Tag Archives: robotics

Automate 2017

Robots so advanced, when they dance, they “do the human”  Who are we kidding…machines have already taken over. Any ‘human’ who attended Automate 2017 this week can vouch: the lines have never been more indistinct between virtual and actual, A.I. and H.I., intuition and cognition. The biennial conference, held this year at McCormick Place in […]

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Need a Pick-Me-Up?

Amazon awards $50,000 prize in robotics competition’s 2nd year Amazon held its second annual Picking Challenge last week, in conjunction with Robocup 2016 in Leipzig, Germany from June 30 to July 3. A robotic arm, designed by a team of engineers from Delft Robotics and TU Delft Robotics Institute, took home the $50,000 grand prize. The robotics competition is […]

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Robotics: Worth the $$$?

One solutions professional doesn’t think so Never judge a robot by its mechanical arm. The booming automation industry has a full head of steam right now, and thus projects an aura of invincibility. ‘Invaluable’ gains in efficiency and gushing media coverage of the subject have led plenty of industry professionals to believe this is the path to […]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Tesla Snake Power Charger appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, made an appearance on the second episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday September 9 to discuss the many and varied projects his companies Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity are spearheading. Before talking about Musk’s interest in space travel and Mars, Colbert showed the video of Tesla’s “Snake” […]

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The Robot Takeover is Upon Us: A Report from Automate 2015

Robots were the name of the game at Automate 2015. The show, which wrapped up today at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill., is the largest showcase of automation technologies in North America. What grabbed the most spotlight on the show floor were robots of all kinds: smaller collaborative robots like Baxter from Rethink Robotics, large industrial robots, […]

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Association for Advancing Automation criticizes 60 Minutes segment on robotics

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) is none too pleased with this Sunday’s “March of the Machines” segment on 60 Minutes, where Steve Kroft reported on how technological advances like robotics are revolutionizing the workplace but may be preventing job growth. A3 is an umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association, AIA-Advancing Vision + Imaging, and Motion Control […]

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60 Minutes reports on robotics and its effect on job creation

Last night, Steve Kroft from 60 Minutes reported on how technological advances like robotics are dramatically changing the workplace. While these mechanical innovations are allowing companies to be more productive and save money, they can be seen as a possible cause for the stagnation of job growth. And yes, that’s an ABB robot at minute […]

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ABB uses robotics to paint sleep patterns with “Sleep Art” project

ABB, the Swiss manufacturer of power and automation technologies, has deployed advanced robotics to venture into original works of art. The “Sleep Art” project involves robots from ABB producing art in collaboration with human subjects while they sleep. The project is a collaboration between the advertising agency BETC Digital (Havas Worldwide Group), the Swedish production […]

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ISA and Automation Federation join FIRST competition for robotics

In late April, 30,000 participants, fans, families, educators, and industry leaders celebrated students’ engineering and robotics prowess at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held in St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome. The International Society of Automation (ISA), a non-profit organization that helps members in the automation industry […]

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