Upcoming FIRST Championship an opportunity for STEM-gifted young people to showcase their inventiveness, learn about potential career paths in automation

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, 22-25 April 2015

ABB acquires Gomtec to expand collaborative robotics portfolio

Germanys Gomtec has innovative technology and engineering expertise to support ABBs shift towards collaborative robotic automation.

NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV)

From NASA at the Johnson Space Center:

3D Robotics' Solo

From 3D Robotics: Today 3DR announced Solo, an all-in-one personal drone whose ease of use and powerful new features kick off a new aerial age. With computing power unmatched in the industry—from two integrated Linux computers, one on the craft and one in the controller—Solo delivers several world-first technologies, such as unfettered in-flight access to GoPro controls, including wireless HD streaming straight to mobile devices, and effortless computer-assisted Smart Shot flight features that allow even new pilots to capture professional aerial video from day one. Computer-assisted cinematography Solo’s intelligence unlocks powerful and one-of-a-kind computer-assisted Smart Shots (patent pending). Just set up the exact shot you want in real time, then tap “play” on the app and Solo will execute it with a level of precision and a soft touch that even seasoned cinema pilots can’t match. And with a list of Smart Shots to choose from, the perfect shot is always just a few taps away. Cable cam and Orbit allow you to create a known and safe flight path along a virtual track in space, freeing you to shift your focus to getting the shot you want; or simply hit “play” and let Solo fly itself while simultaneously working the camera for you, as smooth and even as an expert cameraman. Follow mode lets you go completely hands-free, while Solo keeps up with your every move. Solo also features a one-touch aerial Selfie for a dramatic and customizable establishing Smart Shot of you and your surroundings. It’s all in service of Solo’s guiding principle: Get the shot. Every time. Stream HD GoPro video to mobile devices or through HDMI Solo is the world’s first drone to wirelessly deliver HD video from your GoPro to your iOS or Android mobile device, at ranges of up to half a mile. Solo’s controller has HDMI output for live HD broadcast—to FPV goggles, high-quality field monitors, Jumbotrons at live events, even news vans—and with a staggeringly low video latency your live video is immediate and fluid for an “in-the-moment” feel. For instant social sharing of your aerial videos, you can even record the live video stream directly from the mobile app to your device’s camera roll... ( full details )

ABB introduces YuMi, world's first truly collaborative dual-arm robot

YuMi, another step in ABBs Next Level strategy, heralds a new era of robotic coworkers that are able to work collaboratively on the same tasks with humans while still ensuring the safety of those around it.

Ascent Solar Begins the Supply of Lightweight Flexible Solar Panels for the Commercially-Produced Silent Falcon Unmanned Aircraft

Silent Falcon represents the dawn of commercially produced, economically viable solar-electric aircraft systems.

NextGen Command and Control of Unmanned Vehicles (UxV's)

Groundbreaking solution for fixed and portable air, ground, or surface control stations.

FAA Awards Draganfly Innovations Inc. Section 333 Exemption for Commercial Operations in the United States

A long standing leader in developing small unmanned aircraft systems, Draganfly Innovations expands to provide an array of aerial services throughout North America.

NAB SHOW EXAMINES CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

NAB Show, held April 11-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms.

FANUC Introduces FASBacCNC Powerful & Easy to Use Network Based Backup Solution for CNC Files

FASBacCNC provides peace of mind by automatically backing up the CNC files that have been created and customized by the machine tool builder or end user to a remote network server.

ABB opens new automation and power service office in Louisiana

Office near Lake Charles is part of ongoing investment to serve customers in the US Gulf region

OCTOPUZ website now available in German

In-House Solutions has launched the German version of its OCTOPUZ website, aimed at providing expanded service to customers worldwide. The development of the bilingual site follows in the footsteps of In-House Solutions, Europe GmbH's opening last November - the company's first European location being led by Managing Director Dieter Ottman in Spalt, Germany. OCTOPUZ is an intelligent offline robotic programming and simulation software ideal for both tech and sales teams.

AUVSI - Designatronics, Inc. to Exhibit Mechanical Components and Motion Control Assemblies at AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015

Designatronics is a leader in comprehensive mechanical solutions for critical motion control applications. Designatronics will be showing a variety of custom parts, standard components and assemblies used in unmanned systems on land, sea and air.

Tsugami/Rem Sales to Demo New Machine Tools at PMTS 2015

Tsugami/Rem Sales, the exclusive North American importer of Precision Tsugami machine tools, announced today the details of its Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) 2015 display, which includes three machines that have never been displayed at this show.

FIRST® Enables More Students to Participate in Life-Changing Robotics Event with Expansion of Annual Championship

FIRST to Host Two Championship Events --- 2017: St. Louis, MO and Houston, TX --- 2018-2020: Detroit, MI and Houston, TX

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