November 2016

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Glowing Crystals Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

Motivated by public hazards associated with contaminated sources of drinking water, a group of scientists has successfully developed and tested tiny, glowing crystals that detect and trap heavy-metal toxins like mercury and lead.

Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Are you optimistic about AI possibilities?

This week's Question: Today's featured INSIDER story demonstrated a new achievement in artificial intelligence. According to a recently released Stanford University report developed by a standing group of AI scientists, the ability for robots to be self-determined and concerned with their own longevity...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
AI Algorithm 'Learns' Beyond its Training

A new machine-learning training method developed at the University of Toronto enables neural networks to learn directly from human-defined rules. The achievement supports new possibilities for artificial intelligence in medical diagnostics and self-driving cars.

Question of the Week : Automotive
Will you use "car concierge" services?

This week's Question: Automaker Volvo is inviting 300 owners of XC90 SUVs and S90 sedans to try out a new app that connects car owners with convenience services. Through the pilot program, users can receive remote fuel delivery, valet car cleaning, and maintenance from their phones. Authorized providers of...

Who's Who : Aerospace
Jason Dworkin, Project Scientist, OSIRIS-REx, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

On September 8, NASA launched OSIRIS-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer). The probe will spend two years in space, chasing down an asteroid known as Bennu. Discoveries from the mission could help...

News : Aerospace
Drones and Biobots Map Disaster Areas

North Carolina State University researchers will use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and insect cyborgs, or biobots, to map large, unfamiliar locations.

News : Motion Control
Rocket Motor Design Could Boost Small Satellite Missions

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a rocket motor concept that could be used to power CubeSat low-cost satellites. The Los Alamos team recently tested a six-motor CubeSat-compatible propulsion array with tremendous success.

News : Aerospace
Morphing Wing Could Enable More Efficient Manufacturing and Flight

A new morphing wing architecture could greatly simplify the manufacturing process and reduce fuel consumption of aircraft by improving the wing’s aerodynamics, as well as improving its agility. The wing consists of a system of tiny, lightweight subunits that could be assembled...

News : Semiconductors & ICs
Infrared Brings to Light Nanoscale Molecular Arrangement

Detailing the molecular makeup of materials – from solar cells to organic LEDs and transistors to medically important proteins – is not always a crystal-clear process. To understand how materials work at these microscopic scales and to better design materials to improve their function,...

News : Medical
New Catheter Lets Doctors See Inside Arteries
New Catheter Lets Doctors See Inside Arteries

Removing plaque from clogged arteries is a common procedure that can save and improve lives. This treatment approach has been made safer and more effective with a high-tech catheter that allows...

New Catheter Lets Doctors See Inside Arteries
News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Mapping Marine Snow on Sea Floor

City-sized maps of terrain and life on the sea floor have revealed that drifts of "marine snow" on submarine hillsides act as a source of food to fuel a higher biomass of marine life than on flatter plains. This finding comes from research by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) that may improve...

Question of the Week : Imaging
Will virtual reality increase empathy?

This week's Question: According to a recent article in The Washington Post, a growing number of filmmakers, policymakers, researchers, human rights workers, and law enforcement officials are using virtual reality technology to make people feel as if they have experienced an event firsthand. Advocates say...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: November 2016

Wolfram Research, Champaign, IL, released Mathematica 11 technical computing software that features more than 500 new functions, including improvements in machine learning, 3D printing and geometry, mathematics, visualization and graphics, graphs and statistics, geography, text and language processing,...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
BGA Socket

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) recently introduced a new BGA socket design using high performance elastomer capable of 75GHz, very low inductance and wide temperature applications. The GT-BGA-2052 socket is designed for 17x17 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 75GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss. The socket is...

Products : Electronics & Computers
GigE Vision over NBASE-T Video Interface

Pleora Technologies (Ottawa, Canada) has unveiled a product that brings the bandwidth and Cat 5e cabling advantages of NBASE-T technology to the vision industry. The NBASE-T specification, compatible with the recently adopted IEEE 802.3bz™ standard, defines a new type of Ethernet signaling that boosts...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Rugged Train Control System

MEN Micro’s (Blue Bell, PA) MA50C is a modular system for safe train control that complies with AAR (Association of American Railroads) standards. The new controller unit features a mechanical design that meets AAR S-590 as well as an AAR S-9401-compliant enclosure that houses a safe CPU, real time Ethernet card,...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High-Speed Backplane Connector System

Samtec (New Albany, IN) has expanded its ExaMAX® High-Speed Backplane Connector System optimized for high-density and high-speed performance. The ExaMAX® header and right-angle receptacle system (EBTM/EBTF-RA Series) is optimized for speeds up to 28 Gbps on a 2.00 mm column pitch or 56 Gbps on a 3.00 mm...

News : Electronics & Computers
Sandia, Harvard Team Create First Quantum Computer Bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

News : Electronics & Computers
Researchers Create Smallest Transistor Ever

For more than a decade, engineers have been eyeing the finish line in the race to shrink the size of components in integrated circuits. They knew that the laws of physics had set a 5-nanometer threshold on the size of transistor gates among conventional semiconductors, about one-quarter the size of...

News : Electronics & Computers
T-rays Will “Speed Up” Computer Memory By a Factor of 1,000

Together with their colleagues from Germany and the Netherlands, scientists at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have found a way to significantly improve computer performance. They propose the use of so-called T-waves – or terahertz radiation – as a means of...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
World's 'Smallest Magnifying Glass' Supports New Sensors

Using tiny particles of gold, researchers from the University of Cambridge have concentrated light to smaller than a single atom. By focusing the light to just under a millionth of a meter, the scientists have a "magnifying glass" that reveals individual chemical bonds within...

News : Test & Measurement
Smart Buoy Measures Water Pollutants

Extensive water monitoring is indispensable for drinking water supply and water protection. Researchers have developed a smart monitoring system that combines various technologies in a depth-profile-measuring multi-sensor buoy for monitoring water bodies and algae growth. Conventional monitoring strategies...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ultrasensitive Sensors Keep Driverless Cars Safer

News of the first serious accident involving an automated electric vehicle made headlines recently. Researchers are counting on light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, in combination with other components, to fulfill the requirements for independent steering, braking, and...

News : Aerospace
Military Sensor Inspires Instrument to Search for Life on Mars

A sensing technique used by the U.S. military currently to remotely monitor the air to detect potentially life-threatening chemicals, toxins, and pathogens has inspired a new instrument that could “sniff” for life on Mars and other targets in the solar system.

News : Energy
Design Contest Winner Could Save Trucking Industry Billions in Fuel Costs

New York, NY – Hyliion of Pittsburg, PA, developer of a hybrid electric technology for semi-trailers, has been awarded a grand prize of $20,000 in the 2016 "Create the Future" Design Contest. Hyliion’s system hybridizes the trailer portion of the tractor-trailer...

Question of the Week : Aerospace
Would you use drones for home security?

This week's Question: A new home security technology called the Sunflower Home Awareness System deploys a drone to patrol one’s property. The combination of intelligent outdoor sensors and an aerial drone-based camera detects motion, vibration, and sound, and provides users with a view of the home’s...

News : Energy
Thermal Metamaterial for Waste-Heat Harvesting in Power Plants and Factories

An international research team has used a thermal metamaterial to control the emission of radiation at high temperatures, an advance that could bring devices able to efficiently harvest waste heat from power plants and factories. Thermophotovoltaic devices that generate...

News : Communications
Technology Powers Implants Wirelessly Via Ultrasound

Scientists have developed a demonstrator that powers active implants wirelessly via ultrasound. Ultrasound waves have a broader range in the body, and they penetrate the implant’s metal casing more easily than electromagnetic waves. The ultrasound waves are also capable of bidirectional...

News : Energy
Renewable Energy Could Be Under Our Feet

Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses. Now, flooring could be even more “green,” thanks to an inexpensive, simple method developed by University of Wisconsin–Madison materials engineers that allows them to...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metamaterial Structures Shrink When Heated

While most solid materials expand with heat, a new 3D-printed structure built by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers is designed to shrink. The metamaterial may enable heat-resistant circuit boards.

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Threads Could Save Lives

Engineers are joining forces with designers, scientists, and doctors at Drexel University to produce new biomedical textiles, and the resulting smart clothes are not only fashionably functional but could also be life savers.

News : Medical
Microwaves Target Deep Tumors

Physicists at the University of Texas at Arlington have shown that using microwaves to activate photosensitive nanoparticles produces tissue-heating effects that ultimately lead to cell death within solid tumors. The new concept, which combines microwaves with photodynamic therapy, opens new avenues for targeting...

News : Medical
Imaging Technique With Potential For Medical Diagnostics

A unique new imaging method, called polarized nuclear imaging, combines powerful aspects of both magnetic resonance imaging and gamma-ray imaging. Developed by two physicists in the University of Virginia's departments of physics and radiology, it has potential for new types of...

News : Medical
Brain Computer Interface Helps Paralyzed Man Feel Again

Imagine being in an accident that leaves you unable to feel any sensation in your arms and fingers. Now imagine regaining that sensation, a decade later, through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to your brain.

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Scanning Method Speeds Up 3D Printing

Penn State University researchers have used a beam deflector to increase the speed of 2D and 3D printing by up to 1000 times.

Question of the Week : Aerospace
Will we see a flying car transportation service?

This week’s Question: Ride-hailing company Uber recently released a white paper outlining its new transport service: the flying car. The company envisions a “network of small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically.” The proposal aims to use airspace to relieve transportation...

News : Energy
Flexible Solar Panels Absorb Diffused Light

Virginia Tech researchers have produced flexible solar panels that can become part of window shades or wallpaper. The material will capture light from the sun as well as light from sources inside buildings.

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Low-Power-Consumption, Single-Mode Quantum Cascade Lasers Fabricated Without Epitaxial Regrowth

Quantum cascade (QC) lasers employ intersubband electronic transitions in semiconductor quantum well structures to generate emission at specific engineered wavelengths. QC devices have been particularly successful as mid-infrared emitters in the 4- to...

Briefs : Information Technology
Common Workflow Service: A Standards-Based Process Management System

As mission operations grow in scale and complexity, there is a prevailing need for automating operational processes to increase efficiency, mitigate risks, and reduce operational costs. The need for automating operational processes has produced a few disparate automation...

Briefs : Aerospace
Optimum Strategies for Selecting Descent Flight-Path Angles

Efficient and safe arrival operations under challenging traffic conditions are a key objective for air transportation modernization efforts taking place throughout the world. However, trajectory predictability issues often prevent Air Traffic Control (ATC) from allowing continuous...

Briefs : Aerospace
Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management

NASA has developed a traffic management system for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) to maintain safe and efficient UAS operations. This novel technology enables the growth in civilian applications of UAS operations at lower altitudes by developing a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system. There are a number...

Briefs : Aerospace
System and Method for Dynamic Aeroelastic Control

Innovators at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center are developing a collection of algorithms that can accurately determine the structural state of an aircraft. This work is in response to new airframe designs that save weight — and thereby improve fuel efficiency — by removing stiffness...

Briefs : Aerospace
Active Aircraft Pylon Noise Control System

This technology is a new type of aircraft pylon design for noise control. A pylon connects the engine to the airframe of an aircraft. This design uses air passing through the pylon to actively disrupt the jet engine exhaust stream after it exits the engine, disrupting and redistributing the axial and...

Briefs : Aerospace
Supporting Test Aircraft with Lift Airbags

Innovators at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center have developed a method of using aircraft lift airbags to support test aircraft during wing strain gage load calibration. In calibration testing, a set of known loads is applied to the wing, and the loads and strain gage responses are then...

Briefs : Aerospace
Enhanced Aircraft State Display for Improved Situation Awareness of Flight Envelope Limitations

In the case of an aircraft system failure such as control surface or engine failure, an aircraft’s flight envelope may change. Notifying the pilots of these changes may improve situational awareness and, hence, increase flight safety because pilots...

Briefs : Aerospace
Film Cooled Surface

Turbine film cooling flows typically are subject to jet detachment and reduced cooling effectiveness for high blowing rates. Current concepts to improve jet attachment involve impractical or overly complex hole designs due to manufacturing or durability constraints. Novel film cooling concepts from NASA’s Glenn Research...

Briefs : Aerospace
Aeronautical Data Link and Radar Simulator (ADRS)

Air traffic management research needs to adequately address all players, including flight crews, air traffic controllers/managers, and airline dispatchers. Interactions between the different stakeholders are crucial elements for the viability of a given concept. A simulation capable of addressing...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
A Versatile Three-Dimensional Printing Approach

NASA has developed a versatile method and associated apparatus for constructing and using a conductive filament in various applications of 3D printing. It uses an attractive polymer formulation, which exhibits low melting temperature even when combined with conductive material, as the printing...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Puncture-Healing Thermoplastic Resin Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Composites

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed carbon fiber reinforced composites with self-healing properties. The initiation and propagation of damage to carbon composites, such as in aircraft structural components, results in component failure. Typical structural repairs...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Improved Impact Toughness and Heat Treatment for Cast Aluminum

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center researchers have developed a new, stronger aluminum alloy, ideal for cast aluminum products that have powder or paint-baked thermal coatings. With advanced mechanical properties, the NASA-427 alloy shows greater tensile strength and increased...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Dynamically Variable Spot Size Laser System

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center developed the handheld laser torch, designed for welding and brazing metals, to repair hard-to-reach Space Shuttle engine nozzles. It incorporates various manual controls and changing lenses to allow the operator to adjust the laser’s power output in real time....

Briefs : Materials
Adaptive Thermal Management System

NASA seeks to license the Adaptive Thermal Management System (ATMS) for use in commercial applications. Developed at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, the ATMS provides a way to regulate heat transfer and enable thermal management between two opposing surfaces in either direction. The system has the capability...

Briefs : Materials
Method of Bonding Dissimilar Materials

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has developed a new method for bonding dissimilar materials using an elastic adhesive to permit the bond to withstand variations in temperature and pressure. Specifically, NASA uses this method to provide a >98% specular finish on composite materials that is proven...

Briefs : Materials
Nanoencapsulated Aerogels Produced by Monomer Vapor Deposition and Polymerization

The Johnson Space Center researched methods to coat aerogel insulation in order to make it better able to withstand vibration, mechanical compression and flexure, and other environmental damage. This NASA-developed nanoencapsulated aerogel technology is a method...

Briefs : Materials
Insulative Carbon Fiber Systems for Aerospace Applications

New insulative carbon-fiber composite systems have been developed for use in structural and thermal applications for the aerospace vehicle interface. The sandwich-type composite structure, including carbon fiber and aerogel blanket materials, is based on the previously disclosed family...

Briefs : Medical
Method and Apparatus for Performance Optimization Through Physical Perturbation of Task Elements

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed ZONE, an innovative method for improving athletes’ responses to stress, anxiety, and loss of concentration during competition. In the training environment, when the user successfully attains an optimal...

Briefs : Medical
Portable Medical Diagnosis Instrument

NASA has developed a novel technology strategy called “The NASA Analyzer” that would provide comprehensive in-flight medical diagnostic capability in a compact, handheld device for human deep-space missions such as Mars. Key features of the technology include the ability to handle multiple sample types...

Briefs : Medical
Methods and Systems for Non-Invasive Treatment of Tissue Using High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Therapy

Minimally invasive and non-invasive therapeutic ultrasound treatments can be used to ablate, necrotize, and/or otherwise damage tissue. High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), for example, is used to thermally or mechanically damage tissue....

Briefs : Software
NEQAIR v14.x Non-Equilibrium Radiative Transport and Spectra Program

There is a need to calculate the radiative heating rate at the surface of a vehicle entering any atmosphere, (e.g., Earth, Saturn, Titan, Mars, Venus etc). NEQAIR simulates the actual chemical and physical actions and reactions of the gaseous species in high-temperature shock...

Briefs : Information Technology
Systems Engineering Education and Development (SEED) Web Application

This application serves as Web-based management of the Systems Engi - neering Education and Development (SEED) program, and enables the SEED Program Manager to track and manage the applications and assignments. In the past, the handling of the applications and assignments was...

Briefs : Software
Hammer 1.0

Many software applications have scripting needs including those based on the Goddard Mission Services Evolution Center (GMSEC) framework. In GMSEC, a user may want to automate the actions to take when a sequence of events occurs. Ideally, the scripting solution should allow the use of a familiar programming language and avoid...

Briefs : Information Technology
Extended Testability Analysis (ETA) Tool V8.0

An assessment of a system’s safety requirements is required early in the design process when cost and time impacts are minimal. These requirements include fault detection, failure isolation, and failure recovery. Systems engineering groups at NASA have been exploring model-based products to better...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Lunar Regolith Simulant Sample Collection Mechanism for Remote Operation in a Thermal Vacuum Chamber

The Sample Capture Mechanism (SCM) is a remotely actuated, spring-driven mechanism designed to remotely capture and seal a 15-mL sample in less than 1 second. It was used to capture a 10-g sample of simulated regolith dispensed from a drill in a...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Sonar Inspection Robot System

NASA’s Johnson Space Center innovators have designed a Robotic Inspection System that is capable of surveying deep sea structures such as oil platform storage cells/tanks and pipelines in order to determine the volume of material remaining inside, interrogate structure integrity, and display real-time video and...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robonaut 2: Industrial Opportunities

Researchers at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), in collaboration with General Motors (GM) and Oceaneering, have designed a state-of-the-art, highly dexterous, humanoid robot: Robonaut 2 (R2). R2’s nearly 50 patented and patent-pending technologies have the potential to be game-changers in many...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Vessel Sealing Device for Robotic Devices

Invasive surgical procedures are essential for addressing various medical conditions. When possible, minimally invasive procedures are preferred, but these technologies are often limited in scope and complexity. These limitations are due in part to mobility restrictions from the use of rigid tools in...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Improved Two-Step Replication Process for Producing Precision Optical Mirrors

Production of precision optical mirrors by replication requires molds or mandrels of the complementary shape. For example, replicating a concave mirror requires a convex mandrel. Convex shapes are difficult to fabricate and test since they do not focus light. Convex...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
System and Method for Generating a Frequency-Modulated Linear Laser Waveform

NASA’s Langley Research Center has made a breakthrough improvement in laser frequency modulation. Frequency modulation technology has been used for surface mapping and measurement in sonar, radar, and time-of-flight laser technologies for decades. Although adequate,...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Nasa Processing Technologies Enable Advanced Computing Applications

SpaceCube Processors

Next-generation spacecraft instruments are capable of producing data at rates of 108 to 1011 bits per second, and both their instrument designs and mission operations concepts are severely constrained by data rate and volume. SpaceCube™ enables...

Articles : Communications
Precision Coffeemaker Adapts Brews to Beans and Taste

Technology often takes circuitous paths. A magnetron developed for precision bombing during World War II led to the microwave oven, and a battery-powered drill created for collecting samples of Moon rock gave birth to the Dustbuster. Likewise, one student’s NASA experience with autonomous...

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Diamond Meta-Surfaces Enable New Laser Applications

Over the last 15 years, breakthroughs in the manufacture and processing of diamond grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) have established diamond as an excellent substrate material for high-power and high-energy optics. Diamond is a natural choice for these highly demanding applications due...

Articles : Imaging
Inside NASA’s White Sands Test Facility: How High-Speed Cameras Support Hypervelocity Experiments

At NASA’s White Sands Test Facility, Donald Henderson and his team spend much of their days shooting projectiles at 15,700 miles per hour. Hypervelocity testing done at the Las Cruces, NM center simulates the impact of micrometeoroids and...

Application Briefs : Imaging
Choosing the Right Adhesive for Display Bonding

When ambient light hits displays, it causes unwanted reflections, which adversely affects readability. This is a nuisance for users; however, it can be prevented with optical adhesives.

Application Briefs : Imaging
Making Great Strides: Gaming Camera Improves MS Gait Assessment

Even university researchers play Xbox from time to time. Not all mechanical engineers, however, have the idea to use the popular gaming console’s camera to assist doctors in clinical applications.

Articles : Defense
2016 Create the Future Design Contest

The 2016 Create the Future Design Contest — sponsored by COMSOL, Mouser Electronics, and Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of NASA Tech Briefs) — recognized innovation in product design in seven categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics,...

Articles : Energy
2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Grand Prize Winner
2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Grand Prize Winner

HYLIION - HYBRID TECHNOLOGY FOR SEMI-TRAILERS AND THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY

Thomas Healy, RF Culbertson, AJ Emanuele, Morgan Culbertson, Wilson Sa, Pam Culbertson, Chad Saylor,...

2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Grand Prize Winner
Articles : Automotive
2016 Create the Future Contest: Automotive & Transportation Category Winner
2016 Create the Future Contest: Automotive & Transportation Category Winner

Krishan Arora, Mike Baker, Glenn Barber, Peter Brett, Ross Dewhurst, Melvyn Dover, John Gamston, Steven Goodier, Annie Leeson, Vincent Panel, Ben Russell, Alessandra...

2016 Create the Future Contest: Automotive & Transportation Category Winner
Articles : Defense
2016 Create the Future Contest: Aerospace & Defense Category Winner

FLASH® BAINITE — HIGH PERFORMANCE ARMOR

Gary Cola, Flash Bainite, Washington, MI

The Flash® Bainite Process is a rapid heat treating process for creating steel that is stronger than titanium, lighter than aluminum, and made at lower cost than traditional...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics Category Winner

1,000X BETTER DATA COMPRESSION AND REAL-TIME DECODING OF HIGH-RESOLUTION MAPS

Shaun McWherter, Mark Skoog, and Jamie Willhite, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA; and Loyd Hook, University of Tulsa, OK

This NASA-developed data-compression...

Articles : Medical
2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Machinery/Automation/Robotics Category Winner

SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY BASED SAFETY LATCH

Nicholas W. Pinto, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Chandra S. Namuduri, Nancy L. Johnson, and Mark Vann General Motors, Warren, MI

General Motors has invented a device that indicates when an unsafe level of energy...

Articles : Medical
2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Medical Category Winner

CONTINUOUS WEARABLE BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR

Sean Connell, Kyle Miller, Jay Pandit, and Jung-En Wu Bold Diagnostics, Evanston, IL

Bold Diagnostics has developed a blood pressure monitoring system that is comfortable for patients and seamlessly integrates into their...

Articles : Medical
2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner

MIFOLD

Jon Sumroy, Carfoldio, Ltd., Ra’anana, Israel

The mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat for children aged 4-12 is more than ten times smaller than a regular booster seat and just as safe. A regular booster seat works by lifting a child up to the position...

Articles : Energy
2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

DESOLENATOR — WATER FROM SUNSHINE

William Janssen, Desolenator, London, UK

The Desolenator is a water-purification technology that decontaminates water from any source using only solar energy. The technology is a very affordable ($0.005/L)...

Articles : Energy
Products of Tomorrow: November 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just...

Products : Test & Measurement
Temperature Monitors

Measurement Computing, Norton, MA, offers the TC-32 and TC-32- EXP temperature monitors for thermocouple (TC) measurement. Providing both Ethernet and USB ports, the TC- 32 provides 32 channels of 24-bit resolution for medium channel installations, and the TC-32-EXP adds 32 high-precision channels to support larger...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Oscilloscopes

Teledyne LeCroy, Chestnut Ridge, NY, introduced HDO9000 high-definition oscilloscopes with HD1024 high-definition technology. Features include OneTouch user interface, 15.4" capacitive touchscreen, 10- bit resolution, bandwidths of 1 GHz to 4 GHz, and sample rates of 40 GS/s. Users can perform all common operations with a touch of...

Products : Test & Measurement
Semiconductor Test System

Marvin Test Solutions, Irvine, CA, released the TS-960e PXI Express semiconductor test platform that features test capabilities for RF devices and SoC applications. It features 256 125-MHz digital I/O channels with per-pin-PMU, and multiple RF and analog test instruments in a single, 21-slot PXIe chassis. It...

Products
Test Probes

Pasternack, Irvine, CA, offers semi-rigid test probes for testing microwave circuits. By soldering the outer conductor to the signal ground and the exposed center conductor to the trace carrying the signal of interest, sampling measurements can be made without creating a separate subassembly circuit board or adding a connector to the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Load Frame

To facilitate materials testing on the mesoscale, Psylotech, Evanston, IL, offers the TS™ modular platform that validates material models across 6 orders of magnitude of force and length scales. Users can discern NIST-traceable stress and strain readings ranging from soft tissue to macro-scale composite layups. Force capacities are...

Products : Test & Measurement
Measurement System

KAMAN Precision Products, Colorado Springs, CO, offers the digiVIT non-contact position measuring system for monitoring movement, position, vibration, alignment, or deflection. The eddy current sensor for position/displacement/ proximity sensing features a self-tuning bridge that eliminates the need to connect to a PC to...

Products : Electronics & Computers
USB Hub

ACCES I/O Products, San Diego, CA, announced the USB-104-IHUB rugged, industrial-strength 4-port isolated USB hub that features Tru-Iso™ signal isolation up to 4kV, temperature operation from -40 to 85 °C, high-retention USB connectors, and an industrial steel enclosure for shock and vibration mitigation. The hub expands the number of...

Products : Aerospace
Safety Interlock Switches

The OMEGA® K-SS Series tongue operated safety interlock switches from OMEGA Engineering, Stamford, CT, are designed to fit to the leading edge of sliding, hinged, or liftoff machine guards to provide positively operated switching contacts. They offer a choice of actuators to aid installation and provide position...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Signal Routing Software

Pickering Interfaces, Clacton-on-Sea, UK, offers Switch Path Manager™ signal routing software that simplifies signal routing through switching systems, and automatically connects system endpoints. CLOSE and OPEN commands with additional parameters like module number and channel number control the required relays. The...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Operator Interface

Parker’s Electromechanical and Drives Division North America, Rohnert Park, CA, released the XT Parker’s Xpress™ Power Station operator interface with Xpress 4.1 runtime and development software. The solid-state device features 15G peak shock and 5-500 Hz vibration ratings, and a fanless, ventless design. The 1.83-GHz...

Products : Aerospace
Gasket

Dymax Corp., Torrington, CT, offers GA-201, a colorless, UV/visible-light-curable, tack-free, moisture- and chemical-resistant FIP/CIP gasket for sealing heatsensitive substrates. The low-durometer, high-elongation, silicon-free, and UL 157 recognized gasket acts as a barrier to prevent absorption or penetration of air, dust, noise,...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Overmolding Service

Proto Labs, Maple Plain, MN, has launched an overmolding service. Product designers and engineers use overmolding to improve grip and durability, dampen vibration, and add two-color aesthetics to parts. Overmolded parts go through a multi-step process that results in common products like tool handles, personal care products,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Power Supplies

SL Power Electronics, Ventura, CA, announced the TE240 Series external power supplies. The single-output models are designed for integration with test and measurement equipment and industrial applications. Features include up to 240 Watts of DC power, electrolytic capacitors, and industrial levels of EMC per EN61000-4-X for...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Sponge Connectors

Fujipoly® America Corp., Carteret, NJ, offers Fujipoly® Self-Supporting Sponge Connectors for connecting LCD displays to circuit boards. Each connector is made from an electrically conductive Zebra® core that is supported by a low-compression-force silicone sponge on either one or two sides. The soft supports create a larger...

Products : Software
System Implementation Software

EPLAN Software & Services LLC, Schaumburg, IL, released EPLAN Platform version 2.6 that includes features for terminal design and project data management, the representation of piping in fluid power engineering, and optimized IT integration. Using the Quick Input Filter for project management enables users to...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Keylock Switches

APEM, Vista, CA, introduced LK Series keylock switches available in nickel-plated or black overmolded barrel shutter and key. The multi-position switches are available in momentary and maintained functions, and in single or double pole configurations. They feature two-, three-, and four-position locking configuration with...

Products : RF & Microwave Electronics
Frequency Synthesizer

The THOR-16000-XA multi-output frequency synthesizer from EM Research, Reno, NV, features a single 800-MHz and dual 16-GHz RF outputs. The unit locks to an external 50-MHz reference and exhibits low phase noise at both RF output frequencies. At 100-KHz offset, phase noise is ≤118 dBc/Hz @ 800 MHz and ≤94 dBc/Hz @ 16...

Products : Imaging
Spectroscopy System

Princeton Instruments (Trenton, NJ) launched the FERGIE ™ spectroscopy system, a fully integrated, aberration-free spectrograph with a built-in, low-noise, cooled detector in an 11 × 7 × 8" profile. Thanks to a proprietary Princeton Instruments optical design, FERGIE offers spectral resolution of 0.13 nm/pixel with a 1200...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Collimated Diode Lasers

Laserglow Technologies (Toronto, Canada) has developed the Cyanea™ Series of Collimated Diode Lasers that are tuned to emit low optical noise, low duty cycle, and clean pulse shapes in the 470 nm spectral range, which coincides with the peak excitation wavelength for Channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2).

Products : Imaging
Infrared Cameras

Sierra-Olympic Technologies (Hood River, OR), supplier of infrared (IR) and thermal imaging components and cameras, has introduced the Oculus surveillance systems from Silent Sentinel, Ltd. (Rocklin, CA). The new, environmentally rugged outdoor video technologies feature sim ultaneous visible and thermal imaging outputs. The...

Products : Imaging
New Microscopy Technique

An innovative microfabrication technique used to produce a mirror array that both directs the excitation beam and holds the sample may revolutionize the field of 3D super-resolution mi - croscopy. The Single-Objective Selective-Plane Illumination Microscopy (soSPIM) allows re - searchers to examine the activity of single...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Photon Camera

The Imaging Photon Camera from PHOTONIS (Sturbridge, MA) operates under light-starved conditions. The device features micrometer resolution, picosecond timing, a full 18-mm wide field of view, and a count rate up to 5MHz (with no added read noise). A microchannel plate detector addresses the problem of electron noise. The Imaging...

Products : Imaging
Vision Sensors

Vision Sensors EVT’s (Karlsruhe, Germany) new EyeSens vision sensors are available as greyscale or color camera and integrate easily into existing systems. A variety of available resolutions makes it possible for EyeSens sensors to detect even the most delicate patterns. The EyeSens vision sensors can be used for various...

Products : Imaging
CMOS Scientific Camera

Photometrics® (Tucson, AZ) has announced the Prime 95B™ Scientific CMOS camera. The Prime 95B camera, built on the GSENSE400BSI-TVISB sensor, combines backside illumination (BSI) technology with large pixels and low-noise characteristics to maximize light collection. The Prime 95B, optimized for low-light microscopy,...

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USB Cameras

Point Grey (Richmond, BC, Canada) has announced the Blackfly S series of USB3 Vision and GigE Vision cameras. The 5 MP Blackfly S BFS-U3-51S5 model uses the Sony Pregius IMX250 global shutter CMOS sensor, featuring 2448 × 2048 image resolution at 75 FPS. The 1.3 MP Blackfly S BFS-U3-13Y3 model includes the ON Semi PYTHON 1300 global...

Products : Imaging
Hexapod

Aerotech’s (Pittsburgh, PA) HexGen™ hexapods represent a significant advance in six-degree-of-freedom positioning performance. The HEX500-350HL is driven by AC brushless, slotless servomotors and actuated with six high-accuracy struts that are built with precision preloaded bearings, ball screws, and drive components. The servomotors...

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High-Speed Cameras

The Phantom VEO® from Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) incorporates 12-bit, 35-mm CMOS sensors (color or mono) with a choice of lens mount. At maximum resolution, the one-megapixel (1280×800) Phantom VEO 710 and 410 records at speeds up to 7,400 frames-per-second (fps) and 4,000 fps respectively, while the four-megapixel...

Products : Imaging
Microscopy Camera

Basler USA (Exton, PA) has introduced an additional Basler PowerPack for Microscopy. The new PowerPack includes the Microscopy pulse 3.3 MP camera. With its 4:3 sensor format, the “pulse” 3.3 MP fits to the image circle of a microscope and reaches up to 20 frames per second. Additionally, an enhanced version of the Basler...

Products : Imaging
Multispectral Camera

PIXELTEQ (Largo, FL) has introduced the SpectroCam™ VIS-SWIR 640 multispectral imaging camera. The SpectroCam VIS-SWIR 640 features an InGaAs sensor for increased sensitivity, full frame 640 × 512 pixel resolution, and a 15 μm pixel pitch. The lightweight, portable camera produces live processed images of six spectral...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Thermocouple Simulator

The P470 thermocouple simulator is the latest in Highland Technology’s (San Francisco, CA) line of USB and Ethernet-connected Bench-top modules. It features 8 isolated channels, each capable of simulating J, K, E, T, R, S, B, and N thermocouple types, or outputting voltage in a range of ±100 millivolts with 20-bits of...

Products : Imaging
High-Speed Cameras

Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) has announced a new 32GB memory option for the FASTCAM Mini AX, FASTCAM Mini UX, and FASTCAM Mini WX High Speed Camera Systems. The new memory option is doubled at 32GB; other memory options still available are 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB.

Products : Imaging
Non-Contact Vision Probe

RVP, Renishaw’s (Hoffman Estates, IL) new vision measurement probe for use with the REVO 5-axis measurement system on coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), increases the multi-sensor capability of REVO by adding non-contact inspection to the exisiting touch-trigger, high-speed tactile scanning, and surface finish...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Discrete Amplification Geiger Mode Arrays

Amplification Technologies Corp. (“ATC”) (Bensalem, PA) announced the availability of a new family of Discrete Amplification Photon Detector (DAPD) Geiger mode avalanche photodiode arrays for 3D LIDAR and other applications. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) range finding systems have been in use...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Packaging Inspection Technology

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Wilmington MA) recently unveiled its new patented Clearfind™ technology, which can detect organic defects that are difficult or impossible to see with conventional white-light imaging techniques. Organic contaminants are often the root cause of field failures, which occur after the...

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Pulsed Laser Diode Driver

Analog Modules, Inc. (Longwood, FL) recently released its Ultra Low Ripple CW & Pulsed Laser Diode Driver, Model 785. The Model 785 laser diode driver is a high power, medium speed, analog current source driver that is ideal for compact industrial and medical direct illumination applications that require extremely...

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On September 8, NASA launched OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer). The probe will spend two years in space, chasing down an asteroid known as Bennu. Discoveries from the mission could help...