Love robotics? Fill out the form below to stay
abreast of the latest news, research, and business
analysis in key areas of the fast-changing
robotics industry
Subscribe to Robotics
Trends Insights


 
Sponsored Links

Advertise with Robotics Trends
Latest Stories
All Stories Filed in Design & Development

Power from the Sea
01/10/12 —   Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Vol. 44, No. 3 issue of the ORNL Review. It is posted here courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Technological developments are generally incremental changes that slip mostly unnoticed into business practices, industrial processes and daily routines. Those aren't the kind of scientific…

NASA ‘Smart SPHERES’ Tested Successfully on International Space Station
12/23/11 —   The Human Exploration Telerobotics project, one of NASA's new, high-valueTechnology Demonstration Missions, equipped the compact, free-flying satellites -- known as Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES -- with a Samsung Nexus S handset that features Google’s open-source Android platform.  Each volleyball-sized SPHERES has its own onboard power, propulsion,…

Teaching Old (Toy) Robots New Tricks; Device Adds Bluetooth Link for Toys, TVs
12/15/11 —   Toy robots and other gadgets operated with infrared (IR) remote controls can gain new capabilities — and perhaps some intelligence — by use of a device called Brainlink that enables a Bluetooth link with an Android-based smartphone or a laptop computer. The device, developed by Carnegie Mellon University spin-off BirdBrain…

Medical Robotics Experts Help Advance NASA’s ‘Satellite Surgery’ Project
12/13/11 —   Johns Hopkins engineers, recognized as experts in medical robotics, have turned their attention skyward to help NASA with a space dilemma: How can the agency fix valuable satellites that are breaking down or running out of fuel? One option—sending a human repair crew into space—is costly, dangerous and sometimes…

Princeton Technique Puts Chemistry Breakthroughs on the Fast Track
12/06/11 —   Scientists can now take that "a-ha" moment to go with a method Princeton University researchers developed — and successfully tested — to speed up the chances of an unexpected yet groundbreaking chemical discovery. The researchers report this month in the journal Science a technique to accomplish "accelerated serendipity" by…

Robotic Teams to Enter Martian Underground
11/30/11 —   NASA has selected Astrobotic Technology Inc. for a contract to develop robotic teams to explore extensive caves on Mars, the Moon, and other planetary destinations. Astrobotic will develop robots that cooperate to overcome the challenges of underground planetary missions: no light for solar power, radio communications blocked by rock,…

Slideshow: RoboBusiness Leadership Summit 2011: A Look Back
11/10/11 — // Hundreds of attendees, exhibitors, and speakers from the world over converged at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston November 2-3 for the RoboBusiness Leadership Summit 2011, creating an ideal environment for learning, networking, and deal making. The event took place during a critical time for an industry that has emerged…

Advanced Dual-Interface Memory Uses Energy Harvesting to Enable Battery-Free System Design
11/09/11 —   STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is extending its family of RFID/NFC wireless memory ICs with a new 16-Kbit device that can also harvest enough energy to enable small electronic items such as intelligent sensor networks to become completely battery-free electronic applications.…

Carbon Nanotube Muscles Could Find Uses in Robots and Bionic Limbs
10/14/11 —   New artificial muscles that twist like the trunk of an elephant, but provide a thousand times higher rotation per length, were announced on Oct. 13 for a publication in Science magazine by a team of researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Wollongong in Australia, The University…

USB3 Vision Camera Interface Standard Announced
10/07/11 —   A new camera interface standard that is based on the USB 3.0 interface (SuperSpeed USB) is being developed specifically for the global machine vision market. Called USB3 Vision, this new standard will take advantage of the soon-to-be prevalent USB 3.0 ports that will be standard on most PCs. Designed…

Rockwell Collins Brings Advanced Avionics to Turboprops and Light Jets
10/06/11 — Rockwell Collins is bringing the industry-leading capabilities of its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system to turboprops and light jet aircraft. “Until now, no one has been able to deliver the feature-rich capabilities, robust architecture and enhanced safety that Pro Line Fusion brings to this class of aircraft, and we’re doing it…

Event Session Will Explore How to Build and Grow Great Robotics Companies
08/23/11 — RoboBusiness Leadership Summit, a one-of-a-kind executive-level conference, announced that Rod Brooks, founder, chairman, and CTO of Heartland Robotics will be among the key presenters at its upcoming Boston event, taking place Nov. 2-3. The title of Brooks program is Venture Capital & Robotics: Bridging the Gap and Building Great Companies. Only 300…

Autonomous Row Crop Solution Aimed at Farmers
08/03/11 —   Williamsburg, Iowa-based Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. this week unveiled a robotics solution designed to increase productivity on the farm—the Kinze Autonomy Project. The technology, which is the first of its kind in row-crop production, utilizes autonomous agricultural equipment to complete many tasks on the farm with minimal direct human input,…

Timing Issue for fluidic MEMS: Rare Earth Elements & Gearmotors
07/20/11 — Colorado Springs, CO; LatchTool Group... Modern fluid power wedges motion control into the mix of hydraulics, electro-hydraulics and pneumatics. Motion control is the providence of powerful gearmotors—to make motors powerful they must be wound with an iron-neodymium-boron alloy. With strategic foresight, China has gained control over 97 percent of the…

Stanford engineers build a nanoscale device for brain-inspired computing
07/14/11 —   If you doubt the power of the human brain, ponder this for a moment: It takes today's state-of-the-art supercomputer eight-and-a-half minutes to simulate just five seconds of normal human brain activity. Meanwhile, that supercomputer will consume 140,000 times as much electricity as the brain – 1.4 million watts vs.…

New Technology Will Greatly Advance Heat Transfer for Microelectronics
07/08/11 —   Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new technology with the potential to dramatically alter the air-cooling landscape in computing and microelectronics. The Lab is now seeking interested parties in the electronics chip cooling field to license and commercialize the device. The “Sandia Cooler,” also known as the “Air Bearing…

Thought Leader Interview: Mario Tremblay
07/05/11 —   Mario Tremblay came to the robotics field after spending six years in the Canadian Special Forces as an airborne soldier and combat engineer. In 1998, he left the military to resume civilian life and to further his education in robotics at École des Technologies Supérieures in Montreal.  In 2003, at age…

Self-Driving Cars Legal in Nevada
06/27/11 —   Nevada has always been a state that marches to its own drummer, being the first state in the country to legalize gambling and the only state to have legalized prostitution. Now it can add to its roster of firsts that it is the first state to allow self-driving autonomous…




  FOLLOW US
Facebook
Now you can follow Robotics Trends on Facebook