Boston Dynamics terrifies humanity again with humanoid robot that can do backflips like an Olympic gymnast

As many people – including us – have said many times, Boston Dynamics makes the scariest robots in the world (see video below). 

Not only do they look terrifying, they move in such a realistic way that you wonder if the makers have done something horrible to achieve such life-like motion.

Like transplanting an actual human brain into the humanoids or a dog’s brain into the canines to achieve such expert movement skills.  Continue reading Boston Dynamics terrifies humanity again with humanoid robot that can do backflips like an Olympic gymnast

Honda to launch new concept robots at CES 2018

As well as being a globally well-known automaker, Honda is the maker of what is probably the most recognizable humanoid robot in the world – the famous Asimo – it’s the one that looks like an astronaut and runs in a funny way. 

But the company hasn’t really made many headlines in recent times for its ongoing work in robotics. Now it’s in the spotlight again.

Honda Robotics is preparing to unveil what it calls its “3E – Empower, Experience, Empathy – Robotics Concept at CES 2018, which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, US, from January 9th to 12th. (See video below.) Continue reading Honda to launch new concept robots at CES 2018

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Mopping robot EveryBot raises 4,000 per cent more funds than makers asked for

The makers of a mopping robot have raised 4,000 per cent more money than they asked for on crowd-funding site Indiegogo

The developers of EveryBot RS700 have raised a total of $25,500 which is currently 4,200 per cent more than they asked for.

Although we’re talking about relatively small numbers, the success of EveryBot is an indication of how popular new robots can be both as a simple product purchase and as an investment.  Continue reading Mopping robot EveryBot raises 4,000 per cent more funds than makers asked for

Advantech expands European service center

Advantech, a provider of industrial and embedded computing solutions, has expanded its European Service Center in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The compnay says that “continuous growth in the European market” has led Advantech to enlarge both the production, logistic and office facilities, which are set to open in January 2018.

Next to housing nearly 150 employees, the high-tech building will also serve as a demonstration site, displaying the latest of Advantech’s service IoT and Industry 4.0 applications.  Continue reading Advantech expands European service center

The Chinese way: From ‘teaching’ to ‘teaching and learning’

By Edward Tse, Gao Feng Advisory

A few weeks ago, I had a meeting with the APAC head of a major Fortune 500 company at his office in Shanghai.

He told me that he had arrived in China around six months ago and was sent from headquarters to run their Asia business with a particular focus on China.

He said he thought he would come to China to “teach”.  Continue reading The Chinese way: From ‘teaching’ to ‘teaching and learning’

How to choose the most appropriate programmable logic controller for your industrial automation requirements

By Joseph Zulick, MRO Electric

As many machine automation professionals know, deciding on which programmable logic controller to work with can be one of the most difficult decisions you have to make when organizing your control system.

There is no one size fits all equation, so are here are some guidelines I use.  Continue reading How to choose the most appropriate programmable logic controller for your industrial automation requirements

Exotec unveils new warehouse automation system with integrated robot

A French company called Exotec Solutions has unveiled its warehouse robot, which looks similar to the mobile autonomous vehicles from a number of other companies. 

The market for such vehicles has been expanding, at least in terms of the number of companies offering solutions.

It remains to be seen how well they sell, but if Amazon’s heavy utilisation of similar logistics robots is anything to go by, the market is likely to grow fast.  Continue reading Exotec unveils new warehouse automation system with integrated robot

Delta Electronics launches new range of drives

Delta Electronics, the second largest drive provider in the world in terms of quantity, manufacturing several million drives per year, has released the new M300 range of drives (main picture).

The company says the new drives are suitable for “the simplest to the most advanced applications”, including:

  • machine tools;
  • textile machines;
  • woodworking machines;
  • packaging machines;
  • electronics manufacturing;
  • fans;
  • pumps;
  • air compressors; and
  • more.

The M300 range is made of 3 Series: the MH range is dedicated to advanced automation needs; the MS300 covers main applications while the ME300 has been designed to be “a very affordable solution” for many automation systems, says Delta.  Continue reading Delta Electronics launches new range of drives

Baumüller integrates components into its data portal

Baumüller is integrating its components into its ePlan data portal.

Specifically, the automation specialist is integrating its converter family b maXX 5000 (pictured below) into its web-based ePlan data portal.

With all of the necessary data for over 40 products, Baumüller says the move will enable its customers to save time during the design phase.  Continue reading Baumüller integrates components into its data portal

San Francisco effectively bans sidewalk robots

The local authorities in San Francisco have effectively banned robots from sidewalks in a vote a couple of days ago. 

Local businesses, especially takeaway restaurants, had been experimenting with using autonomous wheeled robots to deliver customers’ orders.

A number of robotics companies have been developing such robots. They include:

Starship is probably the most well known among these companies, having already made deliveries in other parts of the US, and having developed a partnership with Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes.  Continue reading San Francisco effectively bans sidewalk robots

GreyOrange launches new AI for logistics robots and warehouse automation

Automation and robotics company GreyOrange has released its next-generation software platform, GreyMatter, which features artificial intelligence.

The company made the announcement at the launch of the latest warehouse of the Nitori, said to be Japan’s largest furniture and home furnishing chain with over 400 stores.

The Butler robotics system from GreyOrange is being used at the Osaka centre of Home Logistics, a logistics subsidiary of Nitori which operates 34 distribution bases and a logistics network for product delivery to stores and e-commerce customers across Japan.  Continue reading GreyOrange launches new AI for logistics robots and warehouse automation

Groove X raises $70 million in funding to develop ‘new generation’ of household robot, named ‘Lovot’

A Japanese company called Groove X has raised an astonishing $70 million to develop and release what it calls the “next generation” of household, or companion, robots. 

The company has named its new creation “Lovot”, which is a combination of the word “love” and “robot”, but has yet to release pictures of the machine. It does, however, provide a glimpse in a video (below).

The founder of Groove X is Kaname Hayashi, a former Toyota engineer and lead developer of Softbank Robotics’ interactive humanoid robot, Pepper.  Continue reading Groove X raises $70 million in funding to develop ‘new generation’ of household robot, named ‘Lovot’

HMS Industrial Networks launches mobile version of remote access solution

HMS Industrial Networks has launched a mobile version of its remote access solution, eWon eCatcher.

eWon eCatcher is the software that eWon users utilize to establish a remote connection via an eWon router to their machine.

HMS Industrial Networks’ mobile version of this award-winning remote access solution is called eWon eCatcher Mobile.  Continue reading HMS Industrial Networks launches mobile version of remote access solution

STMicroelectronics launches advanced image-stabilizing gyroscope

STMicroelectronics has launched a miniature two-axis MEMS gyroscope which the company says offers more stability. 

Smaller, thinner smartphone camera modules can provide pin-sharp image stabilization and make extra space for new devices.

The device type STMicroelectronics has in mind are smartphones. The company says the new L20G20IS miniature 2-axis MEMS gyroscope can enable handsets to have features such as increased performance and advanced vibration immunity.

As the newest member of ST’s highly integrated optical image stabilization device family, the L20G20IS measures just 2.0mm x 2.0mm x 0.7mm, liberating an extra 1.29mm2 of board space (compared to the previous 2.3mm x 2.3mm L2G2IS) to help shrink camera-module size and simplify circuit design.  Continue reading STMicroelectronics launches advanced image-stabilizing gyroscope