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Mechatronics
posted in September 2012
Robot Takes Care of Your Vino
Blog 
9/28/2012  13 comments
A new robot may have a hand in tending the grapes it takes to make your next glass of wine.
Thoughts Control Avatar-Like Robot
Blog 
9/27/2012  21 comments
Like the movie Avatar, researchers use functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brain of a subject who uses thought to control a robot thousands of miles away.
Robotic Tuna Inspects Oil Tankers (& Sea Chests?)
Blog 
9/26/2012  14 comments
The latest underwater unmanned vehicle being developed for the Department of Homeland Security navigates oily waters and cramped spaces.
Toyota's Latest Robot Lends a Hand
News 
9/25/2012  11 comments
The robot is meant to help elderly people or those with limited arm or leg mobility perform everyday tasks more efficiently and easily in the home.
UAVs to Get Robot Arms & Hands
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9/24/2012  8 comments
Researchers at Drexel University are studying how to add robotic hands and arms to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can be used in flight without crashing.
Video: Flexible Robot Hands Get Cheaper
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9/21/2012  12 comments
Sandia National Laboratories has created a low-cost, highly dexterous robotic hand to help soldiers disarm IEDs.
Robots Get Genetically Engineered Skeletal Muscles
Blog 
9/20/2012  22 comments
Researchers at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania have engineered skeletal muscles they will use to build robots that move like animals -- or people.
Gesture Sensors Could Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 
9/20/2012  17 comments
A recent announcement from a company specializing in sensors used for gesture detection sparked thoughts about using this type of control in mechatronic devices.
Video: This Isn't Your Mother's Pasta
Blog 
9/19/2012  30 comments
Cui Runquan, a Beijing chef, has created an army of noodle-slicing robots.
Swarming Robots Rescue Coral Reefs
Blog 
9/18/2012  26 comments
Scotland's coral reefs, which are currently healthy but threatened, may soon get some help from groups of swarming underwater robots being developed by a Scottish university research team.
Motor Kits Let BLDC Designs Roll
Mechatronics Zone 
9/14/2012  4 comments
If your design plans include a brushless DC motor, contributing technical editor Jon Titus recommends starting with a motor drive dev kit.
Video: You Can Teach a Robotic Mule New Tricks
Blog 
9/13/2012  11 comments
The DoD’s robotic pack mule can now play follow the leader and walk backward for a considerable distance over rough terrain, bringing the robot closer to serving as a sophisticated mechanical companion for US soldiers in the field.
An Anti-Alias Filter Review
Mechatronics Zone 
9/12/2012  9 comments
This column describes a filter-selection “gotcha,” and includes references to anti-alias-filter information.
Video: Robot Security Camera Patrols RNC
Blog 
9/11/2012  16 comments
A remote-controlled Roomba-like robot with a wide-angle camera for inspecting under cars helped the Republican National Convention's security detail look for bombs.
When Is a Robot Not Mechanical? When It's an Android
Blog 
9/10/2012  26 comments
An artificial jellyfish created by Harvard and Caltech researchers goes a lot further than biomimicry, resembling an android more than a robot.
Video: Create 3D Scans of Everything
Blog 
9/7/2012  7 comments
The Kinect@Home crowdsourcing project will help engineers create a catalog of scans that will help robots recognize what's around them.
Autonomous UAVs Fly in Swarms
Blog 
9/7/2012  16 comments
Boeing and Johns Hopkins University have demonstrated the ability of autonomous UAVs to fly in a swarm without a ground control station.
Robot Collects Storm Data During Hurricane Isaac
Blog 
9/6/2012  22 comments
A robot collecting oceanographic data in the Gulf of Mexico got a close-up look at Hurricane Isaac, whose eye passed 60 miles east of where it was cruising.
Calling All Messy Engineers!
Blog 
9/6/2012  18 comments
We want photos of your disheveled desks.
Video: Silicone Robot Mimics Surroundings
Blog 
9/5/2012  18 comments
Low-cost silicone robots that walk, change color to match their surroundings, and light up in the dark may soon be helping first responders and the military.
Handbook Can Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 
9/5/2012  7 comments
Contributing technical editor Jon Titus found a free copy of the Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook, published by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, particularly useful.
Honda's Latest Robot Mows Your Lawn
Blog 
9/4/2012  54 comments
Miimo is a robotic lawnmower that works via electronic sensors to continuously cut grass and safely navigate slopes and obstacles.
Robotic Camera Mimics Human Eye Movements
News 
9/4/2012  13 comments
Compliance researchers developed a mechanism to orient a camera using muscle-like cellular actuators that move more similarly to an eye.




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