Mechatronics Zone Blog

Tree-Climbing Robot

By Steve Ravet | September 27, 2011

A high school senior has built a robot that grips on to a tree and climbs up like an inchworm.

Slideshow: Humanoid Robots Get Real

September 26, 2011

"Uncanny valley" refers to the revulsion that humans feel when they see a humanoid robot.

Interface Chip Simplifies Time-Frequency Measurements

By Jon Titus | September 26, 2011

So What's an 'Embedded System,' Anyway?

By Loring Wirbel | September 21, 2011

IDC says 1.8 billion embedded systems will ship this year, generating $1 trillion in revenue. Is its definition of the market so broad that we must reconsider what does and doesn't fit in its boundaries?

Damn the Error Codes

By Jon Titus | September 20, 2011

Service manuals often give incomplete error or malfunction information and fail to include information on fixing the problem.

At Wit's End With the Kenmore Microwave

By Rob Spiegel | September 19, 2011

We bought this Kenmore microwave for "ease of use." What a laugh.

Now You Know What Rime Ice Is

By Jon Titus | September 14, 2011

A new sensor uses the optical properties of ice to detect when it builds up on refrigerator coils.

My Mercury Wiring Harness Nightmare

By Jon Titus | September 13, 2011

When I attempted to replace a power-window motor on my '96 Mercury I uncovered an amazing nest of wires that controls windows, door locks, and mirror positions.

Give Me Back My Timex

By Rob Spiegel | September 9, 2011

This consumer bought an expensive watch to replace a Timex. Big mistake.

Can You Test & Measure With an MCU?

By Jon Titus | September 6, 2011

The Arduino Uno module provides an easy way to learn about microcontrollers.