Hitbot announces the Kickstarter launch of Z-Arm: An affordable & easy to use four-axis collaborative robotic arm

The Hitbot Z-Arm brings incredible versatility and convenience to hobbyists, makers and manufacturers. This one of a kind robotic arm can perform any number of tasks including 3D printing, soldering, engraving and assembly guided by a unique and intuitive set of programming tools that anyone can use.    

Never before has the convenience and versatility of a SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) been so accessible and user friendly. This type of advanced robotic arm uses a parallel axis joint layout which articulates in a similar way to a human arm, making it faster and more accurate than mechanical arms of previous generations.  

These incredible robotic arms have been used in the most advanced manufacturing facilities for sorting, circuit building and even automobile assembly. Now, with the release of the Hitbot Z-Arm, this powerful technology is available to hobbyists, makers, inventors and robotics enthusiasts. This programmable robotic arm can be anything from a personal assistant to a useful tool or dependable production line component. The Z-Arm will change the way people use technology and provide a completely new type of easily programmable robotic tool.   

Unlike the complex and expensive industrial robotic arms that inspired it, the Z-Arm is extremely easy to program for virtually any task. No special programming knowledge is necessary, making it simple for anyone to use. It uses an integrated driver and motion controller that can be programmed with an intuitive App using a simple graphical interface. It can even be manually programmed by moving the arm itself to create repeatable motions for different tasks. 

The list of applications that can be applied to the Z-Arm is endless. It can perform 3D printing, laser engraving, circuit board soldering and assembly. It can play games, write, cut, perform repetitious actions or simply help out around the house as a personal assistant. It is even equipped with a camera for accurate visual identification, perfect for sorting and organizing. It handles objects of all types, even carefully gripping fragile items with ease.  

For more complex processes, multiple Z-Arms can be programmed to work together. Z-Arm can also work alongside humans with its safety-rated monitored stop, which stops the robot if a human enters its collaborative workspace. As a programmable robotic arm with high precision, its uses are only limited by the imagination.  

In terms of specifications the Z-Arm has an impressive list including 0.02mm Repeatability, a 400 mm Reach, and a front arm Rotation of 360 degrees. Add to that, a 430°/s Speed and a Payload capacity of up to 2kg which allows it to deliver industrial grade performance in a cost-effective manner. It is simply one of the most versatile robotic arms available today.   

 “Our group of designers and robotics experts wanted to encourage innovation by making the most affordable industrial-quality robotic arm that had intuitive tools which make it easy to use for novices. The Z-Arm is the culmination of our dream, a mechanical arm for the masses that will make the power of robotics accessible to everyone.” Jun Tian, CEO Hitbot LTD 

The team behind Hitbot are designers, developers and robotics experts who have years of experience in the field and a passion for creating powerful robotics for consumers. Their unique products are designed to make robotics easy for anyone to program and use.  

The Hitbot Z-Arm is being launched via Kickstarter campaign so the company can reward their community of early adopters with special deals and pricing.  

Six-legged robot launches its own Kickstarter campaign

Stockholm, NJ, September 15, 2017 — For the first time, a Kickstarter project has launched its own campaign. On September 12 the Vorpal Combat Hexapod—an open source, 3D printed, wireless walking robot—used one of its six robotic legs to press the “LAUNCH” button on the popular crowdfunding website, triggering its own campaign to go live to Kickstarter’s millions of backers.

“We gave the honor to the oldest surviving prototype hexapod,” remarked Steve Pendergrast, founder of Vorpal Robotics, LLC, the developer of the product. “Its name is Scrum. Every Vorpal Combat Hexapod has an individual name.”

Although somewhat spidery looking as they scamper across a tabletop or floor, the hexapods sport whimsical eyes and other decorations, making them look more like cartoon characters than arachnids.

Up to sixty different motions can be triggered by the hexapod’s custom Bluetooth gamepad, which is also 3D printed. Because of this versatility, the hexapod can be used to play games using appendages attached to its accessory port. These appendages are—you guessed it!—also 3D printed. Joust, Capture-the-Flag, Fidget Spinner Challenge, and other games are already available, with more in the pipeline.

“This is a great platform for fun activities that promote STEM education,” continued Pendergrast. “Schools with 3D printers can fabricate the plastic parts themselves and then buy low-cost kits with the electronics and motors from our Kickstarter campaign. They can even motivate students to design their own 3D printed attachments.”

The company also provides complete kits that include all 3D printed parts, and even fully assembled hexapods for those who just want to play games and program.

The Vorpal system also supports the MIT Scratch drag-and-drop programming language. Many schools already use Scratch to introduce programming to students, so this builds on a system many teachers already know. Students can even create new leg motions using Scratch and upload them to gamepad buttons for use during games and activities.

“Scrum the hexapod launched this project on Kickstarter,” Pendergrast remarked, “but it will be his descendants who will go out into the world to teach kids about science, technology, engineering and math.”

About Vorpal Robotics, LLC:

Vorpal Robotics, LLC creates fun, interactive robots and robot kits for educators, Makers, and hobbyists. For more information, visit www.vorpalrobotics.com. On Kickstarter: www.tinyurl.com/VCH-KS

Critter Crawling Arduino Robot 50% funded in First Day

The Critter is a unique crawling robotics kit that is currently raising funding on Kickstarter. It was 50% funded in the first day of its Kickstarter campaign and is well on track to exceed its funding goal.

The Critter is a part of a family of robotics kits called LittleBots. The LittleBots are all 3D printed Arduino robotics kits, created by Slant Concepts, that have all been successfully launched on Kickstarter.

Most walking robots are very complex kits to build. They have many parts and are often too difficult for beginners to experiment with. Slant Concepts, created the Critter robotics kit to be a simple introduction to walking robots.

To reduce the complexity of walking, the Critter takes inspiration from mudskippers, fish which can exist on land. The Critter uses two front legs to pull itself along the ground. The simple design makes it easy to put together and very 3D printable. Also, once built, hobbyists can experiment with it without fear of damage for falling over.

The Critter is entirely 3D printed and based on Arduino. This is so it has the resources and support to be built anywhere by anyone.

The Critter is on Kickstarter raising money for the first run of kits and to pay for all of the support content that goes with it. This includes tutorials, video, and lesson plans. The more the campaign raises the more of these resources can be created.

http://www.littlearmrobot.com/

 

 

Matt Dixon Robot Calendar 2018

British illustrator Matt Dixon is bringing his 2018 robot calendar to Kickstarter in September. The calendar will be A3 in size, offset printed in full colour, spiral bound and features a robot artwork printed full page for each month of the year.

The images are drawn from Matt’s ‚Transmissions‘ series of  robot art books. The first volume was published in 2013, followed by a second funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015. Another Kickstarter campaign in 2017 gave birth to the third volume in the series, plus two books of ‚Blueprints‘ featuring drawings from Matt’s sketchbooks showing the development of some of the paintings in the ‚Transmissions‘ collection in addition to ideas that have yet to become finished paintings.

Matt is reluctant to share much information about his robots or the world they inhabit, preferring to allow the viewer to interpret the images as they find them.

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Bio

Matt Dixon was born in Birmingham, England in 1972 and has been an enthusiastic waver of brushes, crayons and pens for as long as he can remember. He began to use computers as an artistic tool in 1980 and first  contributed graphics to videogames as a teenager. Matt went on to work full time in games development before making the jump to freelance in 2012. He now works as an illustrator and concept artist, still mostly within the games industry.

 

Acutronic Robotics secures investment from Sony to support H-ROS, the Hardware Robot Operating System

Acutronic Robotics, a Swiss company with operations in Spain’s Basque Country, Switzerland, and the United States has closed on its Series A financing round with the Sony Innovation Fund. The investment will allow the company to accelerate the development of the Hardware Robot Operating System (H-ROS), the next big standard for robotic components.

Since its inception, Acutronic Robotics has worked on a common hardware and software infrastructure that will allow different components to interoperate, thereby solving one of the major issues facing the robotics field today. The company was established in 2016 by Víctor Mayoral, Carlos Uraga, and J.A. Technologies (J.A.T.), after the latter acquired Erle Robotics, a company previously founded by the brothers David and Víctor Mayoral.

H-ROS serves as an infrastructure for robotics that allows manufacturers and integrators to work under a uniform set of standards, thereby allowing them to mix different components and avoiding the usual pain of needing to program a unique interface for each component. H-ROS allows users to build systems quickly and easily, in full compliance with the latest industrial and commercial standards. This will democratize the construction of robots and provide access to a much wider field of developers.

Following the transaction, Víctor Mayoral and Carlos Uraga will serve as the company’s Managing Directors. The Board of Directors will consist of Florian Aigrain (Chairman and representative of J.A.T.), Christian Sieber, Carlos Uraga, Víctor Mayoral and Sony’s representative.

Carlos Uraga highlights: “Standards such as H-ROS are the needed next step for robotics to grow worldwide. The expected growth of a $150 billion market by 2020 is not going to take place without infrastructures like this. Builders and integrators are constantly facing the complexity of robots but H-ROS provides the tools for robotics to become accessible to everyone. Big companies and small players will now be able to play together on the same level. Even the latest ISO standards are being developed by taking H-ROS into account.”

Víctor Mayoral remarked: “H-ROS aims to change the landscape of robotics by creating an ecosystem where hardware components can be reused among different robots, regardless

of the original manufacturer. We strongly believe that the future of robotics will be about modular robots that can be easily repaired and reconfigured. H-ROS aims to shape this future. Sony’s leadership and vision in robotics is widely recognized in the community. We are confident that, with their support, our present innovations will spread even more rapidly.”

H-ROS will be released under a license and royalty model. A wide variety of robotic parts and components will also be commercially released through the creation of a marketplace for modular robotic components powered by H-ROS. The modularity of H-ROS has engendered the collaboration of Acutronic Robotics and several standardization organizations, including ISO and IEC. Together, they are working on next-generation robotics standards.

About Acutronic Link Robotics AG (“Acutronic Robotics”) Acutronic Robotics is a leading robotics development firm focused on next-generation solutions for a range of clients. The company has three primary business lines: the development and commercialization of the Hardware Robot Operating System (“H-ROS”); robot and drone interoperable hardware products; B2B engineering services offered to corporate and governmental clients.

Acutronic Robotics is headquartered in Switzerland and has locations in Spain and the United States. For more information, visit www.acutronicrobotics.com

About H-ROS H-ROS: the “Hardware Operating System for Robots” is the first standardized software and hardware infrastructure to create reusable and reconfigurable robots. Built upon the widely used ROS standard, H-ROS was designed to simplify and speed up the construction of robots. For more information, visit www.h-ros.com

ArcBotics Launches Hubert the Humanoid on Kickstarter, Funded In 2 Hours

HAYWARD – ArcBotics, a leading educational robotics company based in California, is pleased to announce the launch of Hubert the Humanoid: Your Advanced Robotics Study Buddy, a research-grade open source humanoid robot, on Kickstarter.

ArcBotics’ mission is to help anyone learn robotics, no matter their background or current skill level. It is undeniable that robots will play a part in every part of our collective futures, and in many ways, they already do. They believe that by understanding how robots work can we control our own futures, rather than allow technology to control us.

Hubert is designed for anyone pursuing robotics and want the most affordable, top-to-bottom college-level robotics class you’ll ever find – while getting to use your own humanoid robot. Hubert is designed for educators, roboticists who want to compete in robotics competitions, researchers, pro-users, and hobbyists new to robotics who are looking for a humanoid robot that is ready-to-go.

They have created Hubert to make a full suite of college-level robotics lessons cheaper than the cost of a single robotics class. Hubert runs the same software that today’s leading robotics companies and universities are running. Similar robots have been used in the leading universities – but starting at 10x the price. Hubert is starting at $599 USD on Kickstarter, retailing for $1,199 USD, and is 100% Open Source Hardware.

ArcBotics will be releasing in-depth, free web tutorials to help train anyone to become a robotics engineer in the latest topics such as: ROS, Arduino, OpenCV, Object Recognition, TensorFlow, Inverse Kinematics, Control Theory, MoveIt!, Power Management, Path Planning, Legged Mechanics, Python, and so much more.

Hubert’s core features:

  • Dual-camera stereo HD vision cameras
  • On-board Raspberry Pi 3, preloaded with all necessary software
  • Custom smart servo – incredibly high torque, voltage independent, embedded sensors with serial communication
  • Custom Arduino-compatible Python-powered servo controller, with on-board 9-axis Motion and Bluetooth 4 LE connection
  • Rigid aluminum frame
  • Removable outer sheet metal shell – easily remove, design, and attach your own shell or parts
  • Functional grippers
  • Speaker and microphone
  • Touch-screen LCD head
  • Independent emotive ears
  • 100% Open Source Hardware
  • Future-proof with Raspberry Pi 3, C.H.I.P., and ODROID-XU4

About ArcBotics Since 2012, ArcBotics has been making robotics accessible by creating full-feature robots designed for different age groups and skill levels, with extensive, step-by-step documentation and open sourcing the hardware and software. They previously launched 2 successful Kickstarter campaigns for Hexy the Hexapod and Sparki the Easy Robot for Everyone, raising $360,000 and shipping to over 2500 backers. Since then, they have grown to ship tens of thousands of robots to homes, STEM programs, and universities around the world like Stanford, MIT, and Northwestern. Their robots can be found at global retailers like Barnes and Noble, Adafruit, RobotShop, DFRobot, and more.

The first Mars rover designed for Earth

After several years of working on Mars rover prototypes, a team of four engineers decided to launch their own company and their own product.

Turtle Rover – as this is how they named their newest baby – is a remotely controlled four-wheeled robot designed for Earth exploration.

The rover is designed to drive anywhere you’d prefer not to go alone. Its architecture allows to attach cameras, sensors and your own electronic modules to its body, so you can easily configure it to your own needs. Tweak the inner RaspberryPi with your own code and fit your own electronics inside the rover watertight storage case.

As the rover is designed to drive on land, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that it allows for more predictable and longer use than drones.

With its on-board camera, Mars-rover suspension and enough power to keep your phone on for a month, it’s you who will be exhausted first, not the rover.

Attach it to your backpack and go to the mountains to explore caves in places no one explored yet. Find old ruins and inspect them with no worry of being stuck in tight passages. Go home and have fun with an open-source code in the soul of the robot to find out how to extend its functionality to the borders.

Turtle Rover is available on Kickstarter since 22 August 2017.

The special Kickstarter edition will be available with extra robotic arm attached starting at a price $1597.

See more at:

www.turtlerover.com

www.facebook.com/TurtleRover

 

Major Sponsors Sign-On to Support Boston Mini Maker Faire September 17 at Boston Children’s Museum

Boston Children’s Museum announced that major sponsors have signed on for the second annual Boston Mini Maker Faire event on Sunday, September 17, 2017. The Museum, in collaboration with Maker Media, WBZ-TV/CBS Boston, Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, welcome sponsors Autodesk, BOSEbuild, MathWorks, National Grid, PEAK Event Services, Skyworks Solutions Inc., Ultimaker, Velcro Companies, Vertex and Senator William „Mo“ Cowan and Mrs. Stacy L. Cowan, who have all come together to make the Boston Mini Maker Faire possible. A diverse group of “Makers,” from robotics groups like New England R2 Builders and iRobot; to cutting edge technology companies such as Formlabs; to local maker spaces like Boston Makers, and inspiring junior makers like Sam Hoyt, a 13-year old who 3d-printed his own prosthetic arm, will share their ingenuity with the thousands of attendees to the Maker Faire.

“We continue to be impressed by the creativity of the Boston community,” said Paul Blandini, director of business operations, Autodesk. “We support initiatives like the Boston Mini Maker Faire to help cultivate curiosity and inspire the next generation of designers, engineers and innovators.”

The Boston Mini Maker Faire is being led by Boston Children’s Museum and an advisory board of leaders from local maker organizations, including: Emily Glaser of Boston Makers, Haidan Hodgson from Artists for Humanity, Henry Houh from Einstein’s Workshop, Netia McCray of Mbadika, Amon Milner from Olin College, Abigail Norman from Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Derek Seabury from Artisan’s Asylum, and Rosa Weinberg from NuVu Studio.

“Supporting innovation is extremely important to us at Velcro companies,” said Fraser Cameron, CEO of Velcro Companies.” Curiosity has powered everything we do since George De Mestral first examined the burdock plant and created the first hook and loop fasteners more than 60 years ago. Events like the Mini Maker Faire plant the seeds of similar discoveries. We’re proud to return as sponsors of this outstanding event, where we hope to spark the curiosity of emerging inventors of all ages.”

Admission to the Mini Maker Faire will be $20 per person, which includes indoor and outdoor activities. The cost to Museum members is $10. Given the nature of this special event, typical Museum discounts will not apply. Please also note that not all indoor Museum exhibits will be open during the event. To purchase tickets in advance for the Mini Maker Faire visit http://boston.makerfaire.com/tickets/

“As a company founded on transformative science and committed to inspiring and equipping students to become the next generation of scientific leaders, Vertex is proud to support Boston’s Mini Maker Faire,” said Dr. Melodie Knowlton, Head of Vertex’s onsite Learning Lab for hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education opportunities.

Boston Mini Maker Faire is independently organized by Boston Children’s Museum and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

For additional information visit http://boston.makerfaire.com/ and http://www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org

About Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. More information about Boston Children’s Museum can be found at http://www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org. Become a fan of the Museum on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Hours and Admission
The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fridays until 9:00 p.m. Adults, $17, children (1-15) and senior citizens, $17; children under 12 months and Museum members are always free. Fridays 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., all visitors $1.

Marble Partners with DoorDash to Bring Robot-Delivered Goods to Your Doorstep

Today, Marble — the maker of autonomous ground-delivery robots — is announcing a partnership with DoorDash — an on-demand delivery platform operating in more than 500 cities nationwide — to begin testing deliveries under a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under the pilot program, DoorDash will be using Marble’s robots to deliver customer orders in select neighborhoods.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with DoorDash as we continue to build towards the city of the future, a city in which on-demand delivery is accessible to everyone,” said Marble CEO Matt Delaney. “DoorDash has a strong reputation for top-tier restaurant partnerships and innovative logistics technology. We’re excited to have our robots work with them to expand options for delivery and reduce urban congestion across communities to create a more enjoyable neighborhood experience.”

The pilot program will allow Marble and DoorDash to explore how to best optimize last-mile deliveries in a variety of Bay Area neighborhoods and with the diverse businesses currently on the DoorDash platform. Beginning today, select DoorDash customers may be assigned one of Marble’s friendly neighborhood robots to deliver their order.

“Marble has quickly established itself as an innovative thinker in the autonomous delivery space,” said Stanley Tang, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at DoorDash. “This partnership expands upon our existing tests of new types of delivery technology, including robots, drones and electric bikes. We’re excited to begin working with Marble to make deliveries faster, easier, and more efficient.”

To celebrate the Marble-DoorDash partnership and initial pilot program, the companies partnered with restaurant chain Jack in the Box in early August to test out a delivery in the North Beach neighborhood and showcase the partnership. This delivery demo expands upon the ongoing relationship between Jack in the Box and DoorDash, which recently increased Jack in the Box’s delivery options to more than 830 restaurants across 229 US cities. To learn more about the delivery and see the custom Marble Robot in action, go here.

About Marble:
Marble is a San Francisco-based startup seeking to re-engineer urban logistics by utilizing autonomous robots for neighborhood delivery. The company was founded in 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.marble.io/.

About DoorDash:
DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 500 cities across the United States and Canada. Founded in the summer of 2013, DoorDash empowers merchants to grow their businesses by offering on-demand delivery, data-driven insights, and better in-store efficiency, providing delightful experiences from door to door. By building the last mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at http://www.doordash.com.

Mobilicom Releases SkyHopper ONE UAV Data Link for High End DIY Drones

(PRWEB) AUGUST 15, 2017

Mobilicom has announced the release of the SkyHopper ONE UAV data link – the second from the SkyHopper family of products. This advanced UAV communication system leverages SkyHopper PRO’s proven technology, and fulfills an unmet need in the DIY drone market. SkyHopper ONE makes it easy for professional DIY drone users to equip their drone with a robust communication link that is also highly secure and encrypted.

Today, DIY drone enthusiasts oftentimes use separate solutions for control, telemetry and payload, thereby increasing costs and weight. SkyHopper ONE is an easy plug & play device, which gives these drone enthusiasts the peace of mind of packaging all drone communication into a single RF channel. SkyHopper ONE is a small and lightweight solution that offers multiple transmission modes. With a complete online support infrastructure, including instructional manuals and videos, SkyHopper ONE is easy to use and configure.

To date, Mobilicom has garnered success with its wireless solutions for commercial and industrial drones as well as for mission critical applications, and it has gained significant market traction throughout. Mobilicom has leveraged this proven technology and expanded into the high-end DIY drone market segment.

A few of SkyHopper ONE’s key features include:

  • Superior UAV communication through N-LOS and Urban areas using proprietary radio technology that finds its way around obstructions to carry a clear and solid radio signal.
  • Line-of-Sight range of 1.2 miles
  • Broadcast, multicast and unicast transmission modes.
  • Security and encryption with the addition of our advanced proprietary encryption mechanism.
  • Broadband link enabling real-time full HD video
  • Single link for control, telemetry and real-time full HD video
  • Small form factor and lightweight.
  • Plug & Play for easy operation.

SkyHopper ONE is available for purchase online on Amazon in the US and eBay in Israel. For purchases in all other countries, visit our website, http://www.skyhopper.biz/skyhopper.
For more information, visit us at https://goo.gl/8N4t2a.