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US: Government Aircraft Regulations Apply To Drones

November 18, 2014 12:10 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The FAA had fined Raphael Pirker, an aerial...

Are Robots Replacing Jobs?

November 18, 2014 10:19 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

From factory floors to warehouses and hospital floors, humans are increasingly finding...

GM: 13 Families Notified In Ignition Switch Deaths

November 14, 2014 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it now has contacted the families of the original 13 people whose deaths GM...

See The Drone Years Ahead of Google, Facebook

November 12, 2014 2:19 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Satellites are so 2014. Airbus is developing a high-altitude, solar-powered drone that can stay...

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Google Signs 60-year, $1B Lease With NASA

November 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration, and robotics. The giant Internet company will pay $1.16 billion in rent over 60 years...

Adaptable Manufacturing Makes Smarter Robots

November 3, 2014 1:44 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

With its roller doors and a squat build, GE’s composites manufacturing lab in Munich looks from the outside like many other garages in this Bavarian city where mechanics might work on Audis and BMWs. But walk through those doors and you’ll be greeted by a large robotic arm weaving...

Niche Segments Offer Opportunities For Process Mixing Equipment

October 30, 2014 9:54 am | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

Process mixing is essential in the manufacture of various products in a large number of process industries. Since mixing requires the right amount of technique and technology to achieve its ultimate goal of a homogenous mixture, choosing the right equipment is crucial. As industrial growth intensifies in Europe, rising...

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:58 am | by Robotic Industries Association | News | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of...

Now In Aisle 3 At Lowe's: Robots

October 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots are being tested an Orchard Supply Hardware store owned by Lowe's Companies Inc. in San...

U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3% In September

October 28, 2014 9:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months. The declines, however, were likely a temporary soft patch that will likely be followed by a resumption of stronger...

Illegal Drones A Growing Issue At Sporting Events

October 20, 2014 3:45 pm | by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Long after drones became a key tool for military and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events. It's not multimillion-dollar military-grade drones prompting concerns, but remote controlled contraptions costing just a few hundred dollars that can be sent...

Google Executive Chairman Gives Artificial Intelligence Prediction

October 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says Google can be the perfect personal assistant that makes you smarter. The cost? Just a little bit of privacy. He sat down with CNN Money to discuss his predictions for the future of artificial intelligence...

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iRobot Receives $7.6M Order From U.S. Navy

October 20, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

iRobot Corp., the leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has received a $7.6 million order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. The order calls for upgrades and spares for 46 Man Transportable...

Elon Musk On Tesla Autopilot And Legal Liability

October 15, 2014 12:25 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations, and legal liability with Bloomberg's Betty Liu. He predicts that autonomous driving is in the near future, but that we aren't quite there yet.

GM 'Self-Driving' Car Just 2 Years Away

October 10, 2014 9:14 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CNN's Poppy Harlow talks with GM CEO Mary Barra about the future of autonomous vehicles, the potential improvements in congestion, and risks of hacking. According to Mary Barra, GM's 'self-driving' car could be just two short years in the future...

Robots Display Japan's Latest Technology

October 7, 2014 6:42 am | by Haruka Nuga - Associated Press | News | Comments

A smartphone-controlled dinosaur, synchronized cheerleaders, and a ping pong-playing spider are some of the robot technology showcased at the CEATEC Japan electronics exhibition. Exhibitors used such attention-grabbing gadgets to showcase...

Panasonic's Robotic Technology Hones In On Welfare Solutions

October 3, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corporation is taking part in the 41st Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition, H.C.R. 2014, which is being held at the Tokyo Big Sight from October 1 to 3, 2014. This year's theme for the Panasonic booth at H.C.R. is "Panasonic's welfare solutions...

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New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 2, 2014 4:45 pm | by Dave Collins - Associated Press | News | Comments

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic breaking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said Thursday. Industry representatives gathered...

Underwater Robot For Port Security

September 29, 2014 3:52 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform...

European Space Agency Sets Date For Comet Landing

September 29, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at...

Boeing To Bring Hundreds Of Jobs To Charleston

September 26, 2014 10:29 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as ... 

Chrysler Redesigns Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 3:30 pm | by Chrysler Group, LLC | News | Comments

With sales of the Ram 1500 on a 52-month sales streak, Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. The plant that built back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year winners in 2013 and 2014 will be building an average of an additional...

Grainger's Minooka DC LEEDing By Example

September 25, 2014 1:39 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | News | Comments

It should be no surprise that a $9+ billion company like Grainger has the ambition to think big. The company’s Minooka, IL branch--a one million square foot central stocking distribution center--has all the finishing touches of a top-of-the-line, premium efficiency...

Panasonic Manufactures Robot For Eldercare

September 24, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Wednesday that it has developed a nursing-care robot that helps the elderly walk or get out of bed. Osaka-based Panasonic said it plans to start the sale of the robots to hospitals and nursing-care facilities in... 

What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

I still vividly remember the grueling hours, or at least it felt that way at the time, in driver’s education classes.  The tests and the hours logged behind the wheel with instructors may have been an irritating barrier between myself and the glorious freedom of a license but I wouldn’t go back...

Audi Receives First Autonomous Driving Permit In CA

September 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Audi USA News | News | Comments

Audi will be the first company to receive a newly established autonomous driving permit issued by California. A range of new regulations that govern the testing of automated driving on the state’s roads take effect today. Audi has conducted research over...

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in ...         

Engineering Newswire: Robo-Shipbuilder Suit Gives Workers Superhuman Strength

August 11, 2014 11:57 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re exploring the ocean in a private submarine, translating vibrations into audio signals, and gaining superhuman strength ... with the help of a robotic exoskeleton ...        

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