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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.

Q&A: Robotics, Automation & Control

A team of engineers from the University of Glasgow led by Professor Ravinder Dahiya developed an artificial skin with a new type of processing system based on...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Although industrial factories and processing plants have long been automated, it remains vital for human decision-making to be involved in operations, sometimes to a great extent. Automation in...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The technology could be useful in manufacturing and assembly plants for sorting packages, or in any environment where humans and robots collaborate.
Briefs: Imaging
Researchers built electroluminescent soft artificial muscles for flying, insect-scale robots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A self-aligning, self-healing system for pneumatics and cryogenics with applications in aerospace.
Application Briefs: Materials
Keeping oil and gas production facilities running smoothly is among the toughest challenges in any industry.
Blog: AR/AI
A designer’s job gets much more complicated when artificial intelligence is part of the system.
INSIDER: Transportation

An autonomous spacecraft exploring the far-flung regions of the universe descends through the atmosphere of a remote exoplanet. The vehicle, and the researchers who programmed...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Mimicking the human body, specifically the actuators that control muscle movement, is of immense interest around the globe. In recent years, it has led to many innovations to improve...

INSIDER: Medical

A new method of generating gaits for robotic assistive devices aims to guarantee stability and achieve more natural locomotion for different users. The method is being developed by a team at...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Exoskeleton Device Helps Stroke Victims Regain Hand Function

Many of our daily activities involve our hands’ prehensile abilities. While able-bodied people don’t think twice when using a spoon or lifting a glass, these actions are nearly impossible for someone unable to grasp things with their fingers.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electro-Hydraulic Steering Solutions Explained

The decentralized nature of EVs gives engineers the freedom to rethink the design of steering systems with an eye toward reducing complexity, improving performance and decreasing maintenance...

Question of the Week: Motion Control
Tiny Robotic Crab Is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Implant Allows Amputees to Use Mind to Control Robotic Arm

A more accurate, less-invasive technology allows amputees to move a robotic arm using their brain signals instead of their muscles. Researchers have created a small, implantable device that attaches to the peripheral nerve in a person’s arm. When combined with an artificial...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University took an all-terrain vehicle on wild rides through tall grass, loose gravel, and mud to gather data about how the ATV...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed soft robots that are capable of navigating complex environments,...

INSIDER: Propulsion

Fireflies that light up dusky backyards on warm summer evenings use their luminescence for communication — to attract a mate, ward off predators, or lure prey.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control

A number of the engineers I’ve interviewed have taken their inspirations from nature. As one said to me, nature has been evolving and perfecting its designs over thousands of years — we should...

White Papers: Energy
Driving the Future of E-Mobility with Power Conversion and Battery Testing

The electric vehicle (EV) technology ecosystem is gaining momentum as automakers begin investing in technologies that will move the sector forward. Consumer concern...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
MISUMI Fills in the Gaps for Gener8

Gener8, a leading contract design and manufacturing company, was tasked with creating the first commercially available digital genome engineering platform for a customer. The project required the use of...

Products: Motion Control
RiPanel Online Enclosure

Rittal North America (Schaumburg, IL) announced the new RiPanel online enclosure configurator — making it easy for machine and control system design engineers to...

Briefs: Software

The automation of additive manufacturing (AM) is limited and usually still requires human labor workflows, including the fundamental step of removing the finished object from the printer...

Briefs: Design

Robotic assistants are expected to become increasingly marketable as caregivers; however, the external hard structure of current caregiving robots prevents them from establishing a safe human-robot interaction....

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

MBDA is one of the leading European manufacturers in the aerospace and armaments sector, specializing in the design of missiles and missile systems for the operational needs of the...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers have developed a robot that uses radio waves, which can pass through walls, to sense occluded objects. The robot, called RF-Grasp, combines this powerful sensing with more traditional computer vision...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Robots are good at making identical repetitive movements such as a simple task on an assembly line. But they lack the ability to perceive objects as they move through an environment. A...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

A fish-inspired robot that can travel 26 meters through the air after takeoff could be used to collect water samples in hazardous and cluttered environments,...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

With a training technique commonly used to teach dogs to sit and stay, computer scientists showed a robot how to teach itself several new tricks including stacking blocks. With the...

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