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2016-07-15 (hz): Service robots are a hype, not just to substitute bees or to transplant hair. In Dallas, Texas, the Andros Mark V-A1 remotely controlled robot by Remotec (part of Northrop Grumman) was used to carry a bomb to kill the killer of five policemen. Originally, the robot was designed for the opposite: to remove explosive and dangerous material such as bombs. We don’t know if this robot is equipped with an embedded CAN network (the company has not answered our inquiry).

Similar robots in Europe use CAN networks, e.g. the explosive ordnance robot by Cobham (formerly: Telerob) and the PIAP Gryf robot made in Poland. Carrying bombs is not a new idea: torpedos do it and also the Goliath tracked mine used in the World War II.

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Humanoid robot

Biped robot for research with 10 CAN ports

[2016-07-21] REEM-C is a life size humanoid robot developed by PAL Robotics to serve as a research platform for universities and research institutions. The robot has ten CAN interfaces.

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Eurobike 2016

Management of bike sharing systems

[2016-07-21] Pironex offers a web-based management tool for bike sharing systems: Bike Sharing 4.0. The portal functions as an extensive system for reservations, administration, and accounting.

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CiA 602-2

Mapping J1939 to CAN FD

[2016-07-21] CAN in Automation has released the CiA 602-2 specification as Draft Standard Proposal (DSP). It describes the mapping of J1939 parameter groups and other commercial vehicle communication standards to CAN FD data frames.

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NMEA 2000

Sharing depth data online

[2016-07-21] On the Quickdraw Community platform, mariners can create HD maps of bodies of water and share these with the community. Data from NMEA 2000 transducers can be used to generate the data.

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Digital servo drive

Support for various motor types

[2016-07-21] Nix is a single axis controller for high resolution dynamic positioning, precision speed, or force/torque control applications. It is available with serial, CANopen, or Ethercat interfaces.

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Motion controller

Available for CANopen applications

[2016-07-21] Schneider Electric’s Lexium Motion Module (LMM), a programmable motion controller, is now available as a CANopen version. It supports CiA 301 and CiA 402.

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SoC

Motor control solution enhanced with CAN

[2016-07-20] Microsemi, a provider of semiconductor solutions, announced extensions to its Smart Fusion 2 system-on-chip (SoC) multi-axis motor control solution. CAN is one of the added features.

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CAN-to-Profinet

Connecting CANopen devices to Profinet

[2016-07-20] With the PN/CAN gateway from Systeme Helmholz, CANopen devices can be connected to Profinet without extra software tools.

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Circuit board

Bare board supports CAN FD

[2016-07-20] The USB-CAN Pro 2xHS v2 CB is a bare circuit board version of Kvaser's USB-CAN Pro 2xHS v2 dual channel CAN or CAN FD interface with scripting capability. It is supplied without a housing.

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BLDC motor drive

Permanent output power of 1100 W

[2016-07-20] With the BG 95 dPro CANopen, Dunkermotoren has launched a drive based on a brushless DC motor (BLDC). It has an output power of over 1 kW.

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CANopen subsea

Developing CiA 443 compliant slave devices

[2016-07-20] Emtas (Germany) has released a new version of its CANopen source code stack extension. This version enables the development of CiA 443 compliant CANopen slave devices also known as SIIS level-2 devices.

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PC/CAN interface

Added support for VxWorks

[2016-07-20] HMS now offers ECI drivers with VxWorks 7 support for many of its Ixxat PC/CAN interfaces. This enables CAN communication.

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USB/CAN

Students build autonomous underwater vehicle

[2016-07-14] 95 % of the ocean is still unexplored: it’s a hard environment to survive in. Building an autonomous underwater vehicle that explores and interacts with the ocean environment is a challenging task, but CAN communication can help.

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Spectroscopic telescope

Search for the dark energy of the universe

[2016-07-13] The HETDEX project is the first major attempt to find dark energy in the universe. With special spectrographs, the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies are recorded.

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CAN FD plugfest

CAN FD withstands extreme testing

[2016-07-14] In the most recent CAN FD plugfest, CAN FD implementations successfully passed tests under extreme conditions. The tests showed that CAN FD implementations of several manufacturers are interoperable.

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