Mechatronics Zone Blog

Students Design Space Habitats, Tech for NASA

By Elizabeth Montalbano | April 9, 2014

NASA is once again calling upon college students to help the space agency design solutions for future space habitats and exploration systems through its Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.

Robots Aid in Search of Missing Malaysian Jet

By Elizabeth Montalbano | April 8, 2014

An underwater robot dispatched by Bluefin Robotics is on deck, ready to aid in the intensive search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing in March.

Women in Industrial Design

By Jenny Corteza | April 8, 2014

The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.

Tactile Sensing: Humanoid Robots With a Sense of Touch

By Jae Son | October 11, 2013

Bots like iRobot's Roomba and Rethink Robotics's Baxter are at the forefront of humanoid robot development.

Cold Shoulder Leaves Engineer Hot

October 3, 2013

After getting presented with every possible solution, the company decided to reject them all.

DIY: Build Your Own Robotic Bug

By Ann R. Thryft | October 2, 2013

A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley, is now available on Dragon Innovation.

Crises Stimulate Opportunities

By Kevin Craig | October 1, 2013

Crises in universities and industry must uncover new ways to collaborate.

NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions

By Ann R. Thryft | September 30, 2013

NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.

Video: Baxter 2.0 Extends Robot's Reach

By Ann R. Thryft | September 27, 2013

A new software upgrade to Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot extends the innovative bot's reach, makes it easier to program more precisely, improves overall performance, and expands its uses in the small to medium-sized companies it was designed for.

Using PACs and PLCs for Data Acquisition, Logging & Analytics

By Al Presher | September 24, 2013

Modern and powerful PLCs and PACs can perform many of the data acquisition functions formerly reserved for SCADA, PC-based, and other control systems.