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Nypro Healthcare Expands Manufacturing Effort

October 15, 2014

Mass.-based company opens new 200,000-sq-ft facility and brings more jobs, revitalization to the commonwealth.

Video: Google Glass Moves to the Factory Floor

September 16, 2014

Factory floor engineers may soon be able to operate machinery and monitor equipment status simply by tapping their eyeglasses.

Rehab Chair Delivers Right Dose of Tension & Vibration to Patients' Muscles

August 28, 2014

Tolomatic ERD actuator provides high-tolerance, high-force capabilities at a low cost to innovative medical therapy machine.

Baxter the Robot Becomes More Trainable

July 23, 2014

Rethink Robotics has upgraded Baxter the Robot so it can be easily trained by co-workers who simply show the robot how to move.

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.

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9 Inventions Provide Frightful Fun for Halloween

By Elizabeth Montalbano | October 31, 2014

Halloween isn't just a time for creative costumes. Thanks to the element14 online design community, the holiday this year also brings us a number of creative electronic device design ideas aimed at making your Halloween party a unique experience.

NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission: Innovative or a Waste of Time?

By Dave Palmer | October 31, 2014

On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announcing that the US would send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s. But in order to do so, NASA would first need to ramp up its capabilities through missions directed toward "a series of increasingly demanding targets," i.e. asteroids.

Head-Turning Trends in Industrial Automation

By Pamela Moore | October 31, 2014

Robots are getting less expensive, more nimble, and smart than ever. The following examples exemplify new trends in industrial automation.

10 Robots That Play Well With Others

By Rob Spiegel | October 30, 2014

Here are 10 robots that are designed to work effectively and safely with humans.

10 Talented Robot Arms & Hands

By Ann R. Thryft | October 27, 2014

We've found an amazing variety of robot hands & arms in medicine, space, and service robots, as well as R&D and assembly. Some are based on industrial designs modified for speed or dexterity, while others more closely emulate human movements, as well as human size and shape.

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