Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
Blog 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.
Secure Android OS Developed for Soldiers
News 6/27/2012 5 comments With the use of smartphones and tablets becoming more prevalent across the armed forces, the DoD is concerned with securing these devices to keep classified or confidential information out of the hands of adversaries.
Navy Funds Development of Tool to Model Biofuel Performance
News 6/25/2012 16 comments The Office of Naval Research has given researchers at the University of Wisconsin $2 million to create a tool that can model the performance of various biofuels as part of the military’s ongoing interest in using alternative energy sources to reduce dependency on traditional fossil fuels.
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 6/21/2012 17 comments The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Army Boosts Battery Power but Not Weight
News 6/20/2012 7 comments Army scientists have developed a new material that could enable lithium-ion batteries to perform at an unprecedented five volts as part of research to create improved power sources for the military.
Solar Cells Power Underwater Sensors
News 6/12/2012 9 comments The US Navy is exploring the use of solar cells to power sensors underwater as part of research across the military to develop alternative, environmentally friendly, and efficient sources of energy.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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