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Students develop 3D thermal mapping system for firefighting robots

July 25, 2013

A team of students from the University of California San Diego developed a 3D thermal RGB mapping system for firefighting robots, a project that won them the top prize in DRS Technologies' second annual Student Infrared Imaging Competition.

NIWeek 2013 preview: Vision Summit and latest industry advancements

July 25, 2013

National Instruments' 19th annual NIWeek conference will feature industry focused summits such as vision and robotics and autonomous vehicles. In addition, NIWeek's Vision Summit includes two days of interactive technical sessions and workshops.

NI releases updates to Vision Development Module

July 25, 2013

National Instruments has launched an updated version of its Vision Development Module software which includes performance enhancing features.

Robotic factory automation system reduces costs, increases productivity

July 24, 2013

By implementing an innovative customized factory automation system that utilizes seven robots and a vision system, an Australian manufacturer of household products was able to significantly increase productivity.


Vision-guided robots restore coral reefs

July 18, 2013

A multi-disciplinary group of scientists has formed the CoralBot collective with the aim of building robots that autonomously repair coral reefs.

Portable imaging systems

July 18, 2013

In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer. In the space of about 30 years, the PC and the variations that followed can now be found in every office in the world.

BitFlow PCI Express frame grabbers used in humanoid robot

July 18, 2013

BitFlow’s Neon-CLB PCI Express frame grabbers support the 3D vision system of the Robomotive humanoid robot, which was jointly developed by Yaskawa Motoman, Beltech and Robotiq.

Robot lettuce pickers and the future of farming

July 15, 2013

The Lettuce Bot robot, which is equipped with video cameras and visual-recognition software, can thin a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the same job by hand.

DENSO to showcase robots and robot controller at NI Week

July 15, 2013

DENSO Robotics will showcase its VS-Series six-axis robots and RC8 controller at NI Week from August 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

Teams to compete to program Terminator-style robot

July 12, 2013

In the not-so-distant future, Terminator-like robots may be assisting with disaster-response efforts like cleaning up and searching for survivors after natural disasters, in addition to other human tasks.

Another step toward a driverless car reality

July 11, 2013

Mobileye, a company that develops advanced driver assistance systems, recently received $400 million in funding to further develop its driverless car technology. Mobileye's vision system includes a 1/3” CMOS image sensor with 752 x 480 pixels and 6 μm x 6 μm pixel size and its EyeQ vision processor, which operates at 120MHz.

Robot snakes inspect nuclear power plant

July 10, 2013

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have developed a vision-enabled snake robot that was able to crawl through steam pipes, open valves, and otherwise difficult-to-inspect areas in its initial run in a nuclear power plant in Austria.

Robot fed machine enables efficient medical syringe assembly

July 9, 2013

When Automation GT was asked by a leading pharmaceutical company to build an automated system for preparing syringes for drug filling, it did so with the use of a robot.

Vision-enabled robots play soccer

July 8, 2013

At RoboCup 2013, teams from seven different U.S. universities are pitting their robots against each other in tournament soccer matches.

Crabster robot will explore shipwrecks below the sea

July 8, 2013

Researchers at the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) have developed a giant robot crab that is approximately the size and weight of a Smart car, which will help scientists explore shipwrecks under the ocean’s surface.

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