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Steve Wozniak to Keynote ITEXPO Las Vegas

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Attend the WebRTC Webinar and Learn More about the Disruption

Tomorrow, February, 20th, Dialogic will be hosting a WebRTC webinar and we’re pleased to have with us respected analyst Dean Bubley from...

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Thank You Amazon, Retailers May Now Merge at Will

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US Marines Purchase AeroVironment Unmanned Aircraft

May 2, 2012

The United States Marine Corps has placed a firm fixed-price order with AeroVironment valued at over $3.6 million, through an existing U.S. Army contract. The order, placed in March with an expected delivery date of April 27, 2012, was for AeroVironment’s RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aircraft systems and initial spares packages.

Weighing in at 4.2 pounds, the RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft system is a hand-launched sensor platform designed to provide round-the-clock, real-time video imagery to a portable ground control station for missions ranging from reconnaissance to surveillance and target acquisition. U.S.

Northrop Grumman to Develop Advanced Unmanned Helicopter for U.S. Navy

April 25, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the US Navy to produce a new variant of the firm’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using a Bell 407 airframe.

The US Department of Defense released information regarding contract awards, and according to the news, Northrop Grumman will produce a total of eight Fire Scout aircraft while not exceeding a budget of $262 million.

According to press reports, the upgraded Fire Scout will provide greater range, endurance and payload capacity as compared to its predecessor.

The Fire Scout endurance upgrade has been designated as the MQ-8C.

Duke Dufresne, vice president and general manager for unmanned systems at Northrop Grumman is confident that his company can supply the US Navy in a timely fashion. “Through our company-funded Fire-X demonstration effort we proved that using the mature unmanned systems architecture developed for the MQ-8B Fire Scout paired with the Bell 407 helicopter would provide greater capability efficiently and affordably. By using systems that have many years of development already invested in them we can meet the Navy’s needs quickly,” he said.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the MQ-8C program. Bell Helicopter and Rolls Royce are also major suppliers.

Amazon Buys Robot Maker Kiva Systems for $775 Million

March 21, 2012

Earlier this week, announced it was following through on plans to acquire Kiva Systems, Inc., a maker of robots and robotic platforms used in warehouses and shipping operations. Terms of the agreement indicate that Amazon will acquire all shares of Kiva for approximately $775 million in cash, and the deal is slated to close in Q2.

Dave Clark,’s vice president, global customer fulfillment, pointed to the fact that Kiva shares Amazon’s passion for invention as a key ingredient to the new partnership.

Liquid Robotics Gliders Set World Record for Unmanned Ocean Travel

March 13, 2012

On November 17th, 2011, Liquid Robotics launched four Wave Gliders from San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club. The Wave Gliders’ goal? To journey across the Pacific Ocean, covering the longest distance ever attempted by an unmanned ocean vehicle.

Well today, the gliders have achieved a significant milestone, arriving in Hawaii, completing the first leg of their trans-Pacific trek. The distance covered to date is over 3,200 nautical miles, which handily beats the old Guinness Book World record of 2,500 nautical miles.

TI, iRobot Announce Tech Partnership

March 12, 2012

Texas Instruments and iRobot Corp. announced a partnership today, whereby the latter will develop robotic technologies atop the former’s smart multicore OMAP platform.

According to an official press release hailing the news, OMAP is a:

…high-performing, ultra-power-efficient system-on-chip (SOC) that’s smaller than a dime… and …the platform’s smart multicore architecture sends processing tasks to cores and engines that can best do the job using the least amount of power possible.

Texas Instruments provides several advanced features on the platform, such as sophisticated image and video accelerators.

iRobot Nets Order for FirstLook Robots

March 6, 2012

iRobot Corp. announced a $1.5 million order for more than 100 of the company’s model 110 FirstLook robots. The order was funded by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).

Last April, we described the FirstLook as an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed to assist its operator with observation and investigation of confined spaces.

According to iRobot, the device is ideal for a wide range of infantry and special operations missions, including building clearing, raids and other close-in scenarios.

Swarming Flying Robots at TED 2012

March 6, 2012

Last month, we told you about some exciting and innovative things occurring at GRASP, the University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) lab.

Vijay Kumar, Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UPenn, recently gave a talk at the TED 2012 conference that held the audience spellbound, as he explained the potential of his group’s current research in robotics, specifically relating to the flying nano quadrotor robots that they are working on now.

Kumar’s discussion is just a shade under 17 minutes long, and is a must-see for anyone interested in the current state-of-the-art of robotics.

The real fun starts at around the 15-minute mark.


iRobot Secures 100th Patent

February 22, 2012

Answer: U.S. patent (U.S. 8,108,092)

Question: What is iRobot’s 100th patent, Alex?


Bluefin Robotics to Jointly Develop UUV

February 22, 2012

Two companies are joining forces to develop a novel, next-generation submersible that will answer the US Navy’s call to come up with a solution featuring increased mission time, operational range and payload carrying capacity.

Battelle subsidiary Bluefin Robotics, which designs and manufactures Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and related technology, and The Columbia Group, a specialist with expertise in military undersea vehicles, diving systems, and shipboard launch and recovery systems have teamed up to deliver a dual-mode (manned and autonomous) vehicle currently named Proteus.

The Columbia Group currently is developing the hull mechanical and electrical systems for the project, and Bluefin is supplying advanced autonomy technology for use in unmanned missions. Bluefin will also contribute mission planning capabilities and the power solution.

ReconRobotics Wins Contract from US Army

February 16, 2012

ReconRobotics, Inc., has been awarded a $13.9 million contract for over 1,000 of its Recon Scout XT micro-robot kits from the U.S. Army. This is the largest order in the company’s history and, in terms of the number of units, it is also the largest micro-robot order ever issued by the U.S. Army ReconRobotics plans to complete deliveries on these orders by May 31, 2012.

“We are honored that the U.S.

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