At its conception mechatronics was viewed purely in terms of the ability to integrate the technologies of mechanical and electrical engineering with computer science to transfer functionality, and hence complexity, from the mechanical domain to the software domain. However, as technologies, and in particular computing technologies, have evolved so the nature of mechatronics has changed from being purely associated with essentially stand-alone systems such as robots to providing the smart objects and systems which are the building blocks for Cyber-Physical Systems, and hence for Internet of Things and Cloud-based systems. With the possible advent of a 4th Industrial Revolution structured around these systems level concepts, mechatronics must again adapt its world view, if not its underlying technologies, to meet this new challenge.
|Title of host publication||Reinventing mechatronics|
|Subtitle of host publication||developing future directions for mechatronics|
|Editors||Xiu T. Yan, David Bradley, David Russell, Philip Moore|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Feb 2020|
Bradley, D., Russell, D., Hehenberger, P., Azorin-Lopez, J., Watt, S., & Milne, C. (2020). From mechatronics to the Cloud. In X. T. Yan, D. Bradley, D. Russell, & P. Moore (Eds.), Reinventing mechatronics: developing future directions for mechatronics (pp. 17-33). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29131-0_3