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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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Application Briefs: Aerospace
Robotic Arm Will Head to the Moon
The Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm) is a first-of-its-kind robotic technology.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: June 2021 Tech Briefs
A new power supply from Bicker Elektronik has a backup battery that bridges power failures, brownouts, and flicker.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Square Structural Joint with Robotic Assembly Tool
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
Briefs: Aerospace
LogFire
The software automatically checks mission operations logs.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Next-Generation MEMS IMUs — High Performance, Scalable
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
White Papers: Imaging
The Right Machine Vision System Software: Buy vs. Build

Hardware is the common first step in developing a vision system. However, without the proper software support, challenges will quickly mount. Any organization with a need for a...

INSIDER: Motion Control
NASA Rover Seeks Moon Resources

As part of the Artemis program, NASA is planning to send its first mobile robot to the Moon in late 2023 in search of ice and other resources on and below the lunar surface. Data from the Volatiles...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
When Should Designers Use Crossed Roller Bearings?

Crossed roller bearings provide more accuracy, rigidity, and weight-bearing capacity for linear motion than other commonly used friction-reducing devices such as ball bearings. And unlike...

Computer scientists at UC San Diego developed a navigation system that will allow robots to better negotiate busy environments in a hospital
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars Helicopter Begins New Phase

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has a new mission. Having proven that powered, controlled flight is possible on the Red Planet, the Ingenuity experiment will soon embark on a new operations...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Living, Swimming, Self-Training Robots

Using 3D bioprinting, researchers have created biobots at the centimeter size range that can swim and coast like fish with unprecedented velocity. Rather than working with stiff or tethered...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Senses Hidden Objects

MIT researchers developed RF-Grasp, a robot that uses radio waves to sense occluded objects. RF-Grasp uses both a camera and an RF reader to find and grab tagged objects, even when they’re fully blocked from...

NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers
Hot Water on Demand
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Predicting In-Flight Air Density for More Accurate Landing
An algorithm runs onboard a vehicle, providing important real-time data to aid in steering the craft.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
System Helps Drones Detect and Avoid Power Lines
This technology provides drones sufficient time and distance to react, avoid wires, and navigate follow-on maneuvers.
Autonomous quadcopters can be trained using simulations to increase their speed, agility, and efficiency.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
5 Ws: Robotics, Automation & Control
5 Ws of Robot Healthcare Helpers
A research team programmed two robots — a humanoid figure and a robotic arm — to measure human physiological signals.
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
See how WiBotic — a maker of wireless charging and fleet energy management technologies — is preparing robots for the Moon.
Special Reports: Energy
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

This model can be used to design better aircraft without having to wait months for supercomputer calculations.
New software being developed at Ohio State University will allow creation of more complex DNA robots, at much faster speeds.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
How High-efficiency Climate Control Solutions Save Energy and Cost

High temperatures in industrial settings are a leading cause of downtime. Controlling units and microprocessors age quickly under heat pressure, so generated heat...

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
How Critical Are Localization and Perception Technologies for Enhanced Autonomous Driving?

Today autonomous driving solutions leverage diverse sensors, along with high-definition maps, to plan and maneuver their path. In an extremely competitive market, automakers are racing to deliver the next levels of autonomy driven by a mixed set of...

The technology demonstration is a first step in showing that humans could someday live (and breathe) on Mars.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
V2X, DSRC, and 5G: What You Need to Know About Vehicle Communications in 2021

Vehicle manufacturers are starting to build cars and trucks with new technology that allows the vehicles to share data, such as location and speed, directly with...

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