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posted in December 2012
Video: Transformer Robots Are Not Autonomous Yet
News 
12/28/2012  27 comments
A hobbyist firm has created a robot that changes from a humanoid into a vehicle and back again. The firm says the robot will autonomous by 2030.
QBotix Receives $1M From DoE to Advance Robotic Solar-Panel Technology
Blog 
12/28/2012  17 comments
The QBotix tracking system is a robotic system for tilting solar panels toward the sun that can increase the output of the panels by up to 15 percent.
Modeling the MEMS Gyroscope
Blog 
12/28/2012  4 comments
How does the MEMS gyroscope work and how can it be modeled?
Where to Begin & the Tough First Step
Blog 
12/27/2012  10 comments
The ability to physically model differentiates engineers; it is not a commodity.
Ultimate Reliability: Wind Turbines
Blog 
12/26/2012  20 comments
Automation and motion control technology is playing a pivotal role in wind turbine refinement by boosting reliability, operating efficiencies, and remote diagnostics.
That Fictitious Force
Guest Blogs 
12/26/2012  7 comments
The ubiquitous MEMS gyroscope uses it, but what is it?
Slideshow: What Does the Future Hold for Man & Machine?
Blog 
12/18/2012  33 comments
Will we soon have robotic companions helping us with our day-to-day work? The industry is headed in that direction, but is it happening fast enough?
Video: Toshiba Develops Fukushima Robot
Blog 
12/18/2012  6 comments
Toshiba has built a robot to conduct investigative and recovery work in dangerous locations such as damaged nuclear plants.
A Machinist's Calculator for the Holidays
Mechatronics Zone 
12/17/2012  18 comments
The Machinist Calc Pro computes speeds and feed rates for milling, turning, and drilling: cutting speed, spindle speed, feed rate (inches/minute), cutting feed, etc.
Video: Robot Swarm Channels Beethoven
Blog 
12/17/2012  11 comments
A swarm of robots uses spatio-temporal routing algorithms to deploy the fewest members and travel the shortest distance possible while playing "Fur Elise."
ICCVE: Rail Transportation & Communications
Guest Blogs 
12/17/2012  2 comments
In the world of transportation, the role of the engineer as a force for innovation has never been greater and the opportunities have never been more challenging than today.
Engineering Faculty Debates Generalists vs. Specialists
Mechatronics Zone 
12/14/2012  24 comments
During a recent meeting with engineering-school faculty and alumni, Contributing Technical Editor Jon Titus talked about whether colleges should educate generalists or specialists. What do you think?
Video: DARPA Stair-Climbing Robot Gets Arms
Blog 
12/11/2012  8 comments
A humanoid robot that robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics has been developing for DARPA now has arms. Is this a good thing?
Automatic Code Generation & the Arduino
Guest Blogs 
12/6/2012  10 comments
Innovation in engineering practice and education has been reinvigorated by two complementary concepts: automatic code generation and the inexpensive, open-source, single-board microcontroller.
Slideshow: Robotic Medical Assistants
Blog 
12/4/2012  17 comments
Medical robots are helping with surgery, diagnostics, and remote presence.




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