Automation & Motion Control
Al Bredenberg, Contributing Writer

Startup Otto Demos the Feasibility of Self-Driving Trucks
Al Bredenberg, Contributing Writer
7/29/2016  0
A San Francisco startup called Otto recently came out of stealth mode and released a dramatic video (see it below) demonstrating its successful test of a technology for self-driving ...

Rob Spiegel

Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
7/28/2016  1
Last week's slideshow of the best movies depicting artificial intelligence prompted a slew of comments telling us the important AI movies we failed to include. We decided to gather ...

Charles Murray

Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test, Design News
7/27/2016  6
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.

Sylvie Barak

These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
7/27/2016  0
With the Summer Olympics just around the corner, everyone's mind is on competition. If you're not fortunate enough to be a world class athlete, though, what's an engineer to do in ...

Suzanne Deffree, Editor-in-Chief

Loss and Success: One Engineer’s Story
Suzanne Deffree, Editor-in-Chief
7/26/2016  1
Without failure and loss, there is no success. From failure and loss, we learn, we grow, we move toward better designs, better outcomes. Sadly, some failures and losses are greater ...

Rob Spiegel

The 15 Best Artificial Intelligence Movies
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
7/21/2016  14
What if your phone or computer became aware of itself? Would it be helpful, or would it want to dispense with you? Our obsession with artificial intelligence is becoming apparent in ...

Ann R. Thryft

A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
7/20/2016  0
We've told you about robots in agriculture before, but in the last few years they've started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully ...

Geoff Thorpe, Manager of MCU/AP/IoT Security Microcontrollers R&D, NXP Semiconductor & Governance Board member of the Zephyr project

Zephyr OS, a ‘Secure IoT RTOS,’ You Say?
Geoff Thorpe, Manager of MCU/AP/IoT Security Microcontrollers R&D, NXP Semiconductor & Governance Board member of the Zephyr project
7/20/2016  4
Earlier this year, the Zephyr project was launched to a world justifiably skeptical of self-anointed "secure" technologies, jaded by the sloganeering of all things IoT, and ...

Chris Wiltz

AI Beats Elite Fighter Pilots, Can Run on a Raspberry Pi
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor, Design News
7/19/2016  1
Artificial intelligence development firm Psibernetix, alongside researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), have developed an ...

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Remote Machine Connectivity Means Plant Data Everywhere and Anywhere
Remote connectivity delivers process and condition for greater plant efficiencies.

Project Management Gets an Upgrade -- and Into a Scrum
Innovations such as “scrum” and virtualization methods have changed the project management game.

Modular Application Software Comes On Scene in Industrial Automation
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.

Integrated Safety Breaks the Cost-Savings Barrier at Plants
Integrated safety systems are paying for themselves in fewer injuries, reduced downtime, easier maintenance, and improved flexibility.

Human-Machine Interfaces Are Undergoing a Renaissance
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.

Smart PLCs and PACs — More Complex but Easier to Use
Increased processing speeds and greater intelligence in smaller devices is changing traditional PLCs and PACs. The PAC is morphing into a PLC, and they both may be replaced by embedded PCs.

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