November 2020

The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
5 Ws of the Paper-Based Keypad
Users can take paper sheets from a notebook and turn them into a music player interface or make food packaging interactive.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart, Self-Powered Knee Implants
These implants can provide doctors with regular activity updates and are powered by the patient’s movement.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Smart Window Improves Energy Efficiency of Buildings
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
Briefs: Medical
High-Performance, Low-Field MRI for Cardiac and Lung Imaging
The system could enhance image-guided procedures that diagnose and treat disease and make medical imaging more affordable and accessible.
The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Self-Assembling Robot Cubes Form Various Structures
The robot blocks jump, spin, flip, and identify each other.
Briefs: Materials
Detector Senses X-Rays Over a Broad Energy Range
New materials generate precise X-ray images with a lower amount of exposure.
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
Briefs: Internet of Things
Printable Light Sensors Can See Colors
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Faster-Degrading Plastic for Marine Uses
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
This sensor makes it possible to ensure that such systems more closely mimic the function of real organs.
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Janus Particles Improve Paints and Coatings
Other applications include cosmetics, 3D printing, and drug formulations.
The material can be used in power electronics and power converters for solar energy power systems.
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Aerogel-Reinforced Composites
The flexible composites can be used as thermal insulation for environments of up to 1200 °C.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Soft Electronics Treat Heart Arrythmias
A new class of medical instruments uses flexible electronics to improve patient outcomes in minimally invasive surgeries.
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Radar Enables Cars to Spot Hazards Around Corners
Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, the automated system “sees” around corners to spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
This technology enables robots, electronic devices, and prosthetic devices to feel pain through sense of touch.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: Rochester Institute of Technology
Learn about RIT's achievements in cybersecurity, imaging science, and personalized healthcare tech.
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Lab-On-Chip Flow and Temperature Sensor
The sensor provides accurate and real-time measurement of flow rates and temperature in next-generation microfluidic instruments.
The sensor enables detection of items for security screening, intrusion detection, forensics, and medical imaging.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Lenslet-Based Integral Field Spectrograph
Applications include biomedical imaging, remote sensing, and heliophysics research.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New on the Market: November 2020
VOC sensors, panel-mount connectors, 3D printing cloud software, and more.
The dye, delivered along with a vaccine, could enable “on-patient” storage of vaccination history.
When deployed on edge devices, modern HMI and SCADA software can go beyond basic visualization to deliver advanced data acquisition and analytics.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
E-Tongue Nanosensor Array
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.
A smartwatch that tracks medication levels, a flexible LED, and NASA's "Micro-Organ" device platform.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Infrared Detectors Enhance Night-Vision Cameras
The ability to enhance night vision could improve what can be seen in space, in chemical and biological disaster areas, and on the battlefield.
Once installed at Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will introduce incredible opportunities for astrophysics.
Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by precisely locating the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Long-Range Wireless Sensor Network
The network is designed for remote, low-resource locations where power and communications infrastructure are scarce.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Algorithm Improves Navigation of Autonomous Driving Robots
Future robots could be taught how to outperform humans.
The technology, which could be added to smart watches, could detect the onset of Parkinson’s disease or help with stroke rehabilitation.
Briefs: Motion Control
Octopus-Inspired Soft Robotic Arm
The Tentacle Bot can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects.
A technique to assess astronauts’ balance recovery helps people assess their risk of falling.
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
VR/AR devices can simulate some of the key difficulties experienced due to glaucoma.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Sweating Robot Muscle
This form of thermal management can help enable untethered, high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
Tests show magnetoelectric power is a viable option for clinical-grade implants.
Multi-sensor imaging systems, eyesafe laser finders, machine vision algorithms, and more.
With low-cost materials called perovskites, stable, continuous lasing is achieved at room temperature for over an hour.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Megapixel Photon-Counting Camera Technology
See what kinds of applications are possible when you can literally see light propagating through space.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Material Advances for LED Quantum Dot Efficiency
Creating next-generation LEDs for novel efforts like COVID-19 decontamination requires LED manufacturers to reevaluate the materials that they’re using.
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Overcoming Pitfalls When Measuring Thin, Parallel Optics
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Measuring Layer Thickness Using a Microscope
With Nikon's Layer Thickness software module, comprehensive information about a specimen is obtained more quickly than if an operator is making all the measurements by hand.
A NIST method employs a neural network to detect patterns like geometric objects in imaging data.
The SHFQA Quantum Analyzer from Zurich Instruments operates at up to 8.5 GHz and can perform direct readout of superconducting and spin qubits.
Special Reports: Medical
Additive Manufacturing - November 2020

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
High-Reliability PCB Design Tips for Aerospace and other Harsh Environments

Designing for reliability involves a wide array of design choices, material selections, and carefully controlled manufacturing processes. Take a deep dive into how...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Say Goodbye to Stencils

Using stencils is how assembly manufacturers traditionally transfer solder paste onto the surface of printed circuit boards. Simply put, PCB assemblers use customer-provided stencil files to laser-cut metal stencils....

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
PCB Design and Assembly for Power Supplies

Power supplies come in large varieties, can have different topologies, and feature numerous safeguards. Designs of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for power supplies can, therefore, have infinite...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
LVR, A Novel Alternative to LVDTs for Linear Measurement In Harsh Environments

This paper is a description of the LVR (linear variable resonance) sensor, a new patented non-contact linear position sensor. This sensor can operate in...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Oscilloscope Fundamentals Primer

As with all electronic test equipment, digital oscilloscopes have an array of key specifications. Some are basic and easy to understand. Other specifications (which may have a greater impact on the accuracy...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
How to Select an Analog Signal Generator

Today’s microwave and wireless communications market is expanding at an incredible rate. Along with this growth comes an increasing need for test equipment, such as an analog signal generator, that...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Spectrum Analyzer Fundamentals – Theory and Operation of Modern Spectrum Analyzers Primer

This primer examines the theory of state-of-the-art spectrum analysis and describes how modern spectrum analyzers are designed and how they work....

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Fundamentals of Vector Network Analysis Primer

This white paper is a definitive guide to understanding the technology behind vector network analysis. One of the most common measuring tasks in RF engineering is the analysis of circuits, from...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Industry Secrets to PCB Thermal Management

Keeping electronics at a reasonable temperature is not magic, although it may feel like it at times if you are not very familiar with the rules and situations.

White Papers: RF & Microwave Electronics
Ulbrich RF & Microwave Cable Wire Capability Whitepaper

While commercial and defense aviation advances, so does Ulbrich's ability to provide light weight and high strength materials that allow planes to fly more efficiently than ever. As the...

White Papers: Defense
Sealing Solutions for Today’s Batteries

Whether they take to the streets in electric vehicles or stand still in energy storage systems, lithium-based battery modules pose a tough sealing challenge. Increasingly, battery makers are looking...

White Papers: Automotive
Change is Right Around the Corner

The US EPA and CARB are finalizing new heavy-duty regulations that will usher in a period of unprecedented complexity, focused on engine efficiency, improvements in CO2 performance, fuel economy, reduction...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
The Touch Screen Integration Problem

As touchscreen technology continues to be integrated into nearly every part of our lives, the demand for environmentally flexible systems is increasing. Touchscreen-controlled showers, drink dispensers,...

Question of the Week: Unmanned Systems
Will Mobile Docking Stations Become an Essential Part of Underwater Exploration?

An INSIDER story this month highlighted an innovative way of supporting underwater robots: mobile docking stations.

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Technical Ceramics: The Powerhouse of Advanced Materials

The automotive landscape is evolving at an unprecedented rate, and technical ceramics are poised to assist in shaping the future. Technical ceramics are inorganic ceramic materials whose combination of unique material properties makes them the right choice for electric and hybrid...

On-Demand Webinars: Software
PPAP Reviews Using AI and Machine Learning

In this era of digitalization, it’s a fact that PPAPs are considered to be documents – not data. The process of maintaining and verifying the accuracy of these documents is recursive and tedious. Many organizations have taken the effort of building portals that act as an extensive document...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Testing Considerations for Space Copper-Water Heat Pipes

On-board processing is becoming a vital part of satellite systems engineering. This results in more high-power components and more localized waste heat than ever before. A common...

Mars rover missions push the boundaries of technology while creating collaboration opportunities to meet the unique demands of space travel. One example...

The soil microbial fuel cells produce energy to filter enough water for a person’s daily needs, with potential to increase scale.
The great tasks of retrieving samples and flying a helicopter on Mars requires a number of small parts — specifically motors and drives.
White Papers: Software
Leveraging Software-Defined Automated Test to Enable Digital Transformation in Aerospace and Defense

Many aerospace and defense companies of all sizes are pursuing digital transformation projects to become more competitive. Unfortunately,...

White Papers: Medical
Manufacturing Transfer Requires Cross-Functional Leadership, Resources, and Open Communication

When a manufacturing consolidation strategy emerged for a top medical device manufacturer, they found themselves presented with the challenge of...

Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities...

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researchers evaluated commercial ultraviolet (UV) sources for viral disinfection to combat COVID-19 on land and at sea and established a...

Spectrophotometer for a Microscope

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) has introduced the 508 PV™ UV-visible-NIR spectrophotometer for your microscope. The 508 Perfect...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Paper-Based Keypads Catch On?

The “5 Ws” feature of our November issue of Tech Briefs highlights a paper-based keypad being developed at Purdue University.

For the first time, the winners of the Create the Future Design Contest will be announced live! Join us for this special one-hour presentation as we honor our 2020 Grand Prize...

White Papers: Software
Radically Advance Your Health Care Solution with Highly Advanced Simulations

85% of the top 50 health care companies leverage Ansys engineering simulations to drive product and process development. This enables industry-wide in silico...

On-Demand Webinars: RF & Microwave Electronics
Using Spectrum Analysis to Track, Locate and Identify Interfering Signals

We’re surrounded by radio signals that we depend on for our day-to-day lives and, in some cases, for our very safety. For the most part, the spectrum is well managed and maintained by respective transmitters, but there will always be sources of interference...

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Here's an Idea: A Bug-Inspired Building Material for Mars
We spoke with Javier Gomez Fernandez from the Singapore University of Technology and Design about how Mars explorers – and even those of us on Earth – can make the most out of chitin.
White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Radiation Performance of Low Bend-Loss Optical Fiber for Gyroscope Applications

In this presentation we will describe the effect of radiation on a low bend loss, polarization maintaining (PM) fiber for an interferometric fiber optic...

The RepelWrap inventors explain why their product is especially valuable as the world confronts a pandemic like COVID-19.
White Papers: Aerospace
3D Metal Printing Titanium Hardware for Boom Supersonic

Discover how Boom Supersonic and VELO3D demonstrate additive manufacturing (AM) power and mark a turning point for supersonic travel commercial viability.

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). Their electrolyte...

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

Researchers in the Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center at Penn State University are searching for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles. They...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would You Use 'Tsugite' Software for Woodworking?

A recent INSIDER story highlighted a new tool for architects, furniture-makers, and woodworking beginners. The interactive software from the University of Tokyo, known as "Tsugite," provides milling machine instructions and on-screen design guidance so that users can piece an object together...

As the automotive market changes from traditional standard A receptacles to the newer USB Type-C™ receptacles, many questions arise regarding which features to...

A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.
The model analyzes three factors that drive infection risk: where people go in the course of a day; how long they linger; and how many other people are visiting the same place at the same time.

Use of thermoplastics can contribute to weight savings for exterior components such as body panels, spoilers, and exterior trim. Some applications present...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
When Should Designers Use Crossed Roller Bearings?

Crossed roller bearings provide more accuracy, rigidity, and weight-bearing capacity for linear motion than other commonly used friction-reducing devices such as ball bearings. And unlike...

White Papers: AR/AI
AI for Embedded Defense is Here

An armed Humvee is moving at night thru a smoke-filled, urban battlefield. Using multiple displays, the crew has a 360˚ view that is daylight clear, delivered by an imaging system fusing data from several...

White Papers: Aerospace
Hermetic Feedthroughs Block Moisture in Tomorrow's Electronics

From automotive electronic control units to weather satellites and defense systems, electronics failures can bring communications and critical functions to a sudden halt. Experts...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic “Snake” Grips and Picks Up Objects

An invention similar to an elephant’s trunk has potential benefits for many industries where handling delicate objects is essential. UNSW Sydney developed a soft fabric robotic gripper...

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Printing Paper Structures for Mechatronics

Natural motion in plants occurs because of cellulose fibers absorbing and releasing water. Scientists developed a simple method to produce self-folding origami structures based on this concept....

Question of the Week: Energy
Will Indoor Light Someday Power Our Smart Devices?

Our lead INSIDER story today looks at “perovskite-inspired” materials that can absorb indoor light at higher efficiencies than ever before.

By jumpstarting electrons, a team at Washington University in St. Louis has developed sensors that can power themselves for more than a year.
An Israel-based company called Eviation is working on an all-electric aircraft known as "Alice." Will it match the speeds of a jet?
White Papers: Software
The Product Innovation Imperative: A Leader’s Guide for Using Cloud-Based Product Development Tools to Drive Teamwork and Innovation

The Product Innovation Imperative is a practical guide for engineering and manufacturing leaders to...

On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Machine Vision for Industrial Inspection

Machine vision removes the physical contact between a test system and the parts being tested, preventing part damage and offering safety and operational benefits by reducing human involvement in a manufacturing process. Machine vision systems also easily inspect object details too small to be seen...

White Papers: Software
Comparison of Connector Performance for Automotive EMI Bundle Shielding Cables

This whitepaper will focus on a common disturbance point where EMI is generated: The Connector. Through a series of tests simulating ground vehicle performance...

White Papers: Design
Highly Engineered Optical Films for Mobile Electronics and Display Systems

This downloadable article from Boyd & 3M covers optical films that have been engineered to augment display performance and enable integrated displays for mobile...

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On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers

Vehicle Electrification

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The Evolution of SOSA

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Next-Gen Vehicle Architectures and the Role of HPCs

Tech Talks: Medical

Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

Upcoming Webinars: Software

Accelerating Pre-Silicon Software Development with Next-Gen...

Upcoming Webinars: Software

Balancing Vehicle Comfort and Performance with Simulation-Driven...

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