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Mechatronics
posted in October 2011
Washer/Dryer Washes Out
Made by Monkeys 
10/28/2011  7 comments
The Bosch washer/dryer looks great on the outside, but monkeys live inside.
The Card Swiper Swiped My Patience
Made by Monkeys 
10/26/2011  7 comments
The go-card readers in the Australian train stations are designed to drive you mad.
Slide Chart Helps Find Screws & Fasteners
Mechatronics Zone 
10/25/2011  15 comments
Mark Atkins at Great Innovations has come up with a great way to present frequently-used information about screws and metals in a two-sided slide chart.
High-Speed Snowmobile Does Just One Speed Well
Made by Monkeys 
10/24/2011  19 comments
The 1980 Kawasaki 340 snowmobile loves to race. But that's all it loves.
Video: Hockey Robot Stresses Sticks With Slap Shots
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/21/2011  11 comments
Hockey Robotics' testing robot takes professional-grade slap shots, helping stick manufacturers more effectively evaluate design tradeoffs around performance and durability.
Multicore MCUs Muddle Medical Device Validation; Smart OSs Help
News 
10/21/2011  3 comments
Picking a right real-time operating system (RTOS) is crucial for medical device manufacturers, which obtain FDA and other regulatory approvals before releasing their devices for sale.
Is There a Diamond Machine in Your Future?
Mechatronics Zone 
10/21/2011  9 comments
Researchers at the Sandia Corporation have created complete machines with gears and microscopic transmissions fabricated from microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) systems.
Case Study: Automated Patient Transfer Device
News 
10/20/2011  6 comments
Nurses face the daily challenge of caring for an overweight population, which leads to debilitating injuries. A motorized lateral transfer device allows even the smallest nurse to move a heavy patient.
Customized Coke Machine: Not the Free Choice I Want
Guest Blogs 
10/20/2011  22 comments
The new Coca-Cola Freestyle self-serve soda fountain is advanced technology but perhaps too much of a good thing.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News October Digital Issue
Wolfe's Den 
10/19/2011  Post a comment
The October 2011 digital issue of Design News is available for free download, with content on automation and control, CAD, materials and assembly, and RFID.
What Would You Do With a 6-V Motor, Two Servos & a Battery?
Mechatronics Zone 
10/18/2011  10 comments
Someone should start a robotics competition that challenges kids to build something out of a small DC motor, a 2-channel transmitter and servo receiver, two servo motors, and a battery pack.
HeartLander Surgical Robot Inches Closer to Reality
News 
10/6/2011  8 comments
An inchworm-like device can operate laparoscopically on a beating heart.
Monkeys Got to the Spark Plugs on My Mustang GT
Made by Monkeys 
10/4/2011  27 comments
Could changing spark plugs be such a big deal? Apparently it is if the monkeys get to it first.




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