Though proportional control gets the nod in more applications (33%) than servo control (22%), neither one is dominant say many engineers (45%). That's according to a recent survey of Design News readers by Reed Research Group. That could change, as more vendor companies, including Festo, Parker Hannifin, and HR Textron focus on developing new and better servo technologies for fluid power apps. Major reason for the niche to grow? Lower cost. In fact, two thirds of engineers say that if they could obtain servo control for the price of proportional control, they'd do it.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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