September 2018

News : IoMT
Answering Your Questions: How Can Medical IoT Devices Move Beyond Simple Information Gathering?
Answering Your Questions: How Can Medical IoT Devices Move Beyond Simple Information Gathering?
Is there more to the "Internet of Medical Things" than just data gathering? A reader asks our experts.
Answering Your Questions: How Can Medical IoT Devices Move Beyond Simple Information Gathering?
On-Demand Webinars : Electronics & Computers
How Long Will Your Battery Last? More Efficient Battery Management and EV Systems Design and Verification

With several car manufacturers aggressively expanding plans for electric vehicles, system designers are faced with the challenges of designing, optimizing, and verifying battery management and EV systems. It is expected that more intelligent...

News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing
Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing

Design engineers in the aerospace industry are constantly challenged to improve fit and function of components used in commercial and military aircraft. Parts used in these aircraft...

Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity
3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity

Electropolishing has become a common metal finishing process used in the aerospace industry to help improve the overall quality of metal components. These components...

3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity
News : Aerospace
Advantages of Electropolishing for Penetrant Testing
Advantages of Electropolishing for Penetrant Testing

It’s common, especially in the aerospace industry, for parts that are fracture critical to be Liquid Penetrant Inspected (LPI) prior to installation. Also known as Dye Penetrant...

Advantages of Electropolishing for Penetrant Testing
On-Demand Webinars : RF & Microwave Electronics
GaN Reliability: What Gives?

Gallium Nitride (GaN) compound-semiconductors are taking front and center stage in many electronic and electrical circuits and systems being developed today. Applications for GaN are rapidly expanding in existing electronic market segments and enabling emerging market segments. As GaN moves from “research...

Blog : Test & Measurement
Meet Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer (and Asteroid Hunter)
Meet Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer (and Asteroid Hunter)
NASA's Lindley Johnson explains how the exciting business of asteroid detection does have its moments that are “like any other office job.”
Meet Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer (and Asteroid Hunter)
INSIDER : Software
3D-Printed "Motion Sculptures" from 2D Videos
3D-Printed

Traditional videos and photos for studying motion are two-dimensional, and don’t show the underlying 3D structure of the person or subject of interest. So, researchers are using an algorithm...

3D-Printed
INSIDER : Motion Control
Controlling Nanomotors with Light
Controlling Nanomotors with Light

Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed the first method for selecting and switching the mechanical motion of nanomotors among multiple modes with simple visible light as the...

Controlling Nanomotors with Light
Tech Talks : Automotive
Taming Torsionals in Today’s Commercial Vehicles

A combination of increasingly stringent emissions regulations and rising power density is pushing the torsional response of today’s internal-combustion engines to ever higher limits.

On-Demand Webinars : Information Technology
Connectivity and IoT: What’s Next for Medical Devices?
Connectivity and IoT: What’s Next for Medical Devices?

With the advent of IoT connectivity, the opportunities for medical device manufacturers are endless. The automatic transmission of medically relevant data through IoT connected devices...

Connectivity and IoT: What’s Next for Medical Devices?
On-Demand Webinars : Automotive
Next-Generation Design for Automotive and Transportation Industries

The pace of innovation in the automotive and transportation industries has never been greater. Electrification, connectivity, autonomous driving, and lightweight construction are changing vehicles and the way that people interact with them. The next generation of vehicles...

Question of the Week : Electronics & Computers
Are the Possibilities for Squid Proteins 'Potentially Endless?'

Our second INSIDER story today featured a new switching effect for thermal conductivity.

Professor Patrick Hopkins and his colleagues discovered that a responsive protein from squid ring teeth contained properties supporting an on-and-off kind of thermal regulation. When the...

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal that Doesn’t Catch Fire
Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal that Doesn’t Catch Fire

A rechargeable battery technology developed at the University of Michigan could double the output of today’s lithium ion cells, drastically extending electric vehicle ranges...

Doubling Performance with Lithium Metal that Doesn’t Catch Fire
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life
New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life

The built-in multi-window feature released with the new Android operating system allows users to have multiple windows and files open at the same time, similar to a laptop, but this results in...

New App Will Extend Smartphone Battery Life
INSIDER : Energy
Boron Nitride Separation Process Could Facilitate Higher Efficiency Solar Cells
Boron Nitride Separation Process Could Facilitate Higher Efficiency Solar Cells

A team of semiconductor researchers based in France has used a boron nitride separation layer to grow indium gallium nitride (InGaN) solar cells that were then...

Boron Nitride Separation Process Could Facilitate Higher Efficiency Solar Cells
INSIDER : Automotive
EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers
EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers

New research from Idaho National Laboratory suggests that electric vehicle drivers could face longer charging times when temperatures drop. The reason: cold temperatures...

EV Charging in Cold Temperatures Could Pose Challenges for Drivers
On-Demand Webinars : Test & Measurement
Thermal Application Leak Test Solutions

Unintentional leakage is undesirable for many reasons: quality or process performance; product damage or lifetime; economics; spillage and environmental damage. The leak detection method chosen is determined by the maximum allowable quantity of gas or liquid that may be permitted to flow through a leak or...

Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
How To Get Your Company to Take 3D Printing Beyond Prototyping
How To Get Your Company to Take 3D Printing Beyond Prototyping
A reader asks: "Why do organizations struggle to see 3D printing or additive manufacturing for more than prototyping? "
How To Get Your Company to Take 3D Printing Beyond Prototyping
On-Demand Webinars : Aerospace
Light-cure Solutions for the Aerospace/Defense Industry: Improve Your Bottom Line with the Speed of Light

Extending engine service life, improving imaging sensors for guidance, proximity systems, and protecting printed circuit boards from harsh environments are critical to the design and performance of components in all sectors of the aerospace...

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
From Prototyping to Factory 4.0

New 3D printing innovations are transforming manufacturing by significantly changing cost structures, opening new markets and disrupting supply chains. Join IDC analysts Tim Green, Keith Kmetz, and Dr. Phil Reeves of Stratasys for a 45- minute webinar where you will learn:

3D printing’s fundamental value...
Blog : Energy
‘Smart’ Squid Material Offers Thermal Conductivity, On Demand
‘Smart’ Squid Material Offers Thermal Conductivity, On Demand
Researchers discovered that an on-and-off kind of thermal regulation is possible if you look to the squid.
‘Smart’ Squid Material Offers Thermal Conductivity, On Demand
Question of the Week : Materials
Have You Used Light-Curable Materials?

Manufacturers have turned to light-cure formulations to protect and improve a variety of components in the aerospace and defense industry, including image sensors, proximity systems, and printed circuit boards.

In a live webinar at 2 pm ET tomorrow, experts will discuss the advantages and benefits...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Learn about certification, support, supply chain and other facts to consider when choosing a connector supplier.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Podcasts : Test & Measurement
Here's an Idea: Vibration Communication
Here's an Idea: Vibration Communication
The haptics field is wide open, and researchers are finding new and exciting ways to send a message through touch.
Here's an Idea: Vibration Communication
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
A connectors expert reviews standards and certifications; assembly tooling; and physical space issues.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
On-Demand Webinars : Medical
Designing Surgical Tools with Multiphysics Simulation

Designing and developing surgical tools that heat tissue for necrosis requires understanding the temperature distribution that develops during the use of the device. Multiphysics simulation enables designers to understand and address the interaction of the heat source with the body in order...

Webinars : Medical
Breakthrough Technology in Plastics Recycling

Global production of Polylactic Acid (PLA) is increasing dramatically as it becomes the biodegradable plastic of choice for a wide range of medical and industrial applications. PLA requires a specialized recycling plan…is your company ready? Attend this Webinar to learn what you need to know to...

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds a New Way to Drill Down
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds a New Way to Drill Down
A NASA researcher spoke with Tech Briefs about the importance of the Curiosity rover's latest find on Mars.
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds a New Way to Drill Down
On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Power Technologies Reduce Failures, Improve Reliability

In this webinar, Molex technical power experts will discuss three separate technologies that apply to power distribution, and how these solutions are reducing failures and improving reliability in the field.

Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Answering Your Questions: "What is Your Advice for a 3D Printing Beginner?"
Answering Your Questions:
A readers asks two 3D-printing veterans: "What is your advice to someone starting out with additive manufacturing?"
Answering Your Questions:
News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Air Quality Sleuths: Salt Lake's Light Rail Trains

The light rail network in the Salt Lake City area already does a lot to improve air quality. Its three lines move more than 67,000 people a day along 45 miles of track, saving countless car trips and sparing the air tons upon tons of petroleum-powered pollutants.

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Research: Magnetic Transducer Element With Vortex State

Many modern technological applications are based on magnetic forces. Examples are moving components in electric vehicles and storing data on hard disks. Magnetic fields are also used as sensors to detect other magnetic fields. In the automotive industry, for example, more precise...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Fleet of Aerial, Surface, and Underwater Robots Map Ocean Front

Using multiple autonomous vehicles simultaneously, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers returns to the U.S. after exploring the North Pacific Subtropical front – a sharp boundary where cold fresh waters from the north meet warm salty waters from the south. The...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Even One Automated, Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety

Connected cruise control uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to let automated vehicles respond to multiple cars at a time in an effort to save energy and improve safety. University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated its effectiveness on public roads, even when just one automated...

Question of the Week : Electronics & Computers
Are You Dealing with Power Failures?

Energy demands are increasing as consumer, industrial, and data communications markets require greater power distribution.

INSIDER : Imaging
Engineers Create a Camera With No Lens
Engineers Create a Camera With No Lens

In the future, your car windshield could become a giant camera sensing objects on the road. Or each window in a home could be turned into a security camera.

Engineers Create a Camera With No Lens
Products : Imaging
New Products: September 2018 Photonics & Imaging Insider
New Products: September 2018 Photonics & Imaging Insider

CMOS Image Sensor

Teledyne e2v (Chelmsford, UK) has announced Snappy 2 megapixel, a new CMOS image sensor designed for barcode reading and other 2D scanning applications. The...

New Products: September 2018 Photonics & Imaging Insider
INSIDER : Energy
Silicon-Based Tandem Photovoltaic Modules Show Potential
Silicon-Based Tandem Photovoltaic Modules Show Potential

New solar energy research from Arizona State University demonstrates that silicon-based tandem photovoltaic modules, which convert sunlight to electricity with higher efficiency than...

Silicon-Based Tandem Photovoltaic Modules Show Potential
INSIDER : Test & Measurement
Researchers Devise New Way to Measure Light Beams
Researchers Devise New Way to Measure Light Beams

If you want to get the greatest benefit from a beam of light—whether to detect a distant planet or to remedy an aberration in the human eye—you need to be able to measure it. Well, a...

Researchers Devise New Way to Measure Light Beams
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design Tool Brings a ‘Structural’ Approach to Color
Design Tool Brings a ‘Structural’ Approach to Color
A new approach to structural coloration is more freeform than you might expect.
Design Tool Brings a ‘Structural’ Approach to Color
On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing: Exploring the Possibilities for Tooling and Printing Composite Parts

The advanced manufacturing capabilities of 3D printing opens the door for new applications to support composite fabrication. During this webinar, you’ll hear from a panel of composite leaders from Dassault Falcon Jet, Orbital ATK, SSL and Santa Cruz...

News : Medical
New Use for Beer, Soup, Barley: Medical Imaging Drink
New Use for Beer, Soup, Barley: Medical Imaging Drink

Before launching their latest science experiment, University at Buffalo researchers bought more than 200 types of tea, chocolate, herbs, and other foodstuffs. The goal wasn't to stock up...

New Use for Beer, Soup, Barley: Medical Imaging Drink
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Technique Boosts Capacity of Computer Storage

The most dense solid-state memory ever created could soon exceed the capabilities of current computer storage devices by 1,000 times using a new technique. The same technology was used to manufacture atomic-scale circuits, allowing for quickly removing or replacing single hydrogen atoms. The...

Articles : Materials
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

In 1977, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, CO) started as the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), spurred by national concern during the 1973 oil embargo that caused long lines...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Metamaterial Device Controls Transmission and Reflection of Acoustic Waves
Metamaterial Device Controls Transmission and Reflection of Acoustic Waves

A thin material was developed that can control the redirection and reflection of sound waves with almost perfect efficiency. While many theoretical approaches to...

Metamaterial Device Controls Transmission and Reflection of Acoustic Waves
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: September 2018
Products of Tomorrow: September 2018

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: September 2018
Briefs : Medical
Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell
Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell

A device and method have been developed to conduct compression and tensile tests on soft materials such as flocculated sediments, biopolymers, biological materials, and food stuffs. The device...

Nano/Micro Mechanical Environmental Test Cell
Briefs : Materials
Microtesting Rig
Microtesting Rig

The measurement of mechanical behavior in very small samples whose dimensions are on the order of microns and below can offer advantages over conventional macroscopic testing in many instances. Motivations for investigating...

Microtesting Rig
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures
Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures

To further develop semiconductor technology, the field of molecular electronics is seeking to manufacture circuit components from individual molecules instead of silicon. Because of...

Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures
Briefs : Nanotechnology
High-Kinetic-Energy Penetrator Shielding and High-Wear-Resistance Materials Fabricated with Boron Nitride Nanotubes and BNNT Polymer Composites

In recent years, anti-penetration materials have been more widely used for armor, bulletproof vests, and micrometeoroid and orbital debris protection layers for space-suits, space vehicles, and...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Integrated Multiphysics and Advanced Diagnostics
Integrated Multiphysics and Advanced Diagnostics

The objective of this effort was to design, fabricate, integrate, and fly a nuclear thermal rocket without having to build massive ground test facilities. Furthermore, this nuclear rocket...

Integrated Multiphysics and Advanced Diagnostics
Articles : Imaging
How Augmented Reality Will Disrupt the Manufacturing Industry
How Augmented Reality Will Disrupt the Manufacturing Industry

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are in the same vein when it comes to modern technology. Both deal with digital content relayed through an immersive environment or...

How Augmented Reality Will Disrupt the Manufacturing Industry
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Device Detects Explosives, Drugs, or Lead
Device Detects Explosives, Drugs, or Lead

Warfighters and law enforcement personnel encounter many situations where they need to assess and determine if a situation is hostile or benign. Currently available field explosive detection kits are...

Device Detects Explosives, Drugs, or Lead
Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
NASA's Robotic Sniffer Finds Space Station Leak
NASA's Robotic Sniffer Finds Space Station Leak
Stanford Research Systems
Sunnyvale, CA
www.thinksrs.com

The Robotic External Leak Locator (RELL) — a collaboration between NASA's Johnson Space Center and Goddard Space...

NASA's Robotic Sniffer Finds Space Station Leak
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Stray Energy Indicator for Pyrotechnic Applications

A compact and portable system is used to monitor and store real-time measurements of stray energy through a pyrotechnic firing circuit using infrared technology. The infrared sensor is mated to the NASA Standard Initiator simulator, and is calibrated such that the current input through the...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
3D-Printed Active Materials for Robots
3D-Printed Active Materials for Robots

The Army uses robots that are structurally rigid, making them impractical when performing military operations in highly congested and contested urban environments where covert maneuvering is critical...

3D-Printed Active Materials for Robots
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Faster Photons Could Make Data Totally Secure

Transferring data using light passed along fiber optic cables has become increasingly common over the past decades, but each pulse currently contains millions of photons. That means that in principle, a portion of these could be intercepted without detection. Secure data is already encrypted, but if...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Atomically Thin Device Transmits Signals Across a Broad Frequency Range
Atomically Thin Device Transmits Signals Across a Broad Frequency Range

The challenge of miniaturizing devices and systems is also achieving a broader dynamic range of detection for small signals such as sound, vibration, and radio...

Atomically Thin Device Transmits Signals Across a Broad Frequency Range
Briefs : Energy
Catalytic Mechanism Converts CO2 to Methanol
Catalytic Mechanism Converts CO2 to Methanol

Capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and converting it to useful chemicals such as methanol could reduce both pollution and U.S. dependence on petroleum products. Catalysts are used to bring...

Catalytic Mechanism Converts CO2 to Methanol
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Novel Synaptic Architecture for Brain-Inspired Computing
Novel Synaptic Architecture for Brain-Inspired Computing

Over the past few years, deep learning algorithms have proven to be highly successful in solving complex cognitive tasks such as controlling self-driving cars and language...

Novel Synaptic Architecture for Brain-Inspired Computing
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Carbon Dioxide Collection and Pressurization Technology

Mars is the ultimate destination for NASA's human exploration program. In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) is a key technology required to enable such missions. The goals of using resources available at the exploration site are to reduce launch and delivered mass, reduce risk and cost,...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: September 2018
New on the Market: September 2018

Data Acquisition System

The SLICE IP68 data acquisition system from DTS, Seal Beach, CA, measures physical signals in extreme test environments. It can embed in most test articles, and the rugged...

New on the Market: September 2018
Briefs : Materials
Coatings Make Natural Fabrics Waterproof
Coatings Make Natural Fabrics Waterproof

Fabrics that resist water are essential for everything from rainwear to military tents, but conventional water-repellent coatings have been shown to persist in the environment and accumulate in our...

Coatings Make Natural Fabrics Waterproof
Articles : Test & Measurement
Multifunctional, Integrated, Photonic Lab-on-a-Chip for Astronaut Health Monitoring
Multifunctional, Integrated, Photonic Lab-on-a-Chip for Astronaut Health Monitoring

While widely used for terrestrial medical applications, handheld blood analyzers are not suitable for space missions due to the short shelf-life of their...

Multifunctional, Integrated, Photonic Lab-on-a-Chip for Astronaut Health Monitoring
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Coating Erosion Tests Help Keep Mars 2020 Rover Safe
Coating Erosion Tests Help Keep Mars 2020 Rover Safe
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl

Mars rovers are sophisticated, multi-instrumented pieces of equipment that...

Coating Erosion Tests Help Keep Mars 2020 Rover Safe
Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
Artificial Intelligence Senses People Through Walls
Artificial Intelligence Senses People Through Walls

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used to teach wireless devices to sense people's postures and movement, even from the other side of a wall. RF-Pose uses a neural network to analyze...

Artificial Intelligence Senses People Through Walls
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Piezoelectric Thrust Vector Control for Hall Effect Thruster

The design of the CubeSat required precision pointing of the thrust vector through the spacecraft center of gravity to minimize fuel usage for attitude correction. Because the center of gravity shifts over the course of the mission, a means of adjusting the thrust vector was needed....

Briefs : Materials
Non-Toxic HAN Monopropellant Propulsion

A highly miniaturized, MR-143, green monopropellant thruster was developed for 1N thrust. Testing indicated the initial catalyst bed heater was insufficient. In subsequent development, the thruster was equipped with a more efficient catalyst bed heater. For reliable ignition of the advanced, non-toxic,...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Transmitter Protects Wireless Data from Hackers
Transmitter Protects Wireless Data from Hackers

Today, more than 8 billion devices are connected around the world, including medical devices, wearables, vehicles, and smart household and city technologies. Those devices are vulnerable to...

Transmitter Protects Wireless Data from Hackers
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Antiferromagnetic-Based Memory Processes Data at Terahertz Speeds

Data travels down fiber-optic cables at frequencies of several terahertz. As soon as the data arrives on a PC or television, this speed must be throttled down to match the data processing speed of the device components; this speed currently is in the range of a few hundred...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Active Measurement Cancellation
Active Measurement Cancellation

A battery pack is only as strong as its weakest cell. As battery packs become larger and more integral to the stable operation of devices and systems, the need to monitor battery dependability and performance...

Active Measurement Cancellation
5 Ws : Test & Measurement
5 Ws of a Simple Nerve Gas Detector
5 Ws of a Simple Nerve Gas Detector

Who

First responders, soldiers, and scientists in the field.

5 Ws of a Simple Nerve Gas Detector
Q&A : Energy
Q&A: NYU's Dr. André D. Taylor Shows Pathway for Perovskite Cells

An international team of university researchers, led by Dr. Taylor, reports solving a major fabrication challenge for perovskite cells — the intriguing potential challengers to silicon-based solar cells. These crystalline structures show great promise because they can absorb...

Briefs : Communications
Rapidly Deployable Communications Platform
Rapidly Deployable Communications Platform

First responders often have trouble communicating with each other in emergencies. They may use different types of radios, they may be working in rural areas lacking wireless coverage, or they may be...

Rapidly Deployable Communications Platform
Briefs : Materials
Melt-Cast Explosive Material
Melt-Cast Explosive Material

The Environmental Protection Agency has listed trinitrotoluene (TNT) as a possible carcinogen, and exposure to the material has been linked to disorders of the blood, such as anemia, and abnormal liver function,...

Melt-Cast Explosive Material
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Flexible, Compliant, Multiline Microprobes for Measuring Material Electrical Properties
Flexible, Compliant, Multiline Microprobes for Measuring Material Electrical Properties

The ability to measure the electronic conductivity of battery film coatings is a pressing need in the battery industry; however, these measurements can...

Flexible, Compliant, Multiline Microprobes for Measuring Material Electrical Properties
Briefs : Materials
Faster, More Efficient Information Processing

For decades, computer chips have been shrinking thanks to a steady stream of technological improvements in processing density. Experts have, however, been warning that we'll soon reach the end of the trend known as Moore's Law, in which the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Controlled Manufacture of Porous Silicon Carbide
Controlled Manufacture of Porous Silicon Carbide

Extremely fine porous structures with tiny holes — resembling a kind of sponge at the nano level — can be generated in semiconductors. A method was developed for the controlled manufacture...

Controlled Manufacture of Porous Silicon Carbide
Articles : Automotive
The Expanding Role of Sensors in the IoT/IIoT
The Expanding Role of Sensors in the IoT/IIoT

The increasing variety of applications for the Internet of Things is driving predictions that the sales volume for sensors will reach 75 billion units by 2025. Applications unforeseen just five...

The Expanding Role of Sensors in the IoT/IIoT
Briefs : Automotive
Direct-Current Detector for Emergency Responder Safety
Direct-Current Detector for Emergency Responder Safety

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a direct-current detector technology to help emergency responders safely detect high voltages, which they have...

Direct-Current Detector for Emergency Responder Safety
Briefs : Medical
Realization of High-Performance Magnetic Sensors Using Magnetic Vortex Structures
Realization of High-Performance Magnetic Sensors Using Magnetic Vortex Structures

Magnetic sensors play a key role in a variety of applications, such as speed and position sensing in the automotive industry and in biomedical applications....

Realization of High-Performance Magnetic Sensors Using Magnetic Vortex Structures
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Solar PV and Lithium-Ion Battery Hybrids for the IIoT — A User's Guide
Solar PV and Lithium-Ion Battery Hybrids for the IIoT — A User's Guide

Hybrid solutions that combine small photovoltaic (PV) panels with industrial grade rechargeable Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries provide long-term power for remote...

Solar PV and Lithium-Ion Battery Hybrids for the IIoT — A User's Guide
Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
How to Specify Intrinsically Safe Remote Monitoring Sensor Systems
How to Specify Intrinsically Safe Remote Monitoring Sensor Systems

Wireless sensor networks frequently operate in hazardous areas where explosive atmospheres pose a safety risk to equipment and operators. The design of these systems must...

How to Specify Intrinsically Safe Remote Monitoring Sensor Systems
Products : Green Design & Manufacturing
New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology
New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology

Digital Variable Impedance Transducer

With its user-friendly new graphical user interface (GUI) for easier setup and connectivity, and cloud-based data access/monitoring, the digiVIT...

New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology
Briefs : Data Acquisition
Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks
Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks

For wireless networks that share time-sensitive information on the fly, it's not enough to transmit data quickly: that data also needs to be fresh. Consider the many sensors in your car. While it may...

Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks
Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
The Ultimate ‘Smell Test’: Device Sends Rotten Food Warning to Smartphones
The Ultimate ‘Smell Test’: Device Sends Rotten Food Warning to Smartphones

When it comes to the “smell test,” the nose isn't always the best judge of food quality. Now in a study appearing in ACS’ journal Nano Letters, scientists...

The Ultimate ‘Smell Test’: Device Sends Rotten Food Warning to Smartphones
Briefs : Medical
A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes
A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes

Infrared spectroscopy is the benchmark method for detecting and analyzing organic compounds. However, that requires complicated procedures and large, expensive instruments, making...

A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
NIST/NASA Study Shows One Detector Doesn't Fit All for Smoke in Spacecraft
NIST/NASA Study Shows One Detector Doesn't Fit All for Smoke in Spacecraft

What had been a peaceful and productive mission for the six men aboard the Russian space station Mir, including U.S. astronaut Jerry Linenger, nearly became a tragic...

NIST/NASA Study Shows One Detector Doesn't Fit All for Smoke in Spacecraft
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
An Artificial Nerve System Developed at Stanford Gives Prosthetic Devices and Robots a Sense of Touch
An Artificial Nerve System Developed at Stanford Gives Prosthetic Devices and Robots a Sense of Touch

Stanford and Seoul National University researchers have developed an artificial sensory nerve system that can activate the twitch reflex in...

An Artificial Nerve System Developed at Stanford Gives Prosthetic Devices and Robots a Sense of Touch
Briefs : Medical
Deep Learning Transforms Smartphone Microscopes into Laboratory-Grade Devices
Deep Learning Transforms Smartphone Microscopes into Laboratory-Grade Devices

Researchers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering have demonstrated that deep learning, a powerful form of artificial intelligence, can discern and enhance...

Deep Learning Transforms Smartphone Microscopes into Laboratory-Grade Devices
Articles : Automotive
What's Ahead for Machine Vision Cameras?
What's Ahead for Machine Vision Cameras?

Throughout the history of the electronics industry, the old refrain that systems will continuously become faster, simpler, and cheaper has remained true. In the early days of computer vision, a frame...

What's Ahead for Machine Vision Cameras?
Application Briefs : Materials
Specifying Coatings for Military and Aerospace Applications
Specifying Coatings for Military and Aerospace Applications

Optics are employed in virtually every area of military operations, from vision systems and target designators used by troops on the ground, through guidance systems utilized in...

Specifying Coatings for Military and Aerospace Applications
Products : Imaging
New Products: September 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: September 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Embedded Imaging Platforms

Critical Link LLC (Syracuse, NY) recently introduced an Embedded Vision Development Kit (VDK) that integrates Basler's dart BCON camera with...

New Products: September 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Briefs : Materials
COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform
COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform

A next-generation X-ray beamline now operating at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) brings together a unique set of capabilities to measure the...

COSMIC Impact: Next-Gen X-Ray Microscopy Platform
Articles : Photonics/Optics
Advanced Materials Help Lasers Beat the Heat
Advanced Materials Help Lasers Beat the Heat

Laser diodes are one of a number of different types of electronic devices that generate heat during normal operation. Some power applied to such devices is lost as heat energy. To ensure stable...

Advanced Materials Help Lasers Beat the Heat
Briefs : Imaging
A Paper-Like LCD — Thin, Flexible, Tough, and Cheap
A Paper-Like LCD — Thin, Flexible, Tough, and Cheap

Optoelectronic engineers in China and Hong Kong have manufactured a special type of liquid crystal display (LCD) that is paper-thin, flexible, light, and tough. With this, a daily...

A Paper-Like LCD — Thin, Flexible, Tough, and Cheap
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Researchers Create Precision Optical Components with Inkjet Printing
Researchers Create Precision Optical Components with Inkjet Printing

Researchers have developed an inkjet printing technique that can be used to print optical components such as waveguides. Because the printing approach can also fabricate...

Researchers Create Precision Optical Components with Inkjet Printing
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Three Popular Machine Vision Standards
Three Popular Machine Vision Standards

Advancements in machine vision have augmented industrial automation and provided a platform to advance imaging-based automatic inspection and analysis applications. This technology, however, comes with...

Three Popular Machine Vision Standards
Products : Software
Product of the Month: September 2018 Tech Briefs
Product of the Month: September 2018 Tech Briefs

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, announced a new release of HxGN SMART Quality software that combines connectivity, statistical evaluation, and resource management...

Product of the Month: September 2018 Tech Briefs