Getting to Know Freescale's Mechatronics Robot
Mechatronics Zone 6/29/2012 13 comments 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
Blog 6/28/2012 30 comments 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 4 comments 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
Blog 6/27/2012 24 comments 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 6 comments 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 17 comments 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
Blog 6/20/2012 14 comments 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 37 comments 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 8 comments 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.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.