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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.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers created a way to send tiny, soft robots into humans. Doctors would use magnetic fields to steer the soft robot inside the body, bringing medications or treatments to places that need...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This technology can work with multiple wavelengths of light simultaneously.
NASA Spinoff: Imaging
NASA's UAS traffic management expertise leads to advances in drone navigation.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The learning approach allows swarms of unmanned vehicles to optimally accomplish their mission while minimizing performance uncertainty.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Briefs: Imaging
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Design
This capability will optimize performance of the vehicle through different phases of flight.
Briefs: Medical
A soft hydrogel, driven by an oscillatory chemical reaction, produces an autonomous integrated pump for microfluidic applications.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This mini robot improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical procedures.
Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Aerospace & Defense - October 2020

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, you'll learn about NASA's return to the moon with Apollo's twin sister Artemis, how autonomous...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits open the path towards the development of electronic skin.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.
Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Medical Manufacturing and Outsourcing - October 2020

Discover how advances in factory automation, robotics, 3D printing and other fabrication technologies are shaping the future of medical device manufacturing in this Special Report – a...

INSIDER: Wearables

Researchers at the University of Houston report that they have designed and produced a smart electronic skin and a medical robotic hand capable of assessing vital diagnostic...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

MIT startup Realtime Robotics invented a solution that gives robots the ability to quickly adjust their path to avoid objects as they move to a target. The Realtime controller can be connected to...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will 'Biomorphic' Batteries Support a Future of Tiny Robots?

A Tech Briefs TV video highlighted a rechargeable zinc battery from the University of Michigan that integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy. The “biomorphic” battery, according to researchers, could provide 72x more energy for robots.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Like biological fat reserves store energy in animals, a new rechargeable zinc battery integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy, a team led by...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Are You OK With a Robot Taking Your Vitals?

The "Spot" robot, developed by Boston Dynamics, can measure skin temperature, breathing rate, pulse rate, and blood oxygen saturation in healthy patients, from a distance of 2 meters.

Blog: Photonics/Optics
A Cornell team developed paramecium-sized robots that can be controlled with lasers.
Podcasts: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Before delivery drones start carrying packages (and passenger drones start delivering ourselves), engineers will need to keep refining an unmanned aircraft's ability...

Briefs: Motion Control
The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Features include unusual color changes and high touch sensitivity.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This technology provides rapid results, improving hospital workflow and patient care.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technique can be used by people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.

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