Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice

Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice

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From grading and preparing harvested vegetables to the tactile probing of a patient s innermost recesses, mechatronics has become part of our way of life. The addition of senses and computing intelligence to blend with mechanical actuation gives rise to a breed of new machines with all the best attributes of a robot. Here we find educational robots competing under water and dancing on land. Surgical robots drill precision holes in the skull while others direct radiation treatment or extract blood from an umbilical cord. Machine vision manages beer kegs and automated paint spraying, while controlling feral animals and the watering of cotton crops. Although there is no shortage of theoretical and technical detail in these chapters, they have the common theme that they describe work that has been applied in practice. They are vital reading both for students of mechatronics and for engineers harnessing its power to create new products.In this paper, experimental evidence of the performance of a novel sensing system embedded in an actuated flexible digit element is presented. The digit ... These factors, in terms of perception, could augment processes in navigation and investigation through palpation in minimal access procedures. ... By comparison, tactile feedback is more difficult to retrieve from a working site. Tools such as laparoscopes, endoscopes and other micro-surgical tools are used manually with little tactile.

Title:Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice
Author:John Billingsley, Robin Bradbeer
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2007-12-15


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