Robotics

Cornell researchers in the Organic Robotics Lab designed a 3D-printed glove lined with stretchable fiber-optic sensors that use light to detect a range of deformations in real time. Courtesy: Cornell University
Sensors, Vision November 18, 2020

Stretchable sensor gives robots and VR a human touch

A fiber-optic sensor that combines low-cost LEDs and dyes has been created by Cornell researchers, which results in a stretchable “skin” that detects deformations such as pressure, bending and strain.

By David Nutt
Robotics November 10, 2020

Integrating technology and talent with collaborative robots

Robots can augment and enhance the plant floor by handling the dirty, dull and dangerous tasks and work safely alongside humans.

By Leah Zitter
Courtesy: Hooman Hedayati, University of Colorado Boulder
Robotics November 6, 2020

Robot inspired by pufferfish could improve drone safety

A team of engineers have designed a robot called PufferBot, which blows up like a pufferfish and is designed to make flying drones safer.

By Daniel Strain
Courtesy: Inductive Automation
AI and Machine Learning November 3, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, October 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2020 included stories about heated face masks designed to filter coronaviruses, 2021 Engineer's Choice finalists, using human and artificial intelligence with digital twins, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
Robotics November 2, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2020

Articles about rising robot sales, exploring artificial intelligence and machine learning, VFD parameter changes explained, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
Robotics October 28, 2020

Robot sales rise due to increased automation, COVID-19 pandemic

Professional service robot sales increased by 32% worldwide from 2018 to 2019 and the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to increase sales even more.

By International Federation of Robotics (IFR)
An Oct. 22 Control Engineering webcast from Universal Robots will cover “Leveraging AI to Maximize Collaborative Robot Efficiency” by using video case studies and a live question and answer session. Learn more at www.controleng.com/webcasts. Courtesy: Universal Robots
AI and Machine Learning October 13, 2020

Collaborative robot optimization with AI, for safer manufacturing during COVID-19

Collaborative robots use artificial intelligence (AI) to increase usefulness in dynamically changing workspaces. Cobot factory applications can create more space between workers, lowering COVID-19 risk for manufacturers while increasing throughput.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Energy, Power October 12, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Oct. 5-11

Articles about using robots to reduce risk for COVID-19 in the workplace, programming variable frequency drives (VFDs), 2021 engineers choice finalists, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 5-11, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
A yellow underwater robot (left) finds its way to a mobile docking station to recharge and upload data before continuing a task. Courtesy: Jared Pike, Purdue University
Robotics October 8, 2020

Mobile docking system developed for underwater robots

A mobile docking system for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) has been developed to allow vehicles to perform longer tasks without the need for human intervention.

By Kayla Wiles
Courtesy: Universal Robots/RIA
Robotics October 6, 2020

Reducing COVID-19 worker risks with robots

Focusing on COVID-19 risks in the workplace has shed new light on the benefits of automation and robots and their benefits on the plant floor and manifesting in multiple ways.

By Tanya M. Anandan