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Lifesaver on the Battlefield Vecna’s heavy-duty humanoid robot, teleoperated through remote control, can walk, run, and lift heavy objects on its track-powered, jointed legs.&NOBR>Full Story&/NOBR>
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Show Biz Automation in VegasKÀ, Cirque du Soleil’s latest extravaganza at the MGM Grand, draws much of its magic from a sophisticated control network driving more than 200 axes of motion. Full Story Pushing the Envelope with MechatronicsTo meet the demands of high-precision applications, engineers are relying more on mechatronics solutions, says Aerotech’s Robert Novotnak. Examples include a new high-precision system used to fabricate medical stents. Full Story Simulator Provides the Racer’s Edge L&H Engineering has designed a precise, servo-ballscrew system to tune suspensions for OEM customers and NASCAR competition. The rigs costs about $300,000. Full Story What’s Ahead for 16-bit Processors?Flanked by 8- and 32-bit processors on performance, price, and power, can 16-bit devices survive in the marketplace? Nearly 15 manufacturers still think so. Full Story Robots Put on a Natural FaceA motion control system simulates the human face’s 48 major muscle groups in response to speech and machine vision. An Einstein robot head is actuated by 33 servo motors. Full Story Sensors: Masters of Damage ControlIn fast-paced stamping press operations, wise use of sensors and controls ward off expensive equipment problems and material waste. Full Story No “After-thought” Adds-ons AllowedRPI Professor Kevin Craig discusses the need in mechatronics design to integrate key engineering disciplines at the earliest stages of the project. Full Story
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Lifesaver on the Battlefield Show Biz Automation in Vegas Pushing the Envelope with Mechatronics Simulator Provides the Racer’s Edge What’s Ahead for 16-bit Processors? Robots Put on a Natural Face Sensors: Masters of Damage Control No “After-thought” Adds-ons Allowed Unleashing the Internal Combustion Engine through Mechatronics Mechatronics@reedbusiness.comInterested in a Mechatronics Expo? Resource Center Contact Us
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More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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