European Robotics Forum, 21 – 23 March 2016, Ljubljana

ERF 2016The next edition of the European Robotics Forum (ERF2016) will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from the 21st to the 23rd of March 2016.

Invited are all engineers, researchers, managers and entrepreneurs active in the field of robotics.

Organized by  EUROBOTICS and sponsored by European Robotics players like Schunk, ABB and KUKA it will present the latest research and applications of the European robotics community.

Ljubljana Castle

Looking forward to see you Ljubljana!

 

Arduino Yún Essentials

The Arduino Yún is the frist true IoT board from Arduino which gives you a real-time controller combined with a Linux environment with almost unlimited connection possibilities (Ethernet, WiFi, USB)

It is the best tool to monitor and control your devices, and here you find a few instructions to get you up and running.

Arduinio Yun
Arduinio Yun

Upgrade to latest Linux (optional)

If you are not sure if you have the latest Linux version on your Yun you will need to upgrade. To upgrade or reinstall the OpenWrt-Yun image on your Yún, you’ll need to download the zip file from the download page. Once you’ve unpacked the file, move the binary image file to the root folder of a microSD card and insert the card into the Yún.

The recommended way is to upgrade through the Web Panel. Find the step-by-step instruction here: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/YunSysupgrade

Next step is to connect the Arduino Yun to your wireless network:

Connect to your WIFI NEtwork (WLAN)

After WLAN reset and when you first power on the Yún, it will create a WiFi network called ArduinoYun-XXXXXXXXXXXX. Connect your computer to this network!

Once you have obtained an IP address, open a web browser, and enter http://arduino.local or 192.168.240.1 in the address bar. After a few moments, a web page will appear asking for a password. Enter “arduino” and click the Log In button.

 

You will find a page with some diagnostic information about the current network connections. The first is your WiFi interface, the second is your ethernet connection. Press the Configuration button to proceed.

On the new page, you will configure your Yún, giving it a unique name and identifying what network you want to connect to.

In the Yún NAME field, give your Arduino a unique name. This is important if you plan to use more than one Yun on your network in the future. So if you name it yun123 you will need to connect to http://yun123.local the next time to want to configure the wifi settings.

Choose a password of 8 or more characters for your Arduino. If you leave this field blank, the system retains the default password of arduino

If you wish, you can set the timezone and country. It is recommended to set these options as it may help connecting to local WiFi networks. Setting the local timezone also selects the country’s regulatory domain.

Enter the name of the WiFi network you wish to connect to.

Select the security type, and enter the password.

When you press the Configure & Restart button, the Arduino will reset itself and join the specified network. The Arduino network will shut down after a few moments.

You can now join the network you assigned to the Yún.

 

Galileo 7 + 8 in Space

Two additional Galileo satellites are now in space  and also additional  projects have started to prove the core technology. By 2019 there will be 30 satellites in space and the system ready for civil applications.

According to a report on  02elf.net two additional research activities (“automotive GATE” and “train Gate”) recently started. Goal of these projects is the development the required technology for industry applications in the area of autonoumous driving or cars, trucks and trains.

With the upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) this devleopment is essential to have a new technology available, which can succeed the older GPS. Major advantage of Galileo is the better coverage and the stronger signal, which will allow new applications in home-, industry- and laboratory-automation, due to lower energy consumption and higher precession.

 

Galileo
ESA Galileo Satellite in Space; Copyright: ESA-P. Carril

UR3 – New robotic arm from Universal Robots

Collaborative robots are one of the hottest trends in industrial automation. Universal Robots, based in Odense, Denmark, presents this year a smaller version of its industrial robots, the UR3, which is desgned to work along humans. Competing with Universal Robots are startups like Rethink Robotics, but UR seems to have a much more advanced technology platform.

 

 

Universal Robots – Company Website

UR3 Brochure

 

Clarks uses iPads to measure your feet and to collect biometric data

Its all about big data – Clarks places iPad based devices in shoe shops to support customers and improve the shopping experience. But as a nice side effect it also collects biometric data about your feet and process this data at its headquarters in order to get  information on regional trends.

Have a look at the video to get an impression about the combination of old and new technologies in today’s shoe industry.