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posted in March 2012
Sensors & Software Yield Accurate Magnetic-Compass Bearings
Mechatronics Zone 
3/29/2012  5 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's Xtrinsic eCompass software helps simplify magnetometer use for equipment designers.
March Madness in the World of MCUs
Mechatronics Zone 
3/28/2012  10 comments
Here are introductions to five products that are of interest to engineers and product designers who use MCUs.
Video: GM's Robo-Glove Mimics Human Hand
News 
3/27/2012  27 comments
A robotic device may make it easier for auto workers to grip and squeeze objects on an assembly line.
Slideshow: Medical Robots Assist Surgeons, Aid Paraplegics
Blog 
3/20/2012  22 comments
Robots are helping those who are paralyzed or have leg injuries walk again, and they can fetch and manipulate everyday objects.
Case of the Dirty Water Backflow
Sherlock Ohms 
3/16/2012  13 comments
The dirty water at the end of the wash cycle may not be a problem with the washer itself.
Chevy Volt Revealed: Teardown Videos
News 
3/14/2012  17 comments
After driving a Chevy Volt across the country, we took it apart.
Should We Pay More Attention to Software Ethics?
Mechatronics Zone 
3/13/2012  32 comments
Companies will always gather information about us, but it's the software that determines what someone does with that information. Programmers should keep that in mind when creating code.
Specifying & Creating Data-Acquisition Systems, Part 2
Mechatronics Zone 
3/6/2012  10 comments
Specify and create a data-acquisition system by analyzing measurements and figuring out what you are going to do with the information.




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