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Safety Advances for Plant Robots

August 19, 2016

ABB's SafeMove2 provides a robot safety system designed to allow robots and humans to work side-by-side.

Humanoid Robot Diver Finds Lost Treasure, Will Explore Ocean

May 30, 2016

A humanoid diving robot has recovered treasure from the wreck of French King Louis XIV's flagship, untouched for nearly 400 years. The bot not only looks somewhat human-shaped, it's also got stereoscopic humanlike vision, artificial intelligence, and haptic force feedback.

MIT 3D Prints Working Liquid/Solid Robots In One Step

May 13, 2016

The first 3D-printed robots made of both solids and liquids are also built in a single step: no assembly required. These hydraulically actuated robots are made using a modified, commercially available 3D printer.

Is It a UAV? A Submersible Robot? It's Both!

May 4, 2016

A multi-talented new type of robot can be launched from underwater and fly into the air. It's lightweight, relatively low cost, and has a structure that's 3D printed from plastics, not metal.

Dev Kit Simplifies Force Sensor Applications

May 2, 2016

A new development kit expedites proof-of-concept for applications requiring an ultra-thin force or pressure sensor.

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Trump Win Could Mean Big Questions for Manufacturing

By Rob Spiegel | November 9, 2016

Donald Trump wins the US presidential election, leaving questions about industrial and manufacturing policies.

The Internet of Things is Too Thingy

By Sylvie Barak | November 9, 2016

Cees Links, a pioneer of the wireless data industry, doesn't see the connection between the IoT and the things themselves, but all the focus on the actual devices, he says, is missing the point and making everyone confused about what the business opportunity and actual potential for the industry is.

Where Do You Want to be in 2017?

November 8, 2016

As we come into these last months of 2016, it's time to consider where you want to be, as a professional engineer, next year.

2016's Top 20 US Graduate Engineering Programs

By Rob Spiegel | November 7, 2016

Here's a look at the top-ranked US graduate engineering schools. We've included tuition costs and salary averages for grads.

Google Pixel XL Teardown: Going Toe-to-Toe With iPhone

By Chris Wiltz | November 4, 2016

Google has made its debut into smarthphone design with the Pixel and Pixel XL. But how do they stack up to their most direct competition, the iPhone 7? iFixit tore down the Pixel XL to find out.

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