September 2021

Technology Leaders: Aerospace
Learn different strategies for addressing outdated avionics, like adding in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Interstellar used Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to design and develop its first prototype: BioPod.
NASA Spinoff: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A NASA microphone that detects unseen air turbulence is lofted to high heights aboard a stratospheric glider.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
The durable soft electronics could be used in wearable electronics and soft robotics and could someday be part of a stretchable smartphone.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
An atom-based sensor can determine the direction of an incoming radio signal.
UpFront: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA Washing Machine Designs Go for a Spin

Right now, there is no laundry service in space.

Astronaut garments aren’t washed. They are put onto ships that burn up in the...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Facility Focus: Wearables
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
Q&A: RF & Microwave Electronics

Fiorenzo Omenetto, Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering at Tufts University School of Engineering, Dean of Research, and Director of the Tufts Silklab led a team that has...

Articles: Software
Tech Briefs asked 5 execs: What should a user consider before moving to the cloud?
Articles: Wearables
Water-sensing smartphone screens, a NASA-developed RF switch, and an ultrasound patch.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Imaging
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A novel nanostructure produces uniquely shaped light.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Learn how to fix one of the more annoying problems in display imaging.
Articles: Imaging
With an optical microscope, spectra can be acquired from a sample area smaller than a micron.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
For applications requiring high-energy material deposition coatings, you'll need to understand how stress can impact surface figure and system performance.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new high-speed sensor pushes the boundaries in light-starved conditions.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Learn about a membrane-free, broadband microphone for the highest ultrasound frequencies.
Briefs: AR/AI
Researchers are using a standard RGB digital camera to accurately monitor soil moisture.
Briefs: Materials
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Articles: Materials
A new generation of lithium-ion batteries is poised to improve electric vehicle range and affordability.
Briefs: Energy
The membrane prevents dendrite formation, at least doubling the lifetime of a lithium-metal battery.
Products: Materials
Lithium batteries, compartment gaskets, chargers, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have identified the primary cause of failure in a state-of-the-art lithium-metal battery.
Articles: Communications
Demand for wireless IoT cloud-connected devices is growing rapidly, yet deploying Wi-Fi battery-based products is difficult.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Battery Show North America is a forum for advanced battery technology for electric and hybrid vehicles, utility and renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military, and telecommunications.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The battery can withstand thousands of charge and discharge cycles and years of storage before being composted.
Articles: Test & Measurement
An R&D project indirectly leads to potentially greater power density, EV range, and battery life.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Products: Electronics & Computers
The SHT40 Smart Gadget comes with a humidity and temperature sensor.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
Prof. Alanson Sample and his team want to turn entire buildings into wireless charging zones. Learn how their system delivers electricity over the air.
Blog: Power
A team at the University of Tsukuba used a beam of microwave radiation to a launch a drone into the air. Can this type of propulsion take off?
On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Modularity, Flexibility, Scalability: How Enclosures Change the Industrial Automation Evolution

While there is a time and place for a unibody enclosure, today’s rapidly evolving industrial automation systems often require the additional flexibility that a modular enclosure system affords.

White Papers: Medical
A Practical Energy Efficiency Solution For Life Science Utilizing Industry 4.0

“Internet of Things” (IoT) and “Industry 4.0” (I4.0) are buzzwords in the process manufacturing and automation world, with far-reaching benefits...

Tech Talks: Materials

This 20-minute Tech Talk examines the best course of action for your programs as they move from R&D to prototyping, pre-production, and finally full...

Tech Talks: Medical
Integrated Electro-Fluidic Hybrid Connectors

This Tech Talk examines the improved usability available through integrated electro-fluidic hybrid connections. It also discusses how quick connect and disconnect solutions advance the functionality and design of equipment and processes.

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will ‘Charging Rooms’ Catch On?

Our Question of the Week focuses on today’s lead story – the creation of an aluminum test area that wirelessly powered lamps, fans, and cell phones.

White Papers: Design
The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2021

In The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2021 report, you’ll gain insights on:

Aspects of the product design process that need the most improvement How...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Best Signal and Interconnect Technologies for ADAS/EV Infotainment Systems

This 60-minute Webinar provides an overview of electronic and electrical trends under way in vehicle safety and control systems including ADAS and vehicle electrification – trends that are driving changes in vehicles ranging from passenger cars to on- and...

Blog: Aerospace
Professor Francois Barthelat wants to incorporate the fish fin's strong, flexible characteristics into robotic and aerospace designs.
Blog: Aerospace
With good shielding and good timing, Mars-bound astronauts are safe from radiation, according to a recent study.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Friction Stir Welding Industrialization for E-mobility

TRA-C industrie has written this white paper to present Friction Stir Welding applications to e-mobility: compliance with technical requirements, increased quality and productivity, and...

INSIDER: Energy

If we are to transition to a world powered by renewable energy, efficient long-distance transport of electricity is essential, since the supply — renewable...

INSIDER: Power

While researchers around the globe are working on free-position wireless charging — which would unchain devices from set charging points — the most common...

INSIDER: Power

The demand for clean energy has never been higher, and it has created a global race to develop new technologies as alternatives to fossil fuels. Fuel cells are among the promising green energy...

INSIDER: Energy

Molten sodium batteries have been used for many years to store energy from renewable sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines. However, commercially available molten sodium-sulfur...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Meeting the Connectivity Requirements of 5G mmWave Signals

Users demand more data. While growing in the 5G space is essential to maintaining competitive edge, it is also important to understand the limitations and risks of this...

Question of the Week: Wearables
Will Stretchable Smartphones Catch On?

Our “5 Ws” feature this month highlighted skin-like electronic circuits being developed at Virginia Tech.

White Papers: Defense
H2OLock Advanced Desiccant

H2OLock pressed desiccants provide a single solution to both moisture and durability concerns in aerospace, defense, optics, and industrial products. A moisture adsorber and structural component in one,...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Future Automotive HPC Architecture and Elements for Success

High-performance computing (HPC) architectures are the key to creating next-generation vehicles – provided you understand their unique implementation challenges.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Achieving a High Quality Automotive Exterior Finish

Car exterior appearance is one of the decisive factors to value the car model. The human eye is sensitive to color differences in adjacent parts such as car body to doors, bumpers, and...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Thermoplastic Solutions to Address Trends and Needs in Automotive Exterior and Interior Trim

Vehicles are changing in response to trends, new requirements, and increasingly complex designs. In this 30-minute Webinar, interior and exterior trim applications are the focus. How can engineering thermoplastic technologies help meet changing...

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