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Robotics, Automation & Control

Stay updated on the fast-changing advancements in robotics, automation, and control. Access the technical briefs and applications that are trending in AI, robotic operating systems, and machine learning.

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Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Robotics and Automation Lead to a Greater Appreciation of Nature?

Our lead INSIDER story today focused on the environmental impacts of robotics and automation.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cost Effective High Precision Linear & Rotary Axes

Andantex USA offers modular system building blocks consisting of Racks, Pinions, Planetary Reducers, and lubrication systems to build linear axes of any length and move weights from 100 to...

White Papers: Motion Control
Load Simulation for Test Benches

When designing a test bench, Particle brakes made by Merobel™ provide an excellent solution , because of their ability to generate a torque that is precise, variable and easy to control - at a reasonable...

White Papers: Motion Control
Precise Positioning: Choose the Ideal Table for Your Equipment

The positioning mechanism you choose must perform with accuracy and precision while offering the right attributes for your application. Your options for positioning tables...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Use a 'Twining' Robotic Gripper?

Our lead INSIDER story today focused on a twining robotic gripper that its inventor says is especially effective at grabbing thin objects like pencils, paintbrushes, and even a straightened paperclip.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Learn to Drive a Car in a Few Easy Lessons

USC researchers have developed a method that could allow robots to learn complicated new tasks, like setting a table or driving a car, from observing a small number of demonstrations.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Materials Transform Robots Made of Robots

Scientists from the U.S. Army and MIT created a new way to link materials with unique mechanical properties, opening up the possibility of future military robots made of robots. The method...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Could ‘Smellicopters’ Someday Support Search-and-Rescue?

Our second INSIDER story today highlights an innovative combination of autonomous drones and live moth antennae: The “Smellicopter.”

A Cornell University team has created microscopic robots that incorporate semiconductor components, allowing them to be controlled – and made to walk – with standard electronic signals. The...

UW doctoral student Melanie Anderson explains how to make an autonomous 'Smellicopter' to navigate toward smells.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Reducing Vibration of Cable Carriers on High-Precision Machinery

In industries like printer design, semiconductor manufacturing and machine tools, cable carrier systems can vibrate, which affects the production equipment’s accuracy and...

A new study has confirmed the success of a natural-gas leak-detection tool pioneered by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists, which uses sensors and machine learning to...

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
ADAS/Connected Car - December 2020

Today's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected cars are paving the way for tomorrow's automated vehicles. To help you keep pace with the latest technology developments, we present this...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Executive Roundtable: Robotics Design
A panel of experts explains how robots are playing a larger role in manufacturing.
The mobile system could reduce healthcare workers’ exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Upper Body Robotic Exoskeleton
This lightweight, portable garment is designed for active shoulder and elbow positioning.
Wire-connected drones may complement or replace the fixed base stations of cellular communications networks.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tactile Robot Finger with No Blind Spots
This robotic finger has a highly precise sense of touch over a complex, multi-curved surface.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flexible, Sturdy Robot “Grows” Like a Plant
The robot’s extendable appendage can wind through tight spaces and then lift heavy loads.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Technology Aids Surgeon-Guided Robotic Hands
This method enables users to control their robotic fingers precisely enough to gently land on fragile surfaces.
The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Vote for Tech Briefs Product of the Year 2020
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2020 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
Jacobs' scientists are helping to make contract-tracing apps, emergency-use ventilators, and even squid-bots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Modular, In-Air, Multi-UAV Docking
This system can be used for long-range or high-payload deliveries as well as search and rescue.
A low-frequency antenna with enhanced bandwidth will enable robust networking among compact, mobile robots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Human-Like Hands with Flexible, Hybrid Pneumatic Actuators
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Compact, Long-Reach Robotic Arm
Applications include retractable covers and awnings, camera booms, and spacecraft and astronaut positioning.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: December 2020
Robotic exoskeletons, a breath-test for cancer, and plastic-eating enzymes are Products of Tomorrow.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.

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