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Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in March 2013
Video: Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots
Blog 
3/28/2013  19 comments
A free iPhone video game app turns your Parrot AR.Drone into a simulated spacecraft, which you can use to simulate docking on the International Space Station. You get points for accuracy and speed, and the European Space Agency gets tons of data to help make better space robots.
NASA Uses Video Processing to Study Hurricanes & Wildfires
Blog 
3/27/2013  12 comments
Advanced video processing and networking deployed aboard NASA's Global Hawk as part of its Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel mission use a full motion video compression appliance to provide visual situational awareness of hurricanes and wildfires.
Robot Helps People Walk Again
Blog 
3/26/2013  32 comments
The Ekso wearable robot applies torque to the hip, knee, and ankle joints to help people move, powered by a computer worn by the patient in a backpack.
Taking Some of the Grit out of Manufacturing
Sponsored Blogs 
3/26/2013  7 comments
Technology can go a long way toward helping people at all levels in manufacturing, and this list of technologies and solutions can help the manufacturing industry.
Robotic Rat Used to Advance Depression Research
Blog 
3/26/2013  11 comments
Scientists at Waseda University in Japan have created a robotic rat as part of their research into depression.
Rich's Video Blog: Airplane Engine Difficulties & Cars From 3D Printers
Blog 
3/25/2013  17 comments
Rich's recent flight showed that it's not just the Dreamliner that's having difficulties. And have you heard of the car that was manufactured with a 3D printer?
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2013  22 comments
Here's a summary of your ideas for starting a Design Ideas forum that poses design problems and asks for input from the community to help solve them in innovative ways. We also ask for a bit more feedback to help fine-tune things.
Army Uses 3D-Printed Tentacles to Help Robots Manipulate Objects
Blog 
3/25/2013  5 comments
Army researchers designed suction cups to be used on robots that can replace humans in perilous situations, such as during disaster-recovery efforts.
Slideshow: Robotic Hands Mimic Humans
Blog 
3/22/2013  23 comments
Robot R&D has focused recently on closely emulating the human ability to pick up; manipulate; and move small, delicate objects in unstructured environments outside the factory safety cage.
Product Showcase: Recent Highlights
Blog 
3/22/2013  3 comments
We’ve just posted some products in our showcase from HEIDENHAIN, Master Bond, and Tolomatic that deserve a little attention.
Slideshow: Competitors Gear Up For DARPA Robot Challenge
Blog 
3/21/2013  33 comments
The stage has been set for a $2 million Department of Defense competition to develop a robot that could perform a number of physical tasks that might be required to respond to an emergency.
ConnectSmart App Monitors Solar Inverters
Blog 
3/21/2013  6 comments
You can expect a continuing wave of mobile apps (like the Danfoss SolarApp) for monitoring all types of industrial equipment over the next couple of years.
Slideshow: See the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment in Action
Blog 
3/20/2013  20 comments
Joint Robotics Repair Detachment (JRRD) keeps the US military's robot armada up and running.
Some Cool Happenings in Motors
Blog 
3/19/2013  5 comments
The recent co-located Design and Manufacturing event held last month in Anaheim was an unveiling site for a few new motors, and they were pretty different from some of the products we’ve seen in the past.
The Engineering Creativity Challenge
Guest Blogs 
3/19/2013  12 comments
Brainstorming an idea is a good approach, but it's often not the best. We need to focus our creative energies on the design challenge.
Cognitive Control in the Real World
Blog 
3/15/2013  12 comments
Control systems have evolved over time from fixed value controllers to adaptive control systems.
How Ethernet Is Expanding Its Role
Blog 
3/14/2013  19 comments
Belden has tried to understand the role of mission-critical communications for manufacturing and has identified four themes that are driving the expansion of industrial networks.
Slideshow: Y Combinator Hackathon's Prize-Winning Designs
Blog 
3/13/2013  6 comments
Imagine sending an Instagram to your Internet toaster and printing it -- on whole wheat or white bread. Imagine creating your own vision for a variant of Google's Project Glass.
Gadget Freak Case #234: We Love This Automated Mailbox
Gadget Freak 
3/12/2013  30 comments
Jeremy Willden created small mailboxes for his daughters' Valentine's Day cards. The boxes use a sensor to open automatically when someone walks by.
The Focus on Integrated Industry
Blog 
3/12/2013  9 comments
Hannover Messe 2013, the gigantic industrial technology event coming up on April 8-12, will be staged this year under the banner of "Integrated Industry."
Mars Rover Mining – an Engineering Feat
Blog 
3/12/2013  24 comments
NASA recently announced that the Mars rover Curiosity had collected the first sample from the interior of a rock on another planet.
Trends in Integrated Motor Drives
Blog 
3/11/2013  4 comments
Servo motion packaged as integrated motor drives is gaining greater acceptance, energized by the attractiveness of distributed motion and I/O solutions, and the key role it plays in enabling modular machine designs.
Opto 22 Develops Tool to Build Mobile Automation, Monitoring & Control Interfaces
Blog 
3/11/2013  11 comments
Automation and control system provider Opto 22 is readying the release of a new tool that will allow engineers to build and deploy mobile, web-based automation, monitoring, and control interfaces for a variety of device platforms regardless of operating system.
Integration in Industrial Plant Control
Blog 
3/8/2013  6 comments
ABB’s Extended Automation System 800xA Release 5.1 includes powerful object oriented tools to model and integrate the whole life cycle of plant and product.
What's Your Opinion on a Design Ideas Forum?
Engineering Materials 
3/6/2013  40 comments
What do you think about starting a forum on Design News that focuses on innovative, problem-solving design ideas where individual engineers and companies can trade comments and suggestions for solving design problems?
Making the Case for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines
Guest Blogs 
3/5/2013  13 comments
The marketplace is littered with companies that have tried to make a success of vertical axis wind turbines. But not all turbine designs (and sites) are created equal.
Even More on Rotary Encoders
Mechatronics Zone 
3/5/2013  2 comments
This column wraps up our discussion of encoders with information about resolvers, which provide angular data over 360 degrees.
Check Out Rich’s Video
Blog 
3/4/2013  27 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass has some things to get off his chest.
Video: Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo
Blog 
3/4/2013  65 comments
The palm-sized MeCam from Always Innovating, based on open-source software, will follow you around and take videos of you and your friends.
Design Decisions: Automation in Rollforming
Guest Blogs 
3/4/2013  4 comments
Read about the pros and cons of manual versus automated rollforming stations.
Simplify Your Motor Drive Solution
Guest Blogs 
3/1/2013  4 comments
Integrating motors into your design needn’t cause sleepless nights.




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