April 2019

On-Demand Webinars : Medical
How to Choose the Right Adhesive for Your Medical Device Application

Selecting an adhesive for a medical device application can be challenging. Learn how to navigate the selection process while keeping in mind service conditions, desired properties and processing constraints. Find out more about two of the most important industry standards for...

News : Transportation
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Real Thrill Ride
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Real Thrill Ride
You think riding your Harley Davidson is exciting? Try the ElectraFly.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Real Thrill Ride
News : Aerospace
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Close-Up Look at Air Taxis
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Close-Up Look at Air Taxis
Taxi! A steady stream of AUVSI XPONENTIAL attendees got to see Bell's new air vehicle up close.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Close-Up Look at Air Taxis
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robots Created with 3D Printers
Soft Robots Created with 3D Printers

Recent advances in material science have enabled the fabrication of robots with deformable bodies or the ability to reshape when touched, but the complex design, fabrication, and control of soft robots...

Soft Robots Created with 3D Printers
On-Demand Webinars : Photonics/Optics
OpenVPX Technology: Roadmap to the Future

The U.S. Department of Defense and other users are demanding the implementation of open standards and interoperability. VPX specifications have largely been focused at the board level, but there is also a need for considering system-level requirements to improve interoperability and reduce customization,...

Tech Talks : Automotive
Transitioning from Physical to Virtual Automotive Testing Using Virtual Microcontrollers

New, more powerful microcontrollers are becoming available to serve the increasing performance, application-specific needs, and software content demand of automotive domain controllers in powertrain and ADAS. Developers of such systems need to start...

Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Glass Paves Way for ‘New Era’ of Photonics
3D-Printed Glass Paves Way for ‘New Era’ of Photonics

For the first time, researchers have 3D printed a unique material that demonstrates optical transparency in the mid-infrared range: chalcogenide glass.

3D-Printed Glass Paves Way for ‘New Era’ of Photonics
On-Demand Webinars : Electronics & Computers
How to Avoid PCB Re-spins when IC’s Change or are Obsoleted

Working with printed circuit boards (PCBs) for sophisticated military, aerospace, or medical systems can be a frustrating – and expensive – exercise, particularly when the customer requests “a simple upgrade” or modification after the boards have been made or after deployment....

Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Answering Your Questions: CNC Machining or 3D Printing?
Answering Your Questions: CNC Machining or 3D Printing?
Some parts should be CNC machined, and some parts should be 3D printed. Our expert compares the two manufacturing processes.
Answering Your Questions: CNC Machining or 3D Printing?
Question of the Week : Transportation
Will Flying Cars Support 'Sustainable Mobility?'

This week on Tech Briefs TV: A study published in Nature Communications found that flying cars could play a role in sustainable mobility for longer trips. See what the University of Michigan authors had to say. See what the University of Michigan authors had to say.

Podcasts : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Here's an Idea: Sports
Here's an Idea: Sports
In this episode, we explore how sensors are being used to detect concussions, track player performance, and even provide new opportunities to bet.
Here's an Idea: Sports
INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Student-Built Satellite Tests 3D Printing
Student-Built Satellite Tests 3D Printing

A group of undergrad students at Virginia Tech has built a CubeSat satellite with a 3D-printed side panel that includes temperature gauges to test how the material will hold up in space. The...

Student-Built Satellite Tests 3D Printing
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
AI-Based Human-Friendly Robot
AI-Based Human-Friendly Robot

Blue – a low-cost, human-friendly robot – was designed with durable, plastic parts and high-performance motors that total less than $5,000 to manufacture and assemble. Its arms are sensitive to outside...

AI-Based Human-Friendly Robot
INSIDER : Aerospace
NASA Selects Space Tech Research Institutes
NASA Selects Space Tech Research Institutes

NASA has selected two new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to advance space habitat designs using resilient and autonomous systems. The proposals create two multi-disciplinary,...

NASA Selects Space Tech Research Institutes
Blog : Nanotechnology
Snow's Power Potential: How to Generate Electricity from a Blizzard
Snow's Power Potential: How to Generate Electricity from a Blizzard
A new 3D printed device turns snowfall into electricity.
Snow's Power Potential: How to Generate Electricity from a Blizzard
Blog : Materials
Higher-Strength Plastics: How to Turn Polyethylene into ‘Transparent Aluminium’
Higher-Strength Plastics: How to Turn Polyethylene into ‘Transparent Aluminium’
Researchers created transparent polythene sheets that have a strength greater than aluminum – at a fraction of the weight.
Higher-Strength Plastics: How to Turn Polyethylene into ‘Transparent Aluminium’
Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Want to Work Alongside a 'Handle' Robot?

Another video featured on Tech Briefs TV this week demonstrated a robot from Boston Dynamics called "Handle." The bipedal wheeled robot takes on material handling tasks like pallet building and truck unloading for warehouse logistics. Take a look for yourself.

Blog : Test & Measurement
Answering Your Questions: When to CT Scan in the 3D Printing Process
Answering Your Questions: When to CT Scan in the 3D Printing Process
The 3D-printing process has a number of steps. Find out where CT scanning should fall.
Answering Your Questions: When to CT Scan in the 3D Printing Process
Blog : Electronics & Computers
How Fitness Wearables Began – With a Plug-In Sneaker
How Fitness Wearables Began – With a Plug-In Sneaker
Dr. Peter Cavanagh talks with Tech Briefs about his journey in the 1980s as he turned a running shoe into a tracking computer.
How Fitness Wearables Began – With a Plug-In Sneaker
On-Demand Webinars : Aerospace
Advanced Quality Planning and Production Part Approval Process (APQP and PPAP) Integrated Implementation with AS9100

The IAQG has released two key documents, AS9100D and AS9145. Both standards are beginning to have a significant impact in the Aerospace industry as major companies begin to develop and implement strategies for deployment of APQP...

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
Automate Show 2019: Introducing New Robots to North America
Automate Show 2019: Introducing New Robots to North America
On day one of the Automate show in Chicago, Stäubli introduced its new TS2 four-axis robots to the North American market.
Automate Show 2019: Introducing New Robots to North America
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Nanoscale Organic Transistors Tailored for High or Low Current Densities
Nanoscale Organic Transistors Tailored for High or Low Current Densities

In the field of inorganic semiconductors, dimensions below 100 nanometers are already standard. However, organic semiconductors have not been able to keep up. In...

Nanoscale Organic Transistors Tailored for High or Low Current Densities
INSIDER : Communications
Miniature, High-Performance, Low-Cost 5G Transceiver Design
Miniature, High-Performance, Low-Cost 5G Transceiver Design

Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a strategy to support high-speed mobile data access using the millimeter-wave spectrum for a fifth-generation (5G)...

Miniature, High-Performance, Low-Cost 5G Transceiver Design
Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Have You Used Collaborative Robots?

Last week, a Tech Briefs reader asked our expert: "Can collaborative robots help manufacturers looking to scale their business?"

On-Demand Webinars : Photonics/Optics
Optical Coating Design

Most precision optics, whether used in scientific, medical, industrial, or military applications, incorporate some type of thin film coating to enhance their capabilities. This one-hour Technical Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media delves into the more popular types of coatings, what they do, and how they're...

Blog : Data Acquisition
Woven into Clothing, 'Smart' Threads Sense Gases
Woven into Clothing, 'Smart' Threads Sense Gases
The dyed threads change color when they detect a variety of gases.
Woven into Clothing, 'Smart' Threads Sense Gases
Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
What's the most interesting or spontaneous prototype you've ever made?

It took two and a half years, 60 prototypes, and even some of his children's craft foam, but former designer and sensor pro Curtis Ray found a way to stop his snoring. He built a "smart" sleep mask equipped with an accelerometer, a microprocessor, a Bluetooth connection, a...

On-Demand Webinars : Software
Measuring Head-Up Displays from 2D to AR: System Benefits & Demonstration

Projecting speed, navigation, and alerts onto the car windshield—directly in the operator’s field of view—offers safety and design advantages that have made head-up displays (HUDs) the vehicle segment with the highest expected growth rate in the automotive market...

Tech Talks : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Precision Metal Parts with Photochemical Etching

Metal parts are part of almost every electronic, rocket, and medical procedure. The parts need to be reliably precise in order for the application to work successfully. This Tech Talk examines the process of photochemical etching and how it creates exact-to-print metal components. Topics...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Transforming Flat Elastomers into 3D Shapes
Transforming Flat Elastomers into 3D Shapes

Mechanical systems such as engines and motors rely on two principal types of motions of stiff components: linear motion, which involves an object moving from one point to another in a straight...

Transforming Flat Elastomers into 3D Shapes
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Selecting Electric Traction Solutions for AGVs and Mobile Robots
Selecting Electric Traction Solutions for AGVs and Mobile Robots

Smarter, better, faster, less expensive — those words are the mantra of today’s global economy. As organizations seek to streamline operations and do more with less, they...

Selecting Electric Traction Solutions for AGVs and Mobile Robots
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Failsafe Linear Magnetic Brakes
Failsafe Linear Magnetic Brakes

Linear permanent magnet brakes, also known as eddy current brakes, are a failsafe, power-free deceleration system that is used in conjunction with a metal reaction plate. Ceramic or rare earth magnets are...

Failsafe Linear Magnetic Brakes
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Multimaterial 3D Printing Used to Develop Fast-Response, Stiffness-Tunable, Soft Actuator
Multimaterial 3D Printing Used to Develop Fast-Response, Stiffness-Tunable, Soft Actuator

Fast-response, stiffness-tunable (FRST) soft actuators — or movable machine elements — were developed that could be used in soft robots.

Multimaterial 3D Printing Used to Develop Fast-Response, Stiffness-Tunable, Soft Actuator
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Smart Microrobots Adapt to Surroundings
Smart Microrobots Adapt to Surroundings

Researchers, drawing inspiration from bacteria, have designed smart, bio-compatible microrobots that are highly flexible. Because these devices are able to swim through fluids and modify their shape...

Smart Microrobots Adapt to Surroundings
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Self-Lubrication Improves Standard Braking Systems
Self-Lubrication Improves Standard Braking Systems

By mixing carbon fibers into polymer-based brakes, researchers designed brakes that are self-lubricating. These new and improved brakes can prevent wear-and-tear and have better frictional...

Self-Lubrication Improves Standard Braking Systems
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Understanding the Basics of Gas Spring Application
Understanding the Basics of Gas Spring Application

When choosing a gas spring for a particular application, it’s imperative to have a basic understanding of the workings and terminology used when specifying gas springs. This article offers...

Understanding the Basics of Gas Spring Application
Application Briefs : Motion Control
Keck Telescopes Get a Motion Control Upgrade
Keck Telescopes Get a Motion Control Upgrade

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii Island is surrounded by thousands of miles of thermally stable seas. The 13,796-foot Maunakea mountain summit has no nearby ranges to roil the upper...

Keck Telescopes Get a Motion Control Upgrade
Briefs : Materials
Directly Cooled Electric Motor Made from Polymer Materials
Directly Cooled Electric Motor Made from Polymer Materials

Making electric cars lighter also involves reducing the weight of the motor. One way to do that is by constructing it from fiber-reinforced polymer materials. A new cooling concept...

Directly Cooled Electric Motor Made from Polymer Materials
Products : Power
New Products: April 2019 Motion Design
New Products: April 2019 Motion Design

Bearing Sensor

ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) introduced the ABB Ability™ smart sensor that enables health checks for bearings. The smart sensor technology provides an early indicator of potential...

New Products: April 2019 Motion Design
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Synthesizing Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants
Synthesizing Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants

Industrial machinery, agricultural equipment, transportation vessels, and home applications depend on lubricants; however, they leave a heavy environmental footprint. Common lubricants, oils,...

Synthesizing Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants
Briefs : Medical
Technique Provides Rapid Assessment of Radiation Exposure

Researchers have developed a new technique that assesses radiation exposure in about an hour using an insulator material found in most modern electronics. The technique can be used to triage medical cases in the event of a radiological disaster.

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Thin, Durable Heating Patches
Thin, Durable Heating Patches

Thin, durable heating patches were created using intense pulses of light to fuse tiny silver wires with polyester. Their heating performance is nearly 70 percent higher than similar patches. The inexpensive...

Thin, Durable Heating Patches
Q&A : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Q&A: Texas A&M's Jaime Grunlan Creates a Non-Toxic Flame-Retardant Coating

Texas A&M professor Jaime Grunlan and his team are developing a new flame-retardant coating using renewable, nontoxic materials readily found in nature that could provide effective fire protection for several widely used materials.

Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Material Captures and Removes Toxic Atmospheric Gas
Material Captures and Removes Toxic Atmospheric Gas

A metal-organic framework (MOF) material was developed that exhibits a selective, fully reversible, and repeatable capability to remove nitrogen dioxide gas from the atmosphere in ambient...

Material Captures and Removes Toxic Atmospheric Gas
Briefs : Energy
Novel Dielectric Ceramic by Spark Plasma Sintering
Novel Dielectric Ceramic by Spark Plasma Sintering

Researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a new dielectric material based on barium titanate nanopowder processed via spark plasma sintering (SPS). The rapid and...

Novel Dielectric Ceramic by Spark Plasma Sintering
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Skin-Like Sensor Maps Blood-Oxygen Levels
Skin-Like Sensor Maps Blood-Oxygen Levels

A new type of oximeter — or blood-oxygen sensor — is made of organic electronics printed on bendable plastic that molds to the contours of the body. Unlike fingertip oximeters, it can detect...

Skin-Like Sensor Maps Blood-Oxygen Levels
Briefs : Aerospace
Regional Hydrologic Extremes Assessment System (RHEAS) Software

Drought is Africa’s principal type of natural disaster and is at the core of serious threats to the livelihoods of millions of people and the natural resources on which they depend. The economies of many African countries are based on agricultural activities that are controlled...

Briefs : Propulsion
Achieving Carbon Footprint Reduction with Flywheel Technology
Achieving Carbon Footprint Reduction with Flywheel Technology

Recent technical advances have enabled flywheel energy storage systems (FESS) to become more compact and able to support higher-power applications. Due to their proven...

Achieving Carbon Footprint Reduction with Flywheel Technology
Briefs : Materials
Using Common WiFi to Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags
Using Common WiFi to Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags

Ordinary WiFi can easily detect weapons, bombs, and explosive chemicals in bags at museums, stadiums, theme parks, schools, and other public venues using a low-cost suspicious...

Using Common WiFi to Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags
Briefs : Materials
Fabric Alternative to Batteries for Wearable Devices
Fabric Alternative to Batteries for Wearable Devices

Wearable biosensors for health monitoring lack a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. A new method was developed for making a charge-storing system that is easily integrated into...

Fabric Alternative to Batteries for Wearable Devices
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Material Provides Enhanced Tactility for Soft Sensors
New Material Provides Enhanced Tactility for Soft Sensors

Flexible and wearable sensors measure and track body motion, a task made more complex by the human anatomy’s numerous potential contortions. For a wearable sensor to work properly,...

New Material Provides Enhanced Tactility for Soft Sensors
Briefs : Transportation
Rechargeable, High-Temperature, Molten Salt Battery
Rechargeable, High-Temperature, Molten Salt Battery

Growing demand for electric vehicles and more sustainable forms of transport means finding new forms of energy storage such as batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells. Currently, a major...

Rechargeable, High-Temperature, Molten Salt Battery
Briefs : Materials
Plastic-Degrading Enzyme

Eight million metric tons of plastic waste, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, enter the oceans each year, creating huge manmade islands of garbage. Experts estimate that by 2050, there will be as much waste plastic in the ocean by mass as there are fish. A bacterium, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, can...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser Measurement Sensors Solve High-Speed Package Profiling
Laser Measurement Sensors Solve High-Speed Package Profiling
Banner Engineering
Plymouth, MN
www.bannerengineering.com

Sorting parcels and packages prior to delivery is an essential step in shipping and handling. Order...

Laser Measurement Sensors Solve High-Speed Package Profiling
Articles : Transportation
Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Present Some Overlooked Circuit Protection Challenges
Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Present Some Overlooked Circuit Protection Challenges

The first mass-produced electric vehicles (EVs) hit the road late in 2010 with the introduction of the Nissan Leaf, which remains the world’s top-selling,...

Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Present Some Overlooked Circuit Protection Challenges
Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Metal 3D Printing for Complex Heat Exchangers
Metal 3D Printing for Complex Heat Exchangers
Renishaw
West Dundee, IL
www.renishaw.com

HiETA develops metal additive manufacturing (AM) methods for the production of complex, lightweight structures for heat management...

Metal 3D Printing for Complex Heat Exchangers
Briefs : Communications
Wearable Devices Allow Direct Communication by Touch
Wearable Devices Allow Direct Communication by Touch

Emergency situations such as trying to escape heavy smoke from fire could leave the sense of touch as the only way to find an exit. Rather than trying to look at a smartphone screen, a...

Wearable Devices Allow Direct Communication by Touch
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Metallic Hollow Nanoparticle Fabrication
Metallic Hollow Nanoparticle Fabrication

NASA Langley Research Center has developed new methods for fabricating hollow nanoparticles using dendrimer molecules. Dendrimers are used as templates to control the size, stability, and solubility...

Metallic Hollow Nanoparticle Fabrication
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Extrans Permeation Measurement System
Extrans Permeation Measurement System

Many applications in science and industry require an apparatus that creates a controlled amount of a fluid introduced into another fluid. For instance, some material corrosion testing applications...

Extrans Permeation Measurement System
Briefs : Communications
Multiplexing of Wireless Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors
Multiplexing of Wireless Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors

The traditional approach for wireless sensors involves interrogators that communicate with each other (i.e., the two boxes “talk” to each other). In contrast, surface acoustic wave...

Multiplexing of Wireless Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors
Facility Focus : Defense
Facility Focus: Battelle Memorial Institute
Facility Focus: Battelle Memorial Institute

Battelle Memorial Institute was founded in the early part of the 20th century as a charitable trust focused on research in metallurgy and allied industries. Founder Gordon Battelle studied...

Facility Focus: Battelle Memorial Institute
5 Ws : Energy
5 Ws of the Heart Energy Harvester
5 Ws of the Heart Energy Harvester

Who

Millions of people who rely on pacemakers, defibrillators, and other livesaving implantable devices powered by batteries that need to be replaced every five to 10 years.

5 Ws of the Heart Energy Harvester
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
In-Situ Selective Reinforcement of Near-Net-Shape Formed Structures
In-Situ Selective Reinforcement of Near-Net-Shape Formed Structures

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a method in which a metal matrix composite (MMC) material is incorporated into a metallic structure during a one-step...

In-Situ Selective Reinforcement of Near-Net-Shape Formed Structures
Articles : Test & Measurement
Products of Tomorrow: April 2019
Products of Tomorrow: April 2019

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: April 2019
Application Briefs : Materials
Lockheed Martin Explores a Different Kind of Space for NASA
Lockheed Martin Explores a Different Kind of Space for NASA
Protolabs
Maple Plain, MN
www.protolabs.com

Mankind first set foot on the Moon in 1969; nearly five decades have now passed. Today, NASA is developing the Orion...

Lockheed Martin Explores a Different Kind of Space for NASA
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Quantum Radio Aids Communications and Mapping
Quantum Radio Aids Communications and Mapping

GPS signals do not penetrate very deeply or at all in water, soil, or building walls, and therefore can’t be used by submarines or in underground activities such as surveying mines. GPS also...

Quantum Radio Aids Communications and Mapping
Briefs : Data Acquisition
System Enables Direct Data Transmission Between Underwater and Airborne Devices

Today, underwater sensors cannot share data with those on land, as both use different wireless signals that only work in their respective mediums. Radio signals that travel through air die very rapidly in water. Acoustic signals, or sonar, sent by underwater devices...

Briefs : Energy
See-Through Film Rejects 70 Percent of Incoming Solar Heat
See-Through Film Rejects 70 Percent of Incoming Solar Heat

A heat-rejecting film was developed that could be applied to a building’s windows to reflect up to 70 percent of the Sun’s incoming heat. The film remains highly transparent...

See-Through Film Rejects 70 Percent of Incoming Solar Heat
NASA Spinoff : Propulsion
Organic Compound Turns Toxic Waste into Harmless Byproducts
Organic Compound Turns Toxic Waste into Harmless Byproducts

Spinoff is NASA’s annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and services in...

Organic Compound Turns Toxic Waste into Harmless Byproducts
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Signal Combiner for Wideband Communication

NASA’s Glenn Research Center has devised an efficient new method of combining primary and secondary signals with minimal loss and noise. With its ability to reduce system noise, this novel signal combiner delivers the best opportunity to receive a desired signal not easily distinguished from...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Pre-Treatment Solution for Water Recovery

The Pre-Treatment Solution for Water Recovery technology was developed by NASA Johnson Space Center innovators to increase the amount of potable water recovered from the International Space Station’s urine processor assembly system. The solution increased the water recovery rate in the ISS distiller...

Products : Software
New on the Market: April 2019
New on the Market: April 2019

Wave Springs

Smalley, Lake Zurich, IL, announced a Nested Spirawave Wave Springs series. The multiple-turn, flat wire wave springs are coiled in parallel to produce two to three times as much force as...

New on the Market: April 2019
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Polarization Imaging Sensor for Enhanced Scene Analysis
Polarization Imaging Sensor for Enhanced Scene Analysis

Along with intensity and color, polarization is a property of light that can provide useful information for scene analysis; however, the human eye and most cameras cannot detect...

Polarization Imaging Sensor for Enhanced Scene Analysis
Briefs : Materials
Wear-Resistant Platinum Gold Alloy
Wear-Resistant Platinum Gold Alloy

From cellphones to satellites, industry spends millions on traditional gold alloy electrical contact coatings. While gold and other metal alloys have been an industry standard to protect metal components...

Wear-Resistant Platinum Gold Alloy
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wake Vortex Avoidance System and Method
Wake Vortex Avoidance System and Method

NASA Langley Research Center scientists have developed a microphone that detects infrasound, i.e., acoustic waves ranging from 20-Hz frequencies down to DC. Infrasound is emitted in a number of...

Wake Vortex Avoidance System and Method
Briefs : Materials
Transparent Test Patch Determines Food Contamination

A transparent test patch, printed with harmless molecules, signals food contamination as it happens. The patch can be incorporated directly into food packaging, where it can monitor the contents for harmful pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella. The new technology has the potential to...

Briefs : Materials
Virtual Test Laboratory
Virtual Test Laboratory

The mechanical properties of sheet metal materials are directional. Their deformation behavior and their strength differ significantly depending on the viewing direction; for example, in the direction of rolling, or...

Virtual Test Laboratory
Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
Passive RFID Tag with Long Range and Wide Coverage Capabilities

Researchers at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed the RFID Tag with Long Range and Wide Coverage Capabilities technology that allows a RFID tag to direct a RFID reader beam signal back in the direction of arrival. This technology requires no added power to provide telemetry...

Briefs : Materials
Measurement Technique for Continuous-Wave, Modulated, and Pulsed Monochromatic Radiation

In many applications, such as remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases, monochromatic radiation with multiple discrete wavelengths is required. To date, there no instrument or technique that measures the wavelength jitters and fluctuations in real time.

Briefs : Aerospace
The Teletenna — a Hybrid Telescope Antenna System
The Teletenna — a Hybrid Telescope Antenna System

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a hybrid telescope antenna system — Teletenna — to deliver high-data-rate communication over great distances. Teletenna has...

The Teletenna — a Hybrid Telescope Antenna System
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Nickel with Nanoscale Pores Has the Strength of Titanium and Density of Water
Nickel with Nanoscale Pores Has the Strength of Titanium and Density of Water

Titanium is as strong as steel but about twice as light. These properties depend on the way a metal’s atoms are stacked but random defects that arise in the...

Nickel with Nanoscale Pores Has the Strength of Titanium and Density of Water
Briefs : Materials
Self-Healing, Fluid-Inspired Material

Even tiny cracks can cause bridges to collapse, pipelines to rupture, and fuselages to detach from airplanes due to hard-to-detect corrosion in tiny cracks, scratches, and dents. A new coating strategy for metal self-heals within seconds when scratched, scraped, or cracked. The novel material could prevent...

Briefs : Materials
Laser Ranging Can See 3D Objects Melting in Fires
Laser Ranging Can See 3D Objects Melting in Fires

Optical range measurements, already used in manufacturing and other fields, may help overcome practical challenges posed by structural fires, which are too hot to measure with conventional...

Laser Ranging Can See 3D Objects Melting in Fires
Briefs : Communications
Chip Measures Quantities with Quantum Precision
Chip Measures Quantities with Quantum Precision

Many devices use light to probe the quantum states of atoms in a vapor confined in a small cell. Atoms can be highly sensitive to external conditions, and therefore make superb detectors....

Chip Measures Quantities with Quantum Precision
Products : RF & Microwave Electronics
Product of the Month: April 2019 Tech Briefs
Product of the Month: April 2019 Tech Briefs

nanotron, Munich, Germany, introduced 360° Edge Analytics tools and location-aware wireless sensors for manufacturing and healthcare. The products automatically extract event information in real...

Product of the Month: April 2019 Tech Briefs

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robot Applications in the Automotive Industry

Upcoming Webinars: Aerospace

Update on Civil Certification of Multicore Processing Systems in...

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Metal 3D Printing

On-Demand Webinars: Materials

Enhance Product Design and Dependability with Advanced Coating Technologies

On-Demand Webinars: Green Design & Manufacturing

Rapid, Selective Volatile Emissions Testing for Vehicles and Components

Tech Talks: Medical

New Developments in Catheter Shaft Components – Part 2