Mechatronics Zone Blog

Video: Kit Turns Arts & Crafts Into Robots

July 12, 2012

The Hummingbird kit is designed to get kids interested in engineering and robotics.

Robots Predict Humans' Moves

By Ann R. Thryft | July 11, 2012

An algorithm developed by MIT researchers aims to help robots adapt better to humans on the factory floor by predicting their moves.

Send Machines, Not People, to Space

By Jon Titus | July 10, 2012

If we have an urge to explore outer space, let's leave people on Earth and conduct experiments and gather data at a distance.

Video: Robots Develop Sense of Touch

By Ann R. Thryft | July 6, 2012

A new combination of sensors, actuators, and software will give them a sense of touch for identifying textures that's even more finely tuned than a human's.

Understanding Time Delays Is Essential in Engineering Systems

By Kevin Craig | July 5, 2012

The impact of time delays continues to grow in many fields, including the control of distributed systems such as energy and computing grids.

Do We Need Indoor Navigation Apps?

By Jon Titus | July 3, 2012

Researchers claim to have developed a way to get a GPS position fix indoors, which might let shoppers' cell phones tell them about products in front of them, or help parents locate their children in malls.

Getting to Know Freescale's Mechatronics Robot

By Jon Titus | June 29, 2012

In May, we told you about Freescale Semiconductor's two-legged robot (FSLBOT) and controller board that lets engineers, students, and even hobbyists experiment with the robot's four servos and many sensors. Here's an update.

Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes

By Ann R. Thryft | June 28, 2012

A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.

Video: Swimming Robot Mimics Humans

By Ann R. Thryft | June 27, 2012

A swimming robot that faithfully mimics human motions better than previous attempts could help produce more streamlined swimsuits, improve the performance of competitive swimmers, or serve as an aid in physical therapy.

Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves

By Ann R. Thryft | June 25, 2012

A large number of robots have been designed to operate in or near water, whether fresh water or the salty seas.