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Mechatronics
posted in June 2011
AVR Studio 5 Includes Sensor Driver Code
Mechatronics Zone 
6/28/2011  4 comments
Atmel has simplified life for engineers, programmers, and product designers with AVR Studio 5.
'Marilyn Monrobots' Gain Acceptance Through Humor
News 
6/24/2011  18 comments
Robot tells jokes and does impressions during Freescale Technology Forum.
Lunar Crane Design
Features 
6/3/2011  19 comments
Designing a robotic tool changer for use on the moon not only means dealing with the vacuum of space and moon dust, but also the changing scope of requirements for the device.
Modeling and Simulation for Motor Selection
Mechatronics Zone 
6/3/2011  1 comment
Why trajectory planning, system modeling and control design are essential.




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