Mechatronics is a design process that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. A major focus area for mechatronics today is medical devices. By integrating mechanical and electrical hardware with software processes, device designers can deliver highly sophisticated functionality.
The beauty of mechatronics lies in flexibility, enabling its use in a growing range of medical applications from positioning systems in hospital beds to robotic surgical devices. Classic examples of mechatronic devices are the pacemaker and defibrillator, as well as the active ankle-foot orthosis featuring computer-controlled actuators to improve gait.
One of the major healthcare trends affecting mechatronics technology is miniaturization. Ever-smaller instruments, devices and equipment are being developed to enable less-invasive surgical techniques that allow faster recovery. The use of micro actuators and micro sensors is driving development of tiny mechatronics designs for:
Although mechatronics date all the way back to 1969, when the Japanese firm Yaskawa coined the term blending “mechanical” and “electronics,” steady advancements in technology – especially the software that drives the system and wi ... Read More
In 1959, Richard Feynman gave his now famous speech, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” in which he explored the possibilities of material manipulation on a scale so small most hadn’t even considered its possibilities. “I can ... Read More