Robotics Breakthrough: WAM Arms!
The Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), of Japan, has created the world’s first robot system that learns to clothe elderly and physically disabled people. Leveraging the concept of “skills transfer” from a human caregiver to a robot, “reinforcement learning” takes place in minutes, gracefully adapting to the individual size and shape of the person being dressed.
(February 14, 2012)
EPSON Robots Announces New, Low Cost Smart Cameras
EPSON Robots, the global leader in PC controlled, precision robots introduced today EPSON Smart Cameras, a new low cost, high performance vision guidance solution for our Micro Power Drive Controllers. EPSON Smart Cameras provide the ultimate experience in ease of use, compact size, and reliability at incredible new value based prices. Combined with the EPSON Micro Power Drive and EPSON Robots, EPSON Smart Cameras create a new class of vision guidance solutions by combining high performance with low price.
(February 09, 2012)
Mining the Seafloor with Robots
Gold, rare earth elements, and other sea riches could sustain humanity for centuries, while providing enormous opportunities for robotics developers.
(February 01, 2012)
New Robotics Laboratory Set to Open at the University of York
The facility will provide a base to develop and test swarm robotic systems.
(January 20, 2012)
Intuitive Surgical’s Q4 Earnings Rise
The company reported fourth quarter, 2011 revenue of $497 million, up 28% compared with $389 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.
(January 20, 2012)
Open Hardware Standards Gain Ground
Will standardized platforms boost robotics development the way IBM's PC architecture accelerated the deployment of desktop computers?
(January 18, 2012)
RE2, Inc. to Deliver Robotic Manipulator Arms to Afghanistan for Evaluation
The complete system will provide troops with a dismounted light-weight, yet robust micro-unmanned ground vehicle.
(January 18, 2012)
Mazor Robotics Announces Key European Patent for Surgical Guidance Robot
Mazor holds related patents in other major markets throughout the world and has a solid IP position in global markets, including the US, Canada and Europe.
(January 11, 2012)
AUVSI Applauds DOD for Continued Funding of Unmanned Systems in Strategic Defense Review
Secretary of Defense Panetta will continue to invest in utilizing unmanned systems to protect and work with troops in theater.
(January 05, 2012)
Toward a World Wide Web for Robots
As one of its first demonstrators, RoboEarth has shown that robots with different hardware can share maps. Another demonstrator allowed a complex service robot to download hardware-independent object models from the RoboEarth database and use them for perception and manipulation. And a third demonstrator has shown how a service robot can identify, download, and use high-level task descriptions to serve a drink.
(January 04, 2012)
RE2 wins Phase II SBIR to Develop a Highly Dexterous Manipulation System
The company was selected by the U.S. Army to create a dual-arm manipulation system to improve robotic ordnance disposal capabilities.
(January 03, 2012)
Medrobotics Takes in $6.48 Million
(December 28, 2011)
Personal Rapid Transit: Where the Robot Meets the Road
With most of the world’s major cities held hostage to gridlock and taxpayer reluctance to finance large infrastructure projects, PRT systems represent an extremely enticing alternative.
These small autonomous vehicles, sometimes described as pods, are designed to ride on their own special tracks, much like present-day airport trams, or else tailgate each other along existing roads.
Such systems appear all the more attractive when you consider commuters’ reluctance to use traditional mass transit systems, the push for greener commuting alternatives, and the rising expense of fuels.
(December 22, 2011)