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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.

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
In-air UAV docking, digital communication via touch, and a computer-vision monitor for diabetes.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
“Smellicopter” uses a live moth antenna to avoid obstacles and seek out smells.
Briefs: Aerospace
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Live discussions will explore electric vehicles, propulsion, advanced electronics, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Perseverance is the first leg of a round trip to Mars.
Facility Focus: Aerospace
See how NASA Langley tests a variety of advanced aircraft concepts. including ways to make flying both cleaner and quieter.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The algorithms enable drones to quickly switch between hover and forward flight.
Technology Leaders: Internet of Things
The importance of a proactive and systematic method for collecting machine and process data within a smart manufacturing environment cannot be overstated.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
Briefs: Wearables
Real-time health monitoring and sensing abilities of robots require soft electronics, but a challenge of using such materials lies in their reliability.
Special Reports: Aerospace
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Perseverance – the largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world – touched down on Mars last week after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles. About the size of a car,...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
To move, a new UCSD robot just needs a constant source of pressurized air.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Dr. Axel Krieger from Johns Hopkins University explains how he is getting a robotic system ready for the fight against COVID-19.
Blog: Aerospace
Darin Skelly spoke with Tech Briefs about how he felt during the landing of the Perseverance rover, and what he's most looking forward to finding out about Mars.
Blog: Materials
What can you do with a credit card sized pump? "Power clothing!" Prof. Jonathan Rossiter tells Tech Briefs?
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Watch as the Perseverance rover lands on Mars.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Growing Importance of Electronics to Control and Convert Power

The modern world relies on electric power in countless ways. It is almost impossible to imagine life without electricity and the many applications it enables. This reliance...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Do You Like the Idea of Robots in the Hospital?

Our brand-new episode of Here’s an Idea highlighted a growing use of robots and robotic arms in the hospital. While technologies like “Tommy” and “Tiago” are helpful in completing tedious, repetitive tasks, the robots do lack a certain human touch, says our editor Sherrie Trigg.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Ways To Increase Productivity With ‘Smart’ Systems

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) like the Festo Motion Terminal promise to increase production, simplify value chain processes and future-proof plants. In a new white paper, we explore...

Podcasts: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
In this episode of Here's an Idea, we look at a set of robots already helping out hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will ‘Bubble Robots’ Catch On?

A group of researchers are using a surprising ingredient in their robot design: Bubbles. (Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.)

INSIDER: Medical

A research team from National University of Singapore (NUS) has taken a first step towards improving the safety and precision of industrial robotic arms by developing a new range of...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Can 'Bluebots' Preserve Coral Reefs?

A team of Harvard researchers have developed fish-inspired robots that can synchronize their movements like a real school of fish, without any external control. (Watch the robots in action on Tech Briefs TV.)

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
NBK's Anti-Vibration Couplings Help Bring Out Your Servo Systems Performance

How can replacing your current shaft couplings to improve your industrial productivity?

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Test & Measurement - February 2021

Sensors to search for ancient life on Mars...nano-thermometers that could revolutionize temperature measurement...a major advance in semiconductor testing. These are just a few of the technologies you'll...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Tech Briefs asks industry experts about cybersecurity, the cloud, wireless devices, and securing a remote workforce.
Briefs: Materials
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
With a technique first used at NASA, researchers are making glasses that can improve your concentration.

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