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Modular Soft Robotic Gripper

Modular Soft Robotic Gripper

Traditional rigid robotic grippers are widely used in industry, but gentle and adaptive manipulation is limited. Scientists [1, 2] find the bioinspired way to create multi-degree-of-freedom soft actuators with appropriate sensory capabilities. Authors produced soft mechatronic fingers using embedded 3D printing and use integrated ionogel soft sensors.

DIY Low Cost 6-Axis Desktop Robot

DIY Low Cost 6-Axis Desktop Robot

Learning how to build a robot is a long way. It is the way by mechanics, electronics and programming. Such a mechatronics project is associated with problems such as stiffness (mechanics), overvoltage (electronics) or bug (software). Of course, if something is wrong, we always say 'it's not a bug, it's a feature', but finally a robot has to start working properly.

Mechatronic Billiard Cue Stick - Robotic Support Helps You Win the Game

Mechatronic Billiard Cue Stick - Robotic Support Helps You Win the Game

In many areas robots are better than us. They are more precise, great at computations and can work without interruption in continuous mode. Their advantages are used in many industry areas, but mechatronic projects can be also a bit crazy, but very interesting scientifically and technically. An example of such an application is billard cue stick.

What is Biomimetics (Bionics)?

What is Biomimetics (Bionics)?

A biomimetics hand could transform the lives of amputees worldwide, and help them to regain independence and control in their everyday lives. The bionic hand should be designed to handle almost anything that you need to do during an average day. It is like eating meals and carrying bags, opening doors, switching on lights and typing. Achieving such opportunities requires the use of biomimetics and mechatronic systems.

Mechatronics System as the Future of Cooking at Home

Mechatronics System as the Future of Cooking at Home

Do you get up in the morning and don't feel like making breakfast? One of the solutions is food delivery service, which leaves your takeout order outside of your front door. Other solution is a private chef who is responsible for shopping for food, menu planning, preparing and cooking meals for you. But if you love mechatronics systems, your solution is a mechatronic kitchen. It allows you to save time, free up your day from routine cooking, plan and adapt your menu according to different diets and lifestyles.

Biomechanical gears system for insect jumping

Biomechanical gears system for insect jumping

Do you think that gear mechanisms, which intermesh and rotate, are solely man-made? You were right until the research results were published. Scientists from the University of Cambridge revealed functioning biomechanical gears for the first time in the flightless planthopper insect Issus. The gears are used in ballistic jumping movements of the insect.

Mechatronic Spoon Helps Stabilize Parkinson's Tremors

Mechatronic Spoon Helps Stabilize Parkinson's Tremors

Affecting the nervous system, Parkinson's disease can cause limbs to tremor. Living with this disease can make everyday activities such as eating and drinking incredibly difficult. A new mechatronic spoon Liftware made just for people with Parkinson’s and other tremor-causing conditions can help stabilize tremors.

High Speed Book Flipping and Scanning

High Speed Book Flipping and Scanning

We are increasingly accustomed to using e-books and each book is now released in a digital version too. Progressive digitization of the world around us causes the demand for devices to enable the digitization of paper books, official documents, and notes. However, the conventional technology can not meet the demands for ease-of-use and high-speed book digitization. Ishikawa Oku Laboratory at the University of Tokyo works on a solution.

Projection Mapping System - Lumipen

Projection Mapping System - Lumipen

Lumipen is the projection mapping system developed by the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. It can track moving objects and it keeps them in the center of the screen continuously. Also, this mechatronic camera system can project images onto a moving object.

Insect Cyborgs - Biomechatronic Spies

Insect Cyborgs - Biomechatronic Spies

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that uses an electronic interface to remotely control or steer cockroaches. Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at NC State, says “Our aim was to determine whether we could create a wireless biological interface with cockroaches, which are robust and able to infiltrate small spaces”.

Gyro Stabilized Camera Mechatronic System

Gyro Stabilized Camera Mechatronic System

Image stabilization is very important during filming in challenging conditions, such as a helicopter flight. Gyro stabilized camera mechatronic system allows to eliminate adverse picture motion during panning, tilting and rolling so that recorded video is smooth. These systems are of a high bandwidth design and rely on complex electronic sensors, actuators and motors to correct the base motion from affecting the camera. All of the systems utilize the electronic control servo loops, are extremely fast acting (high bandwidth).

RoboBee - Robot Insect

RoboBee - Robot Insect

In a Harvard robotics laboratory, inspired by the biology of a fly, robotic insect RoboBee achieves vertical takeoff, hovering, and steering. It is the world's smallest flying robotic insect and it has taken 12 years to get the robot into the air. The work was led by researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Fully Automated Meat Processing

Fully Automated Meat Processing

Have you ever wondered how the meat is processed? Automation technology effectively addresses to the global meat industry to increase yield from raw materials and eliminate waste. Automation equipment allow to enhance labour efficiency, reduce staff training requirements, eliminate many physically demanding tasks from the processing chain and improve product quality. One of the main problems is product variability.

Bowling Pinsetter Mechatronics

Bowling Pinsetter Mechatronics

Pinsetter was originally a person who manually reset bowling pins to their correct position, collects fallen pins, and returned bowling balls to players. Now, a pinsetter is a fully automated mechatronic system.

3D-MID Manufacturing - Process Steps of LDS Technology

3D-MID Manufacturing - Process Steps of LDS Technology

A Moulded Interconnect Device (MID) is a single construction unit, that consists of circuit traces embedded onto moulded thermoplastics to form electrical pathways and landings for surface mount components. Compared to 2-dimensional printed circuit boards or a flexible circuit wrap, MID technology offers a greater freedom of design and a miniaturization of electronic components (by reducing the number of required parts). As a result, weight and fitting space can be effectively reduced.

Programming Robot Arm - Teach a Robot by Hand-Guiding

Programming Robot Arm - Teach a Robot by Hand-Guiding

Kinetiq Teaching is a system to teach a robot by hand-guiding its arm through required trajectory. It was shown at the conference Automate 2013, that the system makes automated arc welding intuitive to welders and machinists and it enables them to easily set welding parameters with no in-depth knowledge of programming. This technology is actually under final stage of development.

Cracking Combination Lock by Mechatronic Exploit

Cracking Combination Lock by Mechatronic Exploit

The CRD 3-40 is the mechatronic system that enables to crack a combination lock by exploiting. It was built by Ross Aiken as the class group project for ECE453 - Embedded Microprocessor System Design at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

How Automated Parking System Works

How Automated Parking System Works

An automated car parking system is a mechatronic system designed to transport and park cars automatically. The first semi-automated parking system was used in Paris, France in 1905 at the Garage Rue de Ponthieu (the car was transported to selected level using an internal elevator and the vehicle was parked by attendants). An automated storage and retrieval system for cars is a solution to cities' parking problems, such as the space wasting in a multi-story parking.

Underwater Walking Robot - Crabster CR200

Underwater Walking Robot - Crabster CR200

The underwater walking robot named Crabster CR200 is developed by researchers at the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST). The task of the Crabster CR200 is to inspect the seabed structure and shipwrecks off the coast of Korea Peninsula. This summer the robot will explore wrecks despite the powerful surge of tidal current.

Veebot - Blood Drawing Robot

Veebot - Blood Drawing Robot

Veebot is a mechatronic venipuncture system that automatically finds a patient’s vein, inserts the needle, and performs a procedure. The goal of venipuncture process automation is to reduce errors and decrease venipuncture times.

This saves hospitals and clinics money, reduces the risk of injury to practitioners, and improves comfort and care for patients.

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