SAM Robotic Surrogate Operator

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 )

Laser Components Group Expands with In-House Pbs and PbSe Detector Production

This latest company addition demonstrates its commitment to providing customers with the choice of selecting the best detector for their particular application.

US$1m 'Drones for Good' Competition Attracts Huge Participation From 57 Countries

More than 800 entries highlight exciting opportunities in use of drone technology to meet public needs

The Industrial Automation Exchange

New online tool connects manufacturers with industrial automation expertise, products

Anibit Online Graphical Programmer for the Pololu 3pi Robot

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 )

NEW QC-160 ROBOTIC TOOL CHANGER PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY, EXCEEDS 200 kg ROBOT LOAD SPECIFICATION

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 ATIs QC-200 Series.

Motion for many: Instantly control three-phase motors for $25 with TI's C2000 Piccolo F2806x InstaSPIN-MOTION LaunchPad

Leverage InstaSPIN-MOTION technology for torque, velocity or servo position control systems with sensorless or sensored feedback

Establishing the CODE for Unmanned Aircraft to Fly as Collaborative Teams

CODE program is offering the opportunity to participate in discussions to help develop groundbreaking software enabling unmanned aircraft to work together with minimal supervision

Güdel Introduces New Green Tire Trays

Fast, efficient handling of sticky, green tires.

ROBOTS EXPLORE DANGEROUS MINES WITH NOVEL SENSOR FUSION TECHNOLOGY

Research team uses Husky UGV to run autonomous sensor data in Chiles mines; goal to remove humans from dangerous environments.

My 2015 Predictions: Big Deployments, Big Ideas and Big Problems Solved

I see three exciting and significant trends taking place right now that I think will begin to gain some very real traction in 2015.

Precise Automation Introduces a New Collaborative 6-axis Articulated Robot with Integrated Controller and Harnesses

Designed as an intrinsically safe mechanism, it will not injure a user even if it accidentally impacts them at full speed.

Evana Automation to Supply Three Automated Assembly Machines to Global Tier 1 Auto Supplier

Evana solution will improve efficiency, ergonomics and error-proofing of key fob assembly process

BOURBON Announces Fleet Expansion with Three Subsea ROVs

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.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Researchers Play Key Role in Improving Robotic Manufacturing

Some industrial robots are hulking, highly specialized pieces of machinery that are cordoned off by cages from human factory workers.

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