July 2021

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
A novel method was developed to produce an alkaline hydrogel that could improve wound healing.
Briefs: Wearables
The app detects fluid behind the eardrum using a piece of paper and a smartphone’s microphone and speaker.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
This portable method could enable hospitals to make their own supply of the disinfectant on demand and at lower cost.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Microspheres are used in wind tunnel experiments to monitor airflow, to stain biological samples, and in time-delayed drug release.
Briefs: Materials
The carbon fiber serves as the electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The soft material demonstrates autonomous, heartbeat-like oscillating properties.
Briefs: Energy
Flywheels offer an environmentally and financially sound choice for protecting critical operations.
5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
A new enzyme-activated compostable material could diminish microplastics pollution.
Briefs: Aerospace
Terrestrial uses include physical therapy, clinical diagnosis, athletic training and performance, and robust exercise equipment.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This wearable device is placed on the skin to measure a variety of body responses, from electrical to biomechanical signals.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The system uses infrasonic acoustics for weather monitoring and for drone or UAV activity.
Briefs: Aerospace
Dangerous “butterfly” landmines can be detected using low-cost drones and infrared cameras.
Briefs: Energy
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Materials
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The new metal lattice material can be used to create models that regain shape after being crushed.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Briefs: Materials
The new material could provide efficient and reusable protection from shock, vibration, and explosion.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
The gel works even at freezing temperatures and contains natural antimicrobial compounds derived from durian husk.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This could make possible embedded devices like a spinal cord-stimulating unit with a battery-powered magnetic transmitter on a wearable belt.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Resolution is an often discussed but seldom understood value in the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Materials
The coating repels insects on aircraft wing surfaces and motor vehicles and reduces surface imperfections on other low-friction or non-stick surfaces.
Q&A: Energy
Dr. Burak Ozpineci is developing a system that charges electric vehicles while driving.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
Articles: Software
Learn how to reuse more material without recycling.
NASA Spinoff: Materials
A NASA-developed technology for testing heat shields transforms garbage into reusable chemicals.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Potential applications include lightweight building materials and growing cells for biomedical purposes.
Briefs: Aerospace
Injection of air at the trailing edge of a winglet further reduces drag.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The supports enable the production of higher-quality, less-expensive parts via additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New cell chemistry utilizes less costly and more abundant materials than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A robot could immediately alert a human of small changes in their surrounding environment.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Articles: Wearables
Battery recycling, NASA's water treatment, and a wireless wearable transmitter.
Briefs: AR/AI
The system enables robots to predict what their human coworker will do next.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Facility Focus: Wearables
Duke Engineering supports clinical ultrasound imaging, restoration of hearing by cochlear implant, megapixel photography, and metamaterials.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Stratasys introduced three 3D printers for additive manufacturing of end-use parts.
Briefs: Aerospace
Early flutter detection will help in the development of safer and more eco-friendly aircraft turbines.
Briefs: Lighting
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Wearables
The smart ring shows it’s possible to detect fever before you feel it.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Vehicle Electrification - July 2021

GM electrifies the new Corvette...a French nanomaterials company aims for a 5-minute EV recharge...Triumph unveils a radical new electric sportbike design. These are just a few of the innovations you'll...

Special Reports: Imaging
Machine Vision/Camera Advances - July 2021

Advances in cameras and image sensors are transforming the factory floor, while also enabling exciting new applications in space robotics, medicine, and more. Read all about it in this compendium of...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Should Cities be More Strategic with Reflective Surfaces?

Cities around the world are adjusting – and in some cases overhauling – their infrastructure in an effort to cool temperatures in their areas. Los Angeles and New York City, for example, have adopted “grey infrastructure” efforts, like applying coatings to roofs and roads so that...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
AXIS Software Development Tools

Software developers for mission-critical applications need special tools. Often, they are forced to use tools that aren’t necessarily designed to work together. Abaco’s AXIS is a full suite of integrated...

White Papers: Materials
Peek and Beyond - Properties and Differences in High Performance Polymers

With decades of experience in extrusion manufacturing, Spectrum understands the challenge of successfully processing high performance and high heat polymers. In select...

Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics
With the help of 12 antennas, Fabio da Silva's m-Widar can spot — and image — objects hidden behind a wall.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
UC Berkeley engineers have created a lightweight and durable robot that achieves exquisite control and agility by modulating the electrostatic forces between its feet and surfaces.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Future of Autonomous Driving is Almost Here
How Artificial Intelligence, Digitalization, and Simulation are ramping up to enable validation of game-changing advances in autonomous vehicles.

Autonomous driving is changing the way we...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Secrets to Efficiently Sustaining Your Automated Test System

When designing a test system, it is important to plan for problems. The reason is simple, if a test system goes down, your product line loses revenue. This white paper discusses...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will ‘Mass-Less’ Energy Storage Finally Catch On?

A July Tech Brief highlights a “structural battery” from the Chalmers University of Technology that uses carbon fiber as a negative electrode and a lithium iron phosphate-coated aluminum foil as the positive electrode. The battery works as both a power source and as part of the main...

On-Demand Webinars: Medical
Turning Vision into Reality: How Advanced Performance Materials Can Bring Your Designs to Life

Today’s medical device designers and engineers are responsible for not only meeting the demands of this ever-changing industry but also sparking the kind of innovation that changes lives through new designs that never seemed possible until...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Auto, Aero and Defense Electrification: Optimizing Induction Motor Design for Manufacturing

As the demand for electrification continues to grow globally, the automotive, aerospace, and defense markets face unprecedented challenges. New technologies are placing greater demands on motors in terms of operating speeds, temperatures, and...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Autofocus, Waterproof Lenses

Edmund Optics® (EO) (Barrington, NJ) offers the TECHSPEC® LT Series and TECHSPEC® Cw Series fixed focal length lenses. TECHSPEC® LT Series fixed...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

The demand for detecting infrared (IR) light, invisible to human eyes, is constantly growing, due to a wide variety of applications ranging from food quality control and remote sensing to...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Labsphere, Inc. announced plans to locate a Field Line of sight Automated Radiance Exposure (FLARE) testing site at Arizona State University's (ASU) Polytechnic campus as...

INSIDER: Software

Sometimes photos cannot truly capture a scene. How much more epic would that vacation photo of Niagara Falls be if the water were moving?

On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Challenging Boundaries with Electroacoustic Technology

This 30-minute Webinar explores the universe of sound and examines electroacoustic technology that can be used in systems that detect, unearth, sense, and encounter. Electroacoustic transducers are the heart of a sensor system, whether it’s advanced sonar used by the Navy or...

Blog: Software
"We could imagine a digital twin of just about any system," says Karen Willcox, director of the Oden Institute.
Blog: Software
A reader asks our expert how to contain a "thermal runaway" explosion in a lithium-ion battery.
White Papers: Electronics & Computers
COTS in Space From Novelty to Necessity

This is the perfect point in our industry to build out the next 10 years in space electronics, as the significant lowering of launch costs has enabled a boom in near-earth orbit (NEO) and low-earth...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fiber Optic Emergency Stops for Harsh Environment Applications

Fiber optic emergency stops provide immunity to EMI, RFI, and lightning; are inherently safe; and can operate at extremely long distances up to 10 kilometers. This whitepaper...

White Papers: Aerospace
Hipot Testing of Military/Aerospace Interconnect Components

This paper provides an overview of how advanced-perfomance electrical safety testers address standards testing requirements for wire/cable/connector/harness/relay components in...

Question of the Week: Transportation
Will Interstate Power Coils Charge Electric Vehicles as They Drive?

Our “Q&A” article in the July issue of Tech Briefs highlighted the work of Dr. Burak Ozpineci from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ozpineci and his team are building a wireless power-transmission system that charges an electric vehicle as it drives along the road.

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Auto Safety: Crash Test Accelerometer Design and Benefits

The design of piezoresistive accelerometers used for automotive crash testing has advanced rapidly in recent years, improving both measurement capabilities, as well as the accuracy of vehicle models. Modern designs utilize high-sensitivity sensing elements for greater...

Tech Talks: Medical
Achieving Desired Functionality with Film Coatings

Diagnostic devices, whether used at point of care or in laboratory settings, are becoming smaller, faster, and capable of supporting greater biochemical complexity. Consequently, the materials, surfaces, and manufacturing technologies used to produce these devices have become vital for...

White Papers: Automotive
Mechanical Testing of Electric Vehicle Batteries

Electric vehicle (EV) sales are soaring, and EV battery technology is constantly evolving. What does this mean for you? An ever-growing list of new components and materials that require...

Tech Talks: Medical
Why Managing Risk in Excel Spreadsheets for Medical Device Development Is Dangerous

Risk management is a critical activity that contributes to developing safe and effective medical devices. While Excel may be an easy place to start, the interconnected nature of risk management means that data complexity grows rapidly as the product...

On-Demand Webinars: Medical
From PPE to Testing: Emerging Technologies from COVID-19

COVID-19 has ushered in a host of new technologies – many under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. Which of these technologies will replace or drastically change the medtech landscape? And, what will it take for these devices to make the transition to fully approved 510(k)...

Blog: Transportation
A self-driving algorithm guides an autonomous vehicle through a traffic scenario that many of us know well: navigating traffic on a crowded, narrow street.
White Papers: Transportation
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
A Big Picture View of Miniaturization in Today’s Designs: The Key to Solving Design Challenges For Today’s Connected Tools and Devices

The consumer’s desire for smaller, more portable appliances and devices combined with the demand for...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn how a low-cost machine known as the 'Coventor' stacks up to a traditional ventilator.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will ‘Sweat Power’ Make Wearables Mainstream?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person’s finger sweats or presses on it. (Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.)

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Digital Cockpit Architecture and Evolution: Past, Present, and Future

The megatrends of electrification, autonomy, shared driving or mobility-as-a-service, and the extension of the digital lifestyle to modern vehicles are transforming the automotive industry. Not only are these trends changing what and how we drive, but they are also...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Making Cost an Attribute in Electric Vehicle Development

This 30-minute Webinar will highlight how Arrival leverages aPriori’s automated cloud-based technology to optimize the vehicle development process.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Understanding the 5 Key Impacts of Moisture and Humidity in Harsh Environment Electronic Design

Connectors play a significant role in ensuring that devices can reliably resist the elements – so it’s critical that engineers specify the...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Engineers at UC Riverside developed an air-powered computer memory that can be used to control soft robots. Existing systems for controlling pneumatic soft robots still use electronic...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University developed a method that allows non-contact manipulation of small objects using sound waves.

INSIDER: Motion Control

A team of scientists has uncovered how heavy, motorized objects climb steep slopes — a newly discovered mechanism that also mimics how rock climbers navigate inclines. The “micro-swimmers” are about...

Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This episode of our Tech Briefs podcast series Here’s an Idea™ explores a variety of new-and-improved hearing aids, from $5 “do-it-yourself” devices to advanced systems that monitor brain waves.
Blog: Electronics & Computers

While soft robots hold promise in applications ranging from search-and-rescue efforts to wearable exoskeletons, the technologies are often held back by the electronics, says William Grover,...

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