Published February 19, 2013
Volume 21, Number 2

  • Adept Technology, Inc., a Hacienda-based provider of intelligent robots, has launched the Adept Lynx, a self-navigating Autonomous Indoor Vehicle (AIV) designed for moving material from point to point in challenging environments that may include confined passageways as well as dynamic and peopled locations. The vehicle's intuitive user interface allows the system to be customized for various applications and payloads by integrators, distributors, and users alike.

    “Unlike traditional autonomously guided vehicles (AGVs), Lynx requires no facility modifications, such as floor magnets or navigational beacons, saving users up to 15% in deployment costs,” said Rush LaSelle, vice president and general manager of mobile robots for Adept Technology. “Additionally, the vehicle includes Adept’s proprietary software and controls allowing it to intelligently navigate around people and unplanned obstacles, that stop AGVs short.

    ” The Lynx AIV supports payloads up to 60kg, utilizes digital map for localization and manages power and self-charging operations.
  • Maddie’s Fund, an animal welfare foundation working to end the killing of unwanted companion animals by shelters, announced last month that it had received over $44 million in donated media exposure for the Shelter Pet Project (SPP). The SPP, a collaborative effort conducted in 2012 between Maddie’s Fund, the Humane Society of the U.S., and the Ad Council, encouraged potential adopters to turn to shelters in their search for a new pet. The campaign, which appeared on TV, radio, print, and billboards, ranked in the top ten Ad Council initiatives in sixteen different categories. In addition, AccentHealth, produced by CNN, gave a significant amount of exposure to the SPP campaign in 2012, reaching an audience of over 7 million viewers. To view the campaign, access http://theshelterpetproject.org/who-we-are/our-campaign.
  • Visioneer’s OneTouch technology is featured in the new Xerox Travel Scanner 150, a small, USB-powered mobile scanner tailored to mobile users. 

    “Business professionals want to manage information, not spend their day scanning paper,” said John Capurso, president and COO at Visioneer, a Xerox licensing partner. “This mobile scanner enables our ‘road warrior’ users to scan, organize and share any document they encounter, from receipts, business cards, and notes to photos, office documents and maps.

    ” The Xerox Travel Scanner 150, which allows users to upload scanned images to the cloud, measures 2 x 1.5 x 12.4 inches, weighs 10.6 ounces, and is available now.

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