HNY from HRI!

Happy New Year from HRI! We hope that 2016 will be a happy, safe and productive year for you. At HRI, 2015 was a year of new product introductions, new customer engagements, new employee onboarding, new business models, and most of all, a growing excitement about the way advanced technology is hitting just about every industry. We’re writing to tell you a little bit about what we’re looking forward to in the year ahead, and also to share a few interesting moments from the past year. From product introductions, to exciting collaborations with world class organizations like Mitsubishi Electric and DARPA, here are just a few of our highlights from 2015:   In FEBRUARY, we officially announced the launch of our CAN-Sync Wireless CAN Bridge, a product that delivers a reliable link between CAN interfaces for applications where wiring isn’t an option. Since then, we’ve shipped the CAN-Sync all over the world. It’s been put to work in forestry and agricultural operations, recycling plants, parking garages, mining trucks, pile drivers, and more. The CAN-Sync has been a welcome addition to our suite of safe wireless products, and we’ve received great feedback from customers on its range and reliability. In JUNE, our Wireless Emergency Stops were used by every team at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, where the world’s most advanced robots faced off on a disaster relief obstacle course. We were honored to be chosen by DARPA as the provider of emergency stops for this elite competition. As robotic technology evolves, so does the need for more advanced safety controls. Our partnership with DARPA shows that HRI is ready to meet that need by providing cutting-edge safety tools for the world’s next generation of robotics. More on the challenge, and some cool photos here. In SEPTEMBER, we debuted an exciting collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Automation at Pack Expo. We’ve been working with Mitsubishi on a customized wireless teach pendant that implements our wireless protocol for safety critical functions like emergency stopping and enable devices. The result was a custom wrapper for a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet PC that adds dead man switches and an E-Stop, and enables the controller to be used with industrial robots. This tool will allow Mitsubishi’s customers to control their entire manufacturing cell while mobile, rather than having to plug into each machine individually. We are excited about the advances in safety and productivity that this is going to bring to the factory! Mitsubishi Product Application Specialist Steve Pacitto and HRI Co-Founder Samuel Reeves In NOVEMBER, our Principal Control Systems Engineer Nathan Bivans became certified as a CMSE® – Certified Machinery Safety Expert. This distinction demonstrates that Nathan has completed the foremost machinery safety training program of its kind, and has been certified as an expert by TÜV NORD. Nathan has been with HRI since 2012, after working with Apple , Motorola, and Lutron Electronics. He plays a crucial role in the development of our technology for embedded and safety critical systems. Nathan’s new certification is just one more example of HRI’s continued  and rigorous commitment to excellence in machine safety. Safe Remote Control: Our Safe Remote Control System continued to find interesting and worthwhile applications throughout the year with customers in every domain of mobile robotics: in the air, on and under the water, and on land. It also confirmed our belief that all machines are becoming robots by finding new applications from defense to construction vehicles to amusement parks. Custom Projects: While our stock products continued to grow in 2015, we were increasingly grateful for a growing number of custom requests from machinery innovators with complex needs for …

New Product Announcement: CAN-Sync Wireless CAN Bridge

Greetings from Humanistic Robotics, (HRI) a company focused on making the world safer with technology. As you may know, our robotics division focuses on safe wireless machine control for mobile off-highway equipment, robots, and industrial equipment, and we’re reaching out to tell you about an exciting new product – our CAN-Sync Wireless CAN Bridge. We have been shipping this product for a few months now with great results, and we’re excited to formally announce its public launch. The CAN-Sync Wireless CAN Bridge allows the user to transmit CAN data wirelessly over a transparent point-to-point bridge, without modifying the data. Read more about it on the CAN-Sync Wireless Can Bus Bridge product page You might want to do this if you have two machines in different locations that need to communicate with each other to do their task, or if wired connections are frequently damaged or just too expensive or impractical. It’s also easier to move and reconfigure machines if they’re communicating over wireless, which saves time and money. The CAN-Sync supports any CAN bus standard, such as J1939 or CAN Open, and is capable of achieving several miles of range in the right conditions. It also has dual Emergency Stop inputs and outputs, meaning fixed E-Stops can be wired into the system, and dual E-Stop outputs can be enabled on either end of the bridge. As with all HRI wireless machine control products, the CAN-Sync includes our SafetySense® communication protocol, which is designed to ensure that critical control messages – like emergency stop signals – always find their intended recipient. SafetySense® combines frequency hopping radio technology with our proprietary wireless protocol to achieve a highly reliable wireless signal. This product complements HRI’s existing family of wireless control products such as our Safe Remote Control System (SRCS) and our Wireless Emergency Stop, both of which offer awesome ergonomics and industry-leading safety. The SRCS got great writeups in Equipment World and Gizmodo. In addition to these stock products, HRI can also support co-design wireless programs, whether it’s embedded control electronics, wireless communication links, emergency stopping architectures, custom handheld controllers, or some combination of the above to assist a customer-led design effort. Please let us know if you’d like more information, and we hope this finds you well. Connect with us on