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Mechatronics
posted in September 2011
Tree-Climbing Robot
Gadget Freak 
9/27/2011  13 comments
A high school senior has built a robot that grips on to a tree and climbs up like an inchworm.
Slideshow: Humanoid Robots Get Real
Features 
9/26/2011  41 comments
"Uncanny valley" refers to the revulsion that humans feel when they see a humanoid robot.
Interface Chip Simplifies Time-Frequency Measurements
Mechatronics Zone 
9/26/2011  1 comment
This Universal Sensors and Transducers Interface (USTI) integrated circuit provides 29 measuring modes, as well as digital sensors that operate in the time-and-frequency domains.
Linear Motor Makers Boost Precision, Positional Accuracy
News 
9/22/2011  4 comments
Linear motor manufacturers at Design & Manufacturing Midwest unveiled new products.
So What's an 'Embedded System,' Anyway?
Blog 
9/21/2011  10 comments
IDC says 1.8 billion embedded systems will ship this year, generating $1 trillion in revenue. Is its definition of the market so broad that we must reconsider what does and doesn't fit in its boundaries?
Damn the Error Codes
Mechatronics Zone 
9/20/2011  14 comments
Service manuals often give incomplete error or malfunction information and fail to include information on fixing the problem.
At Wit's End With the Kenmore Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
9/19/2011  20 comments
We bought this Kenmore microwave for "ease of use." What a laugh.
Now You Know What Rime Ice Is
Mechatronics Zone 
9/14/2011  10 comments
A new sensor uses the optical properties of ice to detect when it builds up on refrigerator coils.
My Mercury Wiring Harness Nightmare
Mechatronics Zone 
9/13/2011  8 comments
When I attempted to replace a power-window motor on my '96 Mercury I uncovered an amazing nest of wires that controls windows, door locks, and mirror positions.
Give Me Back My Timex
Made by Monkeys 
9/9/2011  21 comments
This consumer bought an expensive watch to replace a Timex. Big mistake.
Can You Test & Measure With an MCU?
Mechatronics Zone 
9/6/2011  5 comments
The Arduino Uno module provides an easy way to learn about microcontrollers.




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