Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Panasonic has developed a 3D lidar – light detection and radar – sensor that it says accurately measures the direction of and distance to objects with a wide angle of view, which is critical for autonomous operation of mobile robots.

Employing Panasonic’s propriety laser-scanning technology, the 3D lidar is capable of scanning the laser as wide as up to 60 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally to achieve stable operation of autonomous robots.

Sample shipments will start in January 2018, and Panasonic will exhibit the 3D lidar at Ceatec Japan event, from October 3 to 6, 2017.  Continue reading Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

ABB’s YuMi collaborative robot to conduct classical music orchestra

ABB’s YuMi robot is to conduct a classical music orchestra in a performance in Italy tonight. 

The dual-armed collaborative robot will conduct a famous aria called La Donna è Mobile, from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto.

The singer at the concert will be the famous tenor Andrea Bocelli.  Continue reading ABB’s YuMi collaborative robot to conduct classical music orchestra

Ericsson and Zenuity to create network for self-driving cars

Networking company Ericsson is partnering with Zenuity, an automotive software development joint venture between Autoliv and Volvo, to develop a connectivity platform for cars.

Ericsson says the “end-to-end” platform will be for connected safety, advanced driver assistance systems, and autonomous driving software and functions.

In the first phase of the collaboration, Ericsson and Zenuity will work closely together to develop the Zenuity Connected Cloud – powered by Ericsson internet of things accelerator.  Continue reading Ericsson and Zenuity to create network for self-driving cars

Acer showcases its MixBot intelligent drinks robot solution

Acer has been showcasing its service-oriented and intelligent mixology robot solution, the MixBot, at the 2017 Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition.

The Acer MixBot solution, which integrates a robotic arm and an autonomous guided vehicle, will demonstrate a complete bartending solution from order-taking, drink preparation, and table service to customers, along with a business intelligence system at the backend.

The MixBot shows how Acer can fully customize its robotic solutions for a variety of usage scenarios.  Continue reading Acer showcases its MixBot intelligent drinks robot solution

Delta showcases smart production line at Taipei event

Delta Electronics has been demonstrating its high-flexibility multi-tasking smart production line at the Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition 2017.

Delta, a provider of industrial automation solutions, has been promoting its theme of “Digitalization and Flexibility for Smart, Green Manufacturing” at the Taipei event.

The company featured its brand new smart production Line with a customer-centric, IIoT-based, fully-automated demo which integrates Delta’s manufacturing execution system, equipment management system, IIoT technology, industrial robots, and automation control solutions.  Continue reading Delta showcases smart production line at Taipei event

Globetouch and CloudMinds to provide connectivity for robots

Globetouch and CloudMinds Technology have formed a partnership to provide connectivity for robots and other artificial intelligence initiatives.

Both companies are making the announcement during Mobile World Congress Americas 2017, a conference and expo bringing together industry leaders to meet and explore new business models in mobile technology.

Globetouch provides connectivity services and IoT platforms for the connected vehicle and the Internet of Things market.  Continue reading Globetouch and CloudMinds to provide connectivity for robots

‘World’s first’ fully automated port terminal opens in Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne is the site of what is said to be the world’s first fully automated container handling terminal.

The system was developed and delivered by Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Navis, part of Kalmar Business Area within Cargotec.

The automation solution is called OneTerminal, and was supplied to International Container Terminal Services Incorporated at the Port of Melbourne, Australia.  Continue reading ‘World’s first’ fully automated port terminal opens in Melbourne

New Apple iPhone could face manufacturing delays

The new iPhone which Apple is planning to launch tomorrow is likely to face manufacturing delays, according to a report in Wall Street Journal

Any new iPhone usually sells out quite quickly so there’s almost always shortages, but this time shortfalls could be due to a lack of new screens.

Apple has chosen organic light emitting diode – OLED – technology for its screens. Previous iPhones used LCD – liquid crystal display.  Continue reading New Apple iPhone could face manufacturing delays

Tiny nanobots swim through blood stream to deliver medicine

Tiny nano robots less than 5 millionths of a metre long can swim through human veins to deliver medicine to a targeted area. 

The nanobots have two arms and is said to swim in a “freestyle” stroke, or front crawl, when guided with magnets. They have three main parts, and are said to be approximately the size of a single blood cell.

The super-small machine was built by Joseph Wang and his colleagues at the University of California at San Diego. Co-workers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China and the Israel Institute of Technology were also involved.  Continue reading Tiny nanobots swim through blood stream to deliver medicine

Quanta Storage aiming to ship 1,000 collaborative robots this year

Quanta Storage, the company behind the Techman industrial robot, is aiming to ship 1,000 collaborative robots this year, according to a report on DigiTimes.com

The company is further planning to ship another 2,000 units in 2018, says the website.

Techman produces a range of collaborative robots. The TM5 has two models – one with a payload of 6 kg and another with a payload of 4 kg.  Continue reading Quanta Storage aiming to ship 1,000 collaborative robots this year

Telecommunications company Sprint to employ Pepper robot for customer relations

US telecommunications company Sprint is employing Pepper, the humanoid robot from SoftBank Robotics, for customer relations.

SoftBank Robotics America and Sprint to will initially place Pepper in locations where it will interact with Sprint business clients and retail customers.

Pepper is said to be the first humanoid marketing platform that could help businesses and consumers embrace the power of robotics and artificial intelligence.  Continue reading Telecommunications company Sprint to employ Pepper robot for customer relations

Offshore drilling company Nabors acquires Robotic Drilling Systems

Nabors Industries, an oil and gas drilling company, has acquired Robotic Drilling Systems, a provider of automated tubular and tool handling equipment for the onshore and offshore drilling markets.

This transaction integrates the RDS team and product offering with the technology portfolio of Canrig, Nabors rig equipment subsidiary, and strengthens the development of its drilling automation solutions.

The RDS modular systems are applicable both in onshore and offshore markets, on new builds as well as retrofits.  Continue reading Offshore drilling company Nabors acquires Robotic Drilling Systems

Bocap invests $4.2 million in Specim vision systems for waste-sorting robot

Spectral Imaging, or Specim, has agreed to an investment of €3.5 million ($4.2 million) by Bocap SME Achievers Fund, with the aim to double its current €10 million revenues by 2020.

Specim is a global pioneer in hyperspectral imaging technology and related products and solutions. Its products are widely used in industrial, environmental and security applications.

Specim’s solutions serve mining industries in drill core scanning and producing mineral maps, agriculture to screen the crops for disease and infestation, and they are key components in waste-sorting robotics.  Continue reading Bocap invests $4.2 million in Specim vision systems for waste-sorting robot

Taiwan to develop ‘affordable’ industrial robots for factories and warehouses

The Industrial Technology Research Institution of Taiwan says it is working with local manufacturers to develop what it says will be more “affordable” robots for factories and warehouses – in other words, collaborative robots.

This is according to a report in the Taipei Times.

Patrick Yu, acting division director of ITRI’s mechanical and mechatronics systems research labs, is quoted on the website as saying: “Traditional industrial robots are suitable for large-scale production lines. They need a lot of space and cost a lot of money, which small and medium-sized enterprises cannot afford.”

Traditional robots – the large industrial machines which tend to be caged off and require separate computers to run them, called programmable logic controllers – are said to be too big and expensive for a lot of smaller companies, says ITRI.  Continue reading Taiwan to develop ‘affordable’ industrial robots for factories and warehouses

Sony invests in Acutronic Robotics’ hardware robot operating system solutions

Electronics giant Sony has invested an undisclosed sum in a company called Acutronic Robotics, which specialises in the Hardware Robot Operating System, or H-ROS. 

This is according to a report on TechCrunch.com, which says Sony may be looking to use H-ROS as a way to consolidate the disparate robotics landscape to some extent.

The company associated with Acutronic is Erle Robotics, which has built a range of components and machines – such as drones, small cars, and computing boards.