The Robot Report
  • Electronic skin could give robots an exceptional sense of touch
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    The National University of Singapore developed the Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin, an artificial nervous system that could give robots an exceptional sense of touch. | Credit: National University of Singapore. Robots and prosthetic devices may soon have a sense of touch equivalent to, or better than, the human skin with… Read more »
  • Multi-tool mount enables 1 UR e-Series cobot to use 3 grippers
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    New Scale Robotics (NSR) has announced the first multi-tool mounting system for Universal Robots (UR) e-Series cobots. The NSR-MTM-3-URe Multi-Tool Mount (NSR-MTM) allows users to mount and control up to three grippers or other tools on one UR e-Series cobot. The NSR-MTM System allows users to quickly set up and perform… Read more »
  • Toolcraft turns to UR e-Series cobots to save on production, increase throughput
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    Toolcraft Inc., a small precision machining shop in Seattle, makes parts for industries including aerospace, defense, and medical. It needed help tending its CNC machine and ultimately turned to Universal Robots A/S’s e-Series collaborative robots. Faced with labor shortages and a demanding manufacturing task, Toolcraft assessed its alternatives and worked… Read more »
  • MiR500 mobile robot helps Cabka automate pallet transport
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    Germany-based Cabka Group recycles post-industrial plastics into pallets and other material handling products. Cabka North America’ 400,000-square-foot plant in the St. Louis, Missouri area runs 24/7 to manufacture about 5,000 pallets per day. But Cabka is challenged by labor shortages due to high turnover of temporary workers, which leads to… Read more »
  • Robo Firefly drone goes small for efficiency, waits on crowdfunding
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    While industrial automation is growing, albeit slower than some analysts expected, and new robotics applications are emerging, developers must still be aware of hazards when launching their innovations. Even the most promising technologies have to find investors and market support. Hummingdrones is a startup whose innovative Robo Firefly aerial drone… Read more »
  • Challenges of building haptic feedback for surgical robots
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    Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a modern technique that allows surgeons to perform operations through small incisions (usually 5-15 mm). Although it has numerous advantages over older surgical techniques, MIS can be more difficult to perform. Some inherent drawbacks are: Limited motion due to straight laparoscopic instruments and fixation enforced… Read more »
  • Smart manufacturing trends analyzed in GP Bullhound report
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    Smart manufacturing investments. Source: GP Bullhound Continuing improvements in software and hardware are leading to trends such as Manufacturing-as-a-Service, hyper-personalization of products on demand, and a reinvention of the capital goods economy, found a new study. Last month, GP Bullhound issued a new report titled “Smart Manufacturing: The Rise of… Read more »
  • Perrone Robotics begins pilot of first autonomous public shuttle in Virginia
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    ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. — Perrone Robotics Inc., in partnership with Albemarle County and JAUNT Inc., last week announced that Virginia’s first public autonomous shuttle service began pilot operations in Crozet, Va. The shuttle service, called AVNU for “Autonomous Vehicle, Neighborhood Use,” is driven by Perrone Robotics’ TONY (TO Navigate You)… Read more »
  • 6 common mistakes when setting up safety laser scanners
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    Having worked in industrial automation for most of my career, I’d like to think that I’ve built up a wealth of experience in the field of industrial safety sensors. Familiar with safety laser scanners for over a decade, I have been involved many designs and installations. I currently work for… Read more »
  • COAST Autonomous to deploy first self-driving vehicles at rail yard
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    PASADENA, Calif. — COAST Autonomous today announced that Harbor Rail Services of California has selected it to deploy self-driving vehicles at the Kinney County Railport in Texas. This groundbreaking collaboration is the first deployment of self-driving vehicles at a U.S. rail yard, said the companies. Harbor Rail and COAST teams… Read more »
  • Reader survey seeks input for The Robot Report
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    We want to know what you think! The Robot Report is already the premier site for engineers and developers of commercial robots and intelligent systems, but we’re conducting a survey to better serve you, our readers. Whether you’re a student or a researcher, are working at a startup, are an investor,… Read more »
  • Intuitive Surgical acquires Schölly Fiberoptic’s robotic endoscope business
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    Intuitive Surgical da Vinci system. | Credit: Intuitive Surgical Intuitive Surgical, the pioneer of robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery, has acquired Denzlingen, Germany-based Schölly Fiberoptic‘s robotic endoscope business. The financial terms of the acquisition were not detailed. Intuitive said the acquisition will integrate Schölly’s robotic endoscope manufacturing line and two Schölly… Read more »
  • Intel Pohoiki Beach 64-chip neuromorphic system available for researchers
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    A close-up photo shows Loihi, Intel’s neuromorphic research chip. Intel’s latest neuromorphic system, Pohoiki Beach, will be comprised of 64 of these Loihi chips. (Credit: Tim Herman/Intel) Intel unveiled its 8 million-neuron neuromorphic system codenamed Pohoiki Beach today at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Electronics Resurgence Initiative in… Read more »
  • CloudMinds files for $500M IPO for cloud-based service robots
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    CloudMinds is working on a general-purpose, cloud-enabled humanoid service robot. Source: CloudMinds Connecting robots to artificial intelligence in the cloud can reduce onboard processing and power demands. CloudMinds Technology Inc., which offers cloud-based systems for robotics, last week filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public… Read more »
  • Filter gives robots greater spatial perception for 6D object pose estimation
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    Robots are good at making identical repetitive movements, such as a simple task on an assembly line. Pick up a cup. Turn it over. Put it down. But they lack the ability to perceive objects as they move through an environment. A human picks up a cup, puts it down… Read more »
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