Definition of actuator
: one that actuates; specifically : a mechanical device for moving or controlling something
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Engie's prototype uses standard industrial valves and actuators to orient the nozzle and turn on the spray.
This is the only actuator on the entire grip with a silent, non-clicky engagement.
Both of the new Bravia models -- a 55-inch set priced at $3,998 and a 65-inch $5,498 set -- have four half dollar-sized actuators attached to the back of the screen that vibrate the OLED panel creating sound.
The single actuator wave—or SAW—robot mimics the mechanical locomotion of these creatures, in particular the wave-like crawl that’s likely to be an effective way to move through the digestive system.
So the robot would just be an end effector, just a series of sensors and actuators.
Loix, in collaboration with a few other companies, developed special actuators for the telescope.
The challenge was significantly more complex than simply shrinking down the actuators and other components and then slapping a robot arm on an amputee.
On a related note, the research Roth was involved in — plasma actuators — is fascinating work with applications in stealth, hypersonics, and unmanned aerial vehicles, among other areas.
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