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  2013 Game Changer Awards
           Winners were unveiled
      October 23, 2013 and are identified with a winner's label.
Robotics Business Review is proud to announce the first-ever Game Changer Awards, celebrating outstanding achievement in robotics.
Winners will be unveiled during our RoboBusiness 2013 event on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
View all of this year's Game Changer Award entries below.

Autonomous Navigation
Aethon TUG
The TUG® autonomous mobile robot delivers goods and materials through the busy hallways of hospitals. The TUG is able to deliver medications, lab specimens, food, linens and remove trash and waste. Hospitals using the TUG are able to improve efficiency and re-focus existing staff on patient care.
More about Aethon TUG.

Autonomous Navigation
Autonomous Solutions’ Forge
Forge is an open-interface, extensible ground robot platform developed by ASI. Forge takes leverages numerous skid-steer attachments to expand unmanned vehicle technology to a variety of applications and tasks. Developers can purchase standard software modules or develop their own through Forge API.
More about Autonomous Solutions’ Forge.

Autonomous Navigation
CtrlWorks Axon
Unlike most purpose-built AGV platforms, Axon is a revolutionary add-on kit that transforms any wheeled platform into an intelligent mobile robot. Powered by CloudNav, our offboard navigation engine, it has an extremely small footprint that allows it to be coupled to the smallest platforms and navigate into the tightest spaces.
More about CtrlWorks Axon.

Autonomous Navigation
Intellibot’s HydroBot
Intellibot's HydroBot is the world's most advanced robotic commercial floor cleaning machine. Featuring hands-free operation to reduce cost and increase productivity, remote wireless monitoring for easier management, and on-board water purification to reduce waste, it is a true game changer for the cleaning industry.
More about Intellibot’s HydroBot.

Autonomous Navigation
iRobot Ava 500
In June 2013, iRobot announced that it has teamed with Cisco to bring the Ava 500 video collaboration robot to market, enabling freedom of movement, location spontaneity and the embodiment of the remote user thousands of miles away.
More about iRobot Ava 500.

Autonomous Navigation
Robocone
Robocone brings a solution to the risks related to the manual placement of signaling on the road, allowing a reduction of the accidents derived from cars' proximity and avoiding outrages and accidents. The aim is to develop a swarm of robotized cones and beaconing elements able to move and coordinate themselves.
More about Robocone.

Autonomous Navigation
Vigilant Robots Vigilus Mobile Camera Platform
The Vigilus™ Mobile Camera Platform security robot meets the needs of the physical security industry by providing reliable autonomous patrols of critical facilities. Working alongside humans Vigilus MCP is the first of many robotic co-workers changing the face of security today, and any number of professions tomorrow; a true game-changer.
More about Vigilant Robots Vigilus Mobile Camera Platform.

Data Collection Platform
Honeybee Robotics SMS - Precision Sample Positioner
The Sample Manipulation System from Honeybee Robotics is the robotic laboratory assistant at the heart of the Mars Science Laboratory's mobile sample analysis suite, the most advanced science payload ever sent to another planet. It has been integral to discovering organic compounds and a formerly hospitable environment on Mars.
More about Honeybee Robotics SMS - Precision Sample Positioner.

Education
International Robotics’ Social Robotics
Ongoing purpose-driven goodwill and research program in the field of Social Robotics as applied to Education.
More about International Robotics’ Social Robotics.

Education
RobotsLAB BOX
Imagine being taught quadratic equations by a quadcopter. The RobotsLAB BOX uses robots to demonstrate abstract concepts in Algebra I & II, Physics, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus. The easy-to-use tablet includes 50 hours of interactive and engaging lessons, helping students understand why math is relevant to their world.
More about RobotsLAB BOX.

Healthcare & Rehabilitation
Aethon TUG
The TUG® autonomous mobile robot delivers goods and materials through the busy hallways of hospitals. The TUG is able to deliver medications, lab specimens, food, linens and remove trash and waste. Hospitals using the TUG are able to improve efficiency and re-focus existing staff on patient care.
More about Aethon TUG.

Healthcare & Rehabilitation
Hstar Technologies RoNA - Robotic Nursing Assistant System
Robotic nursing assistants (RoNA), designed to function under direct nurse control to lift patients weighing 500 pounds or more, is a human-safe and clinically useful robot. It reduces incidence of clinician workplace injuries and associated workman's compensation claims, and reduces patient falls and injuries due to improper / unsafe lifting.
More about Hstar Technologies RoNA - Robotic Nursing Assistant System.

Healthcare & Rehabilitation
Restoration Robotics ARTAS Robotic System
The ARTAS Robotic System is a state-of-the-art medical device that safely, effectively extracts hair for transplantation. With over 8 years of research and development and clearance by the FDA and other international regulatory bodies, the ARTAS Robotic System delivers outstanding results for hair transplantation physicians in an outpatient procedure.
More about Restoration Robotics ARTAS Robotic System.

Human-Machine Interaction
Orbotix Sphero 2.0
Introducing Sphero 2.0. Now brighter, faster, and smarter than ever. Choose from over 25 apps and launch a whole new world of mobile gameplay. Drive Sphero like never before, turn your surroundings into a video game with augmented reality, and discover endless ways to play.
More about Orbotix Sphero 2.0.

Human-Machine Interaction
Rethink Robotics Baxter Robot
Baxter is a revolutionary new category of humanoid robot that is redefining the way robots can be used in manufacturing environments. It performs a variety of simple, yet critical production tasks while safely and intelligently working next to people.
More about Rethink Robotics Baxter Robot.

Human-Machine Interaction
Robotiq Kinetiq Teaching
Kinetiq Teaching is a hardware and software solution to quickly and intuitively program an industrial robot by demonstration without requiring in-depth programming knowledge. This technology - first applied to welding applications with Yaskawa robots - will enable welders and other operators to easily program industrial robots.
More about Robotiq Kinetiq Teaching.

Human-Machine Interaction
Universal Robots UR5
The lightweight UR5 has reinvented industrial robotics, automating production in all industries even in SMBs regarding automation as costly and complex. UR5 can operate without safety guards and is easily moved around to complete detailed tasks. Programming is done through intuitive touch screen, eliminating need for skilled programmers.
More about Universal Robots UR5.

Industrial Productivity
Clearpath Robotics’ Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle
Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle (RUV) is designed for rough, rugged, hazardous environments. With four 26" all-terrain tires, a solid steel chassis, and 48V at 400Ah of power, it is ideal for military, mining and agricultural applications. Initially designed to bring research to the field, Grizzly offers combined power and precision.
More about Clearpath Robotics’ Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle.

Industrial Productivity
OmnicO AGV Omni-directional AGV
OmnicO AGV is developing a mobile manufacturing platform delivery system. We are testing our newly developed mobile omni-directional autonomous guided vehicle with wireless navigation. We are targeting one-off component manufacturing. Our navigation technology allows rapid re-routing of navigation pathways. Wheel system provides zero turning radius.
More about OmnicO AGV Omni-directional AGV.

Industrial Productivity
Precise Automation PF400
Precise presents the PF400, the world's first collaborative SCARA robot. Intrinsically safe, all forces are limited so that it cannot hurt users or equipment. Due to its revolutionary combination of safety, capabilities and performance, the PF400 is currently being used in environments where automation could never go before.
More about Precise Automation PF400.

Motion Control
ADVANCED Motion Controls Z-Drives Family
Z-Drives are plug-in style servo drives designed to be PCB embedded yet offer all of the functionality of traditional form factors. When introduced, Z-Drives revolutionized motion control by setting a new standard in power density and greatly expanding solutions in robotics and mobile applications.
More about ADVANCED Motion Controls Z-Drives Family.

Motion Control
Infranor Inc. Xtrafors Prime
Infranor's Xtrafors Prime series of slotless brushless servo motors produce higher torque and more speed in a smaller package. They also run smoother and are more energy efficient than traditional brushless motors. The broad family includes 8 frame sizes and produces torque up to 75 N-m.
More about Infranor Inc. Xtrafors Prime.

Motion Control
Jabez Technologies Robotmaster V6
ROBOTMASTER/V6 - CAD/CAM for Robots, integrates robot programming, simulation and code generation inside CAM software, for trajectory optimization directly from the CAD model. It reduces programming time, increases accuracy and enables ultimate motion control with its integrated, intuitive, interactive simulation environment for programming for milling, trimming, welding, dispensing and more.
More about Jabez Technologies Robotmaster V6.

NextGen Game Changer
Five Elements Robotics Budgee
Introducing your newest friend created by Five Elements Robotics just for you: Budgee the robot that carries your stuff!
More about Five Elements Robotics Budgee.

NextGen Game Changer
Kairos Autonomi Pronto4 Uomo
The Pronto4 Uomo (wo-mo) is a Robotic Applique Kit that converts existing vehicles into remotely operated vehicles. An Italian word for Man, Uomo sits in a vehicle’s driver seat and controls steering, brake, throttle and transmission. Installed in about 10 minutes, the Uomo provides tele-operation and GPS path following control.
More about Kairos Autonomi Pronto4 Uomo.

NextGen Game Changer
OmnicO AGV Omni-directional AGV
OmnicO AGV is developing a mobile manufacturing platform delivery system. We are testing our newly developed mobile omni-directional autonomous guided vehicle with wireless navigation. We are targeting one-off component manufacturing. Our navigation technology allows rapid re-routing of navigation pathways. Wheel system provides zero turning radius.
More about OmnicO AGV Omni-directional AGV.

NextGen Game Changer
Perrone Robotics AVTS - Autonomous Vehicle Test System
The Autonomous Vehicle Test System (AVTS) is a combination of robotic subsystems that empowers safety test facilities, vehicle manufacturers and vehicle safety system suppliers to safely and repeatably test the autonomous collision avoidance system in todays vehicles. Unlike previous test offerings, AVTS supports testing and safe collisions at highway speeds.
More about Perrone Robotics AVTS - Autonomous Vehicle Test System.

NextGen Game Changer
Robotis DYNAMIXEL Pro
DYNAMIXEL Pro is modular actuator for full scale robots, which integrates the BLDC motor (up to 200W), controller, driver, encoder and gear system into its compact rectangular shape. Innovative cycloidal gear system is expected to provide powerful yet affordable actuation solution for field/service robots.
More about Robotis DYNAMIXEL Pro.

NextGen Game Changer
SwRI ROS-Industrial
ROS-Industrial is an open-source software framework for next-generation manufacturing automation. ROS-I is creating a community of users to launch new developments in factory automation by leveraging advanced capabilities such as mobile manipulation, on-the-fly path planning, collision avoidance, grasp planning and 3-D perception for industrial robots and peripherals.
More about SwRI ROS-Industrial.

NextGen Game Changer
Unbounded Robotics' UBR-1
UBR-1 is the premiere personal robot from Unbounded Robotics, a spin-off from Willow Garage. UBR-1 is a ROS-based mobile manipulation platform designed for robot researchers. The one-armed robot is designed for human-scale tasks and comes pre-installed with the latest version of ROS, including MoveIt! integration.
More about Unbounded Robotics' UBR-1.

NextGen Game Changer
Wynright Robotic Truck Unloader (RTU)
The Robotic Truck Unloader (RTU) is an autonomous robotic platform that unloads floor loaded trailers or ocean containers from a receiving dock. Utilizing 3d machine vision systems, without human intervention, the RTU drives into the container and automatically unloads floor loaded product until the container is empty.
More about Wynright Robotic Truck Unloader (RTU).




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