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Explore the latest developments in motion control and automation. Discover innovative advances from NASA and major research labs in robotics, autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, PID controller applications, motor drives and power transmissions.

Blog: Software
New software being developed at Ohio State University will allow creation of more complex DNA robots, at much faster speeds.
INSIDER: Motion 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: Green Design & Manufacturing
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: Aerospace
The technology demonstration is a first step in showing that humans could someday live (and breathe) on Mars.
White Papers: Electronics & Computers
An "Under the Hood" Look at Technology Supporting the World's Fastest EV Dragster

As more EV engineers adopt a non-Hall-effect approach to measuring current in their li-ion battery management systems (BMS), some components from...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
V2X, DSRC, and 5G: What You Need to Know About Vehicle Communications in 2021

Vehicle manufacturers are starting to build cars and trucks with new technology that allows the vehicles to share data, such as location and speed, directly with...

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: Nanotechnology
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
These robots could perform basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses.
Briefs: Motion Control
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Briefs: Materials
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Articles: Motion Control
Specially designed brake controls are a critical factor of brake performance in any application.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
There is a growing demand for direct-drive motors.
Briefs: Communications
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: Transportation
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...

5 Ws: Wearables
A medical patch can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

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