Feldrobotik im Pflanzenbau: Vortrag auf der weltgrößten Agrarmesse

Rund 120 internationale Journalistinnen und Journalisten kamen zur Eröffnungspressekonferenz der DLG auf der diesjährigen Agritechnica. Prof. Dr. Arno Ruckelshausen von der Hochschule Osnabrück, einer der renommiertesten Forscher in der Feldrobotik, informierte die Medienvertreter über aktuelle Entwicklungen seiner Disziplin / Foto: DLG

Hannover / Osnabrück (lifePR) – Prof. Dr. Arno Ruckelshausen von der Hochschule Osnabrück ist einer der renommiertesten Forscher in der Feldrobotik. Auf der diesjährigen Agritechnica, der weltgrößten Messe für Landwirtschaft und Agrartechnik, informierte er rund 120 internationale Journalistinnen und Journalisten über aktuelle Entwicklungen seines Fachgebiets. In der Kombination von digitalen und mechanischen Technologien stecken für die moderne Landtechnik riesige Potentiale – das machte Ruckelshausen in seinem Vortrag auf der Pressekonferenz der Deutschen Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft DLG deutlich.

Mit 2.800 Ausstellern sowie mehr als 450.000 Besuchern aus Deutschland und dem Ausland hat die Agritechnica 2017 „ihre führende Rolle als der weltweite Branchentreffpunkt der Landwirtschaft und der Landtechnik weiter ausgebaut.“ Dies erklärte jetzt der Hauptgeschäftsführer Dr. Reinhard Grandke vom Veranstalter Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) in Hannover.

Auf der Eröffnungspressekonferenz hielt Prof. Dr. Arno Ruckelshausen von der Hochschule Osnabrück einen Vortrag über den Einsatz der Feldrobotik im Pflanzenbau.

Zusammenfassung des Vortrags (deutsch englisch)

Ruckelshausen gilt als einer der renommiertesten Fachleute auf diesem Gebiet. Im Hochschul-Kompetenzzentrum COALA, „Competence of Applied Agricultural Engineering“, verbindet er mit seinen Kollegen Innovationen aus Agrarwissenschaft, Elektrotechnik, Informatik und Maschinenbau. Die vielfältigen Forschungsaktivitäten und Netzwerke sind dabei eng mit der anwendungsorientierten Lehre verzahnt. Insgesamt ist COALA außergewöhnlich interdisziplinär auf den Agrarbereich fokussiert.

Prof. Ruckelshausen begeisterte auf der Pressekonferenz der DLG rund 120 internationale Journalistinnen und Journalisten für sein Fachgebiet. „Digitale und mechanische Technologien sind eine perfekte Partnerschaft – auch und gerade im Agrarbereich. Ein Roboter kann dazu beitragen, die Welt grüner zu machen. Wissen ist der Schlüssel zu vielen Prozessen. – Und dieses Wissen kann durch Technologie weitergegeben werden.“ – Diese Thesen stützte der international und national stark vernetzte Forscher mit zahlreichen Beispielen aus der Praxis.

Als eines davon führte der Professor der Hochschule Osnabrück „BoniRob” auf – einen autonomen Feldroboter mit einem neuen Design, den sein Team zusammen mit den Firmen Bosch und Amazonen-Werke entwickelt hat. „Dieses Konzept vereint verschiedene Aspekte autonomer Feldroboter: eine Ausführung unterschiedlicher Anwendungsmodule für die Plattform („App-Konzept”), ein Konzept unterschiedlicher neuer Fahrzeuge auf der Grundlage derselben Plattform, die Einbindung menschlicher Telearbeiter und die Ökonomie des Robotereinsatzes“, so Ruckelshausen.

Die Feldrobotertechnik in der Pflanzenproduktion und darüber hinaus habe sich aus dem Forschungsstadium hin zu ersten Prototypen und Produkten weiterentwickelt, so das Fazit des Forschers: „Die Feldrobotik wird den Agrarbau signifikant verändern – vergleichbar mit der Automatisierung in den letzten Jahrzehnten. Weitere Schritte der digitalen Transformation in einem interdisziplinären Kontext werden diesen Prozess noch beschleunigen. Es besteht ein hohes Potential – ebenso wie eine große Herausforderung – durch die Einführung intelligenter Feldroboter-Technologien, eine nachhaltige Landwirtschaft unter Berücksichtigung ökologischer, wirtschaftlicher und sozialer Aspekte zu schaffen.“

Peddy, the World’s First Multi-Functional Robot for Pets, Launches on Kickstarter

Peddy, an amiable and innovative robot that provides pets with nourishment and care, is now available on Kickstarter. With its various features and friendly design, Peddy, the conjunction of the words “pet” and “buddy”, makes a great companion for all pets. Peddy is perfectly designed for busy owners who cannot consistently be with their pets because of work and other obligations. Many of its features are designed for pets to thrive even in the temporary absence of their owners. The real-time two-way video call function enables communication between pets and theirs owners anytime and anywhere.

“We created Peddy, so owners would not have to constantly worry about their pets upon leaving the house,” said Founder and Ceo James Choi. “With the autoplay mode, Peddy can be automated to move, monitor the house, play with your pet, feed your pet, help your pet exercise and display your pet’s favorite live or recorded content on the tablet screen.”

When pet owners spend the day away from their pets or go on vacations, they typically opt to either leave their pets at home alone or hire petsitters. With Peddy, owners can be assured that their pet is fed, entertained and well-cared for at all times. With the automatic food dispenser, the user’s pet will be fed at a scheduled regimen and with the auto play mode, pets can enjoy the video and photo playback displayed on the screen.

Peddy comes with an easy-to-use mobile application and tablet that enable all of its features, such as feeding, monitoring and video-calling. The robot itself is shaped like a small dog and includes a space for the tablet to serve as the display screen. Peddy is equipped with two wheels, which allow it to move on its own at various speeds. With its movement ability, Peddy can take photos from multiple angles in the case of an emergency in the home and can send the pictures directly to the user’s smartphone.

Peddy’s features include:

  • Two-way video call: Real-time communication and face-to-face interaction between pets and their owners
  • Autoplay: Automated playtime to promote exercise and a selection of photos and videos for entertainment
  • Home security: Two wheels and four ultrasonic wave sensors to enable movement and monitoring of the home through real-time video
  • Play video/music: A television screen that plays videos, music, photos, content and personalized recordings
  • Durability: A curve-shaped feature, cushion and stable design to protect Peddy from external impact
  • Smart food dispenser: Scheduled automatic feeding and manual feeding functions

Pre-order of Peddy is now available through the product’s Kickstarter page (http://kck.st/2zF6D4Z) , and it is a consumer-ready product with positive reviews. During the campaign, Peddy can be purchased for $279 USD as the Super Early Bird price, $299 USD as the Early Bird price and $319 as the Regular price. When the campaign funding goal is achieved, the company anticipates manufacturing and delivery to be complete in March of 2018.

About Peddy
Peddy is a California-based startup developing premium user-friendly products dedicated to enhancing the lives of pets. The products are designed and developed in Newport Beach, California and are manufactured in Seoul, Korea. Peddy was founded by a team of experts and engineers who are committed to producing new IoT technologies for pets and their owners. More information can be found at their website: http://peddylook.com/.

Two days @ LEGOWorld Utrecht 2017 as seen from my Mak3rBot LEGO MINDSTORMS robot

BOOST – A Stop Motion Story

Baltimore, Maryland – 2018 Duration 13 minutes, 18 seconds – English

SYNOPSIS

BOOST is a short film about a robot and its journey. It is a story of courage and survival.

A broken robot is thrown away into a vast junkyard. There he befriends another misfit and they work together to escape. Filmed in stop motion format.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Boost is a story of a tragic friendship in the tradition of The Epic of Gilgamesh. Our film revolves around the faith between friends and the reality that true friendship requires a sacrifice. Our stop motion film follows a broken robot named Boost. After breaking his arm, Boost is determined to be useless by his creators; he is then thrown away into a vast junkyard. There, he meets a fellow misfit in a crash- landed Astronaut. They must find the will to work together to escape the perilous junkyard or they perish separately.

Support it here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boost-a-stop-motion-story-movie-animation#/

Revolutionary Robotic Mop and Polisher Everybot RS700 Launched on Kickstarter

NEW YORK, September 25, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Everybot has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to support its revolutionizing dual spin mop robot that cleans automatically and wipes even the fines of dust effectively.

South Korea-based robotics company Everybot, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in support of its revolutionary self-cleaning robot mop RS700. Designed with automation technology, it’s the world’s first-ever dual-spin mop robot that can clean up floors at their sparkling best without any human direction. Engineered with built-in multi- directional and multi-axis sensors, the robot is able to detect and avoid obstacles while cleaning to ensure a comprehensive mopping.

The Robot Mop has already earned huge press coverage from esteemed tech outlets like PCWORLD, Gadizmo etc. It has also been awarded by prestigious accolades, including 2016 Plus X Award and 2014 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards.

The crowdfunding campaign set to raise $10,000 as its initial funding goal.

We have got self-cleaning appliances for almost all the cleaning tasks except for mopping. When it comes to cleaning floors, we are still stuck to the traditional hand-held mop that has been in use since our grandmother’s time. Not anymore — Everybot RS700 comes to the rescue. It’s a groundbreaking self-cleaner robot mop which cleans floors automatically to relieve you of all the hassles of manual cleaning.

Everybot RS700 further assures a seamless wet mop cleanup, courtesy of its automatic water supply mechanism. The company spokesperson also mentioned about its two types of mop head construction. Designed with both diving yarn & microfiber patented mops, the robot mop is able to scrub stain and absorb dust for a comprehensive cleaning of the floor.

“We have designed the RS700 with multi-directional and multi-axis sensors that enable it to locate & bypass obstacles such as furniture and objects that are left behind. It can even identify & avoid hazards such as floor vents, staircases and drains thanks to its advanced vertical floor sensor.”

Everybot RS700 comes with seven different cleaning modes including — auto cleaning, Y Curve super-scrupulous cleaning, corner cleaning, focus cleaning and also manual cleaning with remote control. If you want a speedy cleaning, you can switch to the Turbo mode for 1.2 times faster cleanup. You can even use hand-held mode to clean walls and windows.

“Our robot mop also comes with ESA technology that enables it to come out to a well-lit area after cleaning a dark surface (under your sofa) so that you can find it easily.”

Backers will be rewarded with the Everybot RS700, remote control and micro-fiber mop heads at highly discounted prices.

To show your support for the campaign, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1092379306/everybot-rs700-ultimate-robot-mop- cleaner

Cubroid, Building Blocks of the Future, Now Available on Kickstarter

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., September 2017 – Cubroid, an interactive wireless modular robotics set that allows children to experience the basics of coding, has launched on Kickstarter. Cubroid aims to expose young minds to coding and technology through fun and dynamic blocks and simple coding programs.

More information about the innovation behind Cubroid is available at www.cubroid.com.

“In the technologically advanced world that we live in today, coding education has become increasingly important,” says Founder and CEO, Mark Shin, who has leveraged a background in educational technology. “We have looked to classic toy items to bring a productive and valuable idea to life.”

Unlike other educational coding products, Cubroid is impressively easy-to-use and fun. There are seven distinct types of building blocks that exhibit unique features. Each box houses a wireless module and battery, and the connecting features of the blocks function through wireless communication. The blocks encourage creativity, as they can be assembled in various fashions and are compatible to LEGO.

Cubroid is paired with a control coding smartphone application that enhances the educational aspect of the product. Children can use the mobile application to engage with and prompt movement in their unique block structures. Additionally, a more advanced online database

T-BOTS | Self-Balancing Robots – Build Program PLAY!

KliK Robotics is a new startup  seeking to make advanced robotics accessible to everyone! T-Bots are built around the Arduino micro-controller and make use of multiple sensors to maintain their balance and interact with their environment.

Both addictive and frustrating – battle play will have you endlessly tweaking your code and refining your battle tactics! A STEM product that is educational, challenging an fun!

T-BOTS are also adorable! They come with removable skins designed to encourage artistic expression. Make them your own and release your inner da Vinci!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/753376058/t-bots-balancing-robots

Elemental Path, maker of award-winning cognitoys, launches Indiegogo campaign for new artificial intelligence learning companion toy Stemosaur

NEW YORK  – Elemental Path, known for its award-winning line of artificial intelligence toys for kids, today launches an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support its newest product in the CogniToys family, STEMosaur. The STEMosaur is a customizable toy that doubles as a learning companion for children, combining the best elements of the flagship CogniToys Dino, such as the Friendgine, with a more hands-on approach featuring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) elements, as well as lessons in Coding. The Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $25,000 in 45 days, with the super early bird backer level starting at just $99. To support this campaign, visit https://igg.me/at/stemosaur.

“We launched the Dino in 2015 with a very successful crowdfunding campaign that raised over a quarter-million dollars. In the past two years since, we’ve definitely learned a lot about our users and what they want in a product, and we are using these important lessons to create an even better and more hands-on experience with kids,” said Donald Coolidge, CEO and co-founder of Elemental Path. “This time around with the STEMosaur, we’ll be offering a more interactive and engaging experience – where kids will have the ability to construct the STEMosaur from scratch, carry intelligent conversation, play games and also learn the basics of coding.”

With STEMosaur, kids ages seven and older can construct, code and play. The learning begins with a hands-on exercise that allows children to construct their new friend from a variety of building pieces to bring it to life. Once constructed, the Wi-Fi enabled STEMosaur is immediately capable of holding conversation, telling jokes and playing games that engage the user’s imagination and creativity. This is achieved through Elemental Path’s own Friendgine technology, a cloud-based artificial intelligence software platform that allows the smart toy to hold intelligent conversation with the child and share answers to questions in real time.

In addition, Elemental Path is launching its Coding Panel, an easy-to-use platform that will teach different elements of how to code and allow kids to create their own custom educational content and STEMosaur programming. The Coding Panel may be accessed through a computer or tablet and registers with the individual toy. Such features include coding the STEMosaur to tell unique jokes, share additional stories and play games of the child’s choosing.

“It’s clear that parents want their kids to play with toys that teach something, especially elements of coding and STEM. We see the STEMosaur, and the CogniToys line as a whole, as a way to unlock kids’ creativity and foster their imaginations through intelligent hands-on play,” added Coolidge. “Our goal is for CogniToys to help fuel the next generation of engineers and scientists.”

STEMosaur is also equipped with a Parent Panel so that parents can stay engaged and informed about what their child is learning. The Parent Panel monitors usage patterns and learning progress. It also includes features such as a bedtime setting. Parents can use this platform to contribute directly to the child’s educational experience, programming their own stories, jokes, games and more.

 

The Indiegogo campaign is now live and running through October 3rd with the goal of raising $25,000. Backer levels range from $99 to $255. There are also two special, higher-priced backer packages – a donation bundle priced at $1,250, where CogniToys will match your product purchase with a donation of 10 STEMosaurs to the school of your choice; and a $2,500 package, where you will receive an engraved STEMosaur and have the opportunity to tour the production facility and enjoy other exclusive perks. The company will ship all STEMosaurs in November for receipt in December 2017, so backers will be able to give the gift of STEMosaur this holiday season.

To view the campaign page, please visit https://igg.me/at/stemosaur. To learn more about Elemental Path and CogniToys, visit www.cognitoys.com.

iRobot Expands Operations in Europe with Closing of Robopolis Acquisition

BEDFORD, Mass.Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in consumer robots, today announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of Robopolis SAS (Robopolis), based in Lyon, France. The preliminary purchase price of $141 million, is subject to normal purchase price adjustments and is expected to be finalized no later than Q1 2018.

Europe is a key strategic region for iRobot and provides an excellent opportunity for further growth. As announced on July 25, 2017, the acquisition will enable iRobot to capitalize on the current market momentum, driving accelerated adoption of robotic floor cleaners. The EMEA region comprised approximately 25% of iRobot’s 2016 consumer revenue. Robopolis represented nearly half of iRobot’s EMEA revenues in 2016.

With the acquisition, iRobot will further extend its overseas control of market activities, including consistent global messaging, that will help drive greater adoption of robotic vacuum cleaners and affirm iRobot’s segment leadership.

„As iRobot expands globally, we are excited about the current and future opportunities in Europe,“ said Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot. „With the closing of this acquisition, we welcome a team that has already solidified iRobot’s market leading position in Europe and is well positioned to drive continued growth in the region.“

Led from the London, UK office, iRobot will maintain operations in GermanySpainFranceBelgiumAustriathe Netherlands, and Portugal. The existing Robopolis management team will join iRobot. Jean-Jacques Blanc, currently iRobot’s vice president and general manager, Overseas, will lead the combined operations reporting to iRobot’s chief operating officer Christian Cerda.

Denis Guyennot, the CEO of Robopolis, was instrumental in establishing iRobot as the leading consumer robotics brand in Western Europe. Denis will remain with iRobot as a consultant to ensure a successful integration of Robopolis and iRobot.

Additional financial details will be provided as part of iRobot’s earnings call on October 25, 2017.

About iRobot Corp.

iRobot, the leading global consumer robot company, designs and builds robots that empower people to do more both inside and outside of the home. iRobot created the home robot cleaning category with the introduction of its Roomba® Vacuuming Robot in 2002. Today, iRobot is a global enterprise that has sold more than 20 million robots worldwide. iRobot’s product line, including the Roomba and the Braava™ family of mopping robots, feature proprietary technologies and advanced concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation. iRobot’s engineers are building an ecosystem of robots and data to enable the smart home. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.

For iRobot Investors

Certain statements made in this press release that are not based on historical information are forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements relating to iRobot Corporation’s expectations concerning future growth in Europe and management’s plans, objectives and strategies. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. iRobot undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by iRobot, see the disclosure contained in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

SOURCE iRobot Corp.

T3D, 3D Printing Directly From You Mobile Devices Launches on Kickstarter

San Francisco, CA. September 19, 2017– T3D, an innovative technology company specializing in light- sensitive chemical resin development, announces the crowdfunding campaign launch of their newest mobile 3D printing solution on Kickstarter on 9/19/2017. During the month-long campaign, limited super early bird rewards will be available for as low as $169 (45% off the retail price of $299).

T3D works with any mobile device, smartphones or tablets. Weighing at only 32 ounces, allows for 3D printing on the go, anytime anywhere. By applying the patented visible light-active resin, T3D enables open air printing, giving Makers a front row access to the printing experience. And with the exclusive App, users of all experience levels can have access to over 5,800 3D models in the cloud gallery and become a professional in 3D printing.

Key product features:

  • Open air printing – Prints directly from your smart device without a cover
  • Multi-color kit – Print different colors instantly with add-on kit
  • Multi-functional – Flexible 360 degree 3D scanning module
  • Certified 3D models – Tested and pre approved models to ensure quality printing
  • Open source – Printer specification made available for personalization

The campaign has a goal of $35,000 and will begin reward fulfillment in March 2018. The various reward pledges include:

  • Limited Super Early Bird option for $169 (45% off retail)
  • Pair Bundle Special for $339 (50% off retail)
  • Super Early Bird Multi-Functional Package (multi-color + scanning kit) for $749 (42% off retail)

“T3D will definitely be a game-changer to the 3D printing industry.” say Dr. Jeng, founder of T3D. “Whether it is speed or precision, T3D packs a lot of punch considering its small form factor. At an estimated retail price of $299, you are not going to find anything comparable out in the market, plus it is truly mobile because it works with all your mobile devices.”

For more information, visit : www.myt3d.com