Mechatronics Zone Blog

Mobile Robotics Kit Teaches Coding and Electronics Skills

By Don Wilcher | June 19, 2017

Robotics is making a major impact on how we work, play, and learn. Al, automation, and robots are hot trending topics discussed in trade publications and online news feeds. According to IDC (International Data Corporation) the robotics industry and associated partners will reach $135.4 billion by 2019. IDC’s research also showed international robotics spending was $71 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow at rate of 17%.

Stretchy Silver Nanowires Key to Next Generation of Flexible Devices

By Elizabeth Montalbano | June 19, 2017

A new use of silver at the nanoscale could be the key to developing stretchable electronics such as smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices.

Researchers at the University of Vermont have discovered that working with silver at the nanoscale allows them to create nanowires that have significant strength and the ability to stretch.

Mobile Robotics Kit Teaches Coding and Electronics Skills

By Don Wilcher | June 19, 2017

Robotics is making a major impact on how we work, play, and learn. Al, automation, and robots are hot trending topics discussed in trade publications and online news feeds. According to IDC (International Data Corporation) the robotics industry and associated partners will reach $135.4 billion by 2019. IDC’s research also showed international robotics spending was $71 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow at rate of 17%.

3D Printing, Robotics, Woz, and More Take Spotlight at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing

By Charles Murray | June 19, 2017

Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years.

SoftBank Acquires Boston Dynamics and Schaft from Google

By Chris Wiltz | June 16, 2017
Cool? Distrubing? Both? Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot is coordinated enough to navigate stairs.

Siemens Creates Global 3D Print Marketplace

By Rob Spiegel | June 16, 2017

Siemens PLM is developing an online collaborative platform to bring together on-demand product designers and 3D printing production vendors in a global marketplace. The platform is designed to provide a community capable of connecting all members of the 3D manufacturing community – from design to production – to “maximize resource utilization and access additive manufacturing expertise,” according to Siemens.

Fog Computing Moves Toward Interoperability Standards

By Al Presher | June 15, 2017

Development of an open architecture, fog computing environment, rather than relying on single vendor implementations, is a vital step in the emergence of standards that will enable interoperability between the IoT, 5G, and other complex data and network intensive applications spanning from artificial intelligence, tactile Internet, and virtual reality.

3D Printing Turns Nanomachines into Human-Scale Workers

By Elizabeth Montalbano | June 15, 2017

Nanotechnology is revolutionizing a number of engineering fields, including the design of new medical devices, batteries, and other technology. Now researchers have found a way to harness the power of nanomachines to work on a human scale, paving ways for potential breakthroughs in smart materials and devices.

Using advanced 3D printing, researchers at Dartmouth College have found a way to transform nanomachines—tiny molecules that can move when they receive an external stimulus—into materials that perform work at human-scale.

 

Steve Wozniak Praises Makers and Open Source

By Chris Wiltz | June 14, 2017

 Steve Wozniak told the audience at Atlantic Design and Manufacturing 2017 he was too busy to watch Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year, although he has in recent years. “I only read about it after the fact,” he told his keynote audience.