Asratec, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank, held a press conference in Tokyo introducing the V-Sido robot operating system; V-Sido Connect - a new robot controller board; and ASRA C1 - a unique humanoid robot designed as a demonstration and test platform for V-Sido and related applications.
By Robots Dreams
After a little more than a year on the job at manufacturing and production facilities throughout the U.S., Baxter has integrated into the workforce and become a valuable return on investment for its employers. With far more speed, precision and motion quality of the original version that shipped in early 2013, Baxter is getting a promotion -- thanks to the continuous innovation of our industry-leading software platform, Intera. With Intera 3, Baxter is better than ever -- and it's only going to continue improving from here.
By Rethink Robotics
Full story: http://ift.tt/1pneSW5 Watch this incredible time-lapse of the world's first 3D-printed, open-source humanoid robot leap into life starter parts
By New Scientist
There were lots of animated "robot" animal toys exhibited at the annual Tokyo Toy Show held in mid-June at the Big Sight Convention Center.
By Robots Dreams
Here’s the online version of the Yomiuri Shimbun article reporting on the Japanese government strategy to boost low-cost robots - http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140615-00050113-yom-bus_all.
Basically the information is the same as we reported in the previous post, though there are a few more specifics. The article also mentions a proposed robot competition, tentatively named “Robot Olympics”, the government plans to stage in conjunction with the Tokyo Olympics and ParaOlympics in 2020. Needless to say the IOC will make them come up with a different name as it has in the past with other robot events.
Japanese robot stock prices surged in Tokyo when the market opened Monday morning boosted by a report that the Japanese government plans to actively promote the sector in conjunction with the 2020 Olympics.
Share prices of Kikuchi Seisakusho, Cyberdyne, Kawada Technologies, Harmonic Drive Systems, and Hihaisuto Seiko all responded positively when the Yomimuri Shimbun newspaper reported that the government will support the dissemination of low cost robots. The initiative appears to be focused on the manpower shortage in dealing with Japan’s ageing population, nursing care, agriculture, disaster response, infrastructure inspection, and more traditional factory automation applications.
The robot market is expected to expand from 700 billion yen in 2012 to about 2.4 trillion yen by 2020 when the Tokyo Olympics take place. More detailed information on the government’s plans to stimulate growth in the robotics market is expected to be announced later this month.
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Asratec, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank held a press conference in Tokyo announcing V-SIDO, an innovative operating system for robots that incorporates functionality to protect the robot and humans while making development easier for robot designers. They also demonstrated the ASRA C1 reference model humanoid robot.
http://aldebaran.com SoftBank Mobile Corp. and Aldebaran announced the joint development of Pepper, the world's first personal robot that can read emotions. Meet Pepper right now! http://ift.tt/1kwCEyl
Demo of Parrot's Jumping Sumo robot at official release event in New York City. Learn more: http://ift.tt/1qwwRZl
By IEEE Spectrum
Using a snake robot to navigate bends and junctions in a real-world sewer pipe network.