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Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers have demonstrated a new method that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and computer simulations to train robotic exoskeletons to autonomously help users save energy while walking, running, and climbing stairs.
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White Papers: Medical
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Beyond Science Fiction: Realizing the Potential of Robotic-Assisted Surgery

This white paper discusses the roots of robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), its milestones, how and why RAS is gaining the public trust and five key technologies for its...

5 Ws: Unmanned Systems
A team of researchers at Delft University of Technology has developed a drone that flies autonomously using neuromorphic image processing and control based on the workings of animal brains.
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INSIDER: Design

Researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated miniature soft hydraulic actuators that can be used to control the deformation and motion...

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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Scientists have created innovative soft robots equipped with electronic skins and artificial muscles, allowing them to sense their surroundings and adapt...

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Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A system for generating interactive 3D environments, Holodeck generates a virtually limitless range of indoor environments, using AI to interpret users’ requests.
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Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers merged origami and modern materials science to create a soft robot that bends and twists through mazes with ease.
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Special Reports: Automotive
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Rugged Computing & Electronics - June 2024

From hypersonic missiles to warships to Army robotic vehicles, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. Keep pace with the latest developments in this...

Products: Imaging
See the new products, including Kollmorgen's latest update to its AKD2G Servo Drive, Teledyne FLIR IIS's Bumblebee® X series, Emerson's Movicon.NExT™ HMI/SCADA, Pleora Technologies' expanded eBUS Edge GigE Vision software transmitter solution, Bodine Electric Company's 12 new AC inverter-duty hypoid hollow shaft gearmotors, Linear Servo Motor from Moticont, and more.
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Products: Software
See what's new on the market, including OnLogic's new Tacton Series of rugged panel PCs and industrial touchscreen displays; binder's M12 series of surface-mount devices; SINAMICS DriveSim Basic's new software solution; L. S. Starrett's latest Video System in its KMR Series: the new KMR-MX 200; and more.
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Application Briefs: Software
In partnership with Point One, Civ Robotics is ensuring that precise construction layouts won’t be at odds with efficiency. Land surveying is a critical stage in the construction layout process, during which workers use various forms of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to mark specific locations for builders. Read on to learn more.
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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The integration of collaborative robots, or cobots, into manufacturing has revolutionized traditional processes, offering an unprecedented blend of precision, productivity, and safety. Now, with advancements in AI and visual detection systems, cobots are evolving further, equipped to adapt their actions based on visual cues. Read on to learn more.
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Application Briefs: Software
When a robot cell experiences unplanned downtime, John Bridgen’s first priority as Director of Customer Satisfaction at Precision Cobotics is finding out exactly what happened. Traditionally, this “root cause analysis” and subsequent debugging has required onsite visits and, at least initially, a degree of guesswork. Read on to learn how the process has been ameliorated.
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Briefs: Motion Control
ANYmal has for some time had no problem coping with the stony terrain of Swiss hiking trails. Now researchers at ETH Zurich have taught this quadrupedal robot some new skills: it is proving rather adept at parkour. ANYmal is also proficient at dealing with the tricky terrain commonly found on building sites or in disaster areas. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Software
Professor Angela Schoellig from the Technical University of Munich uses ChatGPT to develop choreographies for swarms of drones to perform along to music. An additional safety filter prevents mid-air collisions. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
In bringing bio-inspired robots to life, scientists must first create soft matter counterparts that match the softness and functionality of biological tissue. University of Nebraska–Lincoln engineer Eric Markvicka is at the forefront of these efforts. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Motion Control
MIT engineers are aiming to give robots a bit of common sense when faced with situations that push them off their trained path. They’ve developed a method that connects robot motion data with the “common sense knowledge” of large language models, or LLMs.
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Briefs: Design
A new robotic suction cup which can grasp rough, curved, and heavy stone, has been developed by scientists at the University of Bristol. The team, based at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, studied the structures of octopus biological suckers, which have superb adaptive suction abilities enabling them to anchor to rock.
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Articles: Design
See the products of tomorrow, including a new DC-DC power converter developed by engineers at the Kobe University, a haptic device capable of reproducing the softness of various materials developed by EPFL researchers, and three-dimensional embroidery techniques from engineers from NC State University.
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Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The team demonstrated that the sliding suction is a low-cost, energy-efficient, high-payload, and clean adhesive locomotion strategy, which has high potential for use in climbing robots, outdoor inspection robots, and robotic transportation.
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INSIDER: Motion Control

An international group of researchers has created a new approach to imitating human motion through combining central pattern generators (CPGs) and deep reinforcement learning (DRL). The method not...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Getting robots to perform even a simple task requires tons of behind-the-scenes work. Part of the challenge is planning and executing movements, everything from turning wheels to lifting...

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Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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Space Technology - May 2024

NASA's plan for building landing pads on the moon...the first 3D-printed rocket to reach orbit...MAPLE mission demonstrates wireless power transfer in space. Read about these and other exciting advances in this...

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2024

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, learn how breakthroughs in materials science are enabling exciting new applications in quantum...

Blog: Design
Whereas prior works have focused on leveraging LLMs directly for planning in symbolic spaces, this work uses LLMs to guide the search of task structures and constraints implicit in multi-step physical demonstrations.
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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A trio of small rovers that will explore the Moon in sync with one another are rolling toward launch. NASA JPL’s CADRE rovers will soon map the lunar surface together as a tech demo to show the promise of multirobot missions.
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INSIDER: Software

While the adoption of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and collaborative robots (cobots) has increased in logistics and manufacturing industries, mobile manipulation robots (MMRs) —...

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Del Costy, President and Managing Director at Siemens Digital Industries (Plano, TX), unveiled how the company is making automation easy with their first generative...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Intralogistics solutions provider Kardex (Zurich, Switzerland) demonstrated one of the fastest order fulfillment solution per square foot on the market...

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