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Electricity and sensors

All materials are made up of tiny particles called atoms. Atoms are made up of even smaller particles called protons, neutrons and electrons. The protons found in the atom have a positive charge ...

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Kiwifruit pollination problems

Next time you eat a kiwifruit, cut it in half and look at it before taking a bite. Look for the little seeds – most kiwifruit have about 1,000, so you can’t miss them. To get seeds in a ...

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Robots for horticulture

The value of the horticultural industry will increase with better pollination systems, robust quality control, better traceability systems, more cost-competitive practice and solutions for the ...

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The development of electrical sensors – timeline

Artificial sensors and probes enable us to overcome the limitations of our human senses and extend them in novel and useful ways, using the scientific concepts of electricity and waves. Find out ...

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Sensing robots

If you’re visiting Dale Carnegie and his Mechatronics team at Victoria University, don’t be scared when you are approached by MARVIN (short for Mobile Autonomous Robotic Vehicle for Indoor ...

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Super sense – an introduction to artificial sensors

Monitoring our world using artificial sensors Artificial sensors enable us to overcome the limitations of our human senses and extend them in novel and useful ways, using the scientific concepts ...

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Artificial sensors explained

Extending human senses involves finding ways to monitor our environment so that we can ‘see’, ‘feel’ or ‘hear’ things beyond what our senses allow us to do and enable us to respond to changes ...

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Hi tech drones copy nature’s design

Animals from bees to bats are inspiring the new generation of drones or flying robots, and large military strike drones aside, the robots themselves are getting smaller, with microdrones the size ...

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Mechatronics

Robots work using a combination of electronics, computer programming and mechanics called mechatronics. Electricity is key to the functioning of these robots. Usually, a robot is made up of 5 ...

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Design a robotic milking system – unit plan

Students use information about an Automated Milking System (AMS) to design the layout of their own farm. Two-dimensional drawings are processed to make three-dimensional models of the layout ...

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Investigating robotic milking

Dairy research company DairyNZ set up the Greenfield research farm to investigate the possibility of using automatic milking systems on New Zealand dairy farms. Setting up the farm involved three ...

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Artificial sensors – key terms

Artificial sensors and probes enable us to overcome the limitations of our human senses and extend them in novel and useful ways, using the scientific concepts of electricity and waves. This ...

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Prof Dale Carnegie

Position: Deputy Head of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Field: Mechatronics, digital electronics, embedded controllers, Organisation: Victoria University, Wellington Professor ...

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Dr Rod Claycomb

Position: CEO, Field: Electrical engineering, Places of Work: Sensortec, Quantec Ltd.   Rod loves the fact that his work is dynamic, innovative, and helps dairy farmers. Because Sensortec is such ...

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