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Products of Tomorrow: April 2020
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Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

High-Powered Directed Energy Laser Projects: Destroy the Target,...

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

Optical Coating Design

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rapid Decompression and Sealed Containers: Why Choose Magnet...

Upcoming Webinars: Motion Control

Advantages of Smart Servo Steppers vs. Smart Brushless Servos

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robots: Are They as Safe as They Sound?

Latest Briefs & News

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Foldable Robots for Future Moon Mission

The newest edition of NASA's small, foldable robots successfully traversed rugged terrain in the Mars Yard at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Heavy-Duty Engine Design for a Transitioning Market

An uncertain regulatory climate. Augmenting with electrification. The potential for automated and partially automated vehicle operation. All these trends are affecting the way engine developers are approaching near-term engine design and development cycles. What are the most significant...

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
From Drudgery to the Effective Use of Design and Process FMEAs

In many industries, FMEAs are considered drudgery, contributing little – if anything – to valuable technical knowledge of the product design and development process, as well as to process design and continual improvement, while chewing up resources and time in...

On-Demand Webinars : Medical
Ethylene Oxide Sterilization: The Future State

Important Webinar Update from Sterigenics:

At Sterigenics, we are actively responding to the current healthcare crisis, prioritizing the sterilization of essential supplies needed to address COVID-19. As such, we have made the decision to cancel our LIVE Webinar “EO Sterilization:...

Bridget Pelaez spoke to Tech Briefs about the 1,000 face shields being printed for Florida hospitals.
Tech Talks : Aerospace
Electropolishing for the Aerospace Industry

Engineers in the aerospace industry are constantly challenged to improve the fit and function of components used in commercial and military aircraft. Parts used in these aircraft must withstand high-stress and corrosive conditions with long-term use. This Tech Talk discusses how...

INSIDER : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Small, Precise Gyroscope Navigates Without GPS

A small, inexpensive, and highly accurate gyroscope, developed at the University of Michigan, navigates without GPS. The key to making the gyroscope is a nearly symmetrical mechanical...

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Draws Blood and Inserts Catheters

Rutgers University engineers have created a tabletop device that can draw blood or insert catheters to deliver fluids and drugs. The device can accurately pinpoint blood vessels, improving success...

As autonomous cars collect data on passing pedestrians, cyclists, and license plates, what privacy measures are in place? A reader asks.
On-Demand Webinars : Photonics/Optics
Overcoming Mediocrity in Cylindrical Laser Processing of Medical Devices

Laser processing has been used for decades to manufacture tubular medical devices, such as stents, valves, and vascular grafts. However, achieving the precision that is necessary for high-volume production is more challenging now than ever before. Driven by growth...

Question of the Week : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Would You Use the Pedestrian Audio Wearable System (PAWS)?

Our “5Ws” article in the March issue of Tech Briefs highlights a wearable developed at Columbia University called “PAWS.” The Pedestrian Audio Wearable System detects and locates approaching cars. PAWS then warns the pedestrian in real-time by providing audio/visual feedback via...

On-Demand Webinars : Robotics, Automation & Control
Data-Driven Development and Breakthroughs for New Mobility Technologies

Engineers are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to develop the sophistication needed for new mobility technologies, including autonomous vehicles. Deep neural networks and machine learning models and data all play an essential role in training and...

A reader asks, "What market drivers need to occur for electric vehicles to be considered an acceptable replacement for vehicles with internal combustion engines?"
Massive manufacturing bots have evolved into something new — collaborative robots.
Question of the Week : Test & Measurement
Would You Use a CurveBoard?

MIT researchers have invented a way to integrate “breadboards” — flat platforms widely used for electronics prototyping — directly onto physical products.

Researchers at Purdue University have been working to develop new technologies to help stop the spread of foodborne illnesses, which kill 3,000 people a year, by detecting them...

INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
Using Light to Put a Twist on Electrons

Some molecules, including most of the ones in living organisms, have shapes that can exist in two different mirror-image versions. The right- and left-handed versions can sometimes have different...

INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Products: March 2020 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Final Vision Inspection (FVI) System

CyberOptics® Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) has launched the Multi-Reflection Suppression™ (MRS™)-enabled 3D MX3000 Final Vision Inspection (FVI) system for memory modules. The launch extends the memory module inspection system portfolio from 2D...

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their collaborators have developed a way to retrofit the transmission...

NASA wants small businesses to help the safe operation of UAVs in airspace.