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.
Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials. But now sports equipment has a new, high-tech ingredient that is helping players take their game to the next level.
Every now and then Design News likes to revisit some of our favorite Gadget Freak projects. Robotic hands, manipulated Kindles, and smart recycling cans round out the latest crop.
A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
Researchers have developed a hybrid energy harvester for generating electricity from multiple spectrums of solar energy.
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