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Robots to Take Over Manhole Cleaning Adil Abdul Kareem
In a promising example of how robots are replacing manual labor in unsafe places, a startup has built a state-of-the art machine that cleans drains efficiently.

Human Augmentation and Arduino Technologies Bruce Byfield
Arduino microcontrollers are playing a major role in the development of prosthetics and devices for human augmentation. Once aimed at students and hobbyists, today Arduino technologies offer numerous advantages typical of open source software and hardware that significantly accelerate development and reduce costs.

A Look Forward at the Trends Shaping AI Paul Golata
Many people harbor concerns about the role AI will play in the future. Though we do not yet have to fear machines rising up to completely replace humanity, we must change and adapt to meet the reality of a future in which AI technology emerges as increasingly more integral to the world in which we live.

Securing Embedded Systems in Industrial Environments Jeremy Cook
As industrial machinery becomes more and more automated, engineers and IT personnel must take security into account. Engineers must also design hardware with security in mind, a task made easier with Maxim’s DeepCover Security Reference Design.

3D Flash Lidar Mapping and Gesture Recognition Traci Browne
Using TOF camera technology, engineers are creating intelligent solutions for a broad spectrum of problems—from landing spaceships on Mars to monitoring the health of centuries-old vineyards. As revolutionary as flash lidar is, it’s extraordinary when used in tandem with other sensor technology.

HUGE Bot Smashes Competitors Erik Smith
BattleBots is back, and one team has made a HUGE impact using a unique design. Sponsored by Mouser Electronics, Team HUGE is currently undefeated, with angry-robot-eyes set on the prize! We interviewed the team to learn about HUGE’s design, then added a miniature HUGE papercraft for you to build.

Nano, Nano: Shrinking Power Consumption Down in Analog Power Design Paul Golata
Using their analog expertise, ROHM Semiconductor has developed a new product line, the Nano Series, to achieve more compact parts that require less energy to operate.

Robot Cables Shouldn’t be an Afterthought Bill Schweber
Electronics, motors, motion control, and grips get most of the attention in robotic-arm discussions, but it’s the routing of mundane power and data cables that largely affects long-term reliability.

Augmenting Intelligence: Enabling Neural Networks Paul Golata
Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are a connected system of nodes that transmit nerve impulses, much like human neurons do. ANNs have made significant inroads, helping technologists develop new solutions in machine vision, human speech recognition, and medical diagnostics.

Exoskeletons Present Mobility Solutions Using an Array of Sensors Steve Schriber
Powered exoskeletons augment or deliver motion capabilities using motors, sensors, actuators, power sources, and control units. Kinetic sensors such as gyroscopes, tilt sensors, inertial sensors, and accelerometers provide necessary feedback to help an exoskeleton stay balanced and on course.

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