Lawn Mower Robot

Robotics for Lawn Care

For some, mowing the lawn is a meditative, almost spiritual experience.  It’s a chance to tune out while getting a little exercise walking behind a lawnmower, while inhaling the scent of freshly cut grass. Some, on the other hand,  absolutely hate the thought.  It’s a numbingly repetitive, sweaty, noisy, waste-of-time job.  Of course, we all […]

Factory Machine Vision

Robot Vision in Manufacturing

The factory of the future calls for technology that is fit for Industry 4.0. Industrial automation and productivity is underpinned by technology across a number of sectors, including machine vision. Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution, is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet […]

3d mapping

New technology shrinks mechanical LIDAR sensors onto silicon wafers

The field of robot vision guidance is developing rapidly. The benefits of sophisticated vision technology include savings, improved quality, reliability, safety and productivity. Robot vision is used for part identification and navigation. Vision applications generally deal with finding a part and orienting it for robotic handling or inspection before an application is performed. Sometimes vision […]

Brain Imaging

Breakthrough in Brain Imaging

Neuroimaging or brain imaging is the use of various techniques to either directly or indirectly image the structure, function/pharmacology of the nervous system. It is a relatively new discipline within medicine, neuroscience, and psychology. Physicians who specialize in the performance and interpretation of neuroimaging in the clinical setting are neuroradiologists. Neuroimaging falls into two broad […]

Space Center

Space Robots

Who remembers Lost in Space and laughing at the robot?  Many children watching that show, and others like it, dreamed of growing up and becoming Astronauts.  For some, those dreams became reality, as the Space Program became a reality with the first landing on the moon in 1969. Fifty years later, we are truly on […]

Mars Rover

CHemCam – identifying and targeting rocks

CHemCam – identifying and targeting rocks – laser technology/laser lenses  On August 5th, 2016, NASA’s newest rover arrived on Mars carrying a host of state-of-the-art instruments, including the head-mounted, rock-zapping lazer called ChemCham. Chemistry and Camera complex (ChemCam) is a suite of remote sensing instruments on Mars for the Curiosity rover. As the name implies, […]

Precision Lenses

Quality Lenses to Ensure Proper Alignment of Equipment

Poorly aligned equipment is a hidden drain on valuable resources and a major contributor to costly breakdowns, lost production and product waste.The industrial world uses optical instruments to guide the installation and maintenance of precision machinery. Optical instrumentation is used in cutting everything from a 2 x 4 piece of lumber to a diamond to […]

Underwater Explosive

Autonomous Underwater Munitions and Explosives of Concern Detection System

During this time of vigilance against terrorist activity, in situ detection and testing of seawater for trace levels of explosives is a high priority of the Navy and the DoD, both for protection of U.S. personnel and assets and for environmental monitoring of Navy-patrolled littoral waters. NRL has immersed itself in this project and surfaced […]