Keyword: Automation

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technique can be used by people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This process could lead to tiny, self-powered devices for environmental, industrial, or medical monitoring.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
With accelerated time from design to production, specialized foil sensor arrays will be expanding to many new areas.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Designed to assist in robotic surgeries, biomedical devices can be printed in and on the human body.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Briefs: Materials
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
Briefs: Wearables
The sensor has applications in fields such as robotics, healthcare, and security.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The device provides quick results and gives healthcare workers more time to treat patients in hospitals and other settings.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.
Briefs: Energy
These can replace rechargeable lithium-ion batteries commonly used in robotics, power tools, and grid-scale energy storage.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
Briefs: Energy
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks such as setting a table.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A robotic finger has a sense of touch that can be localized with high precision over a large, multi-curved surface.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Briefs: Materials
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Technology Leaders: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Ever since Henry Ford introduced the first moving production line to the industry in 1913, automotive manufacturers have been constantly striving to streamline their processes,...

Briefs: Transportation
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
Briefs: Motion Control
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
Briefs: Communications
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.