March 2021

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The Inside Story on SOSA

SOSA is chartered with creating a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open-systems architecture, based on key interfaces and best practices established by industry-government consensus. The...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI) recently recorded an image showing three of the four inner rocky planets. The...

INSIDER: Test & Measurement

IR and UV Optics

Edmund Optics (EO) (Barrington, NJ) has released Zinc Selenide (ZnSe) Wedged Windows, which are ideal for infrared (IR) applications, and TECHSPEC® Calcium...

INSIDER: Test & Measurement

The pursuit of fusion as a safe, carbon-free, always-on energy source has intensified in recent years, with a number of organizations pursuing aggressive...

INSIDER: Propulsion

When SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashed down off the Florida coast in August following its first crewed mission, the two astronauts inside could not exit the capsule...

Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
Near-eye displays, optical inspection systems, UV glass, and more.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Rain detectors, beacons, flow meters, and more.
Products: Data Acquisition
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
Products: Test & Measurement
By design, new 3D scanners are motionless during inspection.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
The marking provides easy-to-see legends on plastic buttons under widely varying illumination conditions.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
The virtual event offers a mix of live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking and special events.
Articles: Test & Measurement
See what kinds of applications require high-precision laser glass with demanding dimensional tolerances and high-power laser coatings.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The ability to identify hidden patterns, predict future issues, forecast usage and costs, and derive insights from IoT sensor data will reshape the industrial process forever.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Is "SPE" the future of industrial automation and automotive? It certainly has the potential, says Mike Anderson.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
In-air UAV docking, digital communication via touch, and a computer-vision monitor for diabetes.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Live discussions will explore electric vehicles, propulsion, advanced electronics, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Perseverance is the first leg of a round trip to Mars.
Application Briefs: Imaging
Any hyperspectral system needs to maintain a stable and accurate radiometric and spectral calibration.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
While ADAS has improved freeway and high-speed driving, the basic need for collision mitigation with pedestrians and bicyclists has mostly remained unaddressed.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See what kinds of sensors are supporting self-driving vehicles.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
With new vehicles, automotive manufacturers will need to closely monitor the current flowing to the motor.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A "smart building" platform incorporates hardware, software, and cloud analytics to form a digital "backbone."
Briefs: Lighting
Researchers are tapping into dynamically controlled LEDs to create a simple illumination system for 3D imaging.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel technique for a high-brightness coherent and few-cycle duration source spans seven optical octaves.
Briefs: Imaging
Imagine being able to snap a picture of extremely fast events on the order of a picosecond.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researcher are finding ways to estimate a target location when light gets deflected by a disordered structure.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The sensor monitors the oil circulation ratio in real time for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Study shows improvements to chemical sensing chip that aims to quickly and accurately identify drugs and other trace chemicals.
Briefs: Wearables
A patch of needles connected to a paper sensor diagnoses conditions such as prediabetes.
Briefs: Wearables
Real-time health monitoring and sensing abilities of robots require soft electronics, but a challenge of using such materials lies in their reliability.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A mathematical framework can help engineers make informed decisions about which sensors to use and where they must be positioned in aircraft and other machines.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensors need to be flexible, stretchable, biodegradable, safe, and stable for use in the body.
Briefs: Energy
The material can be recycled, making renewable energy more sustainable while lowering costs in the process.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology could continuously monitor fluid flow in pipes on the International Space Station and prevent satellites from colliding.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
“Smellicopter” uses a live moth antenna to avoid obstacles and seek out smells.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The functioning human heart pump provides a model to track and trace what happens at the cell and molecular levels in the pump structure.
Briefs: Materials
The invention can become color-changing “artificial muscle.”
Briefs: Materials
The coatings can be deposited on substrates such as glass, polymers, metals, and aerogels.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
The technology could lead to a platform for quantum computation or new types of energy-efficient data storage applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This method is an important step towards smaller, more advanced, environmentally friendly electronics.
Briefs: Materials
A potential boon to green manufacturing, the new glue saves on energy, time, and space.
Briefs: Automotive
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This method obtains high-color-purity 3D objects using a new class of nanoparticles.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This technology has potential across many industries including water reclamation and treatment, and waste destruction in liquid waste streams.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
By converting CO2 into complex hydrocarbon products, a new catalyst could aid in large-scale efforts to recycle excess carbon dioxide.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This built-in security measure would prevent hackers from getting enough information about the circuit to reverse-engineer it.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
Briefs: Materials
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The stretchable electronics are more stable as they change shape, which could lead to next-generation sensors for healthcare applications.
Briefs: Software
The algorithms enable drones to quickly switch between hover and forward flight.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technique could have applications in diagnosing and monitoring the lungs of patients with COVID-19.
Briefs: Imaging
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Researchers have demonstrated that they can attract, capture, and destroy perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of federally regulated substances nicknamed “the forever...

NASA Spinoff: Communications
Pilots and air traffic controllers no longer will rely solely on voice communications.
5 Ws: Imaging
With a smartphone camera, a new diagnostic test provides a positive or negative COVID-19 result in 15 to 30 minutes.
Q&A: Wearables
Professor Shirley Meng explains why there's a demand for stretchable batteries.
Technology Leaders: Imaging
Learn about light-field candidates like camera arrays, plenoptic cameras, active cameras with depth sensor, and the newly developed focal-stack camera.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Powerful, tiny cameras provide unique streaming-video solutions for NASA robots and defense applications.
Technology Leaders: RF & Microwave Electronics
The importance of a proactive and systematic method for collecting machine and process data within a smart manufacturing environment cannot be overstated.
Special Reports: Photonics/Optics
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See how NASA Langley tests a variety of advanced aircraft concepts. including ways to make flying both cleaner and quieter.
Special Reports: Communications
Unmanned Systems - March 2021

Drones that swarm and change shape mid-flight... autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield...the latest in counter-UAS technology. Read about new advances in air and ground unmanned systems in this report...

Articles: Imaging
Learn about a variety of holographic 3D immersive displays.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
Maximum Efficiency: Non-Contact Temperature Measurement of Plastics

In plastics processing, where thermal processes play a particularly important role, temperature is the decisive measured variable. Only precise temperature control ensures...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Do You See Applications for Electronics-Free Robots?

In our lead INSIDER story today, UCSD researcher Dylan Drotman talked to Tech Briefs about his team’s air-powered robot.

White Papers: Test & Measurement
White Paper: IVT vs Profile Rail

Profile rail (PRT) is a common linear guidance system where re-circulating ball bearings run on profiled steel rails fastened to a structure. One alternative, Integral-V™ Technology (IVT) from PBC Linear,...

On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Contactless Position, Torque, and Force Sensing for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Applications

Today’s demand for products with improved safety, reliability, and efficiency makes sensors increasingly necessary and, in some cases, even mandatory. These sensors must be accurate, reliable, and long-lasting while remaining affordable. This...

White Papers: Motion Control
White Paper: How to Design a Retail Kiosk for Unattended Retail

Usage of unattended retail kiosks continues to expand beyond movies and snack foods into pharmaceuticals, electronics, games, cosmetics, and more. Within the framework of kiosk...

White Papers: Medical
White Paper: Eliminating Artifact Lines with Consistent Linear Motion

There is great need for linear guidance systems that provide consistent repeatable performance in the field of large format digital image scanning such as architectural...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
White Paper: Linear Bearings and Guide Bar Designs for Fitness Equipment

As the field of specialized fitness equipment has grown, so has a proliferation of various designs and configurations for both the equipment and their guide mechanisms....

White Papers: Motion Control
White Paper: Simplicity® Bearings from PBC Linear vs. DryLin® Bearing from Igus

This white paper combines months of application research and experiments with years of recorded data on each product, bringing a final resolution as to which...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

The automotive industry continues to be one of the main beneficiaries of simulation technology to reduce cost and meet the demanding...

White Papers: Packaging & Sterilization
White Paper: Linear Motion Design for Washdown Applications

PBC Linear manufactures a wide range of linear motion options that are capable of withstanding harsh conditions commonly associated with washdown applications. A washdown...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
White Paper: Lubrication for Linear Roller Bearings and Raceways

Linear roller bearing systems offer distinct advantages in applications where high speed or quick change of direction is required. Due to larger diameters, they also perform...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
White Paper: The Facts About Roller Bearing Life Calculations

This in-depth white paper provides a detailed analytical approach to calculating life, and is designed to give engineers confidence when applying our broad range of linear...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
White Paper: Debunking the Myth of “Lubed for Life” using the Science of Self-Lubrication

The liberal use of buzz words such as “self-lubrication”, “maintenance free”, and “lubed for life” has led to a broad misunderstanding...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
White Paper: IVT vs. V-Roller

Historically, one of the more commonly used linear guidance systems has been cam rollers of V-profile running on separate steel rails fastened to a structure. In recent years, PBC Linear has introduced another...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
eBook: Linear Bearing Selection Guide

With so many types, designs, and sizes of bearings for engineers and designers to choose from, it is almost certain there will be a product that exactly fits their requirements. The challenge they face,...

White Papers: Design
The New Collaboration: A Guide to Transforming Product Design

This eBook explores the “New Collaboration,” showing how today’s modern cloud-based CAD radically improves the way product development teams work together in the following...

White Papers: Medical
The Rise of Telemedicine

Telemedicine is often thought of as video appointments allowing patients to speak to their physicians virtually from any location. With the support of telemedicine sensors, remote patient monitoring technologies are...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Software and electrical engineering is converging in today’s vehicles. A reader asks our expert: “How do you decide which items to test first?”
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 2021 “Create the Future” Design Contest is open, and we want to hear your big ideas.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
How V2X is Changing Automotive Design

A key technology in automotive evolution, Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) allows automobiles to directly connect with each other, roadside infrastructure, and pedestrians to deliver benefits ranging from...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Technology Increasingly Integrate with Nature?

“Nature is much more advanced than we are, so we should use it,” said Dr. Ben Maoz, one of a team of Tel Aviv University researchers who created a robot that uses a dead locust’s ear to “hear” electrical signals and respond to them with movement. (Read our lead story to learn...

INSIDER: Energy

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

INSIDER: Research Lab

Scientists at University of California, Davis, have proposed a solution to dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries using microfluidics. The group proved that flowing ions...

INSIDER: Wearables

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new, low-cost, wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery. The device is stretchy enough that you can wear it like...

INSIDER: Design

Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. The team designed and...

Upcoming Webinars: Materials
Ultra-High Purity Silicone in Aerospace and Defense Product Design

The performance and stability of materials used on aircraft in extreme atmospheric temperatures have their challenges, especially when fuel exposure is inevitable. Finding the right material shouldn’t be one. In this 30-minute Webinar, an expert in fluorosilicones...

Blog: Energy
You have the power. That's the idea behind a "wearable microgrid" from the University of California San Diego that harvest and stores energy from your body to power electronics.
Tech Talks: Green Design & Manufacturing
Continuous Helical Flow Technology™ for Electric Heat Exchangers

As companies take steps to reduce their overall carbon footprint, it makes sense to switch to electric heat exchangers. However, there is a lot of conflicting information in the market. It’s important to understand that the best heaters have technology that will meet...

Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics
Long-range radar is used in air-traffic control. Short-range radar supports automotive applications like collision avoidance. How do you know what range you need for your application?
White Papers: Aerospace
Thermal Management Techniques in Avionics Cooling

As modern-day UAV’s are becoming more and more complex and compact in their design, requiring cooling, and possibly heating, design engineers typically favor liquid cooling solutions to...

Question of the Week: Aerospace
Will Turboelectric Aircraft Take Off?

A recent video on Tech Briefs TV highlighted NASA’s new idea for aircraft: the STARC-ABL. The concept under development aims to bridge the gap between current jet fuel-powered aircraft and future all-electric vehicles.

Webinars: Medical

What’s the most frequent problem encountered with medical power cords worldwide? Can you name the countries that have special testing requirements? What’s different about...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

In all their configurations, ePowertrains are at the heart of electric vehicle progress, but their design must balance new freedoms with the relentless pursuit...

Podcasts: Wearables
In this episode of our Here's an Idea podcast, we speak to engineers who are building a variety of wearables. And some sensors blend in more than others.
White Papers: Aerospace
Custom Built Machines Increase Employee Safety, Speed Up Production, and Save You Money

A lot of companies shy away from custom machine builds because they believe them to be more expensive than simply selecting a pre-built off-the-shelf...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Confident TCU Connectivity Through Efficient Functional Testing

Consumer demand for enhanced vehicle features continues to increase as technology evolves. The testing of Telematics Control Units (TCUs) is critical to ensuring the performance of automotive cellular connectivity under differing scenarios as well as bringing quality...

Tech Talks: Medical
Semi-Automatic Error Proofing for Medical Leak Tests

Strict standards must be met when it comes to testing for medical, pharmaceutical, and packaging applications. It’s also important to understand advancements being achieved in control, testing, and inspection equipment for different kinds of packaging.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
White Paper: Hardened Steel Shafting Comparison

Every linear bearing application requires a linear shaft as the inner raceway. Often it is overlooked, or merely considered insignificant. There are also times during the procurement stages...

White Papers: Motion Control
Demystifying the 2:1 Ratio and the Stick-Slip Phenomenon

One of the most frequently misunderstood principles regarding the use of plain bearings is the 2:1 Ratio. Most engineers are taught this principle which states there is an allowable...

White Papers: Power
How to Select the Right Circuit Protection for Your Medical Device

With so many circuit protection device types, design choices, and configurations, making the appropriate selection for your specific medical equipment can feel daunting –...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Robotics researchers are developing exoskeleton legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
INSIDER: Motion Control

There are some tasks that traditional rigid robots aren’t cut out for. Soft-bodied robots, on the other hand, may be able to interact with people more safely or slip into tight spaces with ease. But...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Army-funded researchers created nanosized robots that could enable locomotion, novel metamaterial design, and high-fidelity sensors. Cornell University researchers created micron-sized shape memory actuators...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This year's winners included industrial-automation software, simulation tech, and digital storage oscilloscopes.
White Papers: Aerospace
Why These Five Mathcad® Users Switched to Maple

Switching from one math tool to another is difficult, and these difficulties may be prohibitive even if a need for change has been identified. The challenge is to determine when the benefits...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
E-Book - Virtual Commissioning: Why New Designs Fail

Today's production systems require extensive development and validation to meet the needs of the highly competitive manufacturing industry. This is a high-risk activity and manufacturers...

White Papers: Aerospace
Engineers - Stop using Excel Before You Make an Expensive Error

An engineer has an ethical duty to actively identify and minimize sources of risk. However, one particular, but significant, source of risk is often ignored. That’s Microsoft...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Virtual Commissioning for a New, Competitive Injection Molding Machine

The injection molding industry is a diverse, competitive market where innovative products must meet demanding requirements. For many companies, these requirements...

Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition

This month’s Here’s an Idea episode highlighted a number of on-body sensors. Penn State professor Larry Cheng, for example, found a way to 3D-print a sensor directly on the skin (shown in the above...

On-Demand Webinars: Transportation
7 Levers for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

The future of transportation is electric and autonomous. This 30-minute Webinar examines how to navigate the transition with seven levers for electric and autonomous vehicles. It discusses a platform designed to help project teams develop electric and autonomous vehicles that conform to...

White Papers: Motion Control
Selecting a Pneumatic Linear Slide

Given the variety and versatility of pneumatic linear slides, it's often difficult to pick the best one for the job. So how do you decide which model to best use for your application? In this paper, you...

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