Robotics and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Filling Without Spilling

Watching a form-fill-seal machine in operation is rather fascinating. It looks so easy, but the precision technology needed to ensure that bag after bag is being filled without breaking, or its intended content being misdirected and wasted, is far from simple.

Nixie: The First Wearable Camera That Can Fly

From Nixie's homepage: Nixie is a tiny wearable camera on a wrist band. The wrist straps unfold to create a quadcopter that flies, takes photos or video, then comes back to you... (

Robotmaster Software Is Used To Create An Automated Way Of Producing Custom Orthotics Using Milling Robots

Our simplified working procedure imports the unique patient 3D model into a preprogrammed production design strategy that takes account of all the pertinent milling and robot articulation data.

How To Tell When A Robot Has Written You A Letter

From Clive Thompson: A few weeks ago I got duped by a robot. In the mail. I was sifting through my dead-tree postal mail and tossing junk in the recycling bin. Nearly everything th

Are Intelligent Highways in the Near Future?

There are obviously many outstanding issues to be dealt with, but given the momentum of progress in this area, and the number of vehicles being added to the highways every day, the future might just link us all with intelligent highways.

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Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea

From Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum:

The video below has four parts to it: the first shows the difference between the robotic octopus swimming with just flexible arms, and swimming with just flexible arms in addition to a web. The most obvious difference is the speed: just over 100 millimeters per second with arms only, and up to 180 mm/s (or 0.5 body lengths per second) with the web. This is a significant increase, obviously, but what's more important is the overall cost of transport (CoT), which is a measure of the efficiency of the robot (specifically, the ratio of the energy put in over the resulting speed). The CoT for the arms-only version is 0.85, whereas the web drops that down to 0.62. So yeah, having that web in there is better in almost every way... (cont'd)

Robotics and Automation - News Headlines

Advanced Robotics to Revolutionize the Manufacturing Industry, According to PwC US and The Manufacturing Institute

Industrial robotics paving the way for 'factory of the future'

Intel and Mitsubishi Electric Collaborate to Develop Factory Automation Systems with IoT Technologies

Intel Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation today announced a new collaboration to develop next-generation factory automation (FA) systems with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and a pilot program at Intel's backend manufacturing facility in Malaysia.

OurCrowd's Portfolio Company ReWalk Launches IPO on NASDAQ

IPO marks the first equity crowdfunded company to complete successful public offering

Special News Report for The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014

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Servo2go - New Single Phase Ac Input Servo Drives

Servo2go - New Single Phase Ac Input Servo Drives

AMC's new DP Single Phase AC Input Amplifiers feature: • Fully programmable digital servo drive • Torque, velocity, or position mode operation • Drives brushed & brushless servomotors & voice coils • Universal servo motor compatibility • Built-in shunt regulator • 100BASE-T compatible • CANopen, EtherCAT and SynqNet models • Feedback options: Encoder, Resolver, Absolute Encoder, SIN/COS, Halls

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Rethink Robotics

Rethink Robotics

Rethink Robotics is helping to define the future of human-machine interaction today, with robots that are safe, affordable and practical for manufacturing, production and R&D environments. Our revolutionary Baxter collaborative manufacturing robot provides cost-effective automation for a wide range of packaging and material handling tasks. And our Baxter Research Robot provides a humanoid robot platform with integrated sensors and an open software development kit, allowing academic and corporate researchers to create custom applications and drive future innovation.