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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.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The software automatically checks mission operations logs.
Application Briefs: Data Acquisition
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
White Papers: Software
The Right Machine Vision System Software: Buy vs. Build

Hardware is the common first step in developing a vision system. However, without the proper software support, challenges will quickly mount. Any organization with a need for a...

INSIDER: Motion Control

As part of the Artemis program, NASA is planning to send its first mobile robot to the Moon in late 2023 in search of ice and other resources on and below the lunar surface. Data from the Volatiles...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
When Should Designers Use Crossed Roller Bearings?

Crossed roller bearings provide more accuracy, rigidity, and weight-bearing capacity for linear motion than other commonly used friction-reducing devices such as ball bearings. And unlike...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Computer scientists at UC San Diego developed a navigation system that will allow robots to better negotiate busy environments in a hospital
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has a new mission. Having proven that powered, controlled flight is possible on the Red Planet, the Ingenuity experiment will soon embark on a new operations...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Using 3D bioprinting, researchers have created biobots at the centimeter size range that can swim and coast like fish with unprecedented velocity. Rather than working with stiff or tethered...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

MIT researchers developed RF-Grasp, a robot that uses radio waves to sense occluded objects. RF-Grasp uses both a camera and an RF reader to find and grab tagged objects, even when they’re fully blocked from...

NASA Spinoff: Imaging
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
An algorithm runs onboard a vehicle, providing important real-time data to aid in steering the craft.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This technology provides drones sufficient time and distance to react, avoid wires, and navigate follow-on maneuvers.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Autonomous quadcopters can be trained using simulations to increase their speed, agility, and efficiency.
Briefs: Defense

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

Facility Focus: Materials
Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
Briefs: Materials
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
5 Ws: Robotics, Automation & Control
A research team programmed two robots — a humanoid figure and a robotic arm — to measure human physiological signals.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new method could jump-start the creation of tiny medical devices for the body.
Articles: Energy
See how WiBotic — a maker of wireless charging and fleet energy management technologies — is preparing robots for the Moon.
Special Reports: Software
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Briefs: Data Acquisition
This model can be used to design better aircraft without having to wait months for supercomputer calculations.
Blog: Software
New software being developed at Ohio State University will allow creation of more complex DNA robots, at much faster speeds.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Northern Arizona University researchers developed high-performance artificial muscle technology based on linear actuators. Because of their helical structure, the actuators generate more power,...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
How High-efficiency Climate Control Solutions Save Energy and Cost

High temperatures in industrial settings are a leading cause of downtime. Controlling units and microprocessors age quickly under heat pressure, so generated heat...

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
How Critical Are Localization and Perception Technologies for Enhanced Autonomous Driving?

Today autonomous driving solutions leverage diverse sensors, along with high-definition maps, to plan and maneuver their path. In an extremely competitive market, automakers are racing to deliver the next levels of autonomy driven by a mixed set of...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The technology demonstration is a first step in showing that humans could someday live (and breathe) on Mars.
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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. "

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