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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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Germany, Tesla in War of Words Over 'Autopilot'

By Charles Murray | October 20, 2016

The term "autopilot" is now at the heart of a growing debate between Tesla Motors Inc. and Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority.

Breaking Engineering Barriers By Breaking Personal Barriers

October 20, 2016

Highly regarded engineer and physicist Ransom Stephens speaks with Design News about his extensive science and engineering background, the serious yet funny study of neuroscience, and how one primes their brain for innovation.

Vote for Reader's Choice of Most Innovative Embedded Product

By Naomi Price | October 20, 2016

It's your turn to cast your vote for one of these 12 finalists to win the ARM TechCon Reader's Choice Award for the most innovative product of the past year.

Apple's Automotive Scale-Down Is No Surprise

By Charles Murray | October 19, 2016

Twenty months after news leaked about Apple Inc.'s secretive automotive project, the high-tech giant has apparently decided it will not go toe-to-toe with Detroit, leaving few in the Motor City surprised.

Keep Calm and Go to Pluto

October 18, 2016

"It was a once and lifetime opportunity to fly by Pluto and none of us were willing to give that up without a fight." - Alice Bowman, New Horizons Mission Operations Manager.

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