"Robots - The New Era. Living, Working and Investing in the Robotics Society of the future" eBook by Andrea Forni
Milan, Italy / January 2015 - "Robots. The New Era - Living, working and investing in the robotics society of the future" is a new multimedia e-book written for a general audience and helps readers understand why Robotics is going to lead to a radical change in how millions of people live, work and invest in the stock market.
From AkihabaraNews and Robohub: Conceptually, it’s quite simple: joysticks, knobs, and switches manipulated on a custom radio controller direct the flexing and relaxing of pneumatic “artificial muscles” arranged along “arms and legs” that attach to a vehicle’s pedals and levers. When actuated, the robot replicates a human body’s controlling movements. Kowa Tech claims the system delivers input strength equal to that of human limbs and an overall operational capability 80% that of in-vehicle operation (with gains expected as the system matures). The 3-piece modular robot is weather and vibration-proof, weighs only about 30 kg (66 lbs.), easily installs in under 30 minutes, and can be removed in half that time. Current prototypes are operable from up to 200m, and commercial models are expected to reach 1 kilometer. Rounded out with video monitoring for an in-vehicle perspective, in theory ActiveRobo SAM is a near-comprehensive surrogate operator. Most of their demos and testing have thus far been limited to excavator and other heavy equipment work, but the company hopes to eventually make the system adaptable to any vehicle... ( full article )
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From Anibit: We have adapted a graphical programming environment for the Arduino known as "Blocklyduino" to be tailored to Pololu's 3Pi Robot Platform. Blocklyduino is itself an adaptation of Blockly, a software package for developers to create graphical programming environments. All of this is heavily inspired by Scratch and the MIT App inventor. If you are not familiar with those tools and watch to teach kids about programming, you really should check the out. Graphical Programming is a great introduction to programming for kids. and the Pololu 3Pi is a low cost, ready-made robot that kids love. As part part of our mission at Anibit to inspire and educate about robotics, we felt the need to bring the two together... ( Anibit link )
The new QC-160 Robotic Tool Changer, recently developed by ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, has a high moment capacity in a lightweight and compact design and utilizes the same proven Locking Mechanism as ATI's QC-200 Series.
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Precise Automation Introduces a New Collaborative 6-axis Articulated Robot with Integrated Controller and Harnesses
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BOURBON has commissioned 3 next-generation Heavy Duty Work ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicle) designed by FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics. Capable of operating at depths of up to 3000 m, these underwater vehicles will be deployed on Multi-Purpose Support Vessels (MPSV) such as the Bourbon Evolution 800 series.
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