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Living, Swimming, Self-Training Robots
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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...

White Papers: Motion 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...

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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.
New software being developed at Ohio State University will allow creation of more complex DNA robots, at much faster speeds.
White Papers: Green Design & Manufacturing
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: Automotive
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...

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...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Robotic Exoskeletons Help the Elderly?

A team from the University of Waterloo is creating robotic exoskeleton legs that use A.I. to make their own steps and control decisions. "Learning" from a collection of sample-strolls around an environment, the system adjusts its movements based on the surroundings it senses.

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Underwater Exploration Go Battery-Free?

A Tech Brief featured in our April issue highlighted a battery-free pinpointing system from MIT called Underwater Backscatter Localization. Rather than emitting its own acoustic signals, the “UBL” reflects modulated signals from its environment. The reflections provide researchers with positioning...

Products: Electronics & Computers
New Products: April 2021 Motion Design
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Materials Capable of Self-Propulsion
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Smarter Pneumatic Valves Enhance Automation Systems
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
This system enables battery-free ocean exploration with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture.
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2021

A microwave radiation sensor offers 100,000 times greater sensitivity...Nature-inspired sensors help autonomous machines to see better...New accelerometers aid the development of Electric Vertical...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Virtual Commissioning for a New, Competitive Injection Molding Machine

The injection molding industry is a diverse, competitive market where innovative products must meet demanding requirements. For many companies, these requirements...

White Papers: Imaging
Industrial Camera Interface Guide

With all the various camera interfaces available in today’s industrial camera market, it can be challenging to decide just which one best suits a particular imaging application. By understanding the...

Robotics researchers are developing exoskeleton legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
White Papers: Motion Control
Replacing Hydraulic Lifting Systems with Electro-Mechanical Screw Jacks

There is a widespread push to replace hydraulic systems with electo-mechanical screw jack systems and for a number of good reasons. The trend has already been under way...

White Papers: Motion Control
White Paper: How to Design a Retail Kiosk for Unattended Retail

Usage of unattended retail kiosks continues to expand beyond movies and snack foods into pharmaceuticals, electronics, games, cosmetics, and more. Within the framework of kiosk...

Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Unmanned Systems - March 2021

Drones that swarm and change shape mid-flight... autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield...the latest in counter-UAS technology. Read about new advances in air and ground unmanned systems in this report...

Application Briefs: Automotive
The Sensing Systems That Make ADAS Work
See what kinds of sensors are supporting self-driving vehicles.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: March 2021
In-air UAV docking, digital communication via touch, and a computer-vision monitor for diabetes.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Obstacle-Avoiding Drone Uses Live Moth Antenna
“Smellicopter” uses a live moth antenna to avoid obstacles and seek out smells.

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