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Motion Control

The Skillful Skydiving of Wingless Springtails

Early in the pandemic, Víctor Ortega-Jiménez was exploring creeks near his home and observing springtails. The organisms are the most abundant non-insect hexapods on earth, and...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Assembler Robots to Eventually Build Nearly Anything

MIT researchers have made significant progress toward creating robots that could build nearly anything, including objects much larger than themselves — buildings, vehicles, or...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

A Lesson in Soft Robotics

Soft robotics engineer Jim Neilan and mechanical engineering intern Anthony Dempsey explain the benefits of soft robotics in human spaceflight and some of the skills that make for a good soft robotics...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Robotics Controlled by Bursts of Air

Robotics researchers, engineers, and materials scientists from Rice University and Harvard University proved it possible to make programmable, nonelectronic circuits that control the actions of...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Video Tutorial on Ball-Detent Safety Couplings

Learn about the inner workings of mechanical torque limiters Torque overload is mechanical. Take a closer look at the how and why of preloaded ball-detent safety couplings, and how they...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Gripper Robot Can Grasp Objects from Very Fine to Large

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) announced that it has developed a gripper capable of all gripping movements, inspired by elephant trunks. It mimics how...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Tentacle Robot Can Gently Grasp Fragile Objects

If you’ve ever played the claw game at an arcade, you know how hard it is to grab and hold onto objects using robotic grippers. Imagine how much more nerve-wracking that game would be if,...

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Design

The Burrowing Mole Crab Robot

The unassuming Pacific mole crab, Emerita analoga, is about to make some waves. UC Berkeley researchers have debuted a unique robot inspired by this burrowing crustacean that may someday help evaluate the...

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Electronics & Computers

Introducing the 2022 CTF Design Contest Grand Prize Winner

FlowIO is a fully integrated, miniature pneumatic development platform for actuation, sensing, and control of soft robotics and programmable materials. The platform was...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

First High-Res Thwaites Seafloor Images Cause Concern

Combined research efforts from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sweden found evidence of a surprising and distressing history in the seabed in front of the Florida-sized...

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Automotive

Reduce Automotive Bearing Weight by Nearly 80% With Plastic Bearings

Wondering how you can reduce weight in automotive manufacturing? Sebastian Bloechl, Head of Automotive at igus® North America, shows off one such way in this...

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Unmanned Systems

Robotic Autonomy in Complex Environments

A University of Washington safety operator monitors a RACER Fleet Vehicle as it autonomously traverses a course at Fort Irwin.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Conference to Focus on Counter-Drone Technology

In 2021, SAE Media Group, which publishes this newsletter, launched a new high-level technical conference called Counter UAS Technology devoted to, as the name implies, examining current...

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Power

Reliable Power for Long-Term Lunar Surface Operations

To open the Moon to continuous multi-year human and robotic operation, Astrobotic is developing LunaGrid™ — a commercial power system for the surface of the Moon.

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Medical

Medical Robotics - November 2022

"Millirobots" swimming in your bloodstream...soft robots you can print on demand...cobots hard at work in the test lab. Read about these and other innovative technologies in this compendium of recent articles...

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Defense

Additive Manufacturing - November 2022

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

2022 Create the Future Design Contest Grand Prize Winner

The platform was developed to democratize programmable matter; to make prototyping, innovation, and research with soft robotics incredibly quick and easy; and to enable researchers, designers, and makers of all backgrounds to unleash their creativity and bring their ideas to life.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Tiny Swimming Robots Treat Deadly Pneumonia in Mice

The microrobots are made of algae cells whose surfaces are speckled with antibiotic-filled nanoparticles.

R&D
Design

Robot Sleeves Help Kids with Cerebral Palsy

The garments will contain sealed, airtight regions that can inflate, making them temporarily rigid and providing the force for movement.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

2022 Create the Future Design Contest: Medical Category Winner — The Novel Squid Glaucoma microShunt

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, affecting 80 million patients globally including 3 million patients in the U.S.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printing Materials with Tunable Mechanical Properties

The researchers created these sensing structures using just one material and a single run on a 3D printer.

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Design

Volvo Leads the Shift to ‘Driver Understanding’

Volvo started teasing out some of the details of its all-electric replacement for the XC90 SUV, dubbed the EX90.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Nanoprecise Distance and Thickness Measurements

The white light interferoMETERs are optimized for industrial use and enable measurements of the smallest details such as structures on semiconductors and electronic components. The...

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AR/AI

How is AI Transforming Manufacturing?

Artificial intelligence (AI) adoption is gradually increasing across industries. How much do you know about AI in manufacturing? Take this quiz to find out.

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Electronics & Computers

3D Printed Sensors for Pacemakers, Robots

A newly developed 3D printing technique could be used to cost-effectively produce customized electronic “machines” the size of insects, enabling advanced applications in robotics, medical...

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Unmanned Systems

Robots Walk Autonomously Via Microscopic Brains

Engineers have installed tiny electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots so that the machines can walk autonomously, sans external control.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Robots One Step Closer to Learning Like Humans

Watch how University of Michigan researchers use a new data augmentation-based method to train robots how to learn faster like humans.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Meet 'GTGraffiti,' The Graffiti-Painting Robot

Graduate students at the Georgia Institute of Technology have built a first ever graffiti-painting robot. See how 'GTGraffiti' uses motion capture tech to mimic the fluidity of human...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Space to Sea: An Underwater Robot Takes a Deep Dive

Aquanaut, built on lessons from NASA’s robot astronaut, will cut costs for ocean industries.