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.
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
A UK-based company called Ilika has developed a miniature solid-state battery to power the IoT.
A new oscilloscope-based test system adds a unique dimension to the process of analyzing the dynamic performance of three-phase motors and drives.
Design teams are operating in a business environment that increasingly requires them to collaborate and share data across extended teams, multiple organizations, and widespread locations. Autodesk’s customers are looking for a solution that eliminates project bottlenecks, such as the time-consuming and error-ridden process of shuttling design reviews and revisions back and forth among team members.
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
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