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posted in May 2012
Robots Learn to Pick Up Oddly-Shaped Objects
Blog 
5/29/2012  24 comments
An algorithm inspired by a robot gripper hand can teach any robot how to pick up unfamiliar, oddly-shaped objects.
Slideshow: Robots Creeping & Crawling Into New Territory
Blog 
5/25/2012  52 comments
Robots modeled after animals, insects, and worms are being developed for military and first-responder applications.
EVs Second to Natural Gas for Fiat
Blog 
5/25/2012  25 comments
Almost every automaker has had to 'pick a side' when it comes to alternative fuel options and ways to divest from a reliance on gasoline. Fiat is looking to back compressed natural gas or liquid propane as an interim solution.
Engineering, Science & Math in a Water Bottle
Mechatronics Zone 
5/25/2012  32 comments
Designing and filling a new type of water bottle might take less engineering work, but the description will help kids understand how science, math, and engineering influence their lives even through things that seem mundane.
Robots Cut Composite Repair Costs in Half
Engineering Materials 
5/17/2012  26 comments
A major advance in repairing composite structures combining robots and lasers bodes well for commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350XWB, which contain composites in large proportions of their structures.
Freescale's Wireless Robot Teaches Sensor Programming
Mechatronics Zone 
5/8/2012  17 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors.
NASA Explores Humanoid Robot Design
News 
5/8/2012  15 comments
NASA is exploring the potential for human robot design with Robonaut 2, a humanoid machine currently assisting astronauts on the International Space Station.
Nothing Is Instantaneous
Guest Blogs 
5/1/2012  Post a comment
As engineering systems become more complex, understanding time delays is essential.




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