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Explore the latest developments in motion control and automation. Discover innovative advances from NASA and major research labs in robotics, autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, PID controller applications, motor drives and power transmissions.

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Recreating ‘Star Trek’ Virtual Environments

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Mapping Gravity with Motion Control
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Blog: AR/AI
Researchers have demonstrated a new method that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and computer simulations to train robotic exoskeletons to autonomously help users save energy while walking, running, and climbing stairs.
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White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Beyond Science Fiction: Realizing the Potential of Robotic-Assisted Surgery

This white paper discusses the roots of robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), its milestones, how and why RAS is gaining the public trust and five key technologies for its...

5 Ws: Motion Control
A team of researchers at Delft University of Technology has developed a drone that flies autonomously using neuromorphic image processing and control based on the workings of animal brains.
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White Papers: Test & Measurement
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How High-performance Micrometers Set New Standards in Precision and Versatility

Optical micrometers detect and measure a range of process variables in industrial production, including thickness, gaps, edges, and segments. This article...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated miniature soft hydraulic actuators that can be used to control the deformation and motion...

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INSIDER: Motion Control

Scientists have created innovative soft robots equipped with electronic skins and artificial muscles, allowing them to sense their surroundings and adapt...

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INSIDER: Design

At first glance, Rabih O. Al-Kaysi’s molecular motors look like the microscopic worms you’d see in a drop of pond water. But these wriggling ribbons are not alive;...

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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Finding The Right Precision Motion Components To Drive Automated EV Manufacturing Advances

EV production processes must satisfy aggressive throughput goals and automated systems are poised to address this challenge. However, specifying and...

White Papers: Motion Control
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Top 5 Things You Need to Know When Selecting Directional Valves

Choosing the right valve for controlling system pressure, flow direction, and flow rate is essential in fluid power circuitry design. This guide highlights the top five...

White Papers: Design
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A Faster Route to Custom-Design Molecular Diagnostic Instruments

This whitepaper delves into developing molecular diagnostics instruments, emphasizing the advantages of collaboration with experienced OEMs using platforms like Cavro® Omni...

Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Rugged Computing & Electronics - June 2024

From hypersonic missiles to warships to Army robotic vehicles, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. Keep pace with the latest developments in this...

White Papers: Motion Control
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How to Design Self-lubricating Bearing Points

Wherever parts move against each other, lubrication is deemed a necessity. It improves friction and protects against not only wear, but corrosion and dirt as well. However, it has long been...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the new products, including Kollmorgen's latest update to its AKD2G Servo Drive, Teledyne FLIR IIS's Bumblebee® X series, Emerson's Movicon.NExT™ HMI/SCADA, Pleora Technologies' expanded eBUS Edge GigE Vision software transmitter solution, Bodine Electric Company's 12 new AC inverter-duty hypoid hollow shaft gearmotors, Linear Servo Motor from Moticont, and more.
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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The integration of collaborative robots, or cobots, into manufacturing has revolutionized traditional processes, offering an unprecedented blend of precision, productivity, and safety. Now, with advancements in AI and visual detection systems, cobots are evolving further, equipped to adapt their actions based on visual cues. Read on to learn more.
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Application Briefs: Software
When a robot cell experiences unplanned downtime, John Bridgen’s first priority as Director of Customer Satisfaction at Precision Cobotics is finding out exactly what happened. Traditionally, this “root cause analysis” and subsequent debugging has required onsite visits and, at least initially, a degree of guesswork. Read on to learn how the process has been ameliorated.
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Briefs: Materials
In bringing bio-inspired robots to life, scientists must first create soft matter counterparts that match the softness and functionality of biological tissue. University of Nebraska–Lincoln engineer Eric Markvicka is at the forefront of these efforts. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
MIT engineers are aiming to give robots a bit of common sense when faced with situations that push them off their trained path. They’ve developed a method that connects robot motion data with the “common sense knowledge” of large language models, or LLMs.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new robotic suction cup which can grasp rough, curved, and heavy stone, has been developed by scientists at the University of Bristol. The team, based at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, studied the structures of octopus biological suckers, which have superb adaptive suction abilities enabling them to anchor to rock.
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Articles: Design
See the products of tomorrow, including a new DC-DC power converter developed by engineers at the Kobe University, a haptic device capable of reproducing the softness of various materials developed by EPFL researchers, and three-dimensional embroidery techniques from engineers from NC State University.
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Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The team demonstrated that the sliding suction is a low-cost, energy-efficient, high-payload, and clean adhesive locomotion strategy, which has high potential for use in climbing robots, outdoor inspection robots, and robotic transportation.
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INSIDER: AR/AI

An international group of researchers has created a new approach to imitating human motion through combining central pattern generators (CPGs) and deep reinforcement learning (DRL). The method not...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Getting robots to perform even a simple task requires tons of behind-the-scenes work. Part of the challenge is planning and executing movements, everything from turning wheels to lifting...

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INSIDER: Test & Measurement

Scientists at the University of Oregon have discovered that colonies of gelatinous sea animals swim through the ocean in giant corkscrew shapes using coordinated jet propulsion, an...

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Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Space Technology - May 2024

NASA's plan for building landing pads on the moon...the first 3D-printed rocket to reach orbit...MAPLE mission demonstrates wireless power transfer in space. Read about these and other exciting advances in this...

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2024

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, learn how breakthroughs in materials science are enabling exciting new applications in quantum...

Blog: Research Lab
Whereas prior works have focused on leveraging LLMs directly for planning in symbolic spaces, this work uses LLMs to guide the search of task structures and constraints implicit in multi-step physical demonstrations.
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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Robot Manufacturer Strengthens Global Reputation for Quality With Kontron Motherboards

Kontron, renowned for their embedded computer solutions, celebrates over 20 years of partnership with KUKA, the industrial robotics leader, to provide...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A trio of small rovers that will explore the Moon in sync with one another are rolling toward launch. NASA JPL’s CADRE rovers will soon map the lunar surface together as a tech demo to show the promise of multirobot missions.
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