Sensors

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Scalable controller drives efficiencies

The capacity for greater control of individual components – as well as higher torque and speed control – make a new system a tempting prospect for the automotive sector.












The UK’s first autonomous grocery delivery trials

Earlier this year, the GATEway Project (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment), led by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) trialled autonomous pods to shuttle people around the Greenwich ...


Sensor selection: standard vs custom

With no shortage of sensor suppliers and Internet search engines that provide fast and easy comparison of performance, price and availability, why would any engineer choose anything other than a ...





Understanding spider sense

During March, a team of researchers based at Bristol and Oxford University launched a project to investigate the computational capabilities of spider webs and develop a new sensor technology to ...


Exploring and mapping the ocean depths with drones

It’s been said, we know more about deep space than the deep ocean. True or not, a $7 million XPrize has been set up to challenge innovators, engineers and designers from around the world to advance ...




Designing for the digital world

Head in sand time is over - Industry 4.0 is happening and is here to stay. In this article, the first in a series, Tim Fryer spoke to some of the leading automation companies about what Industry 4.0 ...



Automated actors storm the theatre

The vehicles being tested by the Royal Navy during its recent Unmanned Warrior event may look impressive, intimidating, even bizarre, but what connects them is more notable. Tom Austin-Morgan met ...


Are robots going soft?

Using robotics systems has helped many patients relearn muscular movements or rebuild strength. But using the 'soft' materials could improve outcomes further. Tim Fryer looked into the ongoing ...