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  • Go Behind the Scenes of the RUC 2018 Tech Challenge

    The technical challenge of the Robotiq User Conference puts many of the world's top collaborative-robot programmers to the test. That's why we work hard to make sure the challenge isn't easy. Ever wondered how we came up with this year's idea: training cobots to assemble a complete Robotiq promotional kit in just 24 hours? 

    Let's go behind the scenes to see how Robotiq integration coaches proofed the challenge concept this summer.

    Here's part one of our new web series, RUC 2018: Behind the Scenes.


    Webisode 1: Unboxing and Screwdriver Insertion

    Collaborative robots are growing more powerful every day, and we're here to tell you all about it. Don't miss out — follow us on Youtube, Facebook, or Linkedin for a new webisode every day this week.


    Stay tuned as the key to the pen and USB key assembly will be released this week. ;)

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  • What's New In Robotics This Week?  19.10.2018

    -UR + Robotiq Ring NYSE Closing Bell
    -FANUC launches CR-15iA cobot
    -AI beats doctors at cancer detection
    -Skyline Robotics raises US$3m
    -Five vids for Friday
    -And much more!


    Manufacturing & cobot roundup

    A Universal Robots UR5e cobot with a two-fingered gripper from Robotiq had the privilege of ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.  (Robotiq's David Maltais has video and more.)


    The event was part of celebrations around the five-year anniversary of ROBO Global, the first robotics, automation and AI index.  Credit: Universal Robots

    FAUNC's CR-15iA cobot made its PACK EXPO International debut this week.  With a payload of 15 kg, the six-axis cobot is designed to fill "the gap between its smaller CR-4iA and CR-7iA siblings and larger big brother, the CR-35iA." (H/T Automation World)

    pei_fanuc_cobot_2018_1_0The CR-15iA cobot includes a teach pendant with hand guidance.  Credit:  FANUC

    UFACTORY, a Chinese tech startup raised over US$200,000 within hours of launching a Kickstarter campaign for its 'xArm industrial robot.'  xArm, which comes in three sizes, is aimed at a SMEs, research labs, and maker spaces.  (H/T 3D Printing Media)


    Priced from US$2,299-US$5,999, the xArm is expected to ship in the first half of 2019.  Credit:  UFACTORY

    Zoller showcased cora, the firm's "collaborative robotic assistant"...



    China's smart manufacturing market is expected to exceed 220 billion yuan (US$32 billion) by 2020, according to the latest China annual intelligent smart manufacturing development report released by the China Center for Information Industry Development.  (H/T ECNS)

    Energid Technologies released video showing its actin technology in action, helping robots collaborate to avoid collisions...



    In other reading...

    • World tech summit imagines future coexistence of robots and humans (Gulf Times)
    • Fetch, Honeywell partnership to boost AMR adoption (The Robot Report)
    • Robotic Automation Finds Use in the Pharma Lab (PharmTech)
    • Sales of industrial robots have doubled in the last 4 years (Business Review)
    • Robots with eyes and brains reshaping manufacturing, says Solomon Technology chairman (DigiTimes)



    Skyline Robotics has raised US$3 million for its automated skyscraper window cleaning system.  Dubbed 'Ozmo,' the system can radically speed up cleaning processes, according to company sources. 


    The system has been successfully tested on a small scale, but is yet to clean a complete skyscraper.  Credit: Skyline Robotics

    Via Forbes:

    While the traditional solution involves three cleaners working about 480 hours in the air each to clean an average 40-story building, Ozmo is expected to expedite the process by 18 times, cleaning the same building in just one week and with only one operator standing safely on the ground.

    Google's deep-learning based 'LYmph Node Assistant' (LYNA) artificial intelligence system has outperformed human doctors when it comes to visual detection of cancer cells on slides, according to a post on Google's AI blog.   (MSN has more.)


    LYNA can detect cancer with 99% accuracy, while human detection rates can be as low as 38%.  Credit: Google

    The latest edition of the Robohub podcast features the work of Patrick Tresset, a London based artist and the creator of an automated portraiture system...




    Meet ADEPT (short for Adaptively Driven via Elastomeric Passive Transmissions): a 3D-printed, robotic prosthesis developed
    by Kevin O’Brien's team at Cornell University.  (H/T Science Robotics


    ADEPT can catch a ball and crush a can.  Credit:  Cornell

    Following a US$3 million award from the National Science Foundation, Virginia Tech researchers are starting work with exoskeleton maker Sarcos Robotics on the development of "whole-body powered exoskeletons for augmenting human performance in industrial use." 


    The Sarcos Guardian XO Exoskeleton.  Credit: Sarcos Robotics

    Researchers also plan to investigate the impact robotic exoskeletons may have on the "socio-technological landscape" of jobs. (H/T PhysOrg)


    • Artificial Intelligence Aids Automatic Monitoring of Single Molecules in Cells (Alphagalileo)
    • Japanese AI venture develops autonomous tidying-up robot (Kyodo News)
    • What Robot Dogs Teach Us About Being Human (Inverse)
    • Psychophysics - The bizarre science behind robots that know what we want (ZDNet)

    Come back next week for more robotics and AI news!  Until then...


    Five vids for Friday

    1.  Boston Dynamics dominated the popular tech news cycle again this week following the release of a massively entertaining video that showcases its quadruped Spot robot dancing to Bruno Mars' hit song "Uptown Funk."  While most headlines focused on Spot's twerking, but what really impressed me were the moon walk segments.  Spot sure has some smooth moves. 




     2.  MIT announced plans to invest US$1 billion in a college dedicated to interdisciplinary artificial intelligence research this week.  MIT hopes to attract students in fields like biology, chemistry, physics, politics, history, and linguistics who also know how to apply machine learning to these disciplines.




     3.  Pepper appeared before a UK Parliamentary Commission this week.  Before the event, some experts wondered whether such technology demonstrations give a false impression of the state of AI and robotics research.  




     4.  The Robotics for Extreme Environment Group at The University of Manchester released stunning robot's eye video from a recent MIRRAX deployment in an active cell at the Sellafield nuclear site. 




     5.  Bloomberg featured the work of roboticist Danielle Ishak, who created ElliQ --a robot designed to provide companionship to the elderly. 




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  • Robotiq Rings the NYC Stock Echange Closing Bell!

    History was made in New-York City yesterday when a  Robotiq 2F-85 Adaptive Gripper teamed-up with a  UR5e robot arm from Universal Robots, which became the first “cobot” to ring the NYSE bell, marking the rapid growth of collaborative robotics.

    The ringing of the closing bell on October 17 at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) was highly unusual as the prestigious task was performed not by a human, but by a robot arm. The bell ringer, Universal Robots’ UR5e with a two-fingered gripper from Robotiq, is a
    collaborative robot – or cobot – able to work alongside people with no safety guarding, giving watchers worldwide the opportunity to see just how easily cobots interact with humans. 

    Relive the moment!

    Cobots are now the fastest growing segment of industrial automation, expected to jump ten-fold to 34% of all industrial robot sales by 2025, according to the International Federation of Robotics. This NYSE bell ringing celebrates the five-year anniversary of ROBO Global, the first-ever robotics, automation and AI index. Launched in October 2013, ROBO invests in more than 80 of the most innovative companies across the globe, spanning 12 subsectors from manufacturing to healthcare to sensing.

    “We have long admired UR as a pioneer and global leader in the collaborative robotics market,” said Travis Briggs, CEO of ROBO Global U.S. “Since acquiring UR in 2015, Teradyne has been a key growth driver in the ROBO Global Index. We are thrilled that Teradyne generously agreed to join the ROBO Global team for this one-of-a-kind NYSE bell ringing.

    Representing UR and Teradyne was Stuart Shepherd, Regional Sales Director of UR’s Americas Division. “With this event, we celebrate not just the success of robotics in empowering customers and investors, but also the successes of our customers in innovating and changing their workplace with cobots,” he said. “The bell ringing reflects our continued commitment towards making cobots an easy-to-integrate piece of a company’s operations platform.”

    getting started with collaborative robots

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NASA Breaking News

  • NASA Invites Media to Northrop Grumman Cygnus Launch from Virginia
    Media accreditation now is open for the launch from Virginia of Northrop Grumman’s 10th commercial resupply services mission to deliver NASA science investigations, supplies and equipment to the International Space Station aboard its Cygnus spacecraft. Read more »
  • NASA to Host Briefings, Events for ICON Launch to Study Space Weather
    NASA will host a series of media briefings leading up to the Friday, Oct. 26, launch of its Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission to study the dynamic zone high in the atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather above. Read more »
  • New NASA Podcast Shares ‘Invisible’ Stories of Spaceflight
    Today, NASA released a new, limited-edition podcast called The Invisible Network, the first NASA podcast to embrace narrative storytelling. All six episodes can be downloaded and binged on NASA’s website, SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts. Read more »

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    Das verantwortliche Flugteam für die spannende BepiColombo-Mission zum Merkur schloss heute im ESOC in Darmstadt den letzten großen Schritt in den Vorbereitungen für den Start am kommenden Samstag ab.

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