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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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'Don't Go Gangbusters' on Your IoT Applications

By Charles Murray | August 31, 2016

Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.

'Octobot' Is the First Autonomous Soft Robot

By Chris Wiltz | August 31, 2016

A new proof-of-concept robot from Harvard's Wyss Institute shows that it may one day be possible to build sophisticated autonomous robots without any hard components.

The 9 Worst Apple Products of All Time

August 30, 2016

Perfection is a laudable, but ultimately unattainable, goal, even for the world's most successful consumer electronics company. You know the hits; here are Apple's all-time greatest misses.

15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale

By Rob Spiegel | August 29, 2016

Here are some of the top-paying jobs available to engineers as they grow in their careers.

Hope or Hype? Big Automakers Look to Autonomous Vehicles

By Charles Murray | August 26, 2016

Ford Motor Co. announced plans last week to join an ever-growing number of automakers who intend to produce fully autonomous vehicles in the next five years.

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