Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in September 2012
Thoughts Control Avatar-Like Robot
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
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
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
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
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
The DoDís 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
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
Contributing technical editor Jon Titus found a free copy of the Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook, published by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, particularly useful.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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