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Steve Wozniak Praises Makers and Open Source

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.

Researchers Develop Hairy Skin to Enhance Robot Touch Sensing

June 14, 2017

These days we are seeing tremendous progress in robotics, as these machines take on more and more tasks that we once assumed to be the province of skilled humans alone. And while industrial robots that can weld steel and lift heavy objects have dominated the scene, more and more delicate tasks are now finding their way into robotic hands, as well.

Keeping Electric Cars Moving Even When It’s Cold Out

June 13, 2017

There are many good reasons to build cars that replace a tankful of gasoline with a trunkful of batteries. But as we endeavor to do so, we keep confronting the important differences between the two. Gasoline is energy-dense, concentrated and essentially indifferent to climatic conditions. It can provide a flow of power that is fast or slow. Like a perfect servant, it’s personal characteristics and quirks rarely, if ever, get in the way of doing its job. If only it didn’t give off all those emissions when burned.

Predictive Maintenance System Curbs Pump Downtime

June 13, 2017

Every year, countless manufacturers struggle with unplanned downtime after a pump or blower unexpectedly fails. In the worst cases, the pump or blower can take down a whole process line, leading to major revenue losses.

Legs or Wheels, Robot Uses Both

June 12, 2017

Robots typically transport themselves on legs or wheels, but not both.