Robotics, Automation & Control

Robotics

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.

Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks such as setting a table.
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: June 2020 Motion Design
Positioning System

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers the SRT-030/360-026-01 two-axis X-Theta positioning system for motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Mars 2020 – The Anatomy of Perseverance
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Facility Focus: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Mars 2020 – Looking for Life
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Mars 2020 – Getting to Mars
Perseverance will have the ability to land in more challenging terrain than Curiosity, making more rugged sites eligible as safe landing candidates.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Q&A: Tactile Robot Finger with No Blind Spots
A robotic finger has a sense of touch that can be localized with high precision over a large, multi-curved surface.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – The Science of Mars 2020
Learn about the four goals of the Mars 2020 mission.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Perseverance to the Red Planet
Read our special series on the Mars 2020 mission, featuring interviews with NASA experts and designers of the Perseverance rover.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mini Rover Pedals Out of Trouble

The next generation of exploration rovers will need to be good at climbing hills covered with loose material and avoiding entrapment on soft granular surfaces. Built with wheeled appendages that can be...

New software sets the stage for A.I.-enabled robotic prostheses that predict user terrain and initiate mechanical changes accordingly.
White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Easy and Profitable Measurement Solutions Using Smart Laser Triangulation Sensors

For fast measurements of displacement, distance and position with high accuracy and resolution, laser triangulation sensors can be used in a variety of...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Soft Robots Reach Cheetah-Like Speeds?

Our lead INSIDER story today featured a proof-of-concept robot that moves at almost 3 body lengths a second.

A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Radiation-Hardened Gain Digitizer
This instrument has applications in medical equipment, robotics, and satellites.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Imaging the Biolocomotion of Fruit Flies

The last thing you probably do when a fly buzzes toward you is marvel at its graceful wing and body kinematics. But that’s exactly what researchers at Cornell University’s Itai Cohen Group...

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
Collaborative Robots: Are They as Safe as They Sound?

Collaborative robots are the fastest growing segment in industrial robotics – for good reason. They’re flexible, easy to program, and when compared to their “older generation” industrial counterparts, far safer and less expensive, as well as faster to deploy. But those who use...

By taking a closer look at the delta deposits on Mars, Stanford University researchers concluded that the Jezero Crater is still the best place to search for signs of life on Mars.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will 'Metal-Air Scavengers' Power Vehicles and Robots?

Penn Engineering researchers have introduced a "metal-air scavenger" vehicle, which gets energy not from a battery, but from breaking chemical bonds in the aluminum surface it travels over. The technology, which works like both a battery and an energy harvester, has 13 times more energy...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Practical Guide to Programmable Logic Controllers

The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) has revolutionized the automation industry. Today, PLCs can be found in everything from factory equipment to vending machines, but prior to January 1,...

In just three weeks, the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) at UC Berkeley built a robotic COVID-19 laboratory.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Foldable Robots for Future Moon Mission

The newest edition of NASA's small, foldable robots successfully traversed rugged terrain in the Mars Yard at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

Robots are in high demand as medical professionals seek hands-free ways to disinfect environments and contain the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19.

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