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Mechatronics
posted in July 2012
Video: Maintenance Robots Climb Wind Towers
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7/27/2012  23 comments
Two different remote-controlled climbing robots have been developed to make wind tower maintenance easier, cheaper, and safer.
Oversampling Reduces Quantization Errors
Mechatronics Zone 
7/27/2012  18 comments
No matter how many bits an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) provides, the digital output can only approximate the original signal.
Video: Swarming Robots Dazzle Cannes
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7/25/2012  10 comments
Flying in swarms and equipped with mirrors, 16 of the University of Pennsylvania's tiny flying quadrotor robots dazzled the audience at Cannes by manipulating sound and light and dancing to music.
Engineering Education Upheaval
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7/24/2012  9 comments
Information is a commodity -- balancing and integrating information is not.
Robot Pebbles Duplicate 3D Shapes
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7/24/2012  7 comments
Tiny robotic cubes self-assemble to duplicate an object placed in a heap of them.
Slideshow: Rescue Robots Save the Day
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7/23/2012  24 comments
Like many robots deployed in military applications, robots used for post-disaster search-and-rescue missions will go places humans can't.
Mine-Seeking Underwater Robots Scour Ship Hulls
News 
7/20/2012  19 comments
MIT researchers have improved the navigation and ability to detect small mines on the hulls of ships for its Autonomous Underwater Hull Inspection Vehicle.
Video: Grippers Emulate Gecko, Bird
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7/20/2012  15 comments
Two grippers from Festo use biomimicry inspired by a gecko's feet and a bird's beak for different energy-efficient methods of picking up objects.
Robot-Guided Brain Surgery Performed at German Hospital
Blog 
7/18/2012  21 comments
The first robot-guided brain surgery has been performed at HSK Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany using Mazor Robotics' Renaissance robotic spine surgery system.
Can Pneumatics Play a Bigger Role in Mechatronics Designs?
Mechatronics Zone 
7/17/2012  26 comments
It might seem like it's anyone's guess where engineers pick up the knowledge to apply pneumatics, but these links can help.
Video: Kit Turns Arts & Crafts Into Robots
Blog 
7/12/2012  23 comments
The Hummingbird kit is designed to get kids interested in engineering and robotics.
Robots Predict Humans' Moves
Blog 
7/11/2012  15 comments
An algorithm developed by MIT researchers aims to help robots adapt better to humans on the factory floor by predicting their moves.
Send Machines, Not People, to Space
Mechatronics Zone 
7/10/2012  28 comments
If we have an urge to explore outer space, let's leave people on Earth and conduct experiments and gather data at a distance.
Video: Robots Develop Sense of Touch
Blog 
7/6/2012  14 comments
A new combination of sensors, actuators, and software will give them a sense of touch for identifying textures that's even more finely tuned than a human's.
Understanding Time Delays Is Essential in Engineering Systems
Blog 
7/5/2012  3 comments
The impact of time delays continues to grow in many fields, including the control of distributed systems such as energy and computing grids.
Do We Need Indoor Navigation Apps?
Blog 
7/3/2012  18 comments
Researchers claim to have developed a way to get a GPS position fix indoors, which might let shoppers' cell phones tell them about products in front of them, or help parents locate their children in malls.




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