Utility Fog, or a Foglet Swarm, is an ultimate type of swarm robotics. Originally coined in 1993, the term refers to a swarm of microscopic, perhaps nanoscale robots, of such size that they literally form a thick fog when in the air, and quickly amass to a sizeable pile on the ground.
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Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego invented a robot designed to scoot along utility lines, searching for damage and other problems that require repairs. Made of off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printe...
The hurried deployment of smart-grid technology could leave critical infrastructure and private homes vulnerable to hackers. Security experts at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas last week warned that smart-grid hardware and software la...
A new quick, easy to use and free software tool created by NREL developers seamlessly combines the building energy simulation of EnergyPlus with the popular drawing interface of Google's SketchUp, helping architects design healthier struct...
Yoshiyuki Sankai at the University of Tsukuba near Tokyo, has developed an exoskeleton for a single arm, designed specifically to enhance the strength and utility of ageing limbs.
The device consists of a tabbard worn over th...
Simulations are an important development tool in the automobile and utility vehicle industries – they enable engineers to see into the future. The properties of vehicle components, such as how they respond in an accident, their reliability,...