General Dynamics Mission Systems has acquired Bluefin Robotics, a manufacturer of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) that perform a wide range of missions for the US military and commercial customers.
“Bluefin’s advanced underwater technologies and products are perfectly aligned with our expertise in undersea system integration,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems.
“We have long specialized in many of the technologies that are making UUVs increasingly effective, and have strong credentials integrating UUVs into naval platforms. With the added capability to design and manufacture UUVs, combined with our commitment to speeding innovation to our customers, this acquisition positions us well to further support our US Navy customers.”
Bluefin Robotics will become part of General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Maritime and Strategic Systems line of business. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.
Vecna has signed a partnership deal with iCobots, a collaborative robotics distributor in Israel. With this agreement, Vecna will further extend the availability of its patented VGo platform to Israeli businesses, medical facilities and educational institutions.
“We are pleased to work with iCobots to introduce this telepresence solution to the Israeli market,” said David Clear, Vecna’s manager of global partnerships.
Xerox has launched a global reseller agreement with Top Image Systems that the companies say will give customers end-to-end robotic process automation solutions for industry-specific, content-driven procedures.
Content processing solutions from TIS will be integrated into Xerox’s workflow automation suite, which helps simplify end-to-end processes for a range of industries including financial services, healthcare and government.
With all the current talk of robots taking over the world, and replacing millions of workers everywhere, laying waste to economies and societies everywhere, it is surprising that a company known for its advanced technology is replacing robot workers with human workers.
Prestige auto brand Mercedes has been employing more humans and fewer robots at its car factories because apparently its customers want vehicles with a high degree of customisation which is beyond the capabilities of robots, no matter clever they are.
In an interview with Bloomberg Business, Markus Schaefer, the German automaker’s head of production, says: “Robots can’t deal with the degree of individualization and the many variants that we have today. We’re saving money and safeguarding our future by employing more people.”
Driverless cars are on the horizon and accelerating towards us faster than we expected, or maybe want. So it stands to reason that there should be a way of testing them and making sure they’re safe. So Peach Fuzzer has added enhancements to its fuzz-testing platform to enable autonomous vehicles to be tested.
This latest release extends the out-of-the-box fuzzing capabilities of Peach Fuzzer to allow interfacing with, and scrutinizing of, protocols built upon the pervasive automotive communications protocol, CAN bus.
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a provider of commercial satellites, has received a contract from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to conduct first phase design studies for a spacecraft that can travel to an asteroid, remove a boulder, and redirect it into a lunar orbit to prepare it for a visit by astronauts in the 2020’s.
In keeping with NASA’s strategy to leverage commercially available capabilities, SSL’s spacecraft design for the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM) will be based on its popular commercial geostationary (GEO) satellite, which combines power, propulsion and value. There are currently 80 SSL GEO spacecraft in orbit.
“SSL is pleased to have this opportunity to work with JPL on the Asteroid Redirect Mission,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We look forward to applying our proven technologies, including our very successful experience delivering high power satellites with electric propulsion systems for our commercial GEO customers, to help JPL reduce risks and meet the cost target for this exciting mission.” Continue reading Asteroids hurtling towards Earth. Nasa readies SSL robots
Simulation, 3D printing, lightweight robots – these are some of the innovative technologies driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution – or Industry 4.0. And they are already a reality at Siemens’ Electronics Manufacturing Plant in Erlangen, Germany. A key reason for the success of this plant is that people and machines work hand in hand.
Schorsch assembles small converters. Hannes does the big ones; he inserts a fan and a heat sink in the housing and fastens them with four screws – several hundred times a day. When Hannes takes a break, Schorsch keeps on working unwaveringly.
German industrial conglomerate Siemens has won contracts to construct some of the world’s largest intelligent transport projects which will feature autonomous vehicles and connected infrastructure
A 1,300-kilometer corridor between Rotterdam and Vienna in which vehicles and infrastructures communicate with one another; driverless subway trains in Paris, Budapest, and Riyadh; an autonomously-operating public transportation systems in Ulm, Germany – these are examples of how mobility will be networked and increasingly characterized by autonomous systems – developments that Siemens is deeply involved in.
With six lines and a total route length of 175 kilometers, Riyadh is planning the world’s largest subway project. Siemens is to supply the entire turnkey system for two driverless metro lines in the capital of Saudi Arabia.
The five-million city is looking for sustainable solutions for its local traffic problems. Because Riyadh is growing rapidly: since 1990, the population has doubled to more than five million inhabitants. Siemens equips Lines 1 and 2 of the six lines with Inspiro metro trains, the electrification and the signaling and communication systems for driverless operation. Continue reading Siemens gets green light for gigantic intelligent transport projects
Industrial Networks (INet) is launching a drone that it says is “capable of fully autonomous scanning of the railyard for inventory and inspection of a railcar”. The company has been developing the drone since 2005, and last year applied to the authorities for a drone flying licence.
INet says the drone has transformed the rail industry for shippers and provided tools to automate the complete process of rail and truck shipping.
Billion-dollar sporting goods retailer upgrades systems at distribution center with new automation technology
DecisionPoint Systems, a provider and integrator of enterprise mobility, wireless applications and IoT solutions, has been selected by Modell’s Sporting Goods to lead its distribution technology refresh initiative.
Aido, which its maker modestly describes as “the world’s most advanced interactive home robot”, has launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
InGen Dynamics is a Palo Alto based privately held company with strategic partnerships with vision, sound, technology, artificial intelligence and optics companies.
Ingen Dynamic’s human-centered approach to design and engineering has led to the award-winning Aido home robot platform, which utilizes a ground breaking ballbot based mobility design, linking advanced vision recognition to an intelligent network of cameras, sensors, and microprocessors. Continue reading Aido home robot launches on Indiegogo
ZTE has reached a strategic cooperation agreement with Mojio to capitalise on the rapidly growing global connected car market.
ZTE is an international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the mobile internet. The company made the deal through its subsidiary, ZTEWelink. Moijo is an open connected-car cloud platform provider. The contract was signed at the Mobile World Congress 2016.