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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Survey on the introduction of robotic services in healthcare facilities

The European project Robot-Era is an ambitious integrated project. Its objective is to develop and implement the general feasibility, scientific/technical effectiveness and social/legal plausibility and acceptability by end-users of a plurality of complete advanced robotic services, integrated in intelligent environments, which will actively cooperate with older people to provide independent living. The project has set up a short survey to collect the point of view of secondary, tertiary and quaternary stakeholders on the introduction of robotic services in healthcare facilities. Link to the survey.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Amazon Picking Challenge 2015 - Team RBO


This is the performance of the winner of the Amazon Picking Challenge 2015: Team RBO (https://www.robotics.tu-berlin.de/). Given an order of twelve objects, Team RBO correctly picked ten. 

Friday, May 08, 2015

Workforce sit-in

Credit. noonee
Audi AG has begun testing its new “Chairless Chair®” technology in its factory in Neckarsulm in Germany. It is a light exoskeleton made of carbon fibre which allows employees to be supported while they stand, and to sit, anytime and anywhere, without having to have a conventional chair. The “Chairless Chair” has been developed in partnership with the Swiss start-up Noonee AG. The exoskeleton consists of a titanium structure which adjusts itself to the back part of a person’s legs and of a brace strapped to the torso. The chairless chair weighs 2.4 kg (5.3 lbs) and works with a hydraulic system controlled by buttons.
Chairless Chair® overcomes the ergonomic challenges faced on the production floor and fits in with existing ergonomic solutions and no need to change infrastructure. The Chairless Chair® is designed to follow the users body curvature and no ergonomic table is too high or too low for the wearable devise with its discrete and aesthetic design. Check the demo video below.

According to the market research firm TechNavio, the global exoskeleton systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 72.51% over the period 2014-2019. Medical and military uses – for substituting for human muscular activity or for rehabilitation – are, for now, the major target sectors for these devices.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mobile robot platform wins 2015 EC Business Innovation Observatory Award

Swedish OpiFlex has been awarded the 2015 European Commission Business Innovation Observatory Award, Robotdalen reports. OpiFlex was selected based on the uniqueness of the technology, the ability of management , the potential to grow internationally as well as the size of the total addressable market.
OpiFlex has developed a mobile robot platform, which allows a robot cell that is typically fixed in its place to be moved in its entirety, either manually or by means of Autonomous Guided Vehicle (AGV) software. The platform provides the same high stability and precision operation as fixed robots, through its docking station.
As one of the first companies in the world, OpiFlex has developed a solution that makes automation economically feasible for small series production (and in the future perhaps even handicraft). 
Check ot the video below

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ABB Robotics YuMi - World's first truly collaborative robot

ABB has developed YuMi, a collaborative, dual arm, small parts assembly robot solution that includes flexible hands, parts feeding systems, camera-based part location and state-of-the-art robot control. YuMi was officially introduced to the market at the Hannover Messe on Monday, April 13, 2015. Check out the video below to learn more about the future of robotic co-working. 


Monday, January 12, 2015

Rethink Robotics Announces $26.6 Million Series D Round of Financing

Credit: Rethink Robotics
Rethink Robotics today announced $26.6 million in Series D financing, led by GE Ventures, with additional participation from Goldman Sachs, both new investors. All of Rethink Robotics’ earlier investors are also participating in the round, including Bezos Expeditions, CRV, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Two Sigma Ventures. The funding will be used to support the company’s continued innovation, growth, and international expansion, and reflects Rethink Robotics’ position as a leader in the emerging market of collaborative robotics. This new investment brings the company’s total funding to more than $100 million since its founding in 2008.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Self-driving concept car from Mercedes-Benz

At the CES 2015 in Las Vegas German Mercedes-Benz presented its self-driving research vehicle F015 Luxury in Motion. By 2030, the number of mega-cities with more than 10 million inhabitants will increase from about 30 to over 40. "The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time," says Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "Autonomously driving cars by Mercedes-Benz shall offer exactly that. With the F 015 Luxury in Motion, this revolutionary concept of mobility becomes tangible for the first time." Check out the promo video below.