August 2020

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
Articles: Imaging
When inspecting products for instance, machine vision is not only faster but also far more accurate.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
See how a system feeds plants, delivering about 5,417 gallons of water per hour.
Articles: Energy
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Motion Control
Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include absorbers, tuned mass dampers, harmonic absorbers, and seismic dampers.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Special Reports: Wearables
Medical Sensors & Wearables - August 2020

The wearable medical device market is expected to reach nearly $20 billion by 2025, driven by advances in sensor technology. This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Medical Design...

Special Reports: Connectivity
Smart Manufacturing - August 2020

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in connectivity, controls, sensors, and robotics. See the future of manufacturing in this compendium of recent articles from...

Briefs: Materials
The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Active cell balancing redistributes charge between battery cells during the charge and discharge cycle
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Articles: Transportation
Cell chemistries, thermal dynamics, vehicle packaging, and even weather present challenges for optimizing electric vehicle battery functional safety.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
To achieve vehicle manufacturers’ ambitious goals for electric vehicles, Li-ion batteries need to be improved.
Products: Test & Measurement
Power switches, battery pack adhesives, supercapacitor modules, and more...
Briefs: Energy
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
Briefs: Materials
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Tiny, metal-rich particles can be excited with a low-power laser for deep-tissue imaging.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
Briefs: Materials
The technique could easily be translated into existing medical device manufacturing processes for use in orthopedic implants.
Briefs: Materials
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Briefs: Materials
This highly porous sponge absorbs more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused up to several dozen times.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A new roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
Briefs: Imaging
Video can be recreated from motion-blurred images and new cameras may someday retrieve 3D data from 2D medical images.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This technology shows potential for the detection of subtle human motions and the real-time monitoring of body postures for healthcare applications.
Facility Focus: Unmanned Systems
See how "APL" is developing ways to ensure the safety and performance of autonomous systems.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The hydrogel could be made into a contact lens that effectively treats corneal melting.
Q&A: Energy
A new system from Oak Ridge National Laboratory enables electric vehicles to be charged while on the road.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This approach could lead to entirely new and more efficient logic switches for computer chips.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
Briefs: Materials
Bacteria-Based Hydrogel Beads Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater
Beads that contain bacteria and a slow-release food supply to sustain them can clean up contaminated groundwater for months on end, maintenance-free.
NASA Spinoff: Materials
The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
These biosensors could lead to improved glucose monitors for millions of people who suffer from diabetes.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This device could be used to find threats to ecosystems.
Briefs: Imaging
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
A neural stimulator, a battery testing device, and a strain sensor.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
Articles: Software
Digitalization gives product teams a new way of looking at familiar challenges.
Briefs: Materials
This coating could lead to safely reusable personal protective equipment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The method determines whether circuits are accurately executing complex operations that classical computers can’t tackle.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This material could have applications such as mixing and delivery in the pharmaceutical industry.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
Briefs: Materials
This gel-like material leads a path toward “mechanoceuticals.”
Briefs: Transportation
This technique offers enhanced resolution and improved system reliability for mapping and obstacle recognition and navigation for vehicles.
Briefs: Imaging
Biologically inspired ultrathin arrayed camera captures super-resolution images.
Briefs: Transportation
The technology could help call attention to important traffic information when it’s dark, with potential benefits for both drivers and pedestrians.
Briefs: Imaging
Ultrafast Camera Captures Transparent Objects and Phenomena
The camera can take up to 1 trillion pictures per second of transparent objects, shockwaves, and other phenomena.
Briefs: Imaging
Imaging technology used to map the universe shows promise for more accurately and quickly identifying cancer cells in the operating room.
Briefs: Defense
Multiple commercial applications include defense, search and rescue, and disaster relief.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This technology offers the possibility to both bolster computer power and create smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient computer memory technologies.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A new proof-of-concept photonic pH sensor could advance studies of tissue regeneration.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
Briefs: Medical
This kiosk provides an accessible and affordable method for rapid, one-stop diagnostics to reduce time to treatment.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The lab-on-a-chip device allows researchers to look at several different aspects of a disease simultaneously.
Briefs: Materials
The self-adapting material was inspired by how human bone adjusts mineral deposits in response to surrounding environments.
Briefs: Medical
The removable adhesive could make it easier for surgeons to close up internal wounds.
Briefs: Materials
The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat to give a real-time snapshot of what’s happening inside the body.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The sensor has applications in fields such as robotics, healthcare, and security.
Briefs: Materials
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This method detects power line faults using a drone.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Altair released updates to all of its design, simulation, and data analytics software products.
INSIDER: Medical

In a potential breakthrough in wearable sensing technology, researchers from Cornell and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have designed a wrist- mounted device that continuously tracks...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have made it possible to remotely determine the temperature beneath the surface of certain materials using a new technique they call depth...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Researchers have developed a new way to build power efficient and programmable integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. The new technology is...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology

A team of Brown University physicists has developed a new type of compact, ultra-sensitive magnetometer, 20 times more sensitive than many traditional sensors. The...

Question of the Week: Imaging
Do the Advantages of Tiny Cameras Outweigh Privacy Risks?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video showcased a wireless camera from the University of Washington – a device that is small enough to fit on an insect’s back, literally.

While the imaging advancement offers potential applications in biology and exploration, the UW team acknowledged...

Podcasts: Aerospace
Hendrik Kolvenbach sees the best way to get around on the moon as less of a step and more of a giant leap. Learn how Hendrik created a jumping space robot called Spacebok.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Dr. James Rees is spending the time in his lab testing sensors made from bacteria.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A protective storage unit for robotic tools called Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS) was among the items launched to the International Space Station last December as part of SpaceX’s resupply services...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will SpaceBok Someday Reach the Moon?

Our lead story today highlights the jumping space robot known as SpaceBok.

“We are at the stage where we want to go into more challenging environments: caves, craters, highlands, areas in which we would find water or other volatiles, or information about the geological history of a certain...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A reader asks: How can self-driving car manufacturers guarantee safety when snow, ice, or mud impair a vision system?
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Although life has not been found on Mars just year, a researcher from NYU thinks there could be life...under it.
Question of the Week: Test & Measurement
Will Rovers Find Life Below the Surface of Mars?

Our lead story today highlighted a hypothesis from astrophysicist Dimitra Atri. Atri believes that the sub-surface conditions of Mars could be home to organic molecules.

Tech Talks: Medical
Force Measurement: Enabling the Future of Medtech

In the rapidly evolving field of surgical robotics, precision is literally at the robot's fingertips, as miniaturized force sensors bring advanced sensing capabilities to the very tip of prosthetic tools. This Tech Talk discusses how these kinds of advanced force and torque measurement...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Deciding between edge computing and cloud computing? Make sure to consider these four major factors, says our industry expert.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Carnegie Mellon researcher Lerrel Pinto wants to prove that sound can be a valuable asset for robots.
Tech Talks: Materials
Ultra-Thin, Lightweight, Waterproof Coatings for Unmanned Vehicles

Used extensively in the aerospace industry, ultra-thin and lightweight Parylene conformal coatings provide dependable protection in extreme environmental conditions for components used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) while adding little dimension and mass. Parylenes...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Sound Support Valuable Robotics Tasks?

Our lead story today demonstrated how Carnegie Mellon researchers are building a dataset of sounds to help robots detect specific objects.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Army Research Laboratory released a software suite that simulates conditions of an underground tunnel network. Researchers interested in developing robots for subterranean environments can...

INSIDER: Motion Control

A NASA team is working on Mars robot autonomy to make future rovers more intelligent, to enhance safety, to improve productivity, and to drive faster and farther. Two novel...

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