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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.

Blog : Imaging
A Closer Look at Bats, Hummingbirds Offers New Ideas for Flying Robots
Rivers Ingersoll spoke with Tech Briefs about why it is so important to have an up-close understanding of the hummingbird and nectar bat.
Briefs : Motion Control
Technique Allows Mobile Robots to Navigate Autonomously

A technique was developed to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight. The technique allows mobile robot platforms to navigate autonomously in...

Briefs : Medical
Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

When heated, popcorn can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10, and transition from regular to highly irregular granules with surprising force. These unique qualities can...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Modules Modify Their Environment for Specific Tasks

Given the exact parameters of the task at hand, a robot can assemble a car door or pack a box faster and more efficiently than a human, but such purpose-built machines are not...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: October 2018 Motion Design

Multi-Voltage Motors

Simotics SD Pro low-voltage motors from Siemens (Munich, Germany) are suited for mains-fed operation or with a converter for voltages up to 690 volts. There is generally...

Articles : Aerospace
NASA at 60: 1958-2018 Decades of Discovery

For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe. At home, NASA research has made great advances in aviation,...

Briefs : Medical
Engineering Soft Materials that Mimic Neural Tissue

A process for engineering next-generation soft materials with embedded chemical networks that mimic the behavior of neural tissue lays the foundation for soft active matter with highly...

Articles : Data Acquisition
NASA at 60: Celebrating Success

Over the past 60 years, NASA scientists and engineers have developed many advanced technologies and processes. But NASA has also partnered with industry, using commercially available products to complete its missions. Here, some of those companies join NASA in celebrating these collaborative successes.

Articles : Test & Measurement
NASA at 60: From Space to Earth

The benefits of NASA's space exploration efforts are not limited to the cosmos. NASA technologies provide innovative solutions for people around the world. NASA missions have generated thousands of spinoffs...

Briefs : Aerospace
Insect-Inspired Drone Deforms Upon Impact

Origami manufacturing has led to considerable advances in the field of foldable structures with innovative applications in robotics, aerospace, and metamaterials; however, existing origami are either...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Hybrid Silicone-Fabric Sensor for Wearable Robots

Wearable technologies are exploding in popularity in both the consumer and research spaces, but most of the electronic sensors that detect and transmit data from wearables are made of hard,...

White Papers : Energy
Why is this fuel cell producing less power?

One of the factors limiting fuel cell efficiency is its ability to promote the oxygen reduction reaction at the cathode. If the level of carbonate on the cells surface is too high it can create a barrier which hinders fuel cell performance. These carbonates have a detrimental effect on the oxygen...

White Papers : Medical
Using Standard Isolators to Control Unwanted Machine Vibration

From small medical pumps to large diesel engines, vibration is unavoidable. It fatigues and damages equipment over time, increases operating costs and generates unwanted noise. But there are ways to minimize its harmful effects using properly designed isolators and machine...

Blog : Test & Measurement
Meet Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer (and Asteroid Hunter)
NASA's Lindley Johnson explains how the exciting business of asteroid detection does have its moments that are “like any other office job.”
Videos : Robotics, Automation & Control
Gaze-Tracking Glasses Control Drone to Fly Wherever You Look

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and New York University have developed a pair of lightweight gaze-tracking glasses and a...

White Papers : Motion Control
Understand Connector Selection to Avoid Downtime

The right connectors will eliminate downtime on a busy production line. But with the thousands of connectors currently on the market, even experienced engineers can find it difficult to select the right one for the job. This paper explores how you can minimize this connector confusion using four...

Blog : Test & Measurement
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds a New Way to Drill Down
A NASA researcher spoke with Tech Briefs about the importance of the Curiosity rover's latest find on Mars.
News : Test & Measurement
Fleet of Aerial, Surface, and Underwater Robots Map Ocean Front

Using multiple autonomous vehicles simultaneously, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers returns to the U.S. after exploring the North Pacific Subtropical front – a sharp boundary where cold fresh waters from the north meet warm salty waters from the south. The...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Balancing Power Supply Requirements in ADAS Applications

Thanks to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), cars are becoming safer to drive. The cameras in these systems, in combination with sensors, sophisticated algorithms, and microprocessors, are alerting drivers to obstructions in the roadway, braking for them when necessary, pointing...

Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
NASA's Robotic Sniffer Finds Space Station Leak
Stanford Research Systems
Sunnyvale, CA
www.thinksrs.com

The Robotic External Leak Locator (RELL) — a collaboration between NASA's Johnson Space Center and Goddard Space...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Active Materials for Robots

The Army uses robots that are structurally rigid, making them impractical when performing military operations in highly congested and contested urban environments where covert maneuvering is critical...

Briefs : Data Acquisition
An Artificial Nerve System Developed at Stanford Gives Prosthetic Devices and Robots a Sense of Touch

Stanford and Seoul National University researchers have developed an artificial sensory nerve system that can activate the twitch reflex in...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Three Popular Machine Vision Standards

Advancements in machine vision have augmented industrial automation and provided a platform to advance imaging-based automatic inspection and analysis applications. This technology, however, comes with...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
A Unique Take on Automotive LiDAR and Technologies Enabling Autonomous Vehicles

LiDAR (light detection and ranging) has proven to be a necessary and important technology enabling the progression of autonomous vehicles, yet there are still many debates and unanswered questions about selecting the right LiDAR concepts. This article will help...

Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Social Robots Enter the Consumer Market?

In today's lead story, neuroscientist Dr. Philipp Kellmeyer told Tech Briefs:

"For the next decade, my guess is that SARs will be mainly used in specialized medical facilities, such as stroke rehabilitation centers. But if the technical progress remains steady, they might also enter the...

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
Intelligent Machines: Can You Build a Robot You Can Trust?
For social robots to become commonplace in clinical settings, engineers will need to build both technology improvements as well something slightly more complicated: Trust.
White Papers : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
How to Choose a Servo Controller for Your Application

There are many automation factors that should be considered during the design phase of any new application, including what mechanical and electronic components will be used and how they will work together. You have many options for control: all-in-one controller boxes, integration-ready...

Question of the Week : Motion Control
Can Popcorn Power Robots?

In last week's INSIDER, we featured a Q&A with Cornell University researcher Steven Ceron, who is experimenting with a new way — and delicious — way of powering robots: Popcorn.

Because kernels expand rapidly and exert force when heated, the unpopped granules may provide just the right kind of boost for...

Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to Power Robots with Popcorn

Cornell researchers have discovered a novel – and delicious – way to power simple robots: Popcorn.

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Meeting the Emerging Challenges in Manufacturing: The Practical Applications of Lightweight Robotics

Today’s global marketplace is changing the dynamics of manufacturing. The speed of business is accelerating, competition has increased and maintaining high-quality products using manual production methods is not always sustainable....

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