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Robotics, Automation & Control

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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

A protective storage unit for robotic tools called Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS) was among the items launched to the International Space Station last December as part of SpaceX’s resupply services...

Podcasts: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hendrik Kolvenbach sees the best way to get around on the moon as less of a step and more of a giant leap. Learn how Hendrik created a jumping space robot called Spacebok.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
See how a system feeds plants, delivering about 5,417 gallons of water per hour.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Facility Focus: Defense
See how "APL" is developing ways to ensure the safety and performance of autonomous systems.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Manufacturing - August 2020

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in connectivity, controls, sensors, and robotics. See the future of manufacturing in this compendium of recent articles from...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology shows potential for the detection of subtle human motions and the real-time monitoring of body postures for healthcare applications.
Briefs: Materials
The sensor has applications in fields such as robotics, healthcare, and security.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This technique offers enhanced resolution and improved system reliability for mapping and obstacle recognition and navigation for vehicles.
Briefs: Defense
Multiple commercial applications include defense, search and rescue, and disaster relief.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control

Watch below as the Perseverance rover and its Ingenuity helicopter make their way to Mars.

INSIDER: Motion Control

In industrial settings, robots often are used for tasks that require repetitive grasping and manipulation of objects. A humanoid hand design that is a soft-hard hybrid flexible gripper can...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other NASA experts offer a briefing on this week's launch of the Perseverance rover.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control

Watch below as NASA experts review how they plan to return samples from the surface of Mars back to Earth.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Can NASA "joystick" the landing of the next Mars rover? A Tech Briefs reader asks our NASA expert.
Blog: Motion Control
We plug in our headphones everyday. Now a robot can perform the task.
Question of the Week: Unmanned Systems
Will ‘Roboats’ Catch On?

Our July issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a fleet of “roboats” that could someday transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.

The Roboat autonomous robotic boats — rectangular hulls equipped with sensors, thrusters, microcontrollers, GPS modules, cameras, and other...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A tiny underwater robot may someday filter out water contaminants by catching them with its tentacles.
Blog: Aerospace
The Mars rover Perseverance has a helicopter. Will the rover have to carry it around?
Podcasts: Aerospace
Ben Jennet is a PhD student at MIT and a former space research fellow at NASA. He is working with NASA to develop a new kind of aircraft wing that's flexible and changes mid-flight.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A new low-cost imaging system could make it easier to track mosquito species that carry disease, enabling a more timely and targeted response.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.

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