Mechatronics Zone Recent News

The Holiday Gift Guide for Engineers

November 28, 2017
Are you hoping for an Amazon Echo this holiday season? Why hope when you can design Amazon’s Alexa technology into your devices.

Starting a Services Company: 5 More Tips for Ongoing Success

November 28, 2017

Starting your own business can be incredibly gratifying, but is also full of challenges.  Based on my experiences over the last 10 years, I’d like to share these additional five lessons learned on what works and what doesn’t work to help manage and grow a successful services business. (For the first 5 tips, see is  part 1 of this article.)


Alexa, How Do I Design With Your Voice Service?

November 27, 2017

Intelligent voice is quickly becoming the artificial-intelligence user interface of choice for not only engineers but consumers, alike.

Smart companies like Amazon are making voice services, like the Amazon Alexa suite, accessible to the masses, enabling developers to bring Amazon Alexa voice-controlled experiences to customers.

Vibration-Mitigating Algorithm Increases Speed of 3D Printing

November 27, 2017

The average 3D printer is a hardworking machine. While the print head zips along the X, Y, and Z axis, it can’t zip too fast, or vibration will cause degradation in the print quality. This is particularly true of smaller, more lightweight printers used by consumers and small businesses. Motors have gotten faster in recent years, but there’s only so fast they can go before the machine begins to “skip counts,” which results in layer registration errors. This can result in wavy “ghosted” surfaces on the printed item at best and comically (and costly) misprinted mistakes at worst.

IoT Edge Gateways Emerging as Enterprise Connectivity Option

November 24, 2017

Industrial IoT edge gateways represent an emerging product category and key technology for connecting both legacy controllers and edge devices to the Internet of Things (IoT). Along with integrating a variety of protocols for networking, they provide resources for managing data storage and analytics, along with enabling secure data flow between edge devices and cloud services.

New Option for IIoT Applications

DoE Finds New Way to Turn Waste Heat Into Energy for Portable Electronics, Wearables

November 24, 2017

Researchers at the Department of Energy (DoE) have made a breakthrough in harvesting thermoelectric energy using carbon nanotube thin films that could be used to power portable electronics and sensors for the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable technology.