC Introduces Intelligent Assembly Robot
06/09/09 — FANUC Robotics America Inc. has introduced a new intelligent assembly robot. The M-1iA is a lightweight and compact six-axis, parallel-link robot designed for small part handling, high-speed picking and assembly applications. The unique parallel-link structure provides higher speeds and accuracy compared to traditional assembly robots. The robot can be installed…

Schilling Sells Two Heavy ROVs to OceanWorks
06/09/09 — Schilling Robotics, LLC has announced the sale of two UltraHeavy-Duty (UHD) remotely operated vehicles to OceanWorks International, Inc. OceanWorks will build the UHDs into two of its own systems that will include electric-drive ROV winches and handling equipment. The 150 HP ROVs will be paired with Schilling’s XE tether-management system…

Energid Technologies to Control Innovative Drilling Robots for Seabed Rig
05/29/09 — Seabed Rig AS has licensed technology and contracted with Energid Technologies Corporation to create a robot control system for its next-generation automated drilling and exploration platforms. Seabed Rig AS is developing a new autonomous drilling rig that operates in ultra deep water and arctic environments.  Unlike traditional surface operations, the…

Precise Path Robotics Named “Innovation of the Year”
05/29/09 — Precise Path Robotics, an Indianapolis-based company, earned the award “Innovation of the Year” for its RG3 robotic greens mower by TechPoint’s MIRA Awards, the premier technology awards program in the state of Indiana. | Presented by Indiana technology association TechPoint, this MIRA award honors the business, organization or individual that…

Bluefin Robotics and ING Engineering Inc Announce AUV Partnership for Canadian Market
05/29/09 — Bluefin Robotics Corporation, a developer of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), announced an exclusive Canadian distribution agreement with ING Engineering Inc. of Ottawa.  Under the agreement, ING Engineering will sell and provide selected after-sales service support on the full range of Bluefin Robotics’ AUVs.  The agreement highlights the emergence of AUVs…

Talon, PackBot May Find Work at (or Under) the Border
05/18/09 — Even at a time when threats, potential threats and imagined threats are becoming ever more high tech, one of the lowest-tech methods of sneaking people and contraband into the U.S. is one of the thorniest problems facing the U.S. Border Patrol. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 30 smugglers’ tunnels…

BEI International Chooses Skilligent as a Supplier for an Intelligent Agricultural Harvester
05/13/09 — Skilligent, Inc will supply a vehicle control system for agricultural Jatropha harvesters built by BEI International. - BEI International, LLC, a leading manufacturer of agricultural harvesters with more than 50 years of history, announced that Skilligent Inc will develop a vehicle control system for a range of harvesters built by…

Soft Ground Puts Spirit in Danger Despite Gain in Daily Energy
05/13/09 — The five wheels that still rotate on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit have been slipping severely in soft soil during recent attempts to drive, sinking the wheels about halfway into the ground. The rover team of engineers and scientists has suspended driving Spirit temporarily while studying the ground around the…

GeckoSystems Introduces New Personal Care Mobile Robot
04/30/09 — The tight integration of a variety of advanced hardware and software systems provides GeckoSystem’s CareBot mobile service robot with new levels of cost effective situational awareness. GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (Pink Sheets: GCKO) announced that they have completed the prototyping of their CareBot MSR 3.87. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in…

Korea Puts $750M in Robotics, Aims to Lead Market by 2018
04/20/09 — The government of South Korea has promised to invest 1 trillion Won (about $750 million U.S. dollars) in the country’s robotics industry in an attempt to accelerate its growth. The goal is to help the global robotics market grow to more than $30 billion by 2013 and to help Korean…

Bluefin Robotics Lands U.K. Distribution Deal With Global Marine
03/31/09 — Autonomous underwater vehicle maker Bluefin Robotics Corp. has announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement for distribution of its products within the U.K. with Global Marine Systems Co. Ltd. Global Marine will sell, service and provide training for Bluefin AUVs. Bluefin supplies a range of AUVs in varying sizes,…

Snake-arm Robots to Conduct Reactor Pipe Inspection
02/13/09 — OC Robotics awarded a contract from Ontario Power Generation for a snake-arm robot to inspect pipes in nuclear reactors. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has awarded a contract to OC Robotics to design and build a snake-arm robot mounted on a mobile vehicle that will be used to inspect complex pipework…

Canadian Organizations Receive $2.8 Million Funding Boost for Development of Intelligent Systems
02/12/09 — Precarn, an independent, non-profit company that supports the pre-commercial development of leading-edge technologies, announces funding for six first-of-their-kind innovations. Ottawa-based Precarn Incorporated announced $2.8 million in funding to promote the research and development (R&D) efforts of six first-of-their-kind intelligent systems projects in Alberta.  Under the program, which is administered by…

i-LIMB Hand wins Prosthetic Product Innovation Award
01/06/09 — Scotland’s Touch Bionics receives accolades for their i-LIMB Hand at Limbless Association’s Prosthetic Product Innovation Award gala dinner.  The i-LIMB Hand is a first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits. Touch Bionics, developer of the world’s first commercially available bionic hand, announced today that its i-LIMB Hand product has…




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