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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in May 2012
Robots Learn to Pick Up Oddly-Shaped Objects
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5/29/2012  22 comments
An algorithm inspired by a robot gripper hand can teach any robot how to pick up unfamiliar, oddly-shaped objects.
Engineers Are Happy in Role as Non-Managers
Wolfe's Den 
5/24/2012  17 comments
Our LinkedIn systems and product design engineering group discusses if they are happy with their decision of remaining a technical contributor instead of becoming a manager.
Freescale's Wireless Robot Teaches Sensor Programming
Mechatronics Zone 
5/8/2012  17 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors.
Petroski on Engineering: Engineering & Civilization
Guest Blogs 
5/3/2012  33 comments
Experience, both good and bad, guides us in extending the state of the art toward new limits.
Industrial Robotics Gets Open-Source Boost
Engineering Materials 
5/2/2012  16 comments
Cross-platform, open-source development software is coming to industrial robots.
IBM's Watson Is a True Computing Star
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5/2/2012  21 comments
The latest celebrity computer gained fame by winning “Jeopardy” and will now take on the medical establishment.




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