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Quiz: Robotics, Automation & Control
How Much Do You Know About Humanoid Robots?
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Making Low-Cost Automation Accessible
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Executive Roundtable: Collaborative Robots
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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Know When Precision Motion Control is the Right Choice

Are you overlooking precision motion control? You might want to look again. Even when a general 'automation-level' motion control solution is meeting your needs, an advanced...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
How Capacitive Sensors Shine in Industrial Applications

Learn how to use capacitive sensors in various measurement tasks and profit from unsurpassed stability and nanometer resolution — also in industrial applications. Capacitive sensors...

Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Smart Factory/IIoT - September 2022

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, robotics, connectivity and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The R2 hand and forearm assembly is designed in a modular fashion, enabling rapid replacement of components and sub-assemblies.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
For drones to autonomously perform necessary but quotidian tasks, they must be able to adapt to wind conditions in real time.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The ability to emit light also brings these microscale robots, which weigh barely more than a paper clip, one step closer to flying on their own outside the lab.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Scientists analyzed the stability of the collaborative system based on speed and accuracy, as well as the conditions required for successfully performing tasks from geometric, force, and posture viewpoints.
INSIDER: Test & Measurement

Using biological experiments, robot models, and a geometric theory of locomotion, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology investigated how and why intermediate lizard...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Mechanical engineers at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering have built a handy extra limb able to grasp objects and go, powered only...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A magnetically controlled medical device to remove blood accumulating in the brain during a stroke.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Fundamentals about Thickness Measurement Technologies

Thickness measurement is an important step in production monitoring, quality assurance and machine control. This paper describes the different measurement methods of non-contact...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wirelessly Connected Robots from a Compliance Perspective

Once a concept relegated to science fiction, robots have now become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. They now clean our houses, build things, and even perform surgery.

INSIDER: Software

Just like us, robots can’t see through walls. Sometimes they need a little help to get where they’re going. Engineers at Rice University have developed a method that allows humans to help...

INSIDER: AR/AI

A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

We tend to take our sense of touch for granted in everyday settings, but it is vital for our ability to interact with our surroundings. Imagine reaching into the fridge to grab an egg for...

INSIDER: AR/AI

Two robotic arms — a fork in one hand, a knife in the other — flank a seated man, who sits in front of a table, with a piece of cake on a...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Understanding Aeration

There are five major problems associated with aerated oil that can be deadly to hydraulic systems. Depending on the design of a hydraulic tank, the application and aeration severity, it is possible that all of these...

Question of the Week: AR/AI
Blog: Artificial Intelligence: Meet Human Intelligence

In my first blog, Designing from the Outside In vs. the Inside Out, I wrote about my long-ago design principle of starting a design with the user interface. But in those days, once the design was finalized that was it — I design it, it gets built, and the user uses it.

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - August 2022

A novel ink that enables 3D printing of bone with living cells...advances in ultrasonic welding of plastics...additive manufacturing of self-powered wearable devices. Read these stories and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products from the August 2022 issue of Motion Design.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The technology could be useful in manufacturing and assembly plants for sorting packages, or in any environment where humans and robots collaborate.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Keeping oil and gas production facilities running smoothly is among the toughest challenges in any industry.
Application Briefs: Design
Although the basic function of cotton gins is quite old, today’s versions can benefit further from modernized control systems.
Briefs: Motion Control
Interactive program aids motion planning for environments with obstacles.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The piezoelectric “meta-bot” is capable of propulsion, movement, sensing, and decision-making.
Briefs: Imaging
Researchers built electroluminescent soft artificial muscles for flying, insect-scale robots.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The robots will be challenged to carry out work too dangerous for humans.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A team of engineers from the University of Glasgow led by Professor Ravinder Dahiya developed an artificial skin with a new type of processing system based on...

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