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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.

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Robotic Exoskeletons Help the Elderly?

A team from the University of Waterloo is creating robotic exoskeleton legs that use A.I. to make their own steps and control decisions. "Learning" from a collection of sample-strolls around an environment, the system adjusts its movements based on the surroundings it senses.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Taking inspiration from the insect, Tufts researchers created light-activated composite devices that execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes, like a "photonic sunflower. "
On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
Creating Custom Multi-Axis Sensors for Robotics

Robotic and actuator applications most often require sensors that measure force, load, pressure, or torque. However, in many cases catalog products or off-the-shelf type sensors are not a suitable option due to space considerations or costly modifications needed to be made to the existing...

Question of the Week: Unmanned Systems
Will Underwater Exploration Go Battery-Free?

A Tech Brief featured in our April issue highlighted a battery-free pinpointing system from MIT called Underwater Backscatter Localization. Rather than emitting its own acoustic signals, the “UBL” reflects modulated signals from its environment. The reflections provide researchers with positioning...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This system enables battery-free ocean exploration with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2021

A microwave radiation sensor offers 100,000 times greater sensitivity...Nature-inspired sensors help autonomous machines to see better...New accelerometers aid the development of Electric Vertical...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These robots could perform basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses.
Briefs: Motion Control
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
In North America alone, the gripper market is worth roughly $100 million — and that number is expected to climb up to 5 percent each year.
Briefs: Materials
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A medical patch can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Virtual Commissioning for a New, Competitive Injection Molding Machine

The injection molding industry is a diverse, competitive market where innovative products must meet demanding requirements. For many companies, these requirements...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
E-Book - Virtual Commissioning: Why New Designs Fail

Today's production systems require extensive development and validation to meet the needs of the highly competitive manufacturing industry. This is a high-risk activity and manufacturers...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Army-funded researchers created nanosized robots that could enable locomotion, novel metamaterial design, and high-fidelity sensors. Cornell University researchers created micron-sized shape memory actuators...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Industrial Camera Interface Guide

With all the various camera interfaces available in today’s industrial camera market, it can be challenging to decide just which one best suits a particular imaging application. By understanding the...

Blog: Wearables
Robotics researchers are developing exoskeleton legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

White Papers: Packaging & Sterilization
White Paper: Linear Motion Design for Washdown Applications

PBC Linear manufactures a wide range of linear motion options that are capable of withstanding harsh conditions commonly associated with washdown applications. A washdown...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
White Paper: How to Design a Retail Kiosk for Unattended Retail

Usage of unattended retail kiosks continues to expand beyond movies and snack foods into pharmaceuticals, electronics, games, cosmetics, and more. Within the framework of kiosk...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Do You See Applications for Electronics-Free Robots?

In our lead INSIDER story today, UCSD researcher Dylan Drotman talked to Tech Briefs about his team’s air-powered robot.

Special Reports: Imaging
Unmanned Systems - March 2021

Drones that swarm and change shape mid-flight... autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield...the latest in counter-UAS technology. Read about new advances in air and ground unmanned systems in this report...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See what kinds of sensors are supporting self-driving vehicles.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
In-air UAV docking, digital communication via touch, and a computer-vision monitor for diabetes.

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