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MIT researchers have developed a deep learning neural network to aid the design of soft-bodied robots, such as these iterations of a robotic elephant. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robotics March 23, 2021

Researchers’ algorithm designs soft robots that sense

Deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation. See video.

By Daniel Ackerman
Courtesy: Apellix/Robotic Industries Assocation
Robotics March 16, 2021

Aerial robotics used for above-ground oil and gas assets

Remotely-operated aerial robots can operate in dangerous conditions, which make them ideal for certain oil and gas operations.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Courtesy: CFE Media
Sensors, Vision March 12, 2021

Four machine vision and imaging events announced

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced four events to promote the use of machine vision and imaging technologies – three virtual conferences and an in-person trade show in 2022.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
University of Missouri engineers are advancing the commercial market for wearable bioelectronics by developing a large-scale manufacturing plan for a customizable device capable of simultaneously tracking multiple vital signs such as blood pressure, heart activity and skin hydration. Courtesy: University of Missouri
Sensors, Vision February 27, 2021

Wearable sensor developed to detect COVID-19, other diseases

A University of Missouri engineer received a grant from the National Science Foundation to plan for large-scale manufacturing of an on-skin, wearable bioelectronic device.

By Eric Stann
A new MIT-fabricated metalens shifts focus without tilting, shifting, or otherwise moving. The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sensors, Vision February 23, 2021

Lens developed to focus at multiple depths without moving

MIT researchers have developed that design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones or night-vision goggles without moving or tilting.

By Jennifer Chu
Courtesy: Breen Machine Automation Services
Sensors, Vision February 5, 2021

How industrial vision systems differ from the human brain

Industrial machine vision applications work a lot like the human brain does, but they aren't quite as flexible and have other potential limitations we may not realize.

By Jon Breen
Courtesy: ABB
Sensors, Vision January 25, 2021

Optical sensor used for greenhouse gas detection

An optical sensor is being used with the satellite Hugo to detect greenhouse gas emissions from outer space.

Courtesy: Pleora/AIA
Sensors, Vision November 23, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Nov. 16-22, 2020

Articles about SCADA, HMI and MES projects, deep learning enabling machine vision solutions, maintenance automation, IIoT, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Nov. 16-22, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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
Courtesy: Pleora/AIA
Sensors, Vision November 12, 2020

How deep learning enables machine vision solutions

Deep learning offers machine vision designers a powerful new tool for advanced inspection and it's getting easier to apply thanks to technology advances.

By Winn Hardin