Archive 31.01.2018

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QC Industries – AS40: The Ultimate User-Friendly Conveyor

AS40 Conveyors are designed for ease of use and simple integration with robotic applications. Built on a rigid aluminum frame, they feature tee slots for rapid accessory mounting and a tail that flips up at the push of a button for easy under-belt cleaning and belt changes. Nosebar tails are available for transferring small parts between conveyors. All conveyors include a 10 Year Warranty and most are available with a fast five day lead time.

New Horizon 2020 robotics projects: RobMoSys

In 2016, the European Union co-funded 17 new robotics projects from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for research and innovation. 16 of these resulted from the robotics work programme, and 1 project resulted from the Societal Challenges part of Horizon 2020. The robotics work programme implements the robotics strategy developed by SPARC, the Public-Private Partnership for Robotics in Europe (see the Strategic Research Agenda). 

EuRobotics regularly publishes video interviews with projects, so that you can find out more about their activities. You can also see many of these projects at the upcoming European Robotics Forum (ERF) in Tampere Finland March 13-15.

This week features RobMoSys : Composable Models and Software for Robotic Systems.

Objectives

RobMoSys will coordinate the whole community’s best and consorted efforts to realize a step-change towards an industry-grade software development ecosystem.
RobMoSys envisions a model-driven integration approach built around the current code-centric robotic platforms.
RobMoSys intends to establish software quality enabling model and software composability and improved tool support.
RobMoSys will elaborate a common open methodology for software development based on broad involvement of the robotic and software community via Open Calls.

 

Expected Impact

The major expected impacts of the project are:

  • the professionalization of software development in robotics, which in turn will improve product and service quality at reduced development costs;
  • the further commoditization of the basic robotics software technologies, which in turn will help to grow the potential market of new-generation robotics systems.

Impacts are expected in both the global software and system modelling tool market and in robotic related market domains.

Partners

COMMISSARIAT A L’ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
FACHHOCHSCHULE ULM
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
PAL ROBOTICS SL
COMAU SPA
ECLIPSE FOUNDATION EUROPE GMBH
EUNITED AISBL

Coordinator:

Coordinator: Sara Tucci
sara.tucci@cea.fr

Project website: robmosys.eu

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Robots in Depth with Daniel Pizzata


In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Daniel Pizzata about how his passion for modular robotics led him to start Modbot, a company building robotics platforms. The goal of Modbot is to bring robots out of the research labs and make them accessible to everyone.

Daniel started out in the defence sector in Australia using robotics to measure radio transmissions. He worked on many different projects, but felt that he wanted to work with technology that was more widely applicable in society.

Daniel also talks about how he met his co-founder Adam Ellison and how they had the idea of a platform and a community that could widen the range of people that are able to develop robotics and automation solutions. This turned out to be a life-changing journey with many intense moments and amazing experiences.

Daniel then shares how living on floor 7½ in the mezzanine corridor was one of the interesting aspects of moving to San Fransisco to pursue his dream of starting Modbot.

Gallery of photos from CES 2018, and other news

I have created a gallery in Google Photos with some of the more interesting items I saw at CES, with the bulk of them being related to robocars, robotic delivery and transportation.

Click on the CES 2018 Gallery to view it. Make sure to see the captions, which will either appear at the bottom of the screen, or if you clicke the “Info” button (“i” in circle) it will open up a side panel with the caption, and then you can go through the images with arrow keys or the arrow buttons.

In the gallery you will see commentary on 3 different flying car offerings, many LIDARs, 6 delivery robots and the silliest product of CES 2018.

In other news

It’s been reported that Pony.ai got a $112M series A which shows the valuation frenzy is continuing. Pony.ai was founded by veterans of Baido (and Google Chauffeur), but what is more surprising is that their plan is not very ambitious, at least for now — cars for restricted environments such as campuses and small towns. They will go after the Chinese market first.

The U.S. Dept. of Transport will make a 3rd round of robocar regulations this summer. The first round was much too detailed, the 2nd round fixed that but said almost nothing. The 3rd round will probably be a bit closer to the middle, and will also deal with trucks, which were left out of earlier rules.

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