Mechatronics Zone News Feed

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.

Rollon Releases Plug-and-Play Linear Robot

April 19, 2016

Rollon's Motion Box is a pre-configured Cartesian robot, ready for set-up out of the box.

ABB Introduces Its Largest Industrial Robot Ever

December 1, 2015

The IRB 8700 is aimed at material-handling applications in the automotive, transportation, and other heavy industries.

The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries

September 8, 2015

Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.

Mechatronics Zone Blog

Battery-Free IoT Computing Platform Draws Energy from Air

By Elizabeth Montalbano | May 5, 2016

Electrical engineers from the University of Washington and Delft University of Technology have developed a new type of sensor-based platform that harvests energy from radio waves for electricity.

The World's Most Dangerous Device Is ...

May 4, 2016

In today's connected world we are seeing the beginning of connected homes, smart grids, self-driving automobiles, drones, and many other amazing devices. Out of all the soon-to-be connected devices, which device poses the greatest dangerous to its users and society?

7 Skills Every Engineering Grad Needs to be Successful

May 3, 2016

The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don't teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.

Harvesting Energy from Swaying Buildings

By Elizabeth Montalbano | April 29, 2016

A researcher from The Ohio State University has designed objects that harness vibrations from the movement of swaying buildings or bridges to provide alternative energy.

Best Paying Bachelor's Degrees? Engineering, By Far

By Rob Spiegel | April 27, 2016

PayScale.com ranked the top 15 salaries for bachelor degrees, and 13 of the highest-paid degrees are in engineering.

Mechatronics Zone Featured Resources

Lower the Cost and Risk of Machine Design: Get It Right the First Time

See how today’s machine builders have switched from designing single-purpose machines to creating flexible and highly effective multipurpose machines by adopting modern control systems and sophisticated algorithms as well as integrating high-end electronics into their mechanical machines...

National Instruments Motion Control Resources Kit

National Instruments transforms the way engineers and scientists around the world design, prototype, and deploy systems for test, control, and embedded design applications. Using NI open graphical programming software and modular hardware, customers at more than 30,000 companies annually simplify...

Design News, Mechatronics Technology Roundup: Innovation at the Crossroads of Technology

The editors of Design News have gathered a series of articles covering the cutting edge of cross-discipline systems engineering, and packaged them in this special electronic edition!