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Month: September 2011

Robotics | IoT

Notes from IROS 2011 San Francisco

… Week long conference on intelligent robots and systems had presentations, exhibitions, demonstrations and interactive sessions.
… Read one observer’s picks for most interesting, crowd pleasing and unusual presentations and demonstrations at…

Yaskawa Porting ROS to Robot Line

… Southwest Research Institute porting Willow Garage’s Open Source ROS Robotic Operating System to Yaskawa line of Motoman robots.
… Work to be done by Q1 2012.
… “The next step for industrial robotics is to be more sensor aware; to b…

PerkinElmer acquires Caliper Life Sciences for $600 million

… Both companies design, produce and market lab automation robots.
… Sale will be finalized in two months.

IFR Says Robots Did Well In 2010

… Industrial robot sales almost doubled compared to 2009 – to $5.7 billion – with the auto and electronics industries as the main drivers.The IFR expects China to become the world’s largest market for robots by 2014. For the first time, global …

Win $25,000 for Healthcare Robotics Invention

… Carnegie Melon University (CMU), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) and the Innovation Accelerator (IA) are all working together to organize and host a contest to find new ventures with “big idea&#…

Robots learn to handle objects, understand new places

Infants spend their first few months learning to find their way around and manipulating objects, and they are very flexible about it: Cups can come in different shapes and sizes, but they all have handles. So do pitchers, so we pick them up the same wa…

Robotic Technology for Treating Hair Loss Gets $41 Million

… Restoration Robotics, Inc received clearance from the FDA in April for it’s ARTAS™ System for harvesting hair follicles from the scalp in men. It combines an image-guided robotic arm, special imaging technologies, small dermal punches, and …