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RoboPro Friday news round-up: from droners to robotic competition escapees


Every Friday we give you a snap shot of the week’s machine vision news; some we’re covered, some we’re about to cover and some we just don’t want you to miss.

The eyes have it. Monday saw us run a story about Norwegian company Zivid Labs starting a European road trip next month to show-off its 3D colour camera. The company claims that the Zivid 3D is the world’s most accurate real-time 3D colour camera. Now, I wonder if someone is going to contest that!

And writing a story about Drones, I came across a word I hadn’t seen before, but I guessed was inevitable: ‘droners.’ Now droners, or to you and me, drone users, seem happy to hear that the UK Government was about to introduce an exam and registry system. I was a little sceptical about this, but see what you think. The story is Droners back UK exam and registration plans.

AIA released details of the agenda for the forthcoming Collaborative Robots & Advanced Vision Conference which takes place on 15-16 November 2017, at Doubletree by Hilton San Jose, San Jose, CA. Be there, or be square, as they once said.

Also, FANUC UK told us which robots it will be sending to PPM (one is pictured above). It’s a good chance to see a showcase of the automated three Ps. In case you are wondering what they are, read the story.

And some strange tales coming out of US as a robot competition seems to be hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. First there were the girls from Afghanistan who were initially refused entry because of visa problems – President Trump had to step in and sort that one out – but they were eventually allowed to compete and actually won a medal (hooray for that).

Now the US media is reporting that other competitors in the First Global Challenge tournament in Washington DC have done a runner. It would appear that six teenagers from Burundi have legged it, leaving a red-faced team supervisor. The DC Police Department have posted them missing. Oh dear.

The competition itself has noble aims, including aspiring youngsters in the key careers of engineering, maths, science and technology. Some 150 nations fought it out across three days of robot challenges. Well, here’s hoping they find those kids soon.

And I came across this – how cool is a 3D-printed house. Check it out, everyone should get a house like this.

And talking about cool videos, have a look at this one from KUKA Robotics:

And don’t forget to check out our sister site MVPro Magazine. So that’s it for now, have a great weekend and see you soon.