Robotics Make a Move Toward Autonomous Service
Features 6/29/2010 Post a comment With mechatronic solutions combining information and physical activity, more robots are finding their way into warehousing, order fulfillment, health care and, potentially, as service robots in automotive assembly plants
Universal Programmer for PB-Series Pressure Transmitters
Features 6/29/2010 Post a comment With Baumer's FlexProgrammer 9701, all pressure transmitters of the PB family can now easily be configured on PC. The battery-powered device can be used to recalibrate the full scale and the zero signal, to readjust the pressure range up to 20 percent F.S., and for the data logging of pressure and temperature signals.
Delta Robots Gain Greater Dexterity
Features 6/28/2010 Post a comment Innovative three-axis wrist design allows new Delta robots from FANUC Robotics to create complex motions for picking, twisting and placing products at simple or compound angles
Nissan Bets on the Electric Car
Features 6/24/2010 1 comment Thanks to a higher-energy, lower-cost battery, Nissan believes the electric car is ready for prime time. But are consumers prepared for all-electric performance?
Sample Acquisition on Mars
Features 6/23/2010 Post a comment The Mars Rover's spectrum analyzer relies on advanced motion control, precision bearing assemblies and a miniature vacuum pump to collect and analyze samples
The Social Side of Design News
Features 6/21/2010 Post a comment New group on LinkedIn entitled "Systems and Product Design Engineering" has been developed for greater peer-to-peer interaction across all design engineering issues and disciplines.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
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