Customized robot uses haptics
Deakin University's Centre for Intelligent Systems Research, Geelong Victoria, Australia, has developed a Universal Motion Simulator with tactile-feedback capabilities for war-fighter training. The six-degree-of-freedom robot has customized control algorithms; haptic control loading from Wittenstein Aerospace and Simulation Inc., Bartlett, Ill., lets users feel completely immersed. With a serial kinematic interface, two axes of continuous rotation provide realistic g-force acceleration. In addition, intelligent predictive control delivers realtime motion cues for helicopters and airplane simulation.
Hannover Fair and 2011 robotics contest
Staged annually, Hannover Fair in Germany is the world's leading showcase for industrial technology. This year's event will be held from April 4 to 8, and the spotlight will be on industrial automation, energy, power transmission, and industrial subcontracting.
In addition, to reward new robotics innovation, the Hannover-based Robotation Academy — a joint initiative by Deutsche Messe AG and Volkswagen Coaching GmbH — is presenting a new Robotics Award at the Fair. An expert jury is evaluating the creativity, potential efficiency gains, and applicability of entries; the winner will be announced during opening ceremonies.