Lidar and Robotics for Smithsonian

Velodyne Lidar (USA) has donated two Lidar sensors and two other objects showcasing advancements in robotic technology to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Donated by David S. Hall, founder and CEO of Velodyne, the objects presented to the museum at a recently held ceremony now become part of the permanent robotics collection and will be preserved at the Smithsonian for generations to come.   The first object donated was a fighting robot dubbed "Da Claw," which featured a unique propulsion mechanism. Da Claw began Hall's foray into fighting robots in 2000 and enabled him to... (read more)
2011-05-23 10:04:12

OPAL-360 3D Lidar Sensor for Robotics Applications

Neptec Technologies has announced it will be exhibiting its new OPAL-360 series of obscurant-penetrating 3D laser scanners at SPIE Defence, Security + Sensing in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, from 29 April to 3 May 2013. The OPAL-360 is a rugged, multi-purpose 360-degree 3D Lidar sensor specifically designed for autonomous off-road vehicles and robotics applications in harsh environments. Packaged for off-road vehicles used in the mining, oil and gas, and construction industries and for defence and security applications in harsh environments, the sensor is environmentally sealed (IP67) with no externally moving parts, has a -40⁰ to +65⁰C operating temperature range achieved without... (read more)
2013-04-25 02:44:00

Implementation of Drones & Robotics Taking off at Record Speed

From 19-21 April 2017, TUS Expo & RoboBusiness Europe are joining forces, forming a professional exhibition and conference programme. It will feature grand keynotes and vivid panel discussions with industry leaders, researchers, startups and key disruptors. Amongst the keynotes are drone and robotics pioneers and experts. Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics is a world-renowned expert in designing, building, and programming robotic hardware. She developed dozens of algorithms, libraries, and hardware for autonomous boats, autonomous cars, personal robot platforms, battle bots, and several low-cost platforms. Fetch Robotics develops and manufactures collaborative, autonomous mobile robot solutions for the warehousing and intralogistics... (read more)
2017-03-20 09:15:34

3D Robotics Launches New 3DR Mapping Platforms

3D Robotics, a North American UAV company, has announced the launch of the new 3DR mapping platforms, consisting of the 3DR X8-M (multi-copter) and Aero-M (fixed-wing), with highly accurate resolution that allows users to zoom in from the sky “down to the grape.” Each platform is bundled with both hardware and software solutions, including a high-resolution visible-spectrum camera, protective hard-case, auto-pilot controlled image acquisition and professional image processing software powered by Pix4D, 3DR’s newest business partner. The new 3DR mapping platforms have a simple, fully automated three-step workflow: plan, fly, process. The flight planning software computes flight paths over a... (read more)
2014-10-20 08:53:21

3D Robotics Joins Forces with DJI and Launches UAV Data Solution

3D Robotics (3DR) has announced two important milestones for Site Scan, a solution for capturing and analysing aerial data aimed at transforming how customers use UAVs in their day-to-day work. The company is integrating the Site Scan software platform to make it compatible with DJI's drones. This step marks a significant expansion of the Site Scan platform, giving users another option for their workflow: it allows them to use the UAV that best suits their needs. With this integration, geospatial professionals can combine DJI’s drones and 3DR’s software for managing and analysing the data that these UAVs collect. Workflow For Site Scan customers, flying... (read more)
2017-08-04 08:57:06

IoN International Technical Meeting 2011 Programme Available

The Institute of Navigation's 2011 International Technical Meeting (ITM) program and registration are available online. This year's plenary session, Robotics Navigation, will feature keynote addresses on Bird-size Long Endurance UAV; Autonomous Perception and Decision Making, the Quest in Field Robotics and consumer and personal robotics. The conference is to take place from 24th to 26th January 2011 at Catamaran Resort Hotel, San Diego, USA. Additional autonomous robotics and vehicle navigation sessions will be chaired by Dr. Samer Khanafseh, Illinois Institute of Technology and Dr. Frank van Graas, Ohio University and features presentations on Autonomous Formation Flying of Micro Aerial Vehicles... (read more)
2010-11-02 09:25:22

Correlator3D Chosen by ING Robotic Aviation for Image Post-processing

SimActive, a Canadian developer of photogrammetry software, has been selected by ING Robotic Aviation, one of Canada’s leaders in robotic aircraft solutions. Along with using SimActive’s software for internal post-processing requirements, ING Robotic Aviation is recommending it as the de-facto software with its robotic aircraft systems. Ian Glenn, CEO of ING Robotic Aviation, stated his company is extremely impressed with the maturity of the product compared with the other options on the market. Correlator3D integrates well with their systems, and the software’s results speak for themselves, especially for real-world applications. Having been around for over a decade now, Correlator3D has... (read more)
2014-11-25 09:11:15

ITM 2011 Call for Papers

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for The Institute of Navigation\'s (ION) International Technical Meeting (ITM) to be held 24th to 26th January 2011 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel, San Diego, USA. This year\'s plenary session, Robotics Navigation, features a series of invited talks on autonomous robotics navigation, including current trend and future technologies that support navigation for surveillance, search and rescue, underground and underwater robotics, and unmanned air vehicles. ITM 2011 features more than 150 technical papers presented on a diverse array of topics. Abstracts are being accepted through 4th October 2010. (read more)
2010-07-08 02:16:27

Topcon GPT-9000A and GPT-900A Series

Topcon Positioning Systems (CA, USA) has released the all-new total station series, the GTS-900A and GPT-9000A. These series include Topcon's new FC-200 field controller and RC-3 tracking system. The GPT-9000A robotic total station provides precise reflectorless measurement up to 2,000metres - more than 6,500 feet (1 1/4 miles) - and can easily focus on small objects like power lines. The onboard computer, with a bright, full-colour touch-screen display, and faster servo motor technology improve field productivity. The GTS-900A series reflector-only instruments are available with the same system components. Additional features on the new series of instruments include: X-TRAC technology with... (read more)
2006-09-08 12:00:00

RC-4 Remote System

Topcon's RC-4 is a new, compact QuickLock remote system that integrates an array of advanced technologies that increases productivity on survey projects. The RC-4 uses dual lasers, a built-in spread-spectrum radio and Topcon's QuickLock technology to create on-the-job efficiencies from stakeout to topo and from construction layout to as-built surveys. Designed for use with the new Topcon QS (Quick Station) robotic total station, Topcon IS (Imaging Station), and the Topcon 9-Series robotic total stations, the remote RC-4 commands the robotic total station to start searching via optical signals carried by laser beams. This optical link eliminates the possibility of false... (read more)
2010-11-17 10:39:53
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