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: Robotics, Automation & Control
Jacobs' scientists are helping to make contract-tracing apps, emergency-use ventilators, and even squid-bots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This system can be used for long-range or high-payload deliveries as well as search and rescue.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
A low-frequency antenna with enhanced bandwidth will enable robust networking among compact, mobile robots.
Articles: Materials
Robotic exoskeletons, a breath-test for cancer, and plastic-eating enzymes are Products of Tomorrow.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.
INSIDER: Motion Control

Natural motion in plants occurs because of cellulose fibers absorbing and releasing water. Scientists developed a simple method to produce self-folding origami structures based on this concept....

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

An invention similar to an elephant’s trunk has potential benefits for many industries where handling delicate objects is essential. UNSW Sydney developed a soft fabric robotic gripper...

News: Transportation

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

INSIDER: Data Acquisition

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of St Andrews and the University...

Blog: Motion Control
The great tasks of retrieving samples and flying a helicopter on Mars requires a number of small parts — specifically motors and drives.
Question of the Week: Unmanned Systems
Will Mobile Docking Stations Become an Essential Part of Underwater Exploration?

An INSIDER story this month highlighted an innovative way of supporting underwater robots: mobile docking stations.

Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Medical Robotics - November 2020

From the operating room to the assembly line, robots are changing the medical industry. Check out the latest advances and amazing applications in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Medical...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Tentacle Bot can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects.
Products: Imaging
Multi-sensor imaging systems, eyesafe laser finders, machine vision algorithms, and more.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The robot blocks jump, spin, flip, and identify each other.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Briefs: Imaging
Future robots could be taught how to outperform humans.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This form of thermal management can help enable untethered, high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
Briefs: AR/AI
This technology enables robots, electronic devices, and prosthetic devices to feel pain through sense of touch.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers.
INSIDER: Motion Control

NASA’s DuAxel, a pair of two-wheeled rovers each called Axel, can split in half with each half connected only by a tether that unspools as the lead axle approaches a hazard.

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Use a ‘SwingBot?’

A “SwingBot” robotic arm from MIT can learn the physical features of a handheld object through tactile exploration. Instead of using cameras or vision methods, the robot’s grippers use GelSight tactile sensors that measure the pose and force distribution of the object. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A robot being tested at the University of California San Diego takes after an aquatic invertebrate that has a jet-like way moving through the water: The Squid.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researcher Nina Mahmoudian is finding a new way for underwater robots to recharge and upload their data, and then go back out to continue exploring, without the need for human intervention.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers created a way to send tiny, soft robots into humans. Doctors would use magnetic fields to steer the soft robot inside the body, bringing medications or treatments to places that need...

Briefs: Aerospace
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.
Briefs: Medical
A soft hydrogel, driven by an oscillatory chemical reaction, produces an autonomous integrated pump for microfluidic applications.

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