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Soft Robots for Agility

Untethered soft robots mechanically adapt to their surroundings and tasks and are becoming more agile and controlled. Cornell University researchers led by Kirstin Petersen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering,…

A First: Robot Able to Smell

We've come a long way. Eight years ago, I updated an article series I originally contributed to Digi-Key in 2011. That update, The Five Senses of Sensors—Part I: Smell, Taste, and Hearing, discusses the technology that was available at the…

Next-gen Material with a Memory

Researchers at Aalto University developed a new material that changes its electrical behavior based on previous experience—gaining a form of adaptive memory. Scientists could use these materials in next-gen medical and environmental…

Amazon Hatches a New Bird

Amazon's new intelligent robot, Sparrow, is a significant stride in AI-driven warehouse automation. According to Amazon, a critical part of fulfillment happens before items are packaged for shipment. Until now, technology moved totes to…

Explaining Predictive Maintenance

If you manage a fleet of vehicles, industrial machines, or warehouse robots, you're probably always looking for ways to reduce maintenance costs. Predictive maintenance is a technique that can help you do just that. Predictive maintenance…