March 2020

Products: Photonics/Optics
Perovskites

Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) recently announced a new range of perovskites, a group of materials that demonstrate great potential for optoelectronic applications....

Briefs: Data Acquisition
The NASA study is a first step in developing a model to deploy in future disasters.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
CT vs. structured light scanning — See which option is best for you.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics

Different line scan prism manufacturers might compare two possible curves in their advertising and argue that the steeper flanks should enable better color reproduction with greater selectivity.

Application Briefs: Data Acquisition
Anand Gopalan, CEO of Velodyne Lidar, Inc., discusses lidar software for ADAS and autonomous vehicles
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vision-based convolutional neural network system detects phone usage, eating, and drinking.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
Articles: Imaging
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
In the middle ground between microwaves and visible light lies terahertz radiation, and the promise of “Tray vision.”
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
Briefs: Wearables
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Increase battery life and reduce data loads with an analog-first processing architecture.
Application Briefs: Communications
An interview with Mike Horton, CTO of ACEINNA, Inc. (Boston, MA).
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
To clear up some of the confusion about what the industry means when it says 5G, here’s a guide to what it’s all about.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility managers, real estate owners, as well as commercial and industrial businesses are looking to deploy IoT.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Drones, smartphones, and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world’s growing elderly population at risk of falls.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This month: Sensors that measure weather, proximity, pH, and more.
Briefs: Wearables
A mobile, wearable device the size of a Band-Aid could allow babies to leave the hospital and be monitored from home.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Beta Technologies is putting their Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOL) prototype through the wringer.
Briefs: Medical
The lenses can prevent dry eyes and may be used for drug delivery.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These electrode implants will allow people with a dysfunctional inner ear to hear again.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tech Briefs checks back in with CEO Jon Sumroy about his award-winning product: the mifold grab-and-go car seat.
Articles: Connectivity
Your preview of one of the largest technical mobility events of the year.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
Articles: Aerospace

Dr. Kennedy was the first Director of Teaching & Learning, Literacy and Outreach for the New York...

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Magnetic Shield Using Proximity Coupled, Spatially Varying Superconducting Order Parameters
This magnetic shielding design can be easily incorporated into a wide range of electronic sensing applications.
Articles: Aerospace
Moghbeli has accumulated more than 150 combat missions and 2,000 hours of flight time in more than 25 different aircraft.
Articles: FDA/Regulatory
In the past 15 years, Renee Bernstein doubled the growth of her company by focusing her attention to research and product development.
Briefs: Aerospace
This trailing edge flap device reduces noise without compromising cruise efficiency or landing lift and stall characteristics.
Briefs: IoMT
The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
The new arm design enables unmanned aerial vehicles to fly in windy conditions.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Dr. Beth Holloway has been the Director of the Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University since 2001 and serves...

Briefs: Materials
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The additive creates fuel from biomass while improving engine performance.
Articles: Aerospace
Dr. France A. Córdova is an internationally recognized astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Q&A: Materials
David Kaplan is solidifying silk to make products like rods and plates for medical implants.
Briefs: Medical
Blood Test Detects Multiple Types of Cancer
The test can screen for numerous types of cancer with a high degree of accuracy.
Briefs: Aerospace
This vibrometer has uses in analyzing spasms in humans, as a breath analyzer for diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, and as a preventative healthcare sensor.
Application Briefs: Defense
nTopology
New York, NY

In today’s strategic information environment, the ability to rapidly respond to ever-changing technology needs is an essential asset for any organization that...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using 3D components on a standardized 2D microchip manufacturing platform uses up to 100 times less chip space.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These thin films hold great promise for solar cells and LEDs.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These actuators provide active flow control for airfoil surfaces and supersonic inlets of wing-borne vehicles.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
Briefs: Motion Control
Applications include valves, tubes, and other gas and fluid system components.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Thermal cameras, testing software, an ion air knife, and more.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mary Hardgrove spearheads an entire assembly department that provides next-generation mechanical cable innovations
Articles: Materials
Biodegradable batteries, solid-state ultracapacitors, and infrared camouflage.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This new understanding can help chip manufacturers find ways to better diffuse the heat that leads to device damage and decreased device lifespans.
Briefs: Materials
Titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could create high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Motion Control
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.
Briefs: Materials
An engineered surface treatment can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes.
Facility Focus: Materials
The Army Test and Evaluation Command provides essential information to acquisition decision-makers and commanders.
Briefs: Aerospace
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The sensor makes it easier to detect and manage ice accumulation on aircraft wings.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
We spoke with five women who lead their fields in engineering and science
Briefs: Materials
Production Method for High-Performance Polymer
A new composite nanoparticle catalyst produces a polymer to make body armor and other high-performance fabrics.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Dr. Valle, an academic professional in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, received her...

5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn about the Pedestrian Audio Wearable System (PAWS), a low-cost, headset-based, wearable platform.
Briefs: Materials
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
Briefs: Aerospace
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Midwest Engineered Systems, Waukesha, WI, offers the ADDere metal 3D printing system that consists of a 6-axis industrial robot combined with a 2-axis coordinated motion workpiece...

Special Reports: Defense
Unmanned Systems - March 2020

The latest advances in aerial, ground, and underwater unmanned systems are covered in this special report, a compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense...

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - March 2020

See how the latest test tools and methodologies are enabling new applications in aerospace, automotive, communications, and other key fields. This compendium of recent articles is presented by the editors of...

Question of the Week: Energy
Will We Ever Recharge Electric Batteries As Quickly As We Get Gas?

Stanford University researchers have developed a machine learning-based method that cuts battery testing times by 98 percent. The team says that their A.I. technique could lead to a future where an electric battery is recharged in the time it takes to stop at a gas station. Watch...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The new Mars Rover Name is Perseverance, thanks to a suggestion from Virginia 7th grader Alex Mather.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The votes are in. Our readers selected top products in data acquisition, software, and ultrasonic sensing.
Blog: Aerospace
NASA’s big return to the Moon by 2024 will call for the support of small technologies – specifically, the miniature spacecraft known as CubeSats.
Question of the Week: Aerospace
What Name Would You Give the Next Mars Rover?

In a live event from Lake Braddock Secondary School (LBSS) in Burke, Virginia on Thursday, NASA professionals announced that the Mars 2020 rover will be called “Perseverance.”

INSIDER: Energy

New research by engineers at MIT and elsewhere could lead to batteries that can pack more power per pound and last longer, based on the long-sought goal of using pure lithium metal...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period, has been developed and...

INSIDER: Materials

Materials called perovskites show strong potential for a new generation of solar cells, but they’ve had trouble gaining traction in a market dominated by...

INSIDER: Energy

When electric vehicles end their life, the remaining storage capacity of the lithium battery is expected to be higher than 70%. After this, they can be reused for less demanding...

Blog: Aerospace
NASA wants small businesses to help the safe operation of UAVs in airspace.
INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their collaborators have developed a way to retrofit the transmission...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Final Vision Inspection (FVI) System

CyberOptics® Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) has launched the Multi-Reflection Suppression™ (MRS™)-enabled 3D MX3000 Final Vision Inspection...

INSIDER: Imaging

Some molecules, including most of the ones in living organisms, have shapes that can exist in two different mirror-image versions. The right- and left-handed versions can sometimes have different...

INSIDER: Test & Measurement

Researchers at Purdue University have been working to develop new technologies to help stop the spread of foodborne illnesses, which kill 3,000 people a year, by detecting them...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Would You Use a CurveBoard?

MIT researchers have invented a way to integrate “breadboards” — flat platforms widely used for electronics prototyping — directly onto physical products.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Massive manufacturing bots have evolved into something new — collaborative robots.
Blog: Automotive
A reader asks, "What market drivers need to occur for electric vehicles to be considered an acceptable replacement for vehicles with internal combustion engines?"
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
3D printing is being used to quickly create life-saving parts and prototypes like masks, shields, and ventilator valves.
Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Would You Use the Pedestrian Audio Wearable System (PAWS)?

Our “5Ws” article in the March issue of Tech Briefs highlights a wearable developed at Columbia University called “PAWS.” The Pedestrian Audio Wearable System detects and locates approaching cars. PAWS then warns the pedestrian in real-time by providing audio/visual feedback via...

Blog: Transportation
As autonomous cars collect data on passing pedestrians, cyclists, and license plates, what privacy measures are in place? A reader asks.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See how Prof. Olaf Diegel built a hands-free door opener.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Rutgers University engineers have created a tabletop device that can draw blood or insert catheters to deliver fluids and drugs. The device can accurately pinpoint blood vessels, improving success...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

A small, inexpensive, and highly accurate gyroscope, developed at the University of Michigan, navigates without GPS. The key to making the gyroscope is a nearly symmetrical mechanical...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Bridget Pelaez spoke to Tech Briefs about the 1,000 face shields being printed for Florida hospitals.

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