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Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in June 2012
Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
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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.
Video: Swimming Robot Mimics Humans
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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.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves
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6/25/2012  21 comments
A large number of robots have been designed to operate in or near water, whether fresh water or the salty seas.
Video: Robots Recognize Human Gestures
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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.
Slideshow: Scenes From the 49th Design Automation Conference
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6/18/2012  4 comments
The annual high-tech tradeshow sometimes resembled a medieval fair with its jugglers, acrobats, and magicians.
Fluid Power Systems: The Hidden Giant
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6/18/2012  5 comments
Dynamic application of fluid power requires a systems approach.
Can Creativity Be Taught?
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6/13/2012  31 comments
A DAC panel asked whether engineers have what it takes to color outside the lines.
Open-Source Software Extends Robots' Reach
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6/8/2012  21 comments
A new foundation will support the development of open-source robotics software to bring more sophisticated abilities like motion planning to industrial robots.
Sensing Trouble Out at the Network Edge
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6/8/2012  9 comments
No matter what the environment, sensors are expected to communicate with reliability, accuracy, and durability.
What's in Store for 2H12?
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6/4/2012  13 comments
Design News has covered an astounding number of stories and topics so far this year, but we're not going to rest on our laurels. Stay tuned.
Petroski on Engineering: a Geography of Design
Guest Blogs 
6/1/2012  15 comments
The more technically inclined may not be immune to being influenced by outward appearances, but they are also interested in what is inside.
Humanoid Robot Fights Fires on Ships
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6/1/2012  25 comments
Virginia Tech's RoMeLa lab is designing and building the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, or SAFFiR.




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Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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