INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders

Inspired by spiders, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor that could be used onboard...

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new method for producing atomically thin semiconducting crystals that could one day enable more...

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Will Self-Assembling 'M-Blocks' Catch On?

A team at MIT created self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb and roll over each other into set formations.

White Papers: Aerospace
How to Mitigate Aerospace Electrical Compliance Risk: A New Approach

Electrical Load Analysis (ELA) is an important to ensure adequate power for the electrical systems during all phases of flight. For the most part, ELA today is done...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Solving the E/E Dilemma of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

As automotive manufacturers and suppliers develop advanced technologies to realize the trends of autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and shared mobility, they are encountering...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot
“Cobots” allow companies of almost any size to automate processes that were previously out of reach.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics
Sensing technology will help to transform manufacturing floors into the connected factories of the future.
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
A synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Self-Contained Wheel Unit
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Briefs: Transportation
Precision Low-Speed Motor Controller
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Docking System Enables Safe Rendezvous in Space
The ESA has commissioned its industry partners to design a new docking system called the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM).
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Algorithm Gives Robots a Faster Grasp
The algorithm speeds up the planning process that robots use to adjust their grip on objects.
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.
Actuators, Encoders, Gripping Tools, and More
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
MMOD Impact Detection and Location
This system uses fiber optic strain sensing to detect and locate micrometeoroid/orbital debris.
Adhesives, flame-retardant compounds, vision measurement, and more...
With the rise in electrification and design complexity, aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to look for new methodologies to mitigate compliance risk.
Made with “Jenga chemistry,” the material could help in understanding how high-temperature superconductors work.

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

The reader uses a frequency multiplexer to boost its ability to accurately locate a greater number of RFID tags.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Potassium-Oxygen Battery Stores Clean Energy

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery....

5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
5 Ws of EarEcho
The biometric tool uses modified wireless earbuds to authenticate smartphone users
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors (EFOS)

Current laser interferometry pressure pulse detection techniques use the shock-induced change in index of refraction to track detonation and/or shock fronts in a single fiber optic by reflecting laser...

As lithium-ion battery production doubles, more viable energy storage solutions are needed.

Innovators at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed a calorimeter that is able to measure the total heat generated when specific types of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells are...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Continuous Fiber Composite for Use in Gears
This lightweight material brings strength and durability to complex shapes.
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