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Stay updated on the fast-changing advancements in robotics, automation, and control. Access the technical briefs and applications that are trending in AI, robotic operating systems, and machine learning.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This method enables users to control their robotic fingers precisely enough to gently land on fragile surfaces.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2020 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
Articles: Internet of Things
Jacobs' scientists are helping to make contract-tracing apps, emergency-use ventilators, and even squid-bots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This system can be used for long-range or high-payload deliveries as well as search and rescue.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
A low-frequency antenna with enhanced bandwidth will enable robust networking among compact, mobile robots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Briefs: Motion Control
Applications include retractable covers and awnings, camera booms, and spacecraft and astronaut positioning.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic exoskeletons, a breath-test for cancer, and plastic-eating enzymes are Products of Tomorrow.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.
Briefs: Transportation
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
INSIDER: Motion Control

An invention similar to an elephant’s trunk has potential benefits for many industries where handling delicate objects is essential. UNSW Sydney developed a soft fabric robotic gripper...

Upcoming Webinars: Aerospace

For the first time, the winners of the Create the Future Design Contest will be announced live! Join us for this special one-hour presentation as we honor our 2020 Grand Prize...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of St Andrews and the University...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Mobile Docking Stations Become an Essential Part of Underwater Exploration?

An INSIDER story this month highlighted an innovative way of supporting underwater robots: mobile docking stations.

Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Medical Robotics - November 2020

From the operating room to the assembly line, robots are changing the medical industry. Check out the latest advances and amazing applications in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Medical...

Briefs: Communications
The robot blocks jump, spin, flip, and identify each other.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Briefs: Software
Future robots could be taught how to outperform humans.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Tentacle Bot can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects.
Briefs: Materials
This form of thermal management can help enable untethered, high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
Briefs: AR/AI
This technology enables robots, electronic devices, and prosthetic devices to feel pain through sense of touch.
Briefs: AR/AI
MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

NASA’s DuAxel, a pair of two-wheeled rovers each called Axel, can split in half with each half connected only by a tether that unspools as the lead axle approaches a hazard.

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Use a ‘SwingBot?’

A “SwingBot” robotic arm from MIT can learn the physical features of a handheld object through tactile exploration. Instead of using cameras or vision methods, the robot’s grippers use GelSight tactile sensors that measure the pose and force distribution of the object. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A robot being tested at the University of California San Diego takes after an aquatic invertebrate that has a jet-like way moving through the water: The Squid.
Blog: Energy
Researcher Nina Mahmoudian is finding a new way for underwater robots to recharge and upload their data, and then go back out to continue exploring, without the need for human intervention.

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