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INSIDER : Motion Control
InSight Measures Motion on Mars
NASA’s InSight lander has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian winds on the Red Planet. Sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, estimated to be blowing between 10 to...
INSIDER : Medical
Artificial Joint Restores Wrist-Like Movements

A new artificial joint restores important wrist-like movements to forearm amputees. In the new joint, an implant is placed into each of the two bones of the forearm and a wrist-like artificial...

On-Demand Webinars : Software
Reducing Development Time for Machine Control Systems

This 30-minute Webinar examines how you can use a powerful programming environment to increase engineering productivity and help you bring high-performing, intelligent vehicles to market faster. Specifically in regard to machine control systems, it discusses a library of drag-and-drop visual...

On-Demand Webinars : Automotive
ToF & FMCW Automotive LIDARS: Design Challenges

Once only fantasy, autonomous vehicles are becoming reality thanks to advances in laser technology and photodetection. However, fully autonomous vehicles require an array of sensory systems to provide information about the vehicle’s surroundings. LiDAR is one of the leading systems for empowering...

On-Demand Webinars : Green Design & Manufacturing
Solution for Rapid Emissions Testing for Vehicles and Components

Regulators and consumers demand increasingly lower levels of harmful volatile emissions in motor vehicle passenger cabins, pushing manufacturers toward more comprehensive testing – from component level to finished vehicles – to ensure conformance and avoid costly tear-out. This...

Question of the Week : Aerospace
Will Urban Air Mobility ‘Take Off?'

A Tech Briefs TV video demonstrates NASA’s rotary-wing “air taxi” concept. The vehicles, in theory, have the capacity for vertical take-off and landing, eliminating the need for long runways.

NASA hopes the air taxi will support Urban Air Mobility, a system that combines onboard/ground-piloted...

Tech Talks : Electronics & Computers
SiC MOSFET vs. Si IGBT in Electric Vehicle Applications

In the race to make the most efficient electric vehicle, the design of power electronics converters plays a vital role. Power losses, breakdown voltage, switching times, and thermal conductivity of semiconductor devices are critical factors when designing power electronics converters.

Blog : Communications
Q&A: Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
In 2015, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller demonstrated a hack of the Jeep Cherokee. Valasek tells Tech Briefs what has changed since then.
On-Demand Webinars : RF & Microwave Electronics
Full Up Jet or No Go: The Paradox of Reliable RF/Microwave Signal Transmission

When it comes to reliable RF/Microwave signal transmission, the military aerospace industry has reached a MISSION CRITICAL juncture where the specification requirements no longer meet the demands and increase in technology to ensure a system’s functionality is...

Blog : Energy
Answering Your Questions: Will Solar Panel Efficiency Improve?
Don’t hold your breath, says Jeff Crystal from Voltaic Systems.
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Faster-Charging, Safer Batteries

Imagine a world where cell phones and laptops can be charged in a matter of minutes instead of hours, rolled up and stored in your pocket, or dropped without sustaining any damage. It is possible, but the...

INSIDER : Automotive
New fuel cell concept brings biological design to better electricity generation

Fuel cells generate electricity directly from hydrogen and oxygen and produce only water vapor as emissions. But most fuel cells are too expensive, inefficient,...

News : Medical
Low-Cost Plastic Sensors Could Monitor a Range of Health Conditions

An international team of researchers have developed a low-cost sensor made from semiconducting plastic that can be used to diagnose or monitor a wide range of health conditions, such as surgical complications or neurodegenerative diseases.

On-Demand Webinars : Energy
The Latest Technologies for Energy Harvesting

This 60-minute Webinar on energy harvesting is part of the Technical Webinar Series from the editors of Tech Briefs Media. Three experts will look at the latest technologies related to this important subject area.

Question of the Week : Aerospace
How Strong is the ‘Ionic Wind?’

MIT has built the first-ever plane with no moving parts. Instead of turbine blades, propellers, and fans, the aircraft relies on an “ionic wind” — a silent but strong flow of ions, produced onboard, which generates enough thrust to propel the plane over a sustained, steady flight.

“This has...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Optical Gyroscope-on-a-Chip

Gyroscopes are devices that help vehicles, drones, and wearable and handheld electronic devices know their orientation in three-dimensional space. Originally, gyroscopes were sets of nested wheels, each spinning...

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems

There are few industries where the demands for material testing and quality assurance are more challenging than in the aerospace industry. Ensuring the safety of all...

Products : Semiconductors & ICs
New Products: December 2018, Motion Design

Motor/Drive/Controller

Advanced Micro Controls (Terryville, CT) offers a size 17 PLC-based SMD Series integrated stepper motor/drive/controller system. The integrated solutions are suited...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Performance Cageless Bearings with Minimal Frictional Loss

The global bearings market is expected to grow significantly due to increasing commercial and industrial machinery and manufacturing activity. Bearings are used in virtually...

Articles : Imaging
Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0

As Industry 4.0 initiatives bring more and more industrial axes of motion into the realm of automation, the need for cost-effective control across them grows as well. Advances in...

Who's Who : Materials
Q&A: Professor Rouzbeh Shahsavari, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX

Professor Shahsavari and graduate student Sung Hoon have demonstrated a process for producing a cement that is stronger, lighter, and more durable than the traditional Portland cement.

Briefs : Materials
Shape Memory Alloy Rock Splitters (SMARS)

Glenn's revolutionary Shape Memory Alloy Rock Splitters (SMARS) device is fabricated from nickel-titanium-halfnium (NiTiHf), nickel-titanium-zirconium compositions, or a combination. These compositions contain a secondary, nanometer-sized precipitate phase that is produced through processes of...