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Mechatronics
posted in November 2012
Future of Farming Geared for Efficient Robotic Workers
Blog 
11/28/2012  32 comments
With overpopulation and a decaying environment, the world needs more food, faster. Robots come to rescue, delivering tireless efficiency to the farmland.
Slideshow: Finding Success by Focusing on Failure
Guest Blogs 
11/27/2012  10 comments
Rob Manning, chief engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory, sits down for a chat with Design News.
Update on Thought-Controlled Robots
News 
11/27/2012  14 comments
By focusing their attention on patterns shown on a PC screen, users can control which actions they want a robot to perform, where the robot moves, and how it interacts with its environment.
An Undersampling Wrapup
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11/27/2012  Post a comment
Contributing technical editor Jon Titus wraps up his undersampling columns with sample rates and a plot with extrapolated lines.
Slideshow: Great Space Rovers
Blog 
11/20/2012  31 comments
The Canadian Space Agency, makers of the International Space Station's 30-year robotic Canadarm project, is working on lunar and Mars robot rovers.
Video: What Do You Call a One-Armed Bartender?
Blog 
11/19/2012  19 comments
JAMES, a robotic bartender, can take orders, serve drinks, and respond to commands from customers.
Video: Robot Turns Your Dreams Into Art
Blog 
11/16/2012  16 comments
Ever wondered what your nightly tossing, turning, and snoring would look like if turned into art by a robot? Winners of a chance to stay at a European hotel chain will find out when their sleep pattern data is captured by sensors and painted by an ABB robot.
Video: Pointing & Clicking Without a Mouse
Blog 
11/16/2012  10 comments
Microchip’s GestIC technology, which enables intuitive, gesture-based, non-contact user interfaces, is the heart of a range of end products, starting with the MGC3130.
Robots Take Human Factor Out of Mining
Blog 
11/16/2012  21 comments
Engineers have developed robots to take the human factor out of mining work and provide automation in the process, making it more efficient and less dangerous for the people involved.
Video: German Robot May Beat You at Ping-Pong
Blog 
11/15/2012  13 comments
A German research team created the first robot that can not only play ping-pong like a human, but also improve its game by learning from its human opponents.
Acoustic Signatures Reveal Railway Bearing Defects
Mechatronics Zone 
11/13/2012  13 comments
The RailBAM can detect damage to the wheelset bearings in trains sooner than other techniques, improving reliability and reducing maintenance costs.
Slideshow: Service Robots Can Do Most Anything
Blog 
11/12/2012  41 comments
The range of services that robots can perform is extremely broad -- from assisting the elderly to cleaning polluted water to repairing spacecraft.
Video: Robots Set to Explore Fukushima
News 
11/9/2012  13 comments
The Japanese government is readying its Sakura robot to explore the disabled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor buildings.
Slideshow: Pack Expo Packs 'Em In
Blog 
11/8/2012  13 comments
The world's biggest packaging show, Pack Expo in Chicago, provided a glimpse of the future of automated machinery and robotics.
Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'
Gadget Freak 
11/5/2012  35 comments
Hey Gadget Freaks -- check out the largest, most intricate Lego machine we've ever seen!
Video: ST Robotics' 11-Axis Tandem Robot System
Product News 
11/2/2012  6 comments
ST Robotics' latest addition to its R12 robot product line is the Tandem R125, a low-cost, two-armed robot system that costs less than $20,000.
Underwater Robot Tracks Sand Tiger Sharks
News 
11/1/2012  18 comments
An underwater robot is stalking sand tiger sharks tagged with transmitters to help University of Delaware researchers understand shark migration patterns and behavior as it happens.




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