At ¼ cubic inch, a robot developed at Sandia National Labs may be
the world's smallest robot. Sandia's Ed Heller, who developed the device's
microelectronics, says the robot uses three watch batteries and two tiny motors
from RMB's Smoovy (Ringwood, NJ) that drive track wheels like those found on
bulldozers, but smaller.
"Right now, the robot can only move and sense temperature," says
Heller. "By eliminating the packaging and using electronic components in die
form, we reduced the size of the robot," he says.
The robot travels at 20 inches per minute. It also has an 8K ROM
processor and temperature sensor. Heller and other project researchers may add a
camera, microphone, and communication device in the future. For more information
about the robot, contact Heller at email@example.com. For more information
about Smoovy motors, go to www.smoovy.com.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.