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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.

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.

Global industrial robot sales in 2012 hit second highest mark ever

July 2, 2013

More than 159,000 industrial robots were sold globally in 2012, which is the second highest amount of all time. Five countries accounted for 70% of all sales. Click through to see which ones.

Vision-enabled humanoid robot builds 3D visual maps

July 1, 2013

Researchers from the University of Bristol have developed computer vision algorithms that enable Samsung’s Roboray robot to build real-time 3D visual maps that enable it to “remember” where it has been before.

Quick hit: AV&R Vision & Robotics and IMAC Automation merge

July 1, 2013

AV&R Vision & Robotics and IMAC Automation are merging to become AV&R; Quebec’s largest engineering firm specialized in automation.

Vision-enabled subs will search for alien life

June 18, 2013

A collaborative team of researchers and scientists suggest that a miniature submarine, equipped with a CMOS video camera among other instruments, will be able to dive into the depths below the icy crust of Europa, a moon of Jupiter, to search for alien life.

Software development kit enables customization of industrial robot

June 6, 2013

A new “Research Robot” can be customized with a software development kit to to complete a myriad of tasks, working alongside people on the factory floor.

Can Oculus Rift and Kinect revolutionize virtual reality?

June 5, 2013

Inition, a London-based 3D technology company, pairs an Oculus Rift headset with a Microsoft Kinect to create what some are calling “frighteningly real” virtual reality.

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