posted in June 2012
Robots Promote Safety & Productivity in Wood Industry Apps
6/29/2012  6 comments
Use of programmable, reliable, and predictable robots is a growing trend in manufacturing where they can be used to remove workers from unsafe conditions and inherently force safer methods.
Getting to Know Freescale's Mechatronics Robot
Mechatronics Zone 
6/29/2012  13 comments
In May, we told you about Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board that lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors. Here's an update.
Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
6/28/2012  30 comments
A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.
Video: Swimming Robot Mimics Humans
6/27/2012  24 comments
A swimming robot that faithfully mimics human motions better than previous attempts could help produce more streamlined swimsuits, improve the performance of competitive swimmers, or serve as an aid in physical therapy.
Rib Spreading Tool Gets Robotic Update
6/26/2012  7 comments
One advanced technology company is taking on the challenge of developing handheld, automated surgical instruments to help patients hurt less and heal faster.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves
6/25/2012  21 comments
A large number of robots have been designed to operate in or near water, whether fresh water or the salty seas.
Video: Robots Recognize Human Gestures
6/20/2012  14 comments
Researchers at Singapore's A*Star Institute for Infocomm Research have created gesture recognition software that lets robots recognize human gestures correctly and quickly, with minimal training.
Design News Radio Explores Big-Picture Systems Engineering
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/20/2012  2 comments
Engineering groups are serious about systems-level thinking, but they still struggle with the practice. Tune into Design News Radio to uncover best-practices to take an integrated, systems engineering approach.
Fluid Power Systems: The Hidden Giant
Guest Blogs 
6/18/2012  5 comments
Dynamic application of fluid power requires a systems approach.
Understand How & Why a Dev Kit Should Be Your Design’s Starting Point
6/15/2012  12 comments
Design News' Continuing Education Center, sponsored by DigiKey, is running a class next week that walks the designers through a series of development kits.
Open-Source Software Extends Robots' Reach
6/8/2012  21 comments
A new foundation will support the development of open-source robotics software to bring more sophisticated abilities like motion planning to industrial robots.
Specifying & Creating Data-Acquisition Systems, Part 4
Mechatronics Zone 
6/6/2012  5 comments
Mathematics can provide the answer to problems with sampled signals.
Video: Bionic Arm Aids Amputee Soldiers
6/5/2012  11 comments
A prosthetic company is helping the US military develop a lightweight, motor-driven artificial arm.
Humanoid Robot Fights Fires on Ships
6/1/2012  25 comments
Virginia Tech's RoMeLa lab is designing and building the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot, or SAFFiR.
DIRAK's E-LINE Locking Systems Cut Security Costs
Product News 
6/1/2012  4 comments
The latest addition to DIRAK's line of mechatronic security systems for racks, enclosures, and cabinets includes three types that are said to better protect materials, electronics, and data, while reducing security costs.

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