Robotics, Automation & Control

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Access extensive multimedia resources and technical briefs on robotic systems. Browse the latest developments and applications for design engineers working in industrial manufacturing and medical industries.

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White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Connecting the Factories of Tomorrow—Today

With the rise of IIoT, production systems are driving toward a “seamlessly connected” future, in which all mechanical, electrical and intelligent interfaces work together as one complete...

Blog: Aerospace
Professor Francois Barthelat wants to incorporate the fish fin's strong, flexible characteristics into robotic and aerospace designs.
UpFront: Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA Washing Machine Designs Go for a Spin

Right now, there is no laundry service in space.

Astronaut garments aren’t washed. They are put onto ships that burn up in the...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Motion Control
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Facility Focus: RF & Microwave Electronics
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Briefs: Communications
The robot can walk, run, jump, and interact with the environment in synchrony with a human operator.
Briefs: Wearables
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Engineers at MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have designed a soft, lightweight, and potentially low-cost neuroprosthetic hand. The prosthetic, designed with a system...

Special Reports: Aerospace
Aerospace Manufacturing - August 2021

Demanding applications in the aerospace industry require products and systems that are manufactured using the latest technologies – from design and simulation, to fabrication and final testing. To help...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Perfect Optical Inline 3D Measurements

The surfaceCONTROL 3D 3500 snapshot sensor is used for inline inspection of geometry, shape and surface on diffuse reflecting surfaces such as metals, plastics and ceramics. The 3D sensor is designed...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic floats — 4,000, in fact — are in the ocean, monitoring oxygen levels.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new algorithm finds robots the best path across uneven terrain — and the best placement for a robot’s arms and feet.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

MIT researchers have designed a sharp-tipped robot finger equipped with tactile sensing to meet the challenge of identifying buried objects. Digger Finger was able to dig through granular media such as...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

USC researchers unveiled a new simulator for robotic cutting that can accurately reproduce the forces acting on a knife as it slices through common food such as fruit and vegetables....

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Three Key Decisions for Building a Deterministic Machine Vision System

Machine vision is used in most manufacturing industries to boost quality, productivity, and performance and is becoming a major differentiator for machine builders in the...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will ‘Air Power’ Boost the Use of Soft Robots?

Our second INSIDER story today highlighted William Grover and his UC Riverside team’s efforts to swap electronics with air.

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
RightHand Robotics combines machine vision with an intelligent gripper design to make more adaptable robots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot firmly but gently grasps objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
WPI supports research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cybersecurity, and fire safety.
Briefs: Transportation
Solid-state batteries offer a higher level of safety and potentially longer life than lithium-ion batteries.
Blog: Electronics & Computers

While soft robots hold promise in applications ranging from search-and-rescue efforts to wearable exoskeletons, the technologies are often held back by the electronics, says William Grover,...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Engineers at UC Riverside developed an air-powered computer memory that can be used to control soft robots. Existing systems for controlling pneumatic soft robots still use electronic...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fiber Optic Emergency Stops for Harsh Environment Applications

Fiber optic emergency stops provide immunity to EMI, RFI, and lightning; are inherently safe; and can operate at extremely long distances up to 10 kilometers. This whitepaper...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
UC Berkeley engineers have created a lightweight and durable robot that achieves exquisite control and agility by modulating the electrostatic forces between its feet and surfaces.

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