September 2020

Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Force/Torque Sensor Helps Rover Sample Mars
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Wireless Power for Neural Stimulation
Prof. Jacob Robinson developed an implantable neural stimulator the size of a grain of rice.
Articles: Data Acquisition
Executive Forum: Machine Learning & AI
Tech Briefs posed questions to machine learning/AI industry execs to get their opinions on platform selection, data interpretation, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Cost-Effective Printed Sensors for the IoT/IIoT
With accelerated time from design to production, specialized foil sensor arrays will be expanding to many new areas.
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Using the IoT for Predictive Maintenance
Predictive maintenance is poised to become much more widely adopted, and that will help to boost productivity in a time when we really need it.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Application Briefs: AR/AI
Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.

In a new study, a team of Michigan State University scientists designed and fabricated a remote forest fire detection and alarm system powered by nothing but the movement of the...

Articles: Internet of Things
Long-life Batteries for the IIoT
Choosing the right battery will save trouble and expense in the long run.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Ultrasonic Sensors Support New Industrial Applications
These sensors will improve autonomous technologies in the industrial environment, like AGVs or forklifts.
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Designed to assist in robotic surgeries, biomedical devices can be printed in and on the human body.

Over the decades, machine vision has adopted a number of industry standards from the more traditional Camera Link standard that involves the use of frame grabbers to the more mainstream USB...

A new type of motion capture technology accurately tracks an athlete during the push start phase of performance.
Researchers tackled the problem using a geophysical measurement called seismic anisotropy.
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.
Learn how to obtain large signals from hyperspectral imagers.
The COVID crisis is propelling the camera industry toward disruptive transformation.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Measuring Surface Roughness with an Atomic Force Microscope

Thin films and engineered surfaces are used in a myriad of applications including semiconductor electronics, data storage, and precision optics. In many cases, surface roughness and...

High-temp infrared emitter, single-frequency SWIR lasers, hazard testing systems, and more.
Real-time terahertz imaging with a single-pixel detector.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
Product of the Month: September 2020 Tech Briefs
InnoSenT introduced the IMD-3000 radar system as an alternative to pushbutton switches.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Printed Polymer Makes Integrated Airplane Parts
In 2019, NASA engineers test-fired a 3D-printed rocket engine combustion chamber.
People who use sign language could communicate directly with non-signers, without needing someone else to translate for them.
Articles: Internet of Things
Products of Tomorrow: September 2020
An A/C alternative, AI that sharpens blurry images, and a NASA energy harvester.

The reliability of critical components, systems, and devices takes top priority in today’s healthcare environment. With the continued development of highly sophisticated...

Before delivery drones start carrying packages (and passenger drones start delivering ourselves), engineers will need to keep refining an unmanned aircraft's ability...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Kit Encoders: New Technologies for a Dynamically Changing Market

Closed-loop motion control systems use feedback to ensure the precise positioning of mechanical components. Self-contained position sensors, such as rotary encoders, can do a...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Breaking the (Injection) Mold

Since its creation in the 1980s, 3D printing has evolved tremendously, with more printing technologies and material types available. Research shows that engineers in North America are optimistic about the future...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 3-D Printer Manufacturer's Guide to High-Performance Linear Motion

The application of 3D printing/additive manufacturing to complex industrial uses is exploding. Linear motion components play a critical part in the successful operation...

A Cornell team developed paramecium-sized robots that can be controlled with lasers.
White Papers: Automotive
Using Built-in-self-test Hardware to Satisfy ISO 26262 Safety Requirements

Semiconductor content in today’s vehicles is growing rapidly and we are approaching the point where the value of the electronics is expected to exceed 50% of the...

White Papers: Energy
Achieve Alternative Fuel ROI in Less Than Five Years with ANG

Learn how adsorbed natural gas (ANG) can bring operational benefits for your fleet and pay for itself in less than five years. ANG is specifically suited to light-duty fleets and...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Are You OK With a Robot Taking Your Vitals?

The "Spot" robot, developed by Boston Dynamics, can measure skin temperature, breathing rate, pulse rate, and blood oxygen saturation in healthy patients, from a distance of 2 meters.

White Papers: Automotive
Multicore Systems Management: Hypervisor or Multicore Framework

With increasing application of multicore to embedded devices, a number of important decisions are necessary to ensure optimal design. One such decision concerns the overall...

White Papers: Design
Flame Retardant Epoxies and Silicones Meet Critical Safety Requirements

Used in aircraft applications, epoxies and silicones must maintain their primary role as adhesives or coatings while exhibiting resistance to heat and flame in...

On-Demand Webinars: Photonics/Optics
Alignment Strategy for Complex Part Geometries

When developing a CMM measurement program, alignments are necessary to form a stable frame of reference for the workpiece to be measured. Non-standard geometries with complex surfaces, such as a jet engine turbine airfoil, can be aligned by using datum target points defined on a print or...

A new modeling tool from USC engineers generates automatic indicators when data and predictions from AI algorithms are trustworthy.
On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition
LiDAR Technology Advancements and Market Trends

LiDAR appears to be the fastest moving of all automated-vehicle hardware development efforts. By some estimates, there are more than 80 companies currently developing LiDAR for passenger- and commercial-vehicle applications, and many boast of having superior proprietary technology. After...

A reader asks our expert: When it comes to autonomous vehicles, what’s best: Radar, LiDAR, or cameras?
On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Next-Generation Design for Heavy Equipment

Heavy equipment manufacturers face new challenges every day. As the industry moves toward machines that provide zero harm, zero downtime, and zero emissions, there is increasing pressure from competition, regulators, and customers to meet and exceed expectations. As if that isn’t enough,...

On-Demand Webinars: Software
How to Perform Accurate, Automated 3D Fatigue Crack Growth Predictions

This 30-minute Webinar demonstrates how to use your own CAD models and FEA tools to perform accurate, automated 3D component-level fatigue crack growth predictions.

Like biological fat reserves store energy in animals, a new rechargeable zinc battery integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy, a team led by...

Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have created next-generation solar modules with high efficiency and good...

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that asymmetric stresses within electrodes used in certain wearable electronic devices provides an important clue as to how to...

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) developed a novel, integrated approach to track energy-transporting ions within an ultra-thin...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will 'Biomorphic' Batteries Support a Future of Tiny Robots?

A Tech Briefs TV video highlighted a rechargeable zinc battery from the University of Michigan that integrates into the structure of a robot to provide much more energy. The “biomorphic” battery, according to researchers, could provide 72x more energy for robots.

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