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Carnegie Mellon Software Steers NASA’s Mars Rover
02/18/07 — Autonomous navigation software developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) drove the NASA Mars Rover “Opportunity” in the software’s first live test on the Red Planet. Preliminary data from the test run, which was initiated Feb. 7, indicates it was successful. Opportunity, operating near…

Speci-Minder™ Autonomous Robot Helps Hospitals Speed Lab Results
02/14/07 — Autonomous robots will soon be appearing in hospitals around the US, according to CCS Robotics and MobileRobots Inc, jointly announcing Speci-Minder, a new hospital helper robot that assures patient samples arrive at the lab expeditiously. Speci-Minder automatically adjusts to changing environments, without wires, lines, reflectors or other traditional guidance. It…

Adept Technology Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement for High Speed Robotics for Packaging Market
01/31/07 — Adept Technology, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADEP), the leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Fundacion Fatronik for exclusive supply, distribution and service of a revolutionary high speed packaging robot mechanism targeted at the expanding international packaging market in food, pharmaceuticals,…

Snake-Like Robot and Steady-Hand System Could Assist Surgeons
01/03/07 — Drawing on advances in robotics and computer technology, Johns Hopkins University researchers are designing new high-tech medical tools to equip the operating room of the future. These systems and instruments could someday help doctors treat patients more safely and effectively and allow them to perform surgical tasks that are nearly…

Transbotics Secures AGV System Order in the Publishing Industry
12/17/06 — Transbotics Corporation, (OTC BB: TNSB) (http://www.transbotics.com), announced it received an order for an Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) system from an existing customer in the publishing industry. The order, totaling approximately $425,000, is based around AGVs capable of transporting loads of up to 3,500 pounds. It is to be installed over…

Leading Pipe Maker Orders Innova Robotics & Automation’s Universal Robot Controller
12/14/06 — Innova Robotics & Automation, Inc. (OTCBB: INRA), a robotics technology firm, announced today that a steel and alloy pipe manufacturer has placed an order for Innova’s Universal Robot Controller(TM) (URC(TM)) through the Robotic Workspace Technologies (RWT) subsidiary. Innova believes that the PC, open-architecture URC enables its customers to save on…

Robots Find Regular Teeth Brushing Helps Them Munch Through 50,000 Aluminium Spot Welds
12/04/06 — Resistance spot welding research by Paul Briskham at the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group in conjunction with Douglas Boomer of Innoval Technology and engineers from Jaguar and Land Rover has achieved a landmark result of 50,000 high quality welds on automotive-grade aluminium sheet using just one set of standard…

Snake-Arm Robots Steer Aircraft Assembly in a New Direction
11/26/06 — Working with Airbus, OC Robotics has achieved the first major milestone for a snake-arm robot designed for assembly and inspection tasks within aircraft wings – an area previously inaccessible to automation. OC Robotics has completed build and initial testing of a demonstration snake-arm robot capable of sealing, swaging and inspection…

FANUC Robotics Introduces New M-430iA/2F High-Speed Intelligent Food Robot
11/26/06 — FANUC Robotics America, Inc. demonstrated its new M-430iA/2F high-speed, intelligent picking robot designed to handle primary food and packaged products, and the LR Mate 200iB/5WP food robot at Pack Expo, at McCormick Center, Chicago. Designed specifically for food washdown environments, the M-430iA/2F food robot is capable of picking products at…

Robotic FX, Inc. Announces Success of the Negotiator Robot at Recent Robotic Evaluation Exercise
11/08/06 — Robotic FX, Inc. has announced that during a recent robot evaluation exercise held at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Training Academy in Rockville, Maryland, the Negotiator Tactical Surveillance Robot, a low-cost, highly versatile robotic system available for immediate deployment in emergency situations, not only successfully completed various exercises, but amazed…

Precarn Announces Funding for Graduate Students at Universities Across Canada
11/08/06 — Ottawa-based Precarn Incorporated announced that it has awarded $405,000 to support the robotics and intelligent systems projects of 54 graduate students across Canada. “Precarn is investing in the future of researchers and innovators in Canada,” said Paul Johnston, President and CEO of Precarn, a not-for-profit company representing a national network…

Applied Perception Begins Project to Expand Semi-Autonomous Capabilities for IED Neutralization
09/17/06 — Applied Perception, Inc. (API), a Pittsburgh-based company that develops and licenses robotics-related technologies to market-leading companies in the fields of defense, transportation, and agriculture, today announced that it has been awarded a $928K contract from the National Center for Defense Robotics (NCDR) to support the development and evaluation of semi-autonomous…

In Our Own Way
08/02/06 — If you interact with the larger robotics community for a long enough period of time, you cannot help but hear a number of statistics, stories and ‘truisms’ that are passed around year after year at business meetings, robotics conferences and over morning coffee. I have found that a number of…

Undersea Vehicles to Study Formation of Gold and Other Precious Metals On the Pacific Ocean Floor
08/01/06 — The cruise is a joint expedition between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Nautilus Minerals Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, a mining exploration company that holds exploration leases in the Bismarck Sea within the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea. Nautilus is the first firm to commercially explore the ocean…

2nd Annual GlobalSpec Great Moments in Engineering Award Presented to Team Behind Deep Water Vehicle
07/21/06 — A team of engineering professionals from the Deep Submergence Laboratory of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, whose work in developing a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) prototype resulted in the first detailed deep-water video images of the sunken luxury ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic, was presented with the 2006 GlobalSpec Great Moments in…

CCATSM San Diego Seeks to Support/Fund New Robotic Payload Technologies
05/03/06 — The Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) in San Diego, California today announced that the program is accepting applications from entrepreneurs, government laboratories and academic researchers who have designed robotics technologies that can be used in military and defense applications. The Department of Defense (DoD)-supported CCAT program awards funding…

Muscling Its Way to Victory
04/30/06 — MuscleMorph Wins Wharton Business Plan Competition Grand Prize with Novel New Motion Technology; Lightweight, Efficient Motor Uses Polymers to Mimic Biological Muscles For Prosthetics, Robotics Student team, MuscleMorph, whose technologically advanced motor is lighter, higher performing and more cost efficient than any currently offered, won the $20,000 grand prize of…

Adept Robotics Selected for Insulet’s Revolutionary ‘’OmniPod(TM)’’ Diabetes Management System
04/30/06 — Adept Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADEP), the leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, announced a major medical device automation program with Insulet Corporation for the OmniPod(TM) Insulet Management System, a disruptive technology for insulin delivery in diabetes management. The OmniPod System integrates insulin infusion and blood glucose monitoring…




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