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Robotics, Automation & Control

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.

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: Automotive
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: Automotive
High-Performance Starter Contactor Design

Shifts in the vehicle market are forcing changes in internal combustion engine (ICE) starting technology. Most substantively, the advent of start/stop engine technology requires a much longer...

White Papers: Automotive
Modeling the Lithium-Ion Battery

Lithium-ion batteries have become the most common batteries for consumer electronics, industrial, transportation, and power storage applications. The increased demand and the pressure for improving battery...

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.

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Algorithm Helps Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
PLCs Directly Access Internet Information
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High-Reliability Radio Frequency MEMS Switch
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mechanical Controller for Robot-Assisted Surgery

Robot-assisted surgery has advanced dramatically over the past decade in almost every surgical sub-specialty. Robot-assisted surgery is usually performed using surgical robot systems that...

See some of the world-changing tools and technologies launched by Caltech scientists, from earthquake monitoring to helping the blind see.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Draws Blood and Inserts Catheters

Rutgers University engineers have created a tabletop device that can draw blood or insert catheters to deliver fluids and drugs. The device can accurately pinpoint blood vessels, improving success...

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
Data-Driven Development and Breakthroughs for New Mobility Technologies

Engineers are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to develop the sophistication needed for new mobility technologies, including autonomous vehicles. Deep neural networks and machine learning models and data all play an essential role in training and...

Massive manufacturing bots have evolved into something new — collaborative robots.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
What Automotive Engineers and Developers Need to Know About Thermal Imaging

The FLIR Thermal for ADAS and AV solution briefs provide a comprehensive introduction to thermal imaging technology for automotive engineers and developers. From why...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Critical Role of Data in Automotive Innovation

Data is crucial for every stage of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving development and has become a key differentiator in an industry undergoing significant...

The new Mars Rover Name is Perseverance, thanks to a suggestion from Virginia 7th grader Alex Mather.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hyundai Kefico Improves Test Time by 15 Percent

Hyundai Kefico needed to meet manufacturing test deadlines for increasingly complex powertrain electronic control units (ECUs) with over 200 pins and 20,000 test steps, while staying...

The new arm design enables unmanned aerial vehicles to fly in windy conditions.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Trunk Support Assists Those with Spinal Cord Injury
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Aerospace

Understanding O-ring Complexity in the Aerospace Industry

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Path to High-Level Autonomy for Commercial Vehicles

Upcoming Webinars: Medical

COVID-19: The New Design Paradigm and Emerging Technologies

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Why Multiple Sensing Modalities Are Required to Achieve Level 3...

Upcoming Webinars: Aerospace

Aviation Electrification: Choosing Your Motor Topology and...

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robotics: Sharing the Workspace

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