It is not so surprising to see the descendant of iRobot’s Roomba roaming the floor of a collaborative robotics showcase. Yet the Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AIV) – and the seven other fixed, collaborative and mobile robots showcased by Omron on April 4 – show how far industrial robots are coming on the facility grounds. “[The […]

Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and Alliant Energy are opening a new laboratory in the ISU Research Park, CIRAS announced on Monday. The new ISU Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy will educate Iowa businesses about technologies such as collaborative robots and advanced vision systems, CIRAS said in a […]

Waukee 9th graders and teammates Carter Sanders, Selma Roy and Madhav Valiyaparambil discuss updates to their FIRST Tech Challenge robot at the Waukee Innovation & Learning Center. Photo/Kate Hayden In Waukee, students in grades 8-12 working through the FIRST Tech Challenge are in the home stretch of their robotics season. Wednesday after school, teams of […]

The newborn training medical staff at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids will cry and squirm like any other. It will also change color to indicate blood and air flow – one of the small reminders separating the neonatal robot training baby from a live, high-risk birth. The robotic newborn is a new tool […]

Genie the BeamPro robot is ready to deliver private tours at Davenport’s Figge Art Museum, even when the participants are miles away, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Thanks to a partnership between Genesis Health System, the nonprofit Living Proof Exhibit and the Figge, medical patients undergoing long-term infusion/chemotherapy treatments can take a live tour through […]