Robotics http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8215/more en Roboticists and Biologists Learn from Sidewinder Rattlesnakes http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/roboticists-and-biologists-learn-sidewinder-rattlesnakes <div class="field-byline"> Stephen Mraz </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sidewinders teach biologists and roboticists a thing or two.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/roboticists-and-biologists-learn-sidewinder-rattlesnakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/roboticists-and-biologists-learn-sidewinder-rattlesnakes#comments Robotics Motion Control News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:44:00 +0000 41431 at http://machinedesign.com <p>Researchers studied sidewinder rattlesnakes moving up and across surfaces looking for insights into giving robots more mobility.&nbsp;</p> Edge-Processing Machine Gets Good Controls http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/edge-processing-machine-gets-good-controls <div class="field-byline"> Elisabeth Eitel </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Axis Robotics Inc. does consulting and short-run manufacturing for semiconductor equipment. Recently, it built an edge-processing machine that operates like a three-axis CNC machine — but only for one specific operation. Controllers from AllMotion move three of the machine’s axes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/edge-processing-machine-gets-good-controls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/edge-processing-machine-gets-good-controls#comments Robotics Motion Control News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:12:00 +0000 40371 at http://machinedesign.com Drones learn to observe environment and steer clear http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear <div class="node-body blog-body">Late in 2012, maker-tinkerer and technical writer Paul Wallich created a buzz when he wrote about the drone he built to walk his son to the bus stop each morning. Fast-forward to 2014: Now researchers think they have a new way to make such UAVs and other vehicles more nimble in the face of environmental variables. The design uses neuromorphic sensors (that get triggered by sudden events) instead of the standard inertia-measuring sensors (such as accelerometers and gyroscopes) to track motion.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/product-design-engineering">Product Design Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/drones-learn-observe-environment-and-steer-clear#comments Editorial Comment Robotics Community Product Design Engineering Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:49:00 +0000 39301 at http://machinedesign.com Soft-Touch Robots Nix Complicated Kinematics and Delicate Force/Torque Sensors with Software to Improve Complex Machining http://machinedesign.com/robotics/soft-touch-robots-nix-complicated-kinematics-and-delicate-forcetorque-sensors-software-impr <div class="field-deck"> A brand-new robot called the Touch Robot uses direct-drive motors, software algorithms, and cable-based actuators to finish and polish aerospace and other parts. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Polishing, machining, and grinding are now easier with soft robots using direct-drive low-inertia links instead of series-elastic actuators or kinematics fitted with force/torque sensors. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/soft-touch-robots-nix-complicated-kinematics-and-delicate-forcetorque-sensors-software-impr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/soft-touch-robots-nix-complicated-kinematics-and-delicate-forcetorque-sensors-software-impr#comments Robotics Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:02:00 +0000 36741 at http://machinedesign.com Exclusive interview: Gill Pratt on how compliant actuators revolutionized robotics http://machinedesign.com/springs/exclusive-interview-gill-pratt-how-compliant-actuators-revolutionized-robotics <div class="node-body article-body">DARPA’s Gill Pratt explains compliant actuators for robotic design.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/springs/exclusive-interview-gill-pratt-how-compliant-actuators-revolutionized-robotics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/springs/exclusive-interview-gill-pratt-how-compliant-actuators-revolutionized-robotics#comments Robotics Springs Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:40:00 +0000 35861 at http://machinedesign.com Courtesy Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels Technology forecast 2014: Robots priced for the masses http://machinedesign.com/robotics/technology-forecast-2014-robots-priced-masses <div class="node-body article-body">Non-industrial robots are getting better at executing modest to moderately complicated tasks and their numbers are on the rise thanks to new design approaches, open-source controls and hardware, forgiving actuators, and 3D-printed linkages.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/technology-forecast-2014-robots-priced-masses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/technology-forecast-2014-robots-priced-masses#comments Robotics Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:59:00 +0000 33321 at http://machinedesign.com Image Gallery: Robotic and literal heavy metal band rocks NYC http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/image-gallery-robotic-and-literal-heavy-metal-band-rocks-nyc <div class="node-body gallery-body">Tuesday, November 12 German rock band "Compressorhead" performed for crowds in Union Square, NYC. The three band members (Fingers, Bones, and Stickboy) are 5 feet tall and made from scrap metal. Their function is made possible by electro pneumatics with behind the scenes help using a Midi controller for music.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/image-gallery-robotic-and-literal-heavy-metal-band-rocks-nyc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/pneumatics/image-gallery-robotic-and-literal-heavy-metal-band-rocks-nyc#comments Controllers Robotics Metals Pneumatics Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:17:00 +0000 32131 at http://machinedesign.com Student-developed exoskeleton wins 2013 Dyson Award http://machinedesign.com/products/student-developed-exoskeleton-wins-2013-dyson-award <div class="node-body article-body"><p> A team of four mechanical engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania won the 2013 <a href="http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/Projects/Project.aspx?ID=3414&amp;RegionId=0&amp;Winindex=0" target="_blank">Dyson Award</a> competition, along with a $48,000 donation for their development of Titan Arm, a powered upper-body exoskeleton. An additional $16,000 was also awarded to UPenn&rsquo;s engineering department.<br /> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/student-developed-exoskeleton-wins-2013-dyson-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/student-developed-exoskeleton-wins-2013-dyson-award#comments Products Technologies Robotics Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:33:00 +0000 32091 at http://machinedesign.com Image Gallery: A robotic menagerie http://machinedesign.com/robotics/image-gallery-robotic-menagerie <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p> <a href="http://www.bostondynamics.com/" target="_blank">Boston Dynamics Corp.</a> (Waltham, Mass.) recently completed field testing WildCat, a four-legged motorized robot. The company, which receives funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),&nbsp; builds robots that mimic animals and their abilities to maneuver through rough terrain. WildCat is a second-generation quadruped that follows Boston Dynamics&rsquo; famous Cheetah robot.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/image-gallery-robotic-menagerie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/image-gallery-robotic-menagerie#comments Technologies Robotics Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:28:00 +0000 31321 at http://machinedesign.com Study shows humans prefer robots with human faces http://machinedesign.com/news/study-shows-humans-prefer-robots-human-faces <div class="node-body article-body">New research from Georgia Institute of Technology shows that when given the choice between robots with a human appearance, a mix of human and robotic appearance, or a strictly robotic appearance, 60% of older adults want robots with human faces, and only 6% want ones that have a mixed human-robot appearance.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/study-shows-humans-prefer-robots-human-faces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/study-shows-humans-prefer-robots-human-faces#comments Technologies Robotics News Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:08:00 +0000 31231 at http://machinedesign.com Georgia Tech University