Automation Brings Manufacturing Home

Automation Brings Manufacturing Home

There’s been a lot of talk during the current presidential campaign about the harm to the U.S. economy done by manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas. Actually, that’s an old story, and it needs to be updated. In fact, manufacturing jobs are actually...
Getting-closer-to-human prosthetics

Getting-closer-to-human prosthetics

When I wrote about DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program in Popular Science back in 2007, the editors, without running it by me first, called it out on the cover with a headline that sold the project as creating a “bionic arm that’s better than...
Businessweek: hybrid drones

Businessweek: hybrid drones

Bloomberg Businessweek has my writeup in the May 11-17, 2015 issue on Top Flight’s hybrid power drones. A gasoline engine on board charges the batteries that run the rotors, giving the drones 2 hours or more of flight time versus the 15-30 minutes more typical...
Team Grit’s DARPA Robotics Challenge robot

Team Grit’s DARPA Robotics Challenge robot

Karl Castleton, head of Team Grit, the all-volunteer DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) contender out of Grand Junction, Colorado, sent me this photo of the team’s robot, Cog-Burn. The DRC Finals is going down this June 5-6 at Fairplex in Pomona, California....
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