MOTION CONTROL: Steinmeyer Inc. has announced a new product to its extensive line of miniature ball screws. These 5-mm diameter screws are the perfect solution in applications such as micromanipulators, miniature robotics and compact actuators. Available in four nut styles: series 1112 single nut with connecting thread without wipers; series 1412 is a single nut with double flange and wipers on both ends; series 1214 is a cylindrical nut without wipers; and series 2422 is the company’s “quiet line” series, with a single nut that uses end-cap ball returns manufactured from plastic rather than metal tubes, making the screw virtually noiseless. All are available with leads ranging from 0.5 3 mm and offer a maximum speed of 4500 RPM.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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