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Please look at the Industrial Application link below when deciding to build a Block Diagram and adding a BOM   http://www.onsemi.com/PowerSolutions/content.do?id=16004&lctn=solutionbar   I hope you find this useful when looking at any applications within this area   Thank you   ffxwmj ...
MANO under maintenance (via UVIC)   In the 1850’s, the latest technology drove Sir John Franklin and his crew to their desolate, frozen death as they hoped to find a new route across the Arctic Ocean. 160 years later, the University of Victoria is using the latest technology to attempt to finish the job Sir Franklin began and perhaps find the wreckage that was left behind.     Professor Colin Bradley from the University of Victoria’s Ocean Technology Lab (OTL) is ove ...
Baxter (via Rethink Robotics)   Rethink Robotics has recently unveiled their contribution to the world of robotics and its name is Baxter. The Boston-based company states that the manufacturing robot is not only adaptable to its industrial environment but also safe working side-by-side with its human counterparts (meaning it won’t ‘crush, kill, and destroy’). Baxter was designed for the manufacturing field and purposly equipped with two ambidextrous arms with 7-DOF which f ...
(via Veterans Affairs Medical Center)   What a day we are living in. Science has done much for able-bodied people, but it has done seemingly miraculous things for disable people, as demonstrated by a double amputee being able to run a race at the Paralympics. Now, scientists at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in California, are skipping miracles and surpassing science fiction. Researcher An Do and his team have come up with a robotic gait orthosis (fancy name for robotic exoskeletal le ...
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro and his robotic double, respectively in both pictures (via Hiroshi Ishiguro)   Following the structure of nature, we strive to build and create as we were built and created. In computational robotics, the Holy Grail is artificial intelligence. While that may take several decades or even centuries, Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro of ART’s Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, is working to make sure we can make a deceivingly good humanoid well before AI. ...
Nexi with its creators (via Northeastern University)   Nexi, MIT’s MDS or mobile, dexterous, social robot, was unveiled in 2008, becoming a hit on youtube due to its strikingly realistic human facial expressions. Now, Nexi is being put to work by Northeastern University psychology professor, David DeSteno, along with personnel from Cornell and MIT’s Media Lab, to try and find the physical cues that allow people to trust strangers, or in Nexi’s case, sympathetic humanoid r ...
  Boston Dynamics has given us some astonishing animal-inspired bots like the BigDog and PetMan. Here comes another DARPA-funded animal bot, part of their Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program. This one replicates a cheetah, and it has already broken the speed record for a legged robot with a trot of 18 mph. (Unfortunately, these creations are not being commercialized or used as educational tools to teach how closely related engineering is to nature, but rather, they are projects made ...
Double in action (via Double Robotics)   If  you are like me, visiting the L’Ouvre in Paris or the National Mall in D.C. is just not feasible, mostly due to the lack of funds. Soon, all I may need to do to catch a glimpse of such places will be to connect via Internet to one of Double Robotics’ iPad telepresence bots from the comfort of my home. Perhaps this glimpse will be the impetus to get me planning instead of making excuses or conversely, it may influence me to skip ...
  With the rise of the internet came an increase in the exchange of product details. Open source products give us their designs and promote free redistribution throughout the community. Some examples, of great open source products include Arduino, OpenOffice, Python, Eclipse, and Linux. However, leaving your designs open for everyone to see can definitely be risky business, especially when it comes to actual hardware. For a perfect example, Matt Strong, a mechanical engineer, has made an e ...

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