July 4 Automation and Robotics News — Tony Zaragoza

Automation and Robotics News–July 4, 2010

Highlights: Robot lifeguards, automated spa, dealing with budget cuts through automation, robot spies, robotics virtual summit, upswing for robotics industry…

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It's Emily to the rescue... (Credit: Hydronalix)

Robot lifeguard Emily is no ‘Baywatch’ babe

Leslie Katz ·  Tue Jun 29 2010

Remote-controlled contraption called Emily can locate distressed swimmers and ferry them back to shore–or give them something to hold onto until human help shows up.

Robotics meet origami in self-folding sheets

Leslie Katz ·  Tue Jun 29 2010

Thanks to scientists at Harvard and MIT, programmable electronic sheets can now fold themselves into shapes that any origami aficionado could appreciate.


China labour unrest to accelerate automation trend

Moneycontrol.com – Jun 28, 2010

“The automation equipment industry is growing very, very fast. Sensors, frequency converters, conveyor belts, pneumatic systems, power tools — you name it …

Salem Public Library moves to more automation

By Barbara Curtin • Statesman Journal • July 2, 2010

The Salem Public Library plans to buy two DVD dispensers and one additional self-check machine in order to serve the public with a smaller circulation staff. The City Council approved the purchases in hopes of increasing library efficiency,

Riverton residents question library automation

Press Herald -Kelley Bouchard – Jun 22, 2010

PORTLAND – Riverton residents pleaded with city officials Monday night to keep a staffed Portland Public Library …

Automation takes over spa services at My Resort

Cathryn Creno – Jun. 21, 2010 The Arizona Republic

If Jane Jetson had been a spa girl, the 1960s cartoon character probably would have frequented someplace like My Resort Tanning and Spa.  All of the pampering at the Ahwatukee Foothills and Scottsdale salons is automated. Massages, facials, teeth whitening and full-body steam treatments are done by machine. There’s no need to chitchat or appear in your underwear in front of anyone. And no one at My Resort hints around for a tip.

Automation’s Future

Automation World -Gary Mintchell – Jul 1, 2010

Well, we have a number of companies that develop, manufacture and sell products and services in what could be called automation. There are magazines that …

Iran unveils human-like robot: report

AFP – 12 hours ago

TEHRAN — Iran has developed a new human-like walking robot to be used in “sensitive jobs,” government newspaper Iran reported on Sunday. …

New era of “robot” spies will test privacy

Reuters UK -Myra MacDonald – Jun 25, 2010

“Once you go over to data mining you are essentially handing the process over to robots, who roam through this material looking for patterns of suspicious …


Adept Technology Furthers Commitment to Sustainable and Green Production With Validation of Adept Quattro Energy Savings

Adept Technology, Inc. Posted 07/02/2010

Adept Quattro™ s650HS Robot Provides Significant Energy Savings and Sustainable Manufacturing Practices for Critical Production Processes

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, today announced it has further demonstrated its commitment to green and sustainable manufacturing through developing energy conscious solutions such as the Adept Quattro robot for production systems ranging from safely processing food to reducing the costs associated with manufacturing solar cells. Energy consumption has consistently ranked as a top consideration when companies select and implement capital equipment. Recent benchmark tests validate that the Adept Quattro, which was originally designed with energy conservation in mind, consumes up to 35% less power over delta or SCARA robots.


Lizard robot swims through sand
by Markus Waibel » 02 Jul 2010, 08:38
In a video reminiscent of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels, researchers at Georgia Tech in Atlanta have shown a robot that can swim through sand. Like the salamander robot you may remember from previous interviews with Auke Ijspeert (including an earlier Talking Robots interview), this robot’s morphology and locomotion pattern are modeled after that of a real lizard. However, while previous research for movement in water or air could rely on detailed dynamic models, no such models exist for sand which can behave as both, a solid and a fluid


Robotics Virtual Summit Available On Demand

Access to online exhibit hall, resource center, keynote addresses and feature presentations available at no charge.

By Robotics Trends 06.30.2010

Access to online exhibit hall, resource center, keynote addresses and feature presentations available at no charge. Event focused on autonomy, mobility and navigation in robotic systems. Robotics Trends announced that access to the inaugural event in the Robotics Summit Virtual Conference and Exposition Series, Autonomy, Navigation, and Mobility Solutions, is available on demand and at no charge at <http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/robotics>http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/robotics.

Getting Back on Track: Service Robots 2010

The robotics industry is getting back on track!

Sales slump in 2009 – Strong recovery in 2010 – Further growth expected in 2011 and 2012. The IFR Statistics Department presented the preliminary results of the annual statistics on Industrial Robots on Wednesday, 9 June 2010, in Munich at the AUTOMATICA. In 2009, with about 62,100 industrial robots shipped, the number of units sold worldwide slumped dramatically by about 45% compared to 2008, one of the most successful years. But in the first quarter 2010 the sales skyrocketed worldwide by more than 50% compared to the first quarter 2009.


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