January 2020

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

SWIR Camera

Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc. (PIRT) (Monmouth Junction, NJ) will be introducing its new compact MVCam series shortwave-infrared (SWIR) and...

New Products: January 2020 Photonics & Imaging Insider
INSIDER : Imaging
Simulated Image Demonstrates Power of Nasa's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope
Simulated Image Demonstrates Power of Nasa's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at warp...

Simulated Image Demonstrates Power of Nasa's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
Laser Pulse Creates Frequency Doubling in Amorphous Dielectric Material
Laser Pulse Creates Frequency Doubling in Amorphous Dielectric Material

Researchers have demonstrated a new all-optical technique for creating robust second-order nonlinear effects in materials that don’t normally support them. Using a...

Laser Pulse Creates Frequency Doubling in Amorphous Dielectric Material
INSIDER : Test & Measurement
Tests Measure Solar Panel Performance Beyond Established Standards
Tests Measure Solar Panel Performance Beyond Established Standards

Photovoltaics used in solar panels are sensitive to environmental factors and often suffer degradation over time. International Electrotechnical Commission standards for...

Tests Measure Solar Panel Performance Beyond Established Standards
Blog : Materials
New Coating 'Confuses' Infrared Cameras by Hiding Temperature Changes
New Coating 'Confuses' Infrared Cameras by Hiding Temperature Changes
"View it as an infrared privacy shield," says Professor Mikhail Kats.
New Coating 'Confuses' Infrared Cameras by Hiding Temperature Changes
On-Demand Webinars : Software
Modeling Interactions in Energy-Based Medical Devices Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

If you are interested in learning how to design, simulate, and prototype energy-based medical devices, then tune into this 60-minute Webinar featuring guest speaker Daniel Smith from Emphysys.

Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’

Last week, we highlighted five CES 2020 technologies that are adding intelligence to everyday aspects of the home. One featured “Smart Home” technology included “Julia,” an all-in-one cooker that performs a variety of kitchen tasks: chopping, whisking, steaming, weighing ingredients, and even kneading...

Blog : Electronics & Computers
A Boost for Aqueous Lithium Ion-Batteries: Adding an Oxide
A Boost for Aqueous Lithium Ion-Batteries: Adding an Oxide
To improve the aqueous lithium-ion battery, RPI researchers tried out niobium tungsten oxide.
A Boost for Aqueous Lithium Ion-Batteries: Adding an Oxide
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Printing and Space Exploration: How NASA Will Use Additive Manufacturing
3D Printing and Space Exploration: How NASA Will Use Additive Manufacturing
NASA is using the International Space Station as a testbed for 3D printing.
3D Printing and Space Exploration: How NASA Will Use Additive Manufacturing
Tech Talks : Materials
Cassette-S4: Advanced Sealing for Extreme Off-Highway Conditions

In today’s mobile machinery markets, equipment that offers long-term reliability and power is key to industrial success. Whether cultivating crops in flooded fields or digging foundations in rock-hard ground, agricultural and construction machinery is routinely exposed to...

Question of the Week : Aerospace
Would You Ride in a Flying Car?

A flying car, also known as a rotable aircraft, is something that inventors have been dreaming about for a very long time. Stuck in traffic? Just take-off and get out of there.

Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up
CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up
NASA came to CES with a message: We're going back to the Moon, and we'll need help from industry to do it.
CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up
Blog : Transportation
CES 2020: The Pegasus Flying Car Takes Off…Quietly
CES 2020: The Pegasus Flying Car Takes Off…Quietly
Stuck in traffic? The Pegasus flying car can get you out of there.
CES 2020: The Pegasus Flying Car Takes Off…Quietly
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
CES 2020: A High-Tech Wine Dispenser and More Arrivals to the Smart Home
CES 2020: A High-Tech Wine Dispenser and More Arrivals to the Smart Home
Here are five technologies that aim to add intelligence to the most surprising household objects.
CES 2020: A High-Tech Wine Dispenser and More Arrivals to the Smart Home
Question of the Week : Aerospace
Will We Use Satellites to Fix Satellites?

A recent INSIDER described one researcher’s idea to fix a broken satellite: Send up a repair satellite! Read the Tech Briefs Q&A for details.

Blog : Nanotechnology
A 'DEAnsect' Robot Takes 10 Hits from a Fly Swatter – And Survives
A 'DEAnsect' Robot Takes 10 Hits from a Fly Swatter – And Survives
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
A 'DEAnsect' Robot Takes 10 Hits from a Fly Swatter – And Survives
Blog : Test & Measurement
Answering Your Questions: How to Confirm Metal 3D Printing Accuracy and Quality
Answering Your Questions: How to Confirm Metal 3D Printing Accuracy and Quality
As additive manufacturing supports the creation of critical metal parts, designers need to know that the parts are high-quality.
Answering Your Questions: How to Confirm Metal 3D Printing Accuracy and Quality
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser-Based System Detects Fires Even in Dusty, Harsh Environments
Laser-Based System Detects Fires Even in Dusty, Harsh Environments
A new laser-based system offers an efficient way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites.
Laser-Based System Detects Fires Even in Dusty, Harsh Environments
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: January 2020 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: January 2020 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
New Products: January 2020 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Microchip Produces High-Contrast OCT Imagery
Microchip Produces High-Contrast OCT Imagery
For disease diagnosis, a microchip maps the back of the eye.
Microchip Produces High-Contrast OCT Imagery
Articles : Imaging
SPIE Photonics West 2020 Preview
SPIE Photonics West 2020 Preview
SPIE Photonics West 2020 returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 1 through February 6
SPIE Photonics West 2020 Preview
Briefs : Automotive
Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
A system senses tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there’s a moving object coming around the corner.
Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
Briefs : Materials
Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise
Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise
A nanoantenna-enabled detector boosts the usable signal of a thermal infrared camera by up to three times.
Sandia’s Nanoantennas Help Detectors See More Heat, Less Noise
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance
Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance
Increased laser capacity has enabled, and will continue to enable, new manufacturing possibilities.
Blue Lasers: Leveraging Fundamental Physics for High Performance
Application Briefs : Imaging
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
Articles : Photonics/Optics
Virtually Optimizing Metasurface Topology with a Genetic Algorithm
Virtually Optimizing Metasurface Topology with a Genetic Algorithm
See how software supported the design of an advanced antenna.
Virtually Optimizing Metasurface Topology with a Genetic Algorithm
Application Briefs : Aerospace
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
NASA and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) recently tested a new way to see the Sun
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs
The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs
Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Chromium Removal from PVC Filters
The process does not cause any structural changes to the PVC filter membrane.
Q&A : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Q&A: A Shape-Morphing, Self-Healing Soft Composite
Q&A: A Shape-Morphing, Self-Healing Soft Composite
Have you heard of "Thubber?"
Q&A: A Shape-Morphing, Self-Healing Soft Composite
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Wirelessly Controlled Ingestible Capsule
Wirelessly Controlled Ingestible Capsule
This electronic pill can relay diagnostic information or release drugs in response to smartphone commands.
Wirelessly Controlled Ingestible Capsule
Briefs : Wearables
System Allows Diabetics to Monitor Blood Sugar Without Drawing Blood
System Allows Diabetics to Monitor Blood Sugar Without Drawing Blood
The self-contained technology is similar to the smart watches that monitor heart rate.
System Allows Diabetics to Monitor Blood Sugar Without Drawing Blood
Briefs : Materials
Thin Heat Shield for Superfast Aircraft
Thin Heat Shield for Superfast Aircraft
A carbon nanotube heat shield can better protect extremely fast aircraft.
Thin Heat Shield for Superfast Aircraft
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Flow Disruption Devices for the Reduction of High Lift System Noise
Flow Disruption Devices for the Reduction of High Lift System Noise
This technique lowers airstream noise generated at the side edges of deployed flaps, elevons, or slats.
Flow Disruption Devices for the Reduction of High Lift System Noise
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Shape Sensing Innovations Dramatically Improve Structural Design Tools
Shape Sensing Innovations Dramatically Improve Structural Design Tools
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
Shape Sensing Innovations Dramatically Improve Structural Design Tools
Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Environmental Barrier Coatings for Ceramic Matrix Composites
Environmental Barrier Coatings for Ceramic Matrix Composites
These barrier coatings protect high-performance components in extreme environments.
Environmental Barrier Coatings for Ceramic Matrix Composites
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Environmentally Friendly Process for Battery Recycling
Environmentally Friendly Process for Battery Recycling
A solvent leaches cobalt and lithium for reuse from spent batteries.
Environmentally Friendly Process for Battery Recycling
Facility Focus : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
See how NOAA provides daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, and more.
Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Briefs : Imaging
Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal's quantum properties.
Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
Briefs : Motion Control
Robotic “Cockroach” Explores Underwater Environments
Robotic “Cockroach” Explores Underwater Environments
This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
Robotic “Cockroach” Explores Underwater Environments
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Catalysis Approach Reduces Carbon Dioxide to Methane
Catalysis Approach Reduces Carbon Dioxide to Methane
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.
Catalysis Approach Reduces Carbon Dioxide to Methane
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Micro Device Detects Ebola Virus Using Bio-Sensors
Micro Device Detects Ebola Virus Using Bio-Sensors
The device can be used to pre-screen for the virus using gene-editing assays before those infected can travel and expose others.
Micro Device Detects Ebola Virus Using Bio-Sensors
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining
Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining
Applying a surface-active agent makes metal easier to cut and shape into parts and pieces.
Design Treatment for Advanced Metals Enables Easier Machining
Briefs : Lighting Technology
Recovery of Mercury and Rare Earth Elements from Fluorescent Lamp Phosphors
Recovery of Mercury and Rare Earth Elements from Fluorescent Lamp Phosphors
This method will enable safer fluorescent light recycling.
Recovery of Mercury and Rare Earth Elements from Fluorescent Lamp Phosphors
Briefs : Energy
Power System for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks
Power System for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
Power System for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks
5 Ws : Software
5 Ws of 3D Modeling for the Visually Impaired
5 Ws of 3D Modeling for the Visually Impaired
A touch-based display mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.
5 Ws of 3D Modeling for the Visually Impaired
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Ruthenium-Doped Thermoelectric Materials
Ruthenium-Doped Thermoelectric Materials
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
Ruthenium-Doped Thermoelectric Materials
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Breathable Electronic Skin Using Nanofiber Substrate
Breathable Electronic Skin Using Nanofiber Substrate
This electronic skin can track heart rate, respiration, muscle movement, and other health data.
Breathable Electronic Skin Using Nanofiber Substrate
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Optical Window for Far-IR Instruments Using Thin TOPAS® Film
Optical Window for Far-IR Instruments Using Thin TOPAS® Film
This thin film can be used for ground-based and airborne applications in aircraft, balloons, and other flight missions.
Optical Window for Far-IR Instruments Using Thin TOPAS® Film
Products : Connectivity
New on the Market: January 2020
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
New on the Market: January 2020
Briefs : Materials
Dynamic Mechanical Strain-Induced Temperature Gradient Coating
Dynamic Mechanical Strain-Induced Temperature Gradient Coating
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Dynamic Mechanical Strain-Induced Temperature Gradient Coating
Articles : Electronics & Computers
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
Articles : Wearables
Products of Tomorrow: January 2020
Products of Tomorrow: January 2020
Heartbeat-based biometrics, sonic-boom displays, and an artificial leaf.
Products of Tomorrow: January 2020
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam
Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Viable, Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Polystyrene Foam
Briefs : Transportation
Hardening Lightweight Metal Foams with Nanocoating
Hardening Lightweight Metal Foams with Nanocoating
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
Hardening Lightweight Metal Foams with Nanocoating
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool
Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Process Turns Sand and Plant Materials into a Water Filtration Tool
NASA Spinoff : Photonics/Optics
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Briefs : Wearables
Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals
Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Wireless Sensor “Stickers” Track Physiological Signals
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Five Techniques for Lightweighting: Doing More With Less
Five Techniques for Lightweighting: Doing More With Less
Manufacturers in almost every industry are looking to design lighter parts. Here are five lightweighting strategies.
Five Techniques for Lightweighting: Doing More With Less
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Pinpointing Consumption “Sweet Spot” Makes Formation Flight More Fuel-Efficient
Pinpointing Consumption “Sweet Spot” Makes Formation Flight More Fuel-Efficient
A new method of estimating the optimal trailing aircraft position in a formation increases fuel savings.
Pinpointing Consumption “Sweet Spot” Makes Formation Flight More Fuel-Efficient
Briefs : Propulsion
CubeSat Form Factor Thermal Control Louvers
CubeSat Form Factor Thermal Control Louvers
These louvers provide passive thermal cooling for CubeSats.
CubeSat Form Factor Thermal Control Louvers
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Magneto-Optic Biosensor Using Bio-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles
Magneto-Optic Biosensor Using Bio-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles
This technology is a novel, rugged, and economic diagnostic and sensor platform technology.
Magneto-Optic Biosensor Using Bio-Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles
Briefs : Aerospace
Microrobot Powered by Soft Muscles
Microrobot Powered by Soft Muscles
This microrobot with soft actuators can crash, fall, and collide without being damaged.
Microrobot Powered by Soft Muscles
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Embedded Gas and Temperature Sensors for Extreme Environments

Innovative process control systems for improved efficiency and lower emissions in current and future fossil-fuel-based power systems and related applications require durable, embedded sensor technology that can operate at higher temperatures and in harsh conditions.

Briefs : Motion Control
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
Products : Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: January 2020 Tech Briefs
Product of the Month: January 2020 Tech Briefs
Vitrek introduces the PA920 Series ultra-high-accuracy power analyzer.
Product of the Month: January 2020 Tech Briefs
Question of the Week
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’