Unmanned Systems

AGVs, UGVs, UAVs, and UUVs are just some of the unmanned systems relying on machine vision and mapping for increasing levels of autonomy. Unmanned systems include mobile robots in warehouses, drones in the air or underwater, and self-driving cars on the streets. See how these autonomous vehicles are improving and how they're being used.

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The U.K. manufacturing and logistics sector has joined several events focusing on how British RAS can help improve efficiency and provide competitive advantage. However, can academic-industrial partnerships overcome the U.K.'s lag in industrial automation?

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Aircraft in Search of Robotic Assembly

Aircraft in Search of Robotic Assembly

Aircraft manufacturing is a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry ?but one that's still in search of a completely automated set of solutions. The first ones to achieve that target will surely steal a segment of the industry --with very profitable results.

Where No Robot Has Gone Before

Huffington Post blogger Dr. Richard Garriott de Cayeux calls himself ?the first second-generation astronaut,? and his credentials offer ample proof. A video game entrepreneur who is the son of an astronaut, Garriott bought his own ticket to the International Space...

“Disaster Bots” Controlled by Multi-touch

“Disaster Bots” Controlled by Multi-touch

The point of using robots in search and rescue missions is to send them where it's too dangerous for humans to go, something Mark Micire knows very well. Micire has worked with FEMA as a technical specialist and was with...

There?s a Lot You Can Do With a Drone

Writing in the academic news site, The Conversation, Brian Lovell, who is research director of the Security and Surveillance Research group at the University of Queensland, believes we are on the threshold of a revolution in aviation ? thanks to...

NASA Demonstrates New Fuel Cell on Mobile Rover

In February, NASA demonstrated a new fuel cell that will allow rovers on extraterrestrial surfaces to go farther and last longer. The new type of fuel cell will extend the range of surface operations for rovers that will explore new...

Frontline Military Technology Promises Battery Revolution

Frontline Military Technology Promises Battery Revolution

Scientists at BAE Systems have successfully demonstrated the most radical method of storing electricity since the invention of batteries over 200 years ago. The technological breakthrough, called ?structural batteries? may lead to a redesign of all electrical technology and could...

Top 10 Robotics Trends of 2011

The past 12 months have been outstanding for our industry, what with market researchers putting forth multibillion dollar forecasts for growth, large companies such as Toyota entering the market in a serious way, and the White House recognizing robotics as...

A Printable Drone

A Printable Drone

With computer-aided design and a 3-D laser printer, researchers at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom were able, in a matter of days, to design, build, and fly an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV), the Southampton University Laser Sintered...

Dark Day For Drones

Dark Day For Drones

Keystroke logging malware has infected the U.S. Air Force’s Predator and Reaper drones according to a report in Wired’s ‘Danger Room’ blog. The malicious software—which was discovered two weeks ago by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Host-Based Security System–has been...