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Mechatronics
posted in October 2012
Video: Wearable Sensor Builds Maps on the Fly
Blog 
10/31/2012  9 comments
MIT researchers have created a prototype of a wearable sensor that can create maps of a person's environment as they move through it. Researchers envision emergency responders using the device to navigate disaster sites.
Undersampling Shifts Signal Bandwidths
Mechatronics Zone 
10/31/2012  3 comments
In some cases, you can take advantage of aliasing and use it with a technique called under-sampling or bandwidth sampling.
Docking Stations Let Sea Robots Recharge Batteries
Blog 
10/30/2012  9 comments
Battelle has developed a docking station where unmanned vessels can recharge batteries and share data with researchers during missions.
Lack of Qualified Engineering Candidates
Blog 
10/23/2012  59 comments
You have a 10V ideal voltage source in parallel with a 5Ω resistor. What is the impedance?
Biosynthetic Micro-Robot Will Combine Cells, Electronics
Blog 
10/22/2012  14 comments
The Cyberplasm micro-robot will combine engineered cellular devices, electronics, and new methods of communicating and interfacing between biological and electronic components.
Undersampling Changes Bandwidths
Mechatronics Zone 
10/19/2012  9 comments
Before you choose a frequency, you should understand how each upper and lower sampling frequency affects aliasing of signals in the 8MHz bandwidth.
Sea Turtle Robot Will Swim Autonomously
Blog 
10/19/2012  16 comments
Engineers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have built a robot modeled on a sea turtle that is capable of underwater autonomous navigation.
Addressing Ergonomics & Repetitive Motion Injuries in Manufacturing Facilities
Guest Blogs 
10/19/2012  8 comments
In today’s manufacturing environment, ergonomics and repetitive motion injuries are major issues that every business must address to insure production levels remain at expected levels, and employee injuries remain as infrequent as possible.
Video: MABEL Mimics Human Gait
Blog 
10/18/2012  6 comments
MABEL is a new humanoid robot developed by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Michigan that can walk and climb stairs like a human.
Rising Engineering Stars: Message Received Loud & Clear
Blog 
10/17/2012  11 comments
Design News is looking for rising engineering stars -- those who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Slideshow: Evolution of the Robotic Canadarm
Blog 
10/16/2012  29 comments
Canada's main contribution to the US Space Shuttle program has been the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator arms, Canadarm and Canadarm2. See how they have evolved.
'MacGyver' Robot Can Use Found Objects to Solve Problems
Blog 
10/12/2012  25 comments
Locked out of your car with nothing to break in but a piece of chewing gum and a hair tie? No problem -- there’s a robot for that.
Open-Source Kits Put Robots in Many Hands
Mechatronics Zone 
10/11/2012  19 comments
Multiplo, a four person startup, sought venture funds via Kickstarter to create and manufacture kits for anyone interested in robotics.
Ford, GM Team Up on Transmissions
News 
10/10/2012  23 comments
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are preparing to jointly develop nine- and 10-speed vehicle transmissions to help them meet future fuel economy standards.
Robot 'Thinks' Like a Honey Bee
Blog 
10/9/2012  16 comments
Scientists in the UK are working on the creation of artificial intelligence to power a flying robot that can autonomously think like a honey bee, rather than be programmed to perform tasks.
Slideshow: Even More Messy Desks
Blog 
10/8/2012  37 comments
Is it true that the messier the desk, the more of a genius its owner must be?
Video: Robotic Firefighter of the Future
Blog 
10/5/2012  10 comments
The Bulldog RS-1 is a tank-like all-terrain truck that delivers mini robots that can be controlled from a safe distance to spray water on fires.
Humans, Do You Speak !~+V•&T1F0()?
Blog 
10/4/2012  23 comments
Software that will let people and robots communicate in their own languages to plan difficult and complex tasks is being developed at a Scottish university.
Self-Healing Gel Could Replace Cartilage
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2012  32 comments
A new flexible, self-healing hydrogel that could replace cartilage can be stretched to 21 times its length before breaking.
Slideshow: Robots in Space
Blog 
10/2/2012  33 comments
Robots have been going into space for a long time, as satellites, probes, and landers, while others don't get quite that far.




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