November 2020

Briefs: Materials
The material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices, and tissue engineering.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Users can take paper sheets from a notebook and turn them into a music player interface or make food packaging interactive.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These implants can provide doctors with regular activity updates and are powered by the patient’s movement.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
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.
Briefs: Energy
The material can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense, electric vehicle traction motors.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot blocks jump, spin, flip, and identify each other.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Detector Senses X-Rays Over a Broad Energy Range
New materials generate precise X-ray images with a lower amount of exposure.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Orange peels are used to extract and reuse metals from lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
Briefs: Materials
This material could reduce persistent plastic accumulation in the environment.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This sensor makes it possible to ensure that such systems more closely mimic the function of real organs.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Briefs: Materials
Other applications include cosmetics, 3D printing, and drug formulations.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material can be used in power electronics and power converters for solar energy power systems.
Briefs: Energy
The system is effective in urban environments where there are tall buildings on all sides.
Briefs: Materials
The flexible composites can be used as thermal insulation for environments of up to 1200 °C.
Q&A: Materials
A new class of medical instruments uses flexible electronics to improve patient outcomes in minimally invasive surgeries.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Briefs: Automotive
Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, the automated system “sees” around corners to spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
Briefs: AR/AI
This technology enables robots, electronic devices, and prosthetic devices to feel pain through sense of touch.
Facility Focus: Data Acquisition
Learn about RIT's achievements in cybersecurity, imaging science, and personalized healthcare tech.
Briefs: Transportation
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The sensor provides accurate and real-time measurement of flow rates and temperature in next-generation microfluidic instruments.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The sensor enables detection of items for security screening, intrusion detection, forensics, and medical imaging.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include biomedical imaging, remote sensing, and heliophysics research.
Products: Test & Measurement
VOC sensors, panel-mount connectors, 3D printing cloud software, and more.
Briefs: Medical
The dye, delivered along with a vaccine, could enable “on-patient” storage of vaccination history.
Articles: Data Acquisition
When deployed on edge devices, modern HMI and SCADA software can go beyond basic visualization to deliver advanced data acquisition and analytics.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.
Articles: Wearables
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.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Once installed at Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will introduce incredible opportunities for astrophysics.
Briefs: Medical
Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by precisely locating the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
The network is designed for remote, low-resource locations where power and communications infrastructure are scarce.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Future robots could be taught how to outperform humans.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technology, which could be added to smart watches, could detect the onset of Parkinson’s disease or help with stroke rehabilitation.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Tentacle Bot can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects.
NASA Spinoff: Test & Measurement
A technique to assess astronauts’ balance recovery helps people assess their risk of falling.
Briefs: Energy
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
Briefs: Imaging
VR/AR devices can simulate some of the key difficulties experienced due to glaucoma.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This form of thermal management can help enable untethered, high-powered robots to operate for long periods of time without overheating.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Tests show magnetoelectric power is a viable option for clinical-grade implants.
Products: Test & Measurement
Multi-sensor imaging systems, eyesafe laser finders, machine vision algorithms, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
With low-cost materials called perovskites, stable, continuous lasing is achieved at room temperature for over an hour.
Articles: Test & Measurement
See what kinds of applications are possible when you can literally see light propagating through space.
Application Briefs: Lighting
Creating next-generation LEDs for novel efforts like COVID-19 decontamination requires LED manufacturers to reevaluate the materials that they’re using.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
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: Data Acquisition
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.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
A NIST method employs a neural network to detect patterns like geometric objects in imaging data.
Products: Test & Measurement
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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...

Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Medical Robotics - November 2020

From the operating room to the assembly line, robots are changing the medical industry. Check out the latest advances and amazing applications in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Medical...

White Papers: Semiconductors & ICs
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: Aerospace
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: Automotive
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: Test & Measurement
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...

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...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control

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

Blog: Electronics & Computers
The soil microbial fuel cells produce energy to filter enough water for a person’s daily needs, with potential to increase scale.
Blog: Motion Control
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...

INSIDER: Energy

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...

INSIDER: Packaging & Sterilization

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...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of St Andrews and the University...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

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: Electronics & Computers
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.

On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

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: Medical
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
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...

Blog: Materials
The RepelWrap inventors explain why their product is especially valuable as the world confronts a pandemic like COVID-19.
News: Energy

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...

News: Motion Control

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...

News: Transportation

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...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

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

Blog: Energy
A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.
Blog: Data Acquisition
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.
On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

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

White Papers: Aerospace
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...

INSIDER: Motion Control

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

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.

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
By jumpstarting electrons, a team at Washington University in St. Louis has developed sensors that can power themselves for more than a year.
Blog: Aerospace
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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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