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Willow Garage Puts Stake in Ground for Universal ROS

Willow Garage’s Robot Operating System (ROS) is designed to reduce redundant developer work on newly built robot platforms, and as a software framework, is loosely compared to Microsoft Windows. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company provides the software under a free,...

Mixed-Load Packing and Palletizing Demand Drives ABB-Axium Partnership

Today’s high-throughput distribution centers have a fast-growing logistics challenge- preparing a huge variety of packages to ship on schedule with low tolerance for errors, within an environment of rising labor costs and strict safety regulations. Large distribution centers must be...

BlueBotics Leads and Succeeds with ANT

The mission statement for BlueBotics SA, a 2001 spin-off from the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, reads, “to market innovative and promising mobile robotics technologies.” The company has made good on...

NASA Collaborates with Cal Fire for Wildfire Management, Mitigation

The five-year agreement formalizes a working relationship between the two agencies to explore new technologies and capabilities for wildfire management. Shown below is a 3D illustration, courtesy of NASA, of the real-time, mid-mission flight track of NASA's Ikhana remotely piloted...