July 2021

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Briefs: Materials
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
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: Automotive
The carbon fiber serves as the electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The soft material demonstrates autonomous, heartbeat-like oscillating properties.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
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: Medical
Terrestrial uses include physical therapy, clinical diagnosis, athletic training and performance, and robust exercise equipment.
Briefs: Materials
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: AR/AI
Dangerous “butterfly” landmines can be detected using low-cost drones and infrared cameras.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
Briefs: Materials
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: Materials
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: Semiconductors & ICs
This could make possible embedded devices like a spinal cord-stimulating unit with a battery-powered magnetic transmitter on a wearable belt.
Briefs: Energy
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: Software
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn how to reuse more material without recycling.
NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers
A NASA-developed technology for testing heat shields transforms garbage into reusable chemicals.
Briefs: Energy
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Briefs: Materials
Potential applications include lightweight building materials and growing cells for biomedical purposes.
Briefs: Energy
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: Materials
New cell chemistry utilizes less costly and more abundant materials than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A robot could immediately alert a human of small changes in their surrounding environment.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Articles: Materials
Battery recycling, NASA's water treatment, and a wireless wearable transmitter.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The system enables robots to predict what their human coworker will do next.
Briefs: Aerospace
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Early flutter detection will help in the development of safer and more eco-friendly aircraft turbines.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
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: Software
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...

Question of the Week: Materials
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: Electronics & Computers
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: Automotive
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: Automotive
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: Imaging

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: Imaging

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: Imaging

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: Photonics/Optics

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: Test & Measurement
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: Connectivity
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: Test & Measurement
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...

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)...

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