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Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will SpaceBok Someday Reach the Moon?

Our lead story today highlights the jumping space robot known as SpaceBok.

“We are at the stage where we want to go into more challenging environments: caves, craters, highlands, areas in which we would find water or other volatiles, or information about the geological history of a certain...

On-Demand Webinars: Aerospace
On-Demand Web Seminar: The Future of Manufacturing and Product Support in Aerospace/Defense

Aerospace and defense companies are experiencing a digital transformation that is leading to a period of exciting innovation. However, this also means they are faced with delivering new, more complex products to their customers faster and with...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA’s Robot Hotel Gets Its Occupants

A protective storage unit for robotic tools called Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS) was among the items launched to the International Space Station last December as part of SpaceX’s resupply services...

White Papers: Connectivity
BCON+ High Voltage Connection System: Touch-Safe Bolt Termination for Traction Batteries

TE Connectivity’s new BCON+ high voltage connection system is a versatile, compact, robust, and touch-safe solution for interconnecting cell modules...

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
Autonomous Bin Picking for Cobots: Is It Finally Here?

Bin picking comes in many shapes and sizes, from high payload automotive and heavy equipment manufacturing applications, to pick and drop e-commerce order fulfillment and part...

This 30-minute Webinar examines a proprietary shapeable desiccant that features remarkable compressive strength and can be shaped to fit into limited or complex...

Question of the Week: Imaging
Do the Advantages of Tiny Cameras Outweigh Privacy Risks?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video showcased a wireless camera from the University of Washington – a device that is small enough to fit on an insect’s back, literally.

While the imaging advancement offers potential applications in biology and exploration, the UW team acknowledged...

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...

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...

A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
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?...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Watch: The Mars 2020 Perseverance Launch

Watch below as the Perseverance rover and its Ingenuity helicopter make their way to Mars.

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...

White Papers: Semiconductors & ICs
PCIe Simulation Speed-Up Using Mentor QVIP with PLDA PCIe Controller for DMA Applications

This paper discusses how verification engineers can use Mentor’s Questa Verification IP (QVIP) to improve productivity during the functional...

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.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Watch: NASA's Mars 2020 Sample Return Briefing

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: Imaging
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: Electronics & Computers
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: Photonics/Optics
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.

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