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Dec
6

RobotShop.com extends its reach into hobby and educational robotics by acquiring DiaLFonZo-Copter, a recognized leader in the design and production of multi-rotor UAVs.

RobotShop announced today the acquisition of DiaLFonZo-Copter, a company established in Canada which designs and produces a variety of multi-rotor UAV copters.

In 2012, RobotShop bought Lynxmotion, a leading manufacturer and pioneer of educational robot kits. The products offered at that time were mostly designed to be operated on the ground. With the addition of drones / UAVs / multicopters, Lynxmotion’s selection now extends into the sky.

Watch the Lynxmotion UAV Launch Video

“Combining RobotShop’s online presence, sales force, manufacturing expertise and global logistics with DiaLFonZo-Copter’s experience in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will allow the Lynxmotion brand to extend its reach significantly” indicated Mario Tremblay, CEO of RobotShop. “There is a long list of exciting possibilities for drones in the near future and we are very excited to bring in new talent like Eric Nantel (a.k.a. “DiaLFonZo”) to help us in this venture. His most popular product, the Hunter VTail, is a testimony to his ingenuity and creativity”.

DiaLFonZo-Copter is a recognized leader in the design and production of multicopters including quadcopters, hexacopters and even octocopters. Its founder Eric Nantel is well known within the multicopter community as a pioneer in the design and development of UAVs.

Lynxmotion Hunter VTail 400 with Canopy

“I feel very proud and lucky to have the chance to be part of the RobotShop / Lynxmotion team. The opportunities to create Drones / UAVs will be greatly improved by the expertise in manufacturing and logistics which RobotShop has acquired over the past years.” indicated Eric Nantel. “Working together, we will have the strength and resources needed to provide a variety of really interesting products which will be backed by RobotShop’s top quality service and support.”

Eric Nantel is leading Lynxmotion’s new UAV division and will help support the growing Lynxmotion community.

About RobotShop inc.

RobotShop is the world's leading robot store for personal and professional robot technology. It provides personal, domestic and professional robots, development platforms, kits, and specialized robotic parts. RobotShop is also an important source for robotics education and research.

For more information on RobotShop, please visit www.robotshop.com.

About Lynxmotion

Lynxmotion is one of the oldest manufacturers of robotic kits, including robot arms, biped walking robots, quadrupeds, hexapods, tracked and wheeled vehicles, and more. The selection of products and guides are important tools for teaching and learning many different complex aspects in robotics.

For more information on Lynxmotion, please visit www.lynxmotion.com.

About DiaLFonZo-Copter

DiaLFonZo-Copter specializes in designing and producing multi-rotor helicopter kits. These high performance UAVs are made of durable and lightweight G10 fiberglass composite with all-metal hardware and cater to the hobbyist and professional markets.

For more information on DiaLFonZo-Copter, please visit www.dialfonzo-copter.com.


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Jan
22

RobotShop.com, the world's leading online robot store, has secured global exclusivity for the FlowBotics Studio robotics software.

FlowBotics Studio

RobotShop announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership with DSPRobotics to redefine the software "FlowBotics Studio" to bring it to the nextlevel with a plan to launch version 2 on May 24, 2013.

In its current form, the FlowBotics software offers users a visual interface for controlling the popular LynxMotion robot arms. This software will stay as is and the name changed to "ArmControl". ArmControl will become one of many demo programs within the new "FlowBotics Studio", which will be a much more versatile software suite allowing users to easily control and experiment with many robotic platforms and/or hardware without prior programming or robotics experience. The new FlowBotics Studio will incorporate pre-made demo programs created using the FlowBotics / FlowStone software.

The FlowStone software, on which FlowBotics is based, uses a combination of graphical and text-based programming. Applications are programmed by linking together functional building blocks called "components". Events and data flow between these components as the application executes. All this happens instantly - there's no compiling; the application runs as it is built, making development an extremely rapid process. Executable programs which run on their own can also be created.

"Following the recent acquisition of Lynxmotion, a leading manufacturer of educational robot kits, we knew we needed a powerful robotic software to help customers easily program, control and experiment with robotic platforms," said Mario Tremblay, founder and CEO of RobotShop. "DSP Robotics was the best possible partner for an alliance based on the potential of their software, their skill and knowledge as well as their desire to further expand into the robotics market. FlowBotics Studio is a modern and powerful software suite and will complement the Lynxmotion line of robot kits perfectly. The vision is not only to use FlowBotics Studio for Lynxmotion kits; with time we plan to integrate additional robots and parts from RobotShop’s ever-growing product selection. You will be able to attach sensors and motors to a platform and have it running within minutes, or even remotely control and communicate with your Roomba or other domestic / professional robot. The vision is to offer one single robotics software suite capable of addressing all your needs, along with one source to purchase all your physical robots and parts. The missing part of the robot revolution has always been the software and the ability to easily develop complex programs. We envision FlowBotics Studio being this stepping stone".

"FlowStone" is a proprietary computer programming language developed by DSPRobotics, a division of Outsim Ltd. This language was first commercialized in 2006 for the music industry to help create plug-ins. It has recently been adapted for the robotics/engineering/education market where Flowstone allows users to create their own stand-alone applications using its in-built components and modules, including the Ruby programming language. By building a hierarchy of modules, the user can quickly create complex behaviours to program almost anything.

"We have made engineering programing languages for over ten years now and our most recent language, FlowStone, was used to create the original Flowbotics. This is now being used by over 12,000 students via Project Lead The Way to teach robotics," said DSPRobotics CEO Carl Owen. "Working with RobotShop to make this new and exciting generation of Flowbotics Studio, which actually has the complete FlowStone software built-in, makes the perfect software + hardware combination. We make programming languages that support literally thousands of hardware interfaces and robotics kits, and RobotShop not only owns LynxMotion, one of the industry leaders in the robotics field, but also sells hundreds of other hardware interfaces that will also work with FlowStone inside Flowbotics Studio. In the future this will mean that when you buy a robotic kit or hardware interface from RobotShop you will not only have a high-level application to control your hardware but also be able to drill down into the source code and make your own modifications and enhancements. We are very excited about working with RobotShop and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship."

About RobotShop inc.

RobotShop is the world's leading robot store for personal and professional robot technology. It provides personal, domestic and professional robots, development platforms, kits, and specialized robotic parts. RobotShop is also an important source for robotics education and research.

For more information on RobotShop, please visit http://www.robotshop.com

About DSPRobotics (OutSim Ltd.)

DSPRobotics is a leading software development company specializing in Graphical Programming Languages for engineering, education, and the music industry with over 10 years of experience in creating computer programming languages that are used all over the world, most famously the FlowStone programming language.

For more information on DSPRobotics, please visit http://www.dsprobotics.com


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Sep
12
ROBOTSHOP ACHÈTE LYNXMOTION, UN IMPORTANT FABRICANT DE ROBOTS EN KITS ÉDUCATIFS
Posted by (JG) RobotShop inc. on 12 Sep 2012 10:12 AM

RobotShop, la première source mondiale pour tous vos besoins en robotique, achète Lynxmotion.com, pionnier de la robotique hobbyiste et éducative.

Lynxmotion Inc.

Swanton, Vermont, USA. – 12 septembre, 2012 - RobotShop annonce aujourd’hui la récente acquisition de Lynxmotion inc., un manufacturier basé dans l’état de LIllinois qui conçoit et fabrique une variété de pièces et des robots en kits destinés au marché en forte croissance de la robotique éducative.

RobotShop est depuis 2003 le plus important distributeur de Lynxmotion couvrant le Canada, les États-Unis et l’Europe. Les utilisateurs de produits Lynxmotion bénéficieront grandement de l’inclusion des activités de Lynxmotion au sein de l‘infrastructure logistique globale de RobotShop. L’intégration verticale permettra un meilleur contrôle des coûts et des inventaires ainsi qu’un service harmonisé et centralisé.

“C’est avec grande fierté que nous prenons la relève sur l’oeuvre de Jim Frye“ indique Mario Tremblay, fondateur et président de RobotShop. “J’ai personnellement commencé à construire des robots avec les produits Lynxmotion et cela a eu un impact très positif en moi. Les produits Lynxmotion sont très versatiles, d’une très grande qualité et répondent parfaitement aux besoins éducatifs du 21e siècle. Il y a une grande responsabilité derrière cette acquisition et nous allons tout mettre en oeuvre pour ne pas décevoir les attentes de la communauté.“

Fondé en 1995  par Jim “The Robot Guy” Frye, Lynxmotion.com vend leurs produits à travers le monde directement via leur site web et via leur réseau de distributeurs. Lynxmotion est l’un des plus anciens manufacturiers de robots en kits éducatifs, tels les bras robotiques, les robots marcheurs bipèdes, quadrapodes et hexapodes, ainsi que des robots à chenilles ou sur roues. La gamme de produits a évolué durant les 15 dernières années et se spécialise aujourd’hui sur le populaire système modulaire de construction robotique “Servo Erector Set”.

“J’ai fondé Lynxmotion en 1995 en raison de ma fascination pour les robots, et aussi de ma frustration concernant ce qui était disponible à l’époque en tant que robots en kits” indique Jim Frye. “Nous nous sommes engagés sérieusement au cours des dernières années à construire et offrir des robots éducatifs de la plus grande qualité et nous sommes convaincus que RobotShop saura poursuivre cet engagement. RobotShop a toujours offert un excellent service de classe mondiale et ils tiennent à coeur la satisfaction de leurs clients. Lynxmotion est entre de bonnes mains”.

À propos de RobotShop Inc.
RobotShop est la première source mondiale pour la technologie robotique domestique et professionnelle. Il offre des robots personnels, professionnels, des plateformes de développement, des robots en kits et des pièces robotiques spécialisées. RobotShop est également une source importante pour la recherche et l’éducation.

Pour plus d’information sur RobotShop, visitez www.robotshop.com

À propos de Lynxmotion inc.
Lynxmotion est un manufacturier de pièces robotiques et de robots en kits éducatifs. Les produits et les guides de construction sont des outils pour enseigner et apprendre plusieurs aspects complexes de la robotique. Lynxmotion abrite aussi une des communautés d’amateurs roboticiens les plus actives du monde.

Pour plus d’information sur Lynxmotion, visitez www.lynxmotion.com
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Sep
12
ROBOTSHOP ACQUIRES LYNXMOTION, A LEADING MANUFACTURER OF EDUCATIONAL ROBOT KITS
Posted by (JG) RobotShop inc. on 12 Sep 2012 10:11 AM
RobotShop.com, the world’s leading robot store for all your robotic needs, announces today the acquisition of Lynxmotion.com, a pioneer in hobby and educational robotics.

Lynxmotion Inc.
Swanton, Vermont, USA. - September 12th 2012 - RobotShop announced today the acquisition of Lynxmotion Inc., a manufacturer based in Illinois that designs and produces a variety of robot parts and kits destined for the ever growing educational market.

RobotShop has been the most important distributor for Lynxmotion in Canada, USA and Europe, since 2003. Lynxmotion’s customers will greatly benefit from the incorporation of  its activities into RobotShop’s core logistics and global infrastructure. This vertical integration will allow for greater control of costs and inventory, as well as a centralized and optimized service structure.

“It’s with great pride that we take over Jim Frye’s work” indicated Mario Tremblay, founder and president of RobotShop. “I personally started building robots using Lynxmotion products. From that point onward, I understood that building complex robots could be accessible to everybody. Lynxmotion products are very versatile, high quality, and respond perfectly to 21st century educational needs. Along with this acquisition comes a great responsibility for continuing what Lynxmotion has started and we plan to work very hard to live up to the expectations of the community”.

Founded in 1995 by Jim “The Robot Guy” Frye, Lynxmotion.com sells their products around the world via their website and their distributors. Lynxmotion is one of the oldest manufacturers of robot kits, including robot arms, biped walking robots, quadrapods, hexapods, tracked and wheeled vehicles, and more. The range of products has evolved during the last 15 years and they are now specialized in a modular robotic building system known as the “Servo Erector Set”.

“I founded Lynxmotion in 1995, due to a fascination with robotics and a frustration with the available robot-based kits” indicated Jim Frye. “We have made a serious commitment to manufacture and distribute the absolute highest quality educational robot kits and we are convinced that RobotShop will have a positive impact on this objective. RobotShop has always offered excellent, world-class service and they take customer satisfaction to heart. Lynxmotion is in good hands.”

About RobotShop inc.
RobotShop is the world's leading robot store for personal and professional robot technology. It provides personal, domestic and professional robots, development platforms, kits, and specialized robotic parts. RobotShop is also an important source for robotics education and research.

For more information on RobotShop, please visit www.robotshop.com

About Lynxmotion inc.
Lynxmotion manufactures robotic parts and educational robotic kits. These products and guides are important tools for teaching and learning many different complex aspects of robotics. Lynxmotion also hosts one of the most active communities of amateur roboticists in the world.

For more information on Lynxmotion, please visit http://www.Lynxmotion.com
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Aug
15

Profit 200 - 2012

MIRABEL, QC, le 4 juin 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - RobotShop est heureux d'annoncer qu'il fait parti du classement des 200 compagnies à plus forte croissance au Canada. Arrivant au numéro 63, RobotShop a eu une croissance de 843% dans les 5 dernières années. Le modèle d'affaires de RobotShop est entièrement en ligne avec son site électronique robotshop.com, et a des centres de distribution au Canada, aux États-Unis et en Europe. RobotShop est la référence mondiale pour tous vos besoins en robotique.

"La performance de RobotShop confirmes ce que les experts partout dans le monde disent à propos de la robotique; l'industrie croît rapidement et est en train de devenir un secteur stratégique du 21e siècle," indique Mario Tremblay, fondateur et président de RobotShop. "Avec plus de 5000 produits dans le marché de la robotique de service, plus précisément pour l'éducation, la recherche, pour l'utilisation personnelle et professionnelle, je crois que RobotShop est a la référence dans ce domaine, montrant que le moment où nous aurons un robot par maison n'est plus si loin."

PROFIT 200 dresses le portrait des compagnies avec le plus de succès au pays et fait leur classement basé sur la croissance du revenu au cours des 5 dernières années. C'est la plus grande célébration au Canada de la réussite des entrepreneurs et la liste des compagnies à plus forte croissance est publiée dans l'édition d'été du magazine PROFIT et aussi en ligne au PROFITguide.com.

"Les compagnies PROFIT 200 sont une inspiration pour les entrepreneurs canadiens et les aspirants entrepreneurs" indique Ian Portsmouth, éditeur en chef du magazine PROFIT. "PROFIT est fier de célébrer le succès de ces gens d'affaires, qui, malgré une économie difficile, ont atteint un succès remarquable dans des marchés très variés."

A propos de RobotShop Distribution Inc.
RobotShop est la première source mondiale pour la technologie robotique domestique et professionnelle. Il offre des robots personnels, professionnels, des plateformes de développement, kits, et des pièces robotiques spécialisées. RobotShop est également une source importante pour la recherche et l'éducation.

Pour plus d'information sur RobotShop, visitez www.robotshop.com

A propos de PROFIT Magazine
PROFIT: Votre Guide pour le succès en affaires est une publication dominante au Canada dédiées aux problèmes de gestion et opportunités pour les compagnies. Depuis 30 ans, les entrepreneurs canadiens et les gestionnaires seniors à travers des secteurs économiques variés sont restés loyaux envers PROFIT puisque c'est une source fiable et actuelle d'information qui les aident à obtenir du succès et obtenir la reconnaissance qu'ils méritent pour un impact positif sur l'économie et changements sociaux.

Pour plus d'information, visitez PROFIT en ligne au www.PROFITguide.com

Renseignements : supportcenter@robotshop.com

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