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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.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Soft Robots Deliver Medical Treatments
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Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Use a ‘SwingBot?’

A “SwingBot” robotic arm from MIT can learn the physical features of a handheld object through tactile exploration. Instead of using cameras or vision methods, the robot’s grippers use GelSight tactile sensors that measure the pose and force distribution of the object. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Performance Starter Contactor Design

Shifts in the vehicle market are forcing changes in internal combustion engine (ICE) starting technology. Most substantively, the advent of start/stop engine technology requires a much longer...

White Papers: Connectivity
Addressing the Time to Charge Industrial and Commercial Transportation Vehicles

Refueling a commercial vehicle at the lowest cost in the shortest amount of time has always been a critical piece of the total cost of ownership (TCO) puzzle. As...

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
How to Identify Good Collaborative Robot Projects

Statistics show that collaborative automation is the fastest growing segment in the industry – and for good reason. Cobots are safe, easy to use, and quick to deploy. To get...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Measuring Torque Ripple and Its Effects on Electric Power and Noise & Vibration

Torque ripple can create challenges in electric motors including control, power output, noise, vibration, and durability. Torque ripple can be described as the...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Technology Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms
The learning approach allows swarms of unmanned vehicles to optimally accomplish their mission while minimizing performance uncertainty.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Simple Robot Vision Tools Support Complex Applications
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Wavy Surfaces for Better Light Control
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Drones Change Shape Mid-Flight
This capability will optimize performance of the vehicle through different phases of flight.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft, Self-Actuated Pump for Mechatronic Devices
A soft hydrogel, driven by an oscillatory chemical reaction, produces an autonomous integrated pump for microfluidic applications.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Open Controllers Simplify Automation Systems
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: October 2020 Motion Design
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Origami-Inspired Miniature Manipulator
This mini robot improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical procedures.
Fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits open the path towards the development of electronic skin.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Testing Swarming Drones
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.

Researchers at the University of Houston report that they have designed and produced a smart electronic skin and a medical robotic hand capable of assessing vital diagnostic...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Controller Helps Robots Avoid Collisions

MIT startup Realtime Robotics invented a solution that gives robots the ability to quickly adjust their path to avoid objects as they move to a target. The Realtime controller can be connected to...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will 'Biomorphic' Batteries Support a Future of Tiny Robots?

A Tech Briefs TV video highlighted a rechargeable zinc battery from the University of Michigan that integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy. The “biomorphic” battery, according to researchers, could provide 72x more energy for robots.

Like biological fat reserves store energy in animals, a new rechargeable zinc battery integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy, a team led by...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Are You OK With a Robot Taking Your Vitals?

The "Spot" robot, developed by Boston Dynamics, can measure skin temperature, breathing rate, pulse rate, and blood oxygen saturation in healthy patients, from a distance of 2 meters.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Achieve Alternative Fuel ROI in Less Than Five Years with ANG

Learn how adsorbed natural gas (ANG) can bring operational benefits for your fleet and pay for itself in less than five years. ANG is specifically suited to light-duty fleets and...

A Cornell team developed paramecium-sized robots that can be controlled with lasers.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Breaking the (Injection) Mold

Since its creation in the 1980s, 3D printing has evolved tremendously, with more printing technologies and material types available. Research shows that engineers in North America are optimistic about the future...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Kit Encoders: New Technologies for a Dynamically Changing Market

Closed-loop motion control systems use feedback to ensure the precise positioning of mechanical components. Self-contained position sensors, such as rotary encoders, can do a...

Before delivery drones start carrying packages (and passenger drones start delivering ourselves), engineers will need to keep refining an unmanned aircraft's ability...

The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
Features include unusual color changes and high touch sensitivity.
This technology provides rapid results, improving hospital workflow and patient care.

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Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

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Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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Blog: Electronics & Computers

New Metal-Air Battery Design Offers a Potential Boost to Electric Vehicles

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control

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