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White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Distributed Sensing Beyond Rayleigh Scattering Limits in Single and Multicore Fiber Waveguides

Optical fibers with enhanced scattering properties can provide distributed reflection signals beyond the limits set by Rayleigh scattering in...

A team of Brown University physicists has developed a new type of compact, ultra-sensitive magnetometer, 20 times more sensitive than many traditional sensors. The...

Researchers have developed a new way to build power efficient and programmable integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. The new technology is...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Method Measures Temperature Within 3D Objects

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have made it possible to remotely determine the temperature beneath the surface of certain materials using a new technique they call depth...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers Develop 3D Hand-Sensing Wristband

In a potential breakthrough in wearable sensing technology, researchers from Cornell and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have designed a wrist- mounted device that continuously tracks...

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
Collaborative Robotics: Sharing the Workspace

Manufacturing robots were kept in cages previously, programmed by specialists, and often used for a single task. Today’s collaborative robots are being used by manufacturers to automate...

White Papers: Automotive
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

“Food supply” goes beyond just crop production. See how NASA is offering a more comprehensive look at food security and agriculture.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Human-Like Hands with Flexible, Hybrid Actuators

In industrial settings, robots often are used for tasks that require repetitive grasping and manipulation of objects. A humanoid hand design that is a soft-hard hybrid flexible gripper can...

Tech Talks: Medical
Fiber Extrusion for Medical Devices 201: How Melt Spinning Works

As implantable medical devices become more advanced, fiber extrusion experts must continue to innovate to meet the increasingly critical requirements for polymer-derived fibers and yarns used for textile components. Going beyond the core principles of fiber extrusion...

As the aerospace industry continues to evolve toward more energy-efficient systems, new technologies are emerging. An example is the need for very large...

INSIDER: Motion Control
Self-Latching Piezocomposite Actuator

NASA Langley has developed a self-latching piezocomposite actuator with power-off, set-and-hold capability. If integrated into an aerodynamic control surface or engine inlet, deflections could be...

Mars 2020 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other NASA experts offer a briefing on this week's launch of the Perseverance rover.

Watch below as NASA experts review how they plan to return samples from the surface of Mars back to Earth.

In the past 24 months, there has been increased skepticism regarding the ability of the automotive industry to deliver fully functional Level 3...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Back to the Future of Video Encoding

Have you ever seen pixilation, or have noticed face details disappear, confetti in dark areas or simply muddy video? These are negative effects of compression. Compression is needed to enable transport...

Question of the Week: Power
Will Electric Aircraft Take-Off in Everyday Aviation?

In May of 2020, the “eCaravan” aircraft, powered by a 750-horsepower electric motor and more than 2000 pounds of lithium-ion batteries, flew to a height of over 2500 feet, at over 100 miles per hour. The all-electric airplane was built by magniX, Seattle-based electric propulsion...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Understanding Key Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Specifications

Spectrum analyzers are the fundamental instrument used by RF engineers to measure individual signals across a defined frequency band. They capture and display wanted and unwanted...

Watch NASA experts review this week's preparations, as the Perseverance rover launches and begins its journey to Mars.

Can NASA "joystick" the landing of the next Mars rover? A Tech Briefs reader asks our NASA expert.
White Papers: Connectivity
Learn How the Right Connectivity Solutions Enable Life-saving Medical Equipment

The medical field is one of the most specialized markets with very specific and stringent needs. Ensuring equipment is properly connected via power, signal, and...

As COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, it has ushered in a new era of medical device design — one that involves open-source designs, shared design specifications,...

The Perseverance rover has an almost human-like way of keeping its lenses clean.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
The Right X-Ray Solutions for Medical Components, Assemblies and Devices

Manufacturers in the medical device sector face quality and process control challenges. Medical device components frequently need to be inspected without being...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Programmable Logic: Accelerating Automotive Applications

As the demands on automotive capability increase, Xilinx XA portfolio of automotive devices and supporting tool chains provide designers with the ability to achieve not only the...

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Path to High-Level Autonomy for Commercial Vehicles

Automated-driving technology experts continue to project commercial vehicles as the most promising early adoption sector for high-level automation. But ever-evolving technology...

Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Will ‘Roboats’ Catch On?

Our July issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a fleet of “roboats” that could someday transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.

The Roboat autonomous robotic boats — rectangular hulls equipped with sensors, thrusters, microcontrollers, GPS modules, cameras, and other...

White Papers: Defense
Understand Radar Signals with Real-Time Analysis

The transient nature of radar pulses combined with modern pulse compression schemes often demand carefully designed test setups. This Primer will cover measurements methods, choosing your...

Just as a meter stick with hundreds of tick marks can be used to measure distances with great precision, a device known as a laser frequency comb, with its...

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