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Month: August 2011

Robotics | IoT

Foxconn to deploy 1,000,000 robots by 2014

… Foxconn is planning to up their factory robot count to 300,000 by 2012 and 1 million by 2014.
… A Taiwanese contract manufacturer with factories in Taiwan, China, Vietnam and Indonesia, Foxconn employs 1.2 million workers, 400,000 of which work …

Free Stanford online course in AI

… Artificial Intelligence is the science of making software that reasons about the world around it. Humanoid robots, Google Goggles, self-driving cars, music you might like to hear suggesting software, are all examples of AI. The class will be taught…

Defense Robots for Land, Air and Sea

… The just-ended AUVSI convention showcased military/defense technology – including a Chinese-made drone.
… Good pics from the Wall Street Journal.

US Army Testing 4 Rugged UGVs in Afghanistan

… Lockheed Martin’s rugged UGV has a range of 125 miles (201 km), carries up to half a ton of cargo, and has three control options: supervised autonomy, tele-operation or manual operation.

DoD Orders Just Keep Coming

… AeroVironment receives $65 million for Puma unmanned aircraft systems.
… iRobot receives $14.1 million from US Navy and $7.4 million from US Army.
… ReconRobotics gets $5.8 million for Scout and pole-bots.

Shopping tablet guides you thru store, discounts and alternatives

… Korea’s largest telecom provider SK Telecom is funding a tablet-enabled grocery shopping cart trial. It matches a smartphone purchase list app to a tablet affixed to the cart and, while you move around the store, tells you where your items ar…

Timely Robotics-Related Research Reports Hit The Market

… Expensive but comprehensive research reports covering most aspects of the robotics industry: components, healthcare and medical, defense, security, surveillance, industrial, personal and exoskeletons, prostheses and optical sensory devices.
… ABI…

Unmanned Agricultural Tractors Gaining Momentum

… Row-crop equipment manufacturer Kinze hooked up a Jaybridge Robotics driverless kit to a John Deere tractor pulling a grain cart and integrated it so that the unmanned tractor and cart pull alongside a harvester, receive a load while moving, drive …

Willow Garage’s PR2 Robot Loses Arm and $80,000

… To enable more scientists, educators and engineers to explore the capabilities of a personal service robot, Willow Garage launched a new one-armed PR2 for $200,000. It includes an open source operating system (ROS) and a Kinect device and new senso…