Robotics, Automation & Control


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.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA is developing the next generation of spacesuits for future missions including the optimization of spacesuit gloves that, when coupled to a pressurized suit, tend to limit the range of...

Briefs: Medical

For the next generation of low-cost, battery operated, wireless IoT products, the design goal is to provide exceptional RF signal range and...

Briefs: Materials

Researchers have developed a shape-shifting material that can take and hold any possible shape, paving the way for a new type of multifunctional material that could be used in a...

INSIDER: Physical Sciences

Early in the pandemic, Víctor Ortega-Jiménez was exploring creeks near his home and observing springtails. The organisms are the most abundant non-insect hexapods on earth, and...


The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) announced that it has developed a gripper capable of all gripping movements, inspired by elephant trunks. It mimics how...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

If you’ve ever played the claw game at an arcade, you know how hard it is to grab and hold onto objects using robotic grippers. Imagine how much more nerve-wracking that game would be if,...

INSIDER: Motion Control

The unassuming Pacific mole crab, Emerita analoga, is about to make some waves. UC Berkeley researchers have debuted a unique robot inspired by this burrowing crustacean that may someday help evaluate the...

News: Imaging

Combined research efforts from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sweden found evidence of a surprising and distressing history in the seabed in front of the Florida-sized...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
To open the Moon to continuous multi-year human and robotic operation, Astrobotic is developing LunaGrid™ — a commercial power system for the surface of the Moon.
Special Reports: Motion Control
Medical Robotics - November 2022

"Millirobots" swimming in your bloodstream...soft robots you can print on demand...cobots hard at work in the test lab. Read about these and other innovative technologies in this compendium of recent articles...

Special Reports: AR/AI
Additive Manufacturing - November 2022

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
The platform was developed to democratize programmable matter; to make prototyping, innovation, and research with soft robotics incredibly quick and easy; and to enable researchers, designers, and makers of all backgrounds to unleash their creativity and bring their ideas to life.
Articles: AR/AI
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, affecting 80 million patients globally including 3 million patients in the U.S.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The researchers created these sensing structures using just one material and a single run on a 3D printer.
Quiz: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Artificial intelligence (AI) adoption is gradually increasing across industries. How much do you know about AI in manufacturing? Take this quiz to find out.
Blog: Unmanned Systems
Engineers have installed tiny electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots so that the machines can walk autonomously, sans external control.
NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
Aquanaut, built on lessons from NASA’s robot astronaut, will cut costs for ocean industries.
Blog: Lighting Technology
Engineers developed soft devices containing algae that glow when under mechanical stress —perfect for building soft robots.
Products: Motion Control
Read about the new products for October 2022.
Briefs: Materials
Made from 3D graphene foam, the sensors use a piezoresistive approach, meaning when the material is put under pressure it dynamically changes its electric resistance, easily detecting and adapting to the range of pressure required, from light to heavy.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots have been widely used in industry for many years, but cobots, or collaborative robots, are a more recent arrival to the market.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An open-access study in Advanced Science outlines the process by which Preston and lead author Faye Yap harnessed a spider’s physiology in a first step toward a novel area of research they call “necrobotics.”
Briefs: Design
Biomimetics is one of the most important robotic research methods which can improve the kinematic performance of robots by imitating the structure and behavior of natural organisms.
Articles: Imaging
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INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A collaborative effort has installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size — smaller than an ant’s head — so that they can walk autonomously...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
We humans are adept at using audio and visual cues for communication while carrying out collaborative tasks. Now researchers are aiming to implement gestural interaction in a networked system of robots.
On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

From small task robots to large industrial manipulators, an efficient solution to the inverse kinematics problem is a necessary part of the actuation...

Quiz: Robotics, Automation & Control
How much do you know about humanoid robots?
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Roose’s Chocolate World, based in Belgium, is using an automated solution, “ChocoMatic,” that doesn’t break the bank.