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A small start-up is set to turn the market for hand prostheses on its head - with an innovative spirit, compact DC motors, and a touch function....
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The International Space Station (ISS) is a masterpiece of technology. The world's highest research laboratory also has drive systems from maxon motor on board - for example in experimental robots....
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Outer space is unforgiving. This is why precision drives embarking on a trip to other planets need to meet extremely high-quality standards. Every Mars drive from maxon is based on a catalog product...
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The kilometer thick ice of the Antarctic holds many secrets. For decades, scientists have researched the history of global climate by ice-core drilling. Such a team is the Research Organisation...
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Bionicman is a different kind of superhero. His futuristic prosthetic hand lends him superhuman powers. He uses these powers to give children with disabilities more confidence-and cool, 3D-printed...
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The European Space Agency (ESA) is working on a new system to enable easy docking between two spacecraft. maxon developed two special drive systems for this purpose....
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Hardness testers are used to check whether materials have the desired characteristics. These days, this is done in a fully automated, networked process....
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What do wasps have to do with brain surgery? At first glance, not a whole lot. However, one species serves as the model for an innovative brain surgery needle that is being developed by a team of...
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Medical technology has no tolerance for error. This is why maxon micromotors are made in certified cleanrooms. This kind of special facility takes significant effort to build....
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In the aviation industry, a wide range of applications is controlled by actuators. For example, they are used to control and limit velocity and engine speed by adjusting levers and flaps. In many of...
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When Easton LaChappelle of Unlimited Tomorrow started working to build his first prosthetic hand, he was still in his teens. Six years later he's gone from early prototypes to refined product and has...
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Canadian researchers at Université Laval develop a novel collaborative robot that can match human agility....
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To achieve the highest possible level of comfort for air passengers, Lantal from Switzerland developed a pneumatic air cushion system. This system replaces the customary cushion foam with air-filled...
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Imagine you enter a room and see a twin in front of you. It is not made of flesh and blood, but the humanoid robot already bears an uncanny resemblance to its human counterpart. In China, this...
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There is still a long way to go before we can make our own stars. However, in scientific applications, the technology is already in use today. The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific...
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The upcoming company YLOG builds autonomous robots for transporting containers at logistics companies. The Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AiV) helps to cut energy costs and to optimize the use of...
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For the past three decades, French company LPG has been offering a special treatment for tightening skin and tissue, using mechanical stimulation powered by maxon motors....
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The demanding design challenges from the Space and Aerospace industries pushed maxon to develop viable solutions. One of the results is the GPX UP series planetary gearbox....
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The TUfast Eco Team is a student team with around 40 members who design and build a highly efficient electric car every year. In 2016, the team set the world record for the most efficient electric car...
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The recovery of petroleum and natural gas requires constant innovation and improvement of technology. This technology used for deep drilling processes are exposed to extreme environmental conditions....
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Under the pressure of environmental concerns, the packaging industry is reorganising. Changing lifestyles and rising raw materials prices have completed this movement. The stakes are high, given that...
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Coming up with the right drive technology for your application often depends on the options before you. Here are five of the most common drive configurations being used today, along with their...
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Intra-aortic pump powered by miniature brushless DC motors provides heart failure patients an aid to help hearts rest and heal....
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Without the Sun, there would be no Earth and no life. However, our knowledge about our home star is still very limited. This is about to change. In 2018, ESA will send its Solar Orbiter into space,...
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The spinal cord is a miracle of nature, and it is a long way from being fully understood. At the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, a team is building robots to explore the secrets of...
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The sanitary crisis linked to the diffusion of Covid-19 requires everyone to apply measures of social distancing. Motorized and automated solutions are being developed at high speed as a solution....
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The CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition is history. Due to the Covid-?19 pandemic, the teams had to compete in different time zones and locations. And out of the 50 teams participating, one in four teams...
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For 21 years, Danny Florence has lived with one hand. But when he became a father, he decided to apply for an Open Bionics Hero Arm. With the help of the maxon driven prosthesis he can now build a...
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Factory automation and robotic application engineers are often faced with the challenge of requiring fast, accurate and powerful linear actuation within a small allocated volume. The two most commonly...
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One of the growing problems facing the nursing career is a thinning staff, and with it the need to care for overweight patients with very little help. This effort has led to musculoskeletal disorders...
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Finding the right motor is one of the core elements in the selection of dynamic drive components. Due to their high starting torque maxon DC motors with or without brushes are the perfect matches for...
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Aseptico (Woodinville, WA) is an innovator, designer, and manufacturer of endodontic, implant, and portable dental equipment. The company performs all its design and manufacturing in-house. As with...
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Until recently, AGVs were the only option for automating internal transport tasks. Today, a more sophisticated technology is competing with them: Autonomous Mobile Robots AMR. Although both AGVs and...
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Model railroading is fascinating: The miniature trains do not only look like the originals. They are also strong and can handle continuous operation. However, weeks of hard work have to pass before...
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While the development of e-commerce requires the design of compact AGVs, the democratisation of autonomous and connected e-mobility vehicles poses safety challenges. In other sectors, it is becoming...
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The agricultural sector is undergoing significant changes and is modernising. Reducing difficult working conditions, optimising working time, developing the energy self-sufficiency of farms,...
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Implantable pump systems are used to treat many medical conditions - including ascites. Severe disorders are frequently the cause for this symptom. To control the fluid that has collected in the...
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Where motion is the key to a great cup of coffee, duplicating the precision and reliability of the motion of a person's hand, wrist, and elbow require a unique robotic design....
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In millions of years of evolution, nature has produced many sophisticated locomotor systems that engineers use as inspiration for creating better robots. We show some current technical developments...
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With funding from the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech's RoMeLa laboratory is designing and building their Shipboard Autonomous Fire Fighting Robot, or SAFFiR....
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The HETDEX project is the first major experiment to search for dark energy in the universe using a set of spectrographs to map the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies....
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Losing a hand in a tragic event turns everyday tasks into a constant battle. Nothing is the way it was before and even small things suddenly seem impossible. The high-tech Michelangelo Hand prosthesis...
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As an unmanned vehicle, the Guardbot is able to travel over most terrains, including snow, sand, mud, and water for a wide variety of applications with special security needs....
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The kinetic sculptures of the Korean artist U-Ram Choe are composed of acrylic resin, stainless steel and moving elements, and have been fascinating people for two decades. To breathe life into his...
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Whether traversing over the sands of Mars, or walking up a stone path, this robot was designed to move easily and quickly, to jump, and even to flip over....
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An exoskeleton must be lightweight, compact, powerful, reliable, and easy to use - what could be easier? Many developers around the world dabble in this discipline with different degrees of success....
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Specially designed robotic crawler navigates around the underwater portion of a ship to remove the biofilm layers that accumulate there. As a battery operated, autonomous vehicle, component selection...
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In the world of robotics engineering there are two primary ways to view how a robot walks. Either the robot has to be quasi-statically stable at every moment of movement, or it can walk like a human...
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The human hand is undoubtedly one of the most universal and complex tools of nature. Researchers have been studying the characteristics and special features of this evolutionary design for years. Now...
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A tour through Bristol Robotics Laboratory A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to make a very detailed tour through the Bristol Robotics Laboratory guided by David and I think I have seen the...
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Implantable medication delivery systems can have a decisive influence on the quality of life of the patients. In many cases, such delivery systems are vital for the survival of the patients - the...
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The robot looks like a giant stick insect: Inspired by the insect, Hector (HExapod Cognitive auTonomously Operating Robot) has elastic joints and an extremely lightweight exoskeleton. In the six legs,...
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The robot named DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence-Open Platform) is used mainly for research and education purposes. The user can easily program the robot according to his own...
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The problem can be a matter of life and death to the patient. Until a few years ago, head and neck tumors could not be safely bombarded with radiation without the possibility of damaging organs like...
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To learn about Earth's past, scientists are turning their gaze to Mars. They send a robotic probe to take the Red Planet's pulse and temperature....
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If you are working on a project that calls for an electric motor unit, you will certainly have come across the terms IP65, IP67 and IP68. What do these protection ratings cover? Which protection...
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For paraplegic people, rehabilitation is frequently a long process; this is why methods and technology that optimize these measures for the patient are so important. At the Bern University of Applied...
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The tendon-controlled humanoid robot created by the University of Tokyo has more than 160 artificial muscles and is the result of many years of experience. Around 100 brushless maxon motors ensures...
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There are so many motors on the market today, from heavy-duty AC motors to tiny DC brushless and stepper motors. To use any of the motors users must have a full understanding of the application...
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Around 5.5 million burglaries are committed worldwide every year - more than ten per minute on average. Using secure doors significantly reduces the risk of a house being broken into. The Spanish...
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The Formula Renault racing series has become one of the most important racing series for future world-class Formula 1 drivers. Since 2012, a new, more powerful V8 engine has been roaring under the...
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Paralyzed people can learn to walk again with the aid of electromechanical exoskeletons. However, it's not easy. It takes a lot of engineering and hard training....
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Meet the new colleague for the crew of the International Space Station (ISS): an autonomous camera drone. The small sphere films the astronauts at work and this drone could potentially save about ten...
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Up until 2006, the only broadcast-use professional motorized Pan/Tilts in the market were very heavy. This is because the equipment was built to hold analog video cameras, which could weigh as much as...
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Medical engineers consistently look for ways to provide devices to physicians that offer smaller incision requirements, a more accurate procedure, and the opportunity for a quicker recovery....
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maxon drives also play an important role in model making - for example, many locomotives run their rounds powered by maxon motors. But even crazier things can be found in the world of model making:...
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Robotic devices for clinical rehabilitation of patients with neurological impairments come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and employ different kinds of actuators....
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Parameters that define a motor type are the mechanical output power, the shaft bearing system, the commutation system used, and the possible combinations with gearheads and sensors. The most important...
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With the AIRCAP®, Mercedes-Benz offers for its E-Class Convertible an automatic draft stop that can be activated at the push of a button, thus greatly reducing turbulence in the interior....
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Elephants, lions or entire herds of antelopes - with a digital camera specially designed for documentaries, wild animals can be captured quickly. Motors made by maxon ensure that there are no...
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Students at ETH Zurich have developed a wheelchair that can climb stairs. Is this the future for people with walking disabilities?...
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Intelligent robot systems are increasingly being used in disaster control, rescue missions and salvage operations - wherever it is too dangerous for humans. Robots that can look for survivors after an...
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Every surgical operation has inherent risks. New technologies help to minimize these risks, for example with high-precision 3D navigation for computer tomography....
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Imagine the drain is clogged and not a single drop is flowing down any more. A common problem - the cause can be hidden in the far corners of a sewage system. This is where inspection robots come into...
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Sound Leisure is a name synonymous with high quality and innovative digital and retro jukeboxes. Their team has some of the finest craftsmen and technical minds in the leisure industry. Development...
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maxon motor is renowned for its high-quality precision drive components, but customers sometimes want more. A look at Germany, where maxon engineers work on complex complete solutions for gigantic...
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Digital SLR cameras can deliver extremely sharp photos - regardless of whether the photo-grapher is a professional or a hobbyist. Not only does the skill of the photographer, but also the technology...
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oday, various microassembly tasks present ever greater challenges to drive technology. Whereas the microcomponents and systems are continuously getting smaller, the development of production systems...
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The Ultrasound Probe System developed by Interson (Pleasanton, CA) delivers all the capabilities of a standard ultrasound probe but without the six-figure price tag. The device does not require the...
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The team NTHU Racing wants to participate successfully in the formula student competition - with the help of maxon technology....
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The Onyx guided parachute designed and manufactured by Atair Aerospace (NY) is an autonomous precision airdrop system. Each system fulfills the precision airdrop requirements under the U.S. Army's...
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The Pegasus robot, which was created by students of the ETH Zurich during a research project, does not have wings like the famous horse from Greek mythology. But instead, the autonomous robot has...
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Golf is becoming increasingly popular and has become a common recreational sport. In the spring and summer millions of people around the world head to the greens to work on their handicap or to just...
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There are a multitude of sleep diseases and sleep disorders - therefore there is also a large range of available therapy options. Respiration devices for use in clinics and those for home use have one...
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A versatile robot actor, created in the UK, has beaten off international competition to become the public face of NASA's world-famous Kennedy Space Center....
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Worldwide, an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auck-land (New Zealand) has developed innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility impairment get...
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One advanced technology company is taking on the challenge of developing hand-held, robotic surgical instruments to help patients hurt less and heal faster. High torque maxon motors ensure jerk-free...
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A robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny....
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In France's Bordeaux region, robots ensure that the wine is organically good. They autonomously eliminate grass and weeds between the vines, making pesticides unnecessary. To enable the robots to...
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A dinosaur on a treadmill isn't something you see every day - unless you happen to be at the Korean KAIST Institute Laboratory. Researchers there have developed a robot that can run at speeds of up to...
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Service robots being designed for the disabled must be reliable, safe, and easy to use. Having the right motion system components is essential for these highly specific applications....
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In view of the Cybathlon 2020, a unique international competition for competitors with disabilities who use bionic assistive technologies, a team of French researchers from the Institute of...
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Providing the right motor for small precision devices can be challenging. With the growth and proliferation of collaborative robots, there has become an increased need for a wide variety of grippers...
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Driver assist systems can help save lives by alerting driver of potential danger....
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Stairs are still unsurmountable obstacles for many robots. Yet a young team at ETH Zurich is building a vehicle designed to negotiate steps with ease - by hopping....
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Students at the University of Ottawa are developing a hip mounted exoskeleton for patients who suffer from muscle atrophy due to a stroke or other debilitating illness which may cause decreased...
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For decades, it seemed like the world had lost interest in Earth's smaller companion. Now, the science and business communities have rediscovered the Moon. Several landing missions are planned for the...
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When surgeons perform operations in the operating room, they reach for battery-powered tools. These tools must be precise and reliable and withstand over a thousand autoclave cycles. This places tough...
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The latest, next generation surgeries are being performed today using Intuitive Surgical Inc.'s (Sunnyvale, CA) da Vinci™S HD Surgical System, which allows surgeons to perform the most minimally...
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Immersion Medical (Gaithersburg, MD) designs and manufactures surgical simulators. Similar in idea to that of flight simulators for pilots, a surgical simulator allows a medical student to practice an...
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At an altitude of 11 kilometers above the surface of the earth, the air is very thin. Modern pressure cabins and an environmental control system (ECS) ensure a pleasant atmosphere in commercial...
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They are used in communications, weather forecasting, or research: Satellites improve our quality of life. However, there will soon be too many of them, and disposal is difficult. In the future they...
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To disinfect surfaces without taking risks, the Bataillon de Marins-Pompiers (marine fire service) from Marseille has equipped itself with two Colossus robots. These remote control and highly modular...
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The HETDEX project is the first major attempt to find "dark energy" in the universe. With special spectrographs, the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies are recorded. In the summer of...
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When people look up at the sky, they see more and more drones. Yet the breakthrough for delivery robots will take place on the ground - if the lawmakers give the green light....
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In spring, the famous cathedral of Notre-Dame was damaged in a devastating fire. However, the Paris fire department prevented the complete destruction of the building - with the help of a special unit...
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We did not find any little green men on Mars, but we did find dried out lakes and river beds. The NASA missions keep discovering new secrets of the red planet. Always on board: Reliable DC motors by...
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The bikers of Plateforme Bio Lokal supply fresh organic vegetables to restaurants and bars - quickly and emissionfree. Even 200 kg of potatoes do not faze them....
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The Empower prosthesis by Ottobock helps its wearer regain lost freedom of movement - using a powerful brushless motor that releases the energy of a calf muscle at every step....
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Years of collaboration between maxon and the space experts at JPL led to the development of the BLDC motors which handle the valuable soil samples on Mars during the Perseverance mission. Meet maxon's...
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Hard and repetitive work weakens the body. The consequences are chronic back pain and other ailments that keep workers off the job, resulting in high costs to employers. The Cobot robotic arm is aimed...
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A spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) has been given responsibility for a EUR?100 million project by the European Space Agency, ESA. ClearSpace SA now heads a...
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Enjoying life to the fullest - Taking carefree strolls through shopping malls, cycling with friends or perhaps going on a mountain hiking tour. With the right leg prosthesis, being active can be part...
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While robotic assistance systems are available for most types of surgery today, eye surgery used to be an exception. A Dutch company has changed that. A world first in eye surgery....
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Our fascination with Mars is stronger than ever. At this very moment, yet another robot called Perseverance is on its way to uncover the secrets of Mars. The mission will also involve the first...
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From 0 to 100 km/h in 1.513 seconds - that's a new world record for electrically powered vehicles, set by AMZ's "grimsel" race car in June 2016. Their latest vehicle is named "gotthard."...
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To understand the concept of high efficiency motors, you must first know how to calculate efficiency and the losses associated with the motor components themselves....
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Inspecting flooded pipes of power plants requires skilled, high-precision handling. And the robotic vehicles have to be optimized accordingly, for example to dive 20 m deep. The new seawater...
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maxon motor spent several months working alongside Instrument Design Technology (IDT) to customize a small, brushless motor to perform in the extreme vacuum conditions of the synchrotron. This article...
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Little Luz's eyes light up as she walks for the first time in her life - made possible by Trexo, a walking robot developed especially for children by a Canadian company Trexo Robotics. It is the work...
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All over the world, people suffer from chronic wounds due to diabetes and other causes. A new micro water jet technology promises improved treatment. A powerful flat motor provides the necessary water...
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The prototype kilogram - the standard for today's kilogram - is getting a little long in the tooth. There are plans to redefine the unit on the basis of a natural constant. At the Swiss Federal Office...
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Triathlon and time trial racing are gaining more and more fans every day. Technological innovations, such as an electronic drivetrain, are highly sought-after components when every second counts on...
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Life-sized hummingbird-like unmanned surveillance aircraft weighs two-thirds of an ounce, including batteries and video camera....