Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
Blog 1/10/2014 21 comments The latest NASA exploration robots are the Super Ball Bots, and they sort-of look like spheres, but are constructed quite differently from rigid models. These tensegrity-based bots are being designed to go to Titan.
An Evolution in Industrial Robots
Product News 1/6/2014 5 comments Customer focus on total cost of ownership is shaping robotic offerings, along with the need for increased payload capacities and greater flexibility.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
Blog 1/2/2014 38 comments Our latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new and growing category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and some that look like or emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
Slideshow: Building a Better Human
Blog 12/20/2013 19 comments Prosthetic limbs and other artificial body parts have come a long way in the last 10 to 20 years, and many on the market and under development today can restore nearly the same functions as the human body parts they’re replacing, or even improve them.
Eraser or Sledge Hammer? You Decide
Guest Blogs 12/17/2013 15 comments Conducting design research up front reduces your risk of problems occurring downstream. As you move through the R&D process, you can start investing more money more confidently.
Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft
Engineering Materials 12/13/2013 3 comments A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.
Is it a Human, a Robot, or an Android?
Blog 12/10/2013 34 comments Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Slideshow: These Bots Were Made for Walking
Blog 12/4/2013 52 comments Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The Importance of Mentors
Blog 11/27/2013 42 comments Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Account for Uncertainty
Blog 11/12/2013 5 comments It is important to keep in mind that measurement uncertainties do not always equal one half of the smallest measurement interval.
Slideshow: Artsy Robots Take Center Stage
Blog 11/8/2013 23 comments Once the realm of just science and technology, robots now are turning up more and more in the world of fine arts, making appearances in art exhibitions, creative promotional campaigns, and even on stage in the theater.
Young Girls Excel in STEM
Blog 10/30/2013 23 comments Events such as the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and mentorship program such as NASA's G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Sciences) help promote interest in STEM.
Video: Robotic Cubes Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 10/18/2013 26 comments MIT researchers have developed self-assembling, flywheel-driven modular cube robots that roll around each other and across a surface. They also appear to jump through the air.
Teardown: Fitbit Flex
Product News 10/3/2013 19 comments The folks at iFixit ripped into Fitbit's newest pedometer/heart-rate monitor/sleep-tracker wristband. What kind of a diet helped this thing fit into its tiny jacket? We're about to find out.
DIY: Build Your Own Robotic Bug
Engineering Materials 10/2/2013 27 comments A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley, is now available on Dragon Innovation.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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