Motion Control/​Automation

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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.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
See how Blue Joule developed and delivered the Mini Mount (MM) Gimbal to Johns Hopkins University.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
This mini robot improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical procedures.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Torque limiters protect against damage and downtime caused by machine overloads.
Products: Test & Measurement
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
Briefs: Software
This technology can work with multiple wavelengths of light simultaneously.
NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA's UAS traffic management expertise leads to advances in drone navigation.
Briefs: Aerospace
The learning approach allows swarms of unmanned vehicles to optimally accomplish their mission while minimizing performance uncertainty.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
Briefs: Materials
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Aerospace
This capability will optimize performance of the vehicle through different phases of flight.
Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Aerospace & Defense - October 2020

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, you'll learn about NASA's return to the moon with Apollo's twin sister Artemis, how autonomous...

Briefs: Wearables
Fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits open the path towards the development of electronic skin.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Manufacturing and Outsourcing - October 2020

Discover how advances in factory automation, robotics, 3D printing and other fabrication technologies are shaping the future of medical device manufacturing in this Special Report – a...

INSIDER: Internet of Things

Researchers at the University of Houston report that they have designed and produced a smart electronic skin and a medical robotic hand capable of assessing vital diagnostic...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

MIT startup Realtime Robotics invented a solution that gives robots the ability to quickly adjust their path to avoid objects as they move to a target. The Realtime controller can be connected to...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

For planned robotic and crewed missions to the Moon and Mars, NASA is developing and testing precise landing and hazard-avoidance technologies. A combination of laser sensors, a camera, a high-speed...

Blog: Motion Control
New software from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) wants to predict all traffic possibilities, so that self-driving vehicles will never get into accidents.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will 'Biomorphic' Batteries Support a Future of Tiny Robots?

A Tech Briefs TV video highlighted a rechargeable zinc battery from the University of Michigan that integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy. The “biomorphic” battery, according to researchers, could provide 72x more energy for robots.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Like biological fat reserves store energy in animals, a new rechargeable zinc battery integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy, a team led by...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Are You OK With a Robot Taking Your Vitals?

The "Spot" robot, developed by Boston Dynamics, can measure skin temperature, breathing rate, pulse rate, and blood oxygen saturation in healthy patients, from a distance of 2 meters.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Achieve Alternative Fuel ROI in Less Than Five Years with ANG

Learn how adsorbed natural gas (ANG) can bring operational benefits for your fleet and pay for itself in less than five years. ANG is specifically suited to light-duty fleets and...

Blog: Photonics/Optics
A Cornell team developed paramecium-sized robots that can be controlled with lasers.
Podcasts: Unmanned Systems

Before delivery drones start carrying packages (and passenger drones start delivering ourselves), engineers will need to keep refining an unmanned aircraft's ability...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This technique can be used by people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.

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