Thoughts Control Avatar-Like Robot
Blog 9/27/2012 21 comments Like the movie Avatar, researchers use functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brain of a subject who uses thought to control a robot thousands of miles away.
We Want the Top 40 Under 40
Blog 9/21/2012 15 comments Design News, in partnership with Mouser Electronics, is asking for your nominations for engineers who are ahead of the trends and are significantly performing in the industry.
Swarming Robots Rescue Coral Reefs
Blog 9/18/2012 26 comments Scotland's coral reefs, which are currently healthy but threatened, may soon get some help from groups of swarming underwater robots being developed by a Scottish university research team.
Robotic Solar Panels Produce More Electricity
Blog 9/17/2012 30 comments A Silicon Valley startup has designed an innovative new monorail system of robots for tilting solar panels toward the sun, increasing the amount of electricity produced by up to 15 percent and changing the game for the future management of solar-energy systems.
Motor Kits Let BLDC Designs Roll
Mechatronics Zone 9/14/2012 4 comments If your design plans include a brushless DC motor, contributing technical editor Jon Titus recommends starting with a motor drive dev kit.
Video: You Can Teach a Robotic Mule New Tricks
Blog 9/13/2012 11 comments The DoD’s robotic pack mule can now play follow the leader and walk backward for a considerable distance over rough terrain, bringing the robot closer to serving as a sophisticated mechanical companion for US soldiers in the field.
Solar Inverter Optimization
Blog 9/12/2012 8 comments Automation control technology plays a key design role in balancing energy-efficiency gains with the need for lifetime reliability and low-cost solutions.
Handbook Can Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 9/5/2012 7 comments Contributing technical editor Jon Titus found a free copy of the Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook, published by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, particularly useful.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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