DIRAK Inc. has developed a hands-free system to automatically control access to cabinets outfitted with the company's E -Line handles. This new Wireless Active Key continuously transmits signals to nearby E-Line handles, whose on-board electronics then determine whether to grant or deny access. Keys can also monitor employee location, turn lights on or off, and control room access. Visit www.dirak.com for more info.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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