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Behind the mask

At the UK’s 2013 Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition Omron showed a ‘smile calibrator’ with OKAO technology designed to measure, compare and even calibrate the smiles of visitors. People were invited to check the quality of their smile and even compare it against that of a friend. This article was featured in the Controls, Drives
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So you think Microsoft Kinect is cool?

Check out Omron’s OKAO Vision. Omron’s OKAO vision technology doesn’t only detects people and their gestures, but also their state (happy, surprise, anger, sad, fear, disgust and neutral) and people’s intent and surroundings. Have a look at the video to understand the possibilities. The time will come in which we control computers and machines with
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1:2914? Not a problem for the Eco-Runner

Shell’s Eco-Marathon is a brilliant concept, bringing together teams of students from all over Europe who use their creativity and ingenuity to develop ultra-fuel-efficient vehicles. Vehicles are entered in one of seven fuel categories – petrol, diesel, biofuels, fuel made from natural gas (GTL), hydrogen, solar or electricity. The challenge involves doing ten laps of
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Forget 3D printing, 4D printing has arrived!

Imagine a world where you don’t have to assemble that Ikea closet yourself… Sounds too good to be true? Not according to Skylar Tibbits. He’s an architect and computer scientist at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab. He focuses on self-assembly technologies. In other words: objects that make themselves. Tibbits has spoken about this concept on TED 2013 Februari
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Our magazine Technology and Trends issue 17 is out!

We designed the Technology & Trends magazine to update you about the latest news concerning Omron technology, organization developments and trends in the market. All supported with customer experience and application experts views and presented in an attractive high quality design. In this issue: All-in-one solution for end of line packaging Sysmac Integrated Safety Sysmac
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A new wave of collaborative innovation

This year’s KPMG survey found that collaboration is becoming more important to global manufacturers, especially where innovation is concerned as a majority of respondents to increase collaborative their efforts with partner companies, key customers, and suppliers. This year’s survey found that 72 percent of respondents worldwide believe the “next wave of transformational innovation” in manufacturing
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Zero defect solutions

Zero-defect production: improving one process can deliver substantial benefits It’s stating the obvious, but still worthwhile doing so: every production defect is a problem – often several problems. Defects cause delays, cost money and damage the reputation both of the machine maker and of other businesses in the supply chain. So it pays to look