Mechatronics Zone Blog

Slideshow: Technology on Display in Anaheim

By Jennifer Campbell | February 19, 2013

Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, ATX, and MD&M West shows, among others.

Slideshow: Golden Mousetrap Gala

By Jennifer Campbell | February 18, 2013

See scenes from Design News's first annual Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony.

Restaurant in China Employs Robotic Wait Staff & Chefs

By Elizabeth Montalbano | February 18, 2013

The Harbin Haohai Robot Company in China has developed a robotic restaurant staff and opened a restaurant that uses them to cook, greet clients, and wait tables.

Report: Farm, War Machines Rule Professional Service Robot World

By Ann R. Thryft | February 13, 2013

The International Federation of Robotics expects more than 90,000 professional service robots to be sold from 2012 to 2015.

Inertia Mismatch: Fact or Fiction?

By Kevin Craig | February 7, 2013

Is this often-quoted concept an excuse for inadequate system modeling?

Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin

By Ann R. Thryft | February 5, 2013

The majority of robots modeled after snakes and worms are designed for rescue and medical operations.

Report: World Industrial Robot Demand Up 38 Percent

By Ann R. Thryft | February 4, 2013

The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots increased by 38 percent in 2011 over 2010.

Repair Robot Will Do On-Site CNC Machining

By Ann R. Thryft | January 23, 2013

A European consortium is working on a repair and maintenance robot system for on-site CNC machining in dangerous or hard-to-access environments.

Are Telepresence Robots Becoming the Norm for Companies With Work-at-Home Employees?

By Cabe Atwell | January 17, 2013

Use of telepresence robots going to work for employees is expected to expand in 2013. Suitable Technologies RPD, VGo telepresence robot, and Nasa's Robonaut 2 show that remote presence is a possibility already proven.

Swarming Hedgehog Robots to Explore Space

By Ann R. Thryft | January 14, 2013

A robot swarm has been developed by Stanford University as a mothership-sphere system to explore planetary moons and asteroids.