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Video: Roombots Transform Into Reconfigurable Furniture

June 23, 2014

The Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed robotic blocks that autonomously self-assemble to form reconfigurable, adaptive furniture.

Bionic Olympic Games Set for 2016

April 21, 2014

Cybathlon is an Olympic-style competition for those with bionic prosthetics.

DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab

February 27, 2014

As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.

ACS ServoBoost Algorithm Boosts Servo Performance

January 31, 2014

ACS Motion Control's ServoBoost algorithm was designed to identify disturbances in real-time while also analyzing the root cause, compensating for it, and attenuating its impact. This results in decreased move and settle time, the ability to handle significant changes in load, and the elimination of cogging and similar issues.

An Evolution in Industrial Robots

January 6, 2014

Customer focus on total cost of ownership is shaping robotic offerings, along with the need for increased payload capacities and greater flexibility.

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Who Deserves to Make the Big Bucks?

By Richard Nass | July 9, 2014

In the words of FIRST founder Dean Kamen, "Why are we celebrating someone who can throw a baseball 90 miles per hour or who can put a basketball through a hoop, when the real stars are the kids who are starting down the path toward changing the world?"

Video: Power Line Perching UAV Doubles Down on Drone Delivery

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 8, 2014

Last December Amazon.com unveiled a plan for a delivery system of drones that can deliver packages to people living within 10 miles of a distribution center. One of the reasons for that mileage limit is that the unmanned aerial vehicles the company plans to use only have enough battery life to cover that distance without recharging. MIT is out to change that.

Hummingbird Makes Coding Easy

By Cabe Atwell | July 8, 2014

Hummingbird has unveiled a new robotics kit -- Hummingbird Duo -- that can teach anyone the basic of robotic engineering, even children. The kit was released on Kickstarter and has surpassed its funding goal of $30,000.

10 Nautical Robots Brave the High Seas

By Ann R. Thryft | July 1, 2014

Some of the latest nautical robots take a variety of forms. They can look like small boats, tiny four-wheeled vehicles, or realistic fish. One design from Sandia Labs will be able to transform itself from a swimming robot to one that flies through the air or uses wheels on land.

15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects

By Rob Spiegel | June 30, 2014

Here's a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020. Other disciplines do not look as promising.

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