Better late than never. Digital Dream Labs (DDL), the edutainment startup that acquired Anki’s IP in December 2019, is gearing up to relaunch the popular Cozmo and Vector consumer robots by signing a global retail distribution deal with Protempo. The goal is to have the robots physically on retail store shelves in time for the…
Conic Systems adds Lifetime Series zero backlash gearing
Conic Systems has developed the new Lifetime (LT) Series, precision, zero backlash harmonic gearboxes designed for high performance direct replacement of traditional high ratio planetary gearheads. The LT Series is available in metric sizes and NEMA 17, 23, 34 and 42 frames. The LT Series’ zero backlash characteristic is maintained for life and its high…
Plastic strain wave gearing from igus for 6-axis robotics at lower price
For cost-effective, customizable robotic systems, igus has further updated the Robolink D modular robotic kit with new strain wave gearings in two installation sizes. The gearing, available as an individual component, or with integrated NEMA motor, consists of an outer ring gear and flexible, wear-resistant inner ring gear made from self-lubricating, wear resistant iglide plastic. […]
Mechanics, Load and Gearing
A thorough understanding of the mechanical load is crucial to successful motion applications. Gear designers are experts in understanding the mechanical load. Not just the RMS power requirement, but other issues such as impulse loads, the impact of heat on part geometry and life expectancy. Gear design, like electric motor design, has continued to evolve as clever designs have been […]
Editor’s Picks: best robots of ProMat 2023
A roundup of the robots that stole the show at ProMat 2023 in Chicago.
How motion engineering helps develop next-gen surgical robots
The single-column, multiple-arm design of conventional surgical robots limits the angle of approach when multiple instruments are deployed. This is the main challenge that needs to be overcome.
UN allows autonomous vehicles to drive up to 130 km/h
The UN announced that it will be extending the current limit for autonomous vehicle speeds from 60 km/h to 130 km/h.
Magnetic encoders support the stabilization control of a self-balancing two-wheeled robotic vehicle
In the design of a self-balancing, two-wheeled robotic vehicle, accurate high-speed measurement of angular rotation is key.
Pony.ai to launch robotaxi fleet in Guangzhou, China
Pony.ai will integrate its autonomous technology into GAC vehicles, which can be hailed using Ontime’s platform or Pony.ai’s PonyPilot+ app.
Kollmorgen introduces TBM2G frameless servo motors
Kollmorgen’s TBM2G series of frameless servo motors offers high-performance torque in a compact electromagnetics package.
Precise motion systems drive autonomous mobile robots
Selecting the correct motor is critical to overall performance for autonomous mobile robots.
Medtronic: Hugo surgical robot behind schedule
Medtronic’s rollout of their Hugo robotics assisted surgical robot will be delayed due to supply-chain issues.
Waymo raises $2.5B for autonomous vehicle development
This is the second funding round for Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. In 2020, Waymo raised $3 billion.
Genesis Robotics launches LiveDrive LDD 1800 Series direct drive actuator
Genesis Robotics launches LiveDrive LDD 1800 series direct-drive actuators, that enable high speed, oil-free, low maintenance operations.
Ingenuity Helicopter needs a software update before first flight
Update will modify the process by which two flight controllers boot up, allowing the hardware and software to safely transition to the flight state.
FANUC increases investment to expand China factory
Japanese robot maker FANUC is investing 26 billion yen ($240 million) into the expansion of its Shanghai, China plant. The company plans to expand the Shanghai facility five-fold over the next three years, through a joint venture that is operated with local player Shanghai Electric Group. The new project covers an area of about 431…
Waymo begins limited robotaxi tests in San Francisco
Waymo announced a couple of weeks ago it wouldn’t be expanding its robotaxi service in Arizona any time soon. I took that as a sign of Waymo gearing up to start testing in a new city – San Francisco, perhaps. Today, Waymo announced just that. It has begun limited testing in San Francisco, marking its…
Renowned economist Beaulieu offers positive outlook on 2021
WTWH Media, parent company of The Robot Report, hosted a webinar with renowned economist Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics. The event, which you can watch on demand here, offered an interesting look at the economy over the coming months and years. And the outlook Beaulieu gave was quite positive in nature, something we all could…
4 robotics applications accelerated by COVID-19
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has dominated 2020, affecting daily lives and every industry around the world. Early in the year, it aggravated a manufacturing slowdown that was the result of both expected economic cycles and trade tensions between China and the U.S. At the same time, COVID-19 has accelerated demand for robotics in supply chain and…
Harmonic Drive keynote to examine how actuator design can help robotics developers
Three experts from Harmonic Drive will explain the potential benefits of advanced actuator design for robotics developers in this RoboBusiness Direct keynote.
ElectroCraft adds MPW Wheel Drive to motor portfolio for mobile robots
ElectroCraft has expanded its MobilePower product family with the MPW Wheel Drive, which it said is optimized for mobile robots.
Motus Labs launches ML1000 series gearless drives
Motus Labs, a Dallas-based startup that exited stealth mode in December 2018, today commercially launched its ML1000 series of gear drives. Featuring its patented gearless M-DRIVE design, Motus Labs said the ML1000 series can improve robot performance and reduce costs for both robotics manufacturers and users. The ML1000 series has five precision drive models. Check…