Blog: Software
A team of researchers at USC is helping artificial intelligence imagine the unseen.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
Testing and Optimizing Low-Power Designs

Power consumption is a key performance parameter for almost every electronics device. Conserving energy is good for the environment and has a large impact on operational costs, customer experience,...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

MIT researchers have designed a sharp-tipped robot finger equipped with tactile sensing to meet the challenge of identifying buried objects. Digger Finger was able to dig through granular media such as...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

USC researchers unveiled a new simulator for robotic cutting that can accurately reproduce the forces acting on a knife as it slices through common food such as fruit and vegetables....

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Three Key Decisions for Building a Deterministic Machine Vision System

Machine vision is used in most manufacturing industries to boost quality, productivity, and performance and is becoming a major differentiator for machine builders in the...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
How All-Software RTOS Machine Control Architecture Protects Machine Builders

Around the world, IntervalZero’s real-time operating system (RTOS) is used by a multitude of customers with prestigious brands in dozens of different industries...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will ‘Air Power’ Boost the Use of Soft Robots?

Our second INSIDER story today highlighted William Grover and his UC Riverside team’s efforts to swap electronics with air.

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Learn the differences between bipolar and unipolar motors, their driving methods, and advantages and limitations.
Articles: Motion Control
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Articles: Motion Control
These common pneumatic circuits can be used alone or as building blocks in larger pneumatics systems.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An OEM must think about how to build a machine that will work on any kind of power system.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Epoxies, reverse-engineering software, temperature loggers, and more.
Articles: Motion Control
Learn about widely used communications technologies for motion control.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Kristin Sampayan from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory found a fast way to switch high voltages.
Facility Focus: Nanotechnology
WPI supports research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cybersecurity, and fire safety.
Special Reports: Aerospace
Power Electronics - August 2021

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Briefs: Motion Control
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
RightHand Robotics combines machine vision with an intelligent gripper design to make more adaptable robots.
Briefs: Aerospace
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Briefs: Materials
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.
Briefs: Materials
The tough circuits could withstand the grueling demands of energy production, space exploration, and more.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include anti-fouling and anti-contamination, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic drag reduction, and adhesive joining of composite parts.
Briefs: Materials
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Battery Identity Global Passport could be accessible as a scannable QR code or a computer chip.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
This treatment has the potential to remove from drinking water nearly all viruses that have an “outer fortress.”

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