Content posted in June 2012
Getting to Know Freescale's Mechatronics Robot
Mechatronics Zone 6/29/2012
In May, we told you about Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board that lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors. Here's an update.
Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.
Design Agility a Key Pain Point
CAD/CAM Corner 6/28/2012
PTC research reveals that the ability to readily respond to late-stage design changes and struggles surrounding CAD interoperability remain ongoing challenges for engineering organizations.
Video: Swimming Robot Mimics Humans
A swimming robot that faithfully mimics human motions better than previous attempts could help produce more streamlined swimsuits, improve the performance of competitive swimmers, or serve as an aid in physical therapy.
IBM, NI Plug Systems Engineering Gap
CAD/CAM Corner 6/27/2012
IBM and National Instruments are building a bridge between their embedded software testing and quality management tools, delivering end-to-end traceability from requirements through system test.
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 6/21/2012
The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Video: Robots Recognize Human Gestures
Researchers at Singapore's A*Star Institute for Infocomm Research have created gesture recognition software that lets robots recognize human gestures correctly and quickly, with minimal training.
Airbus Delays Repair of Cracked A380 Wings
Engineering Materials 6/19/2012
Airbus has reportedly delayed making long-term repairs to the composite/metal wings of its A380 jet, which have developed hairline cracks due to materials and fastener mismatches.
Slideshow: History Reborn in 3D
CAD/CAM Corner 6/12/2012
Beyond modeling the latest car or aircraft carrier, 3D technologies like CAD and printers are helping recreate history, providing an opportunity to go back in time via an immersive, interactive experience.
You didn’t become an engineer on your own, junior.
An electronic, vibrating shoe insole developed by the Wyss Institute at Harvard has been shown to enhance athletic performance as well as provide therapeutic benefits.
A researcher at the Iowa State University has developed biodegradable fabric from a byproduct of kombucha tea that is similar to leather and can be used to create textiles.
Do you long for the days of retro video gaming? Here's how you can turn an old PC into an old-school arcade cabinet with only $100 and a bit of woodwork.
A Vienna, Austria-based startup called Heliofloat has designed a platform of solar panels that can be deployed in lakes or oceans to generate solar-based electricity.
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