Electronic engineers from the R&D department at Philip Morris U.S.A. of Richmond, VA. Work on their Robolab entry.
Engineers are taking on children and college students in a LEGO construction project, striving to see who can develop the best autonomous vehicle. Tuesday, teams came together to spend three hours building Lego vehicles that use National Instruments hardware and software that can follow tape lines to various pickup stations and carry objects back to the starting point.
Wednesday evening, 20 teams will compete to see who can pick up the heaviest payload during their two-minute shot at fame. Not only must the vehicles heft payloads from their station to the dumping base, they must also determine whether it’s best to pick up hefty golf balls, lighter Silly Putty eggs or lightweight cylinders. The fifth annual NI Week contest will also include four judges’ awards in addition to the winner’s prize.
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.
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