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The Hokuyo scanning sensors are great 2D obstacle scanners. They can be used in fixed locations to detect if an object enters its scan area, and can be used on mobile platforms that need to do obstacle detection and avoidance as they move. There are two categories of sensors: outdoor sensors that have ranges up […]

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Hokuyo UST-10LX Scanning Laser Rangefinder

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We all certainly love robots and we are thrilled to see new advancements in robotics. However, sometimes we wonder if humans have already gone too far in their quest to make ever more capable (and dangerous) robots. The “LaserSnake” illustrates well this well: Researchers from OC Robotics were not content enough to have developed an amazing […]

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LaserSnake Cutting Through Metal

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The market research firm Metra Martech conducted a study named “Positive Impact of Industrial Robots on Employment” that shows robotics will be a major driver for global job creation over the next five years. A growth in robot use over the next five years will result in the creation of one million high quality jobs around the world.  Robots […]

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Robots Create Jobs

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With light sabres, Yaskawa equipped robots.  Hmmmmmm. For this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics, the robotic company equipped two robotic arms with Jedi and Sith light sabres and taught them to fight. OK, maybe not to fight but it makes a nice fight choreography as shown in the video below. This is much better than the first time Yaskawa gave Light sabers […]

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It is always exciting to see Quebec robotic innovation. Robotiq is a Quebec company that developed a very interesting robotic gripper that can adapt to various types of objects as shown in the video below. Even more impressive, when the Adaptive Gripper is combined with the Motoman SDA10D dual-arm robotic system by Yaskawa, the result is a very […]

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Robotiq Gripper with Yaskawa Arms

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Robot arms skilled at wielding knives and carving meat, can be a bit scary, specially for us fleshy humans. Nevertheless, the HAMDAS-R by Mayekawa Manufacturing is a very impressive machine. It is capable of de-boning ham using a razor sharp knife by adapting to the shape and size variations of the meat pieces. Having such a great adaptability for a robot is remarkable since usually they perform […]

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The first International Conference on Applied Robotics for the Power Industry (CARPI 2010) is about to take place in Montreal. Starting on October 5th, this three-day conference will bring together experts from two different communities: robotics developers,  and power industry end-users. The main goal of CARPI is to promote robotic innovation in the power production and distribution industry.  This […]

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LineScout by HydroQuebec