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Peripherals: Drives

Getting Swinging Lights to Stop on a Dime

POSTED: 02/15/2012

At the Royal Shakespeare Company’s refurbished venue, lightweight lights are hung from swinging cables. A unique design stops the swinging to put the spotlight on the actors.   The Royal Shakespeare Company recently went through a $200 million refurbishment atThe RSC Lightlock system operates using Newton’s third law of motion:

Focusing on Dark Energy

POSTED: 02/15/2012

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.   The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas.The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (left) shown with its

Humanoid Robotic Hand Moves

POSTED: 01/18/2012

Robot performance moves NASA. Cape Canaveral tour guide will have same motors as the Mars Rover

POSTED: 01/18/2012

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. First developed in 2006 by Cornish company Engineered Arts, “Robothespian” stands five feet nine inches tall, with

Motor Type Selection

POSTED: 10/13/2011

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 criteria include the

Choosing the Right Drive Technology

POSTED: 10/13/2011

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 benefits and drawbacks.   Although there are a number of variations of drive technologies for motion applications, there


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