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Robotics ‘Crowd Sourcing’

Fair warning: This particular post has very little to do with robotics. Instead it’s about a way that innovative products are being developed and a model the robotics industry might do well to study. Few organizations on the planet are...

Microsoft’s Plan for Robotics Developer Studio

In 2006, Microsoft founder Bill Gates wrote a feature for Scientific American titled, “A Robot in Every Home.” In the same year, Microsoft founded its robotics unit and released the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (RDS). Microsoft’s entry into the robotics...

Boom and Bloom for UAS and Acronyms

The military unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry continues to boom and bloom. The “boom” results from a market that is rapidly growing in both revenue and the number of deployed systems. New applications–prototyped, developed, and fielded–provide the “bloom.” Here’s a...

Maxon Motors Microdrives Certified as Surgical Implants

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By passing the demanding ISO 13485 certification test, Maxon Motors’ microdrives are good enough for implantation in humans. Maxon Medical announced that it achieved in December an international certification that confirms the reliability of its microdrives. The company which is...