This year's Robotics Conference, to be held June 9-10 in suburban Detroit, will examine bottom line issues such as cost justification for automating with robotics and manufacturing issues such as the variety of new applications for robots, says the Robotic Industries Association. Highlights include presentations from Pirelli Tire North America (www.us.pirelli.com), Nestlé (www.nestle.com), and Borg Warner (www.bwauto.com) about implementing robotics at these companies. For more information on the conference, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-523.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.