Mechatronics Zone Blog

10 Cutting-Edge Disaster Relief Technologies

By Chris Wiltz | September 25, 2017
The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is back in Silicon Valley and it’s bigge

Solar-Cell Material Defects Can Be Healed by Light, Humidity

By Elizabeth Montalbano | September 25, 2017

An international research team has discovered that defects in the crystalline structure of perovskite—which is used to make solar cells—can be healed permanently by exposing them to light, improving the material in its generation of solar energy.

UMD and U.S. Army Research Lab Engineers Develop 4.0 Aqueous Lithium-Ion Battery

By Tracey Schelmetic | September 22, 2017

The lithium-ion batteries that power most of our devices today are little powerhouses of energy. It’s estimated that they’re contained in about nine billion portable electronic devices globally.

The batteries are relatively simple, consisting of two electrodes (anode and cathode) separated by electrolyte. Unfortunately, they’re also flammable, toxic and sensitive to ambient atmosphere, which has made them unsuitable for large-scale applications or extreme environments.

New Material Cuts Weight of Vehicle Window and Door Seals

By Charles Murray | September 22, 2017

A new elastomer shows promise as a lighter, more durable sealing material for vehicle doors and windows.

Five Ways to Rethink Enclosures for the IoT

By Steve Sullivan | September 21, 2017

The industrial Internet of Things (IoT) impacts the ability of companies to manage data and function efficiently. With more than 300 end-to-end IoT solutions in the marketplace, it can be overwhelming for industrial engineers trying to understand IT implementation and workflows.

With all of the challenges that the IoT brings, it is important to consider that the workhorse of infrastructure remains the enclosure. Whether production equipment and controls are communicating locally or pushing data to the cloud, the enclosure is crucial to success.

Is All Engineering Mechatronics Now?

By Rob Spiegel | September 21, 2017

The term mechatronics is getting wide use, but there is confusion about what it means exactly. The discipline is widely associated with robotics, as the design, build and deployment of robots requires the cross disciplines of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.

The Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary

By Rob Spiegel | September 20, 2017



3D-Printed ‘Smart’ Biomaterials Respond to Stimuli, Can Degrade on Demand

By Elizabeth Montalbano | September 20, 2017

Researchers at Brown University have demonstrated a 3D-printing technique for fabricating “smart” biomaterials that can respond to stimuli, self-heal, and degrade on demand, paving the way for a number of next-generation medical and other applications.

Last Days to Nominate Your Product for Innovation Recognition

By Naomi Price | September 20, 2017

Friday is the deadline to enter your stand-out artificial-intelligence, virtual-reality, computer vision, education, wearable, IoT, or open-source product for the Arm TechCon 2017 Innovation Awards. These awards are open to all exhibitors at ARM TechCon 2017 (October 24-26, 2017, in the Santa Clara Convention Center).  

Imagine Feeling What Your Autonomous Car Feels

By Chris Wiltz | September 19, 2017

Talk to someone who loves their car and you'll often hear them talk about having a feeling of oneness with their vehicle and how their car feels like an extension of themselves. It's a sensation that may go away if autonomous cars become ubiquitous and transform cars from less of an individualized experience and more into a travel utility akin to trains, buses, and airplanes.