By mimicking the outer coating of pearls (nacre or mother of pearl), researchers created a lightweight plastic that is 14 times stronger and eight times lighter (less dense) than steel. It could...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wind Event Warning System

NASA Langley Research Center developed a wind event warning technology that provides a practical early warning system (5-10 minutes) for a severe change in the wind vector. Events such as gusts, shear, microbursts,...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Wearable Motion Sensors Measure Fetal Heartbeat

A technique was developed that could allow expectant parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat continuously at home with a non-invasive and safe device that is potentially more accurate than any fetal heartrate monitor currently available in the market.

Researchers have developed a formula that enables them to recreate different levels of perceived softness. Based on the results from their experiments, they created equations that can calculate how...

A fully print-in-place technique for electronics could enable technologies such as high-adhesion, embedded electronic tattoos and bandages with patient-specific...

A prototype of the AC 'Biode' battery has been developed at 20W.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: November 2019

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Track Moving Objects with Sub-Centimeter Accuracy

A system was developed that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to help robots target moving objects with unprecedented speed and accuracy. The system could enable greater...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Form-Fitting Nanoscale Sensors

A method was developed to make atom-flat sensors that seamlessly integrate with devices to report on what they perceive. Electronically active 2D materials, touted for their strength, are difficult to move to...

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Passive Smart Container

Although Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being used widely for pallet and box-level tracking in the commercial sector, significant technology gaps remain for tracking dense quantities at the item...

See the eight winners of the 2019 "Create the Future" Design Contest
Through Livox, non-verbal people can speak, learn how to read and write, and understand abstract concepts.

A transistor has been made from linen thread, enabling the creation of electronic devices made entirely of thin threads that could be woven into fabric, worn on the skin, or...

Measuring milk components has become very crucial for the dairy industry.
Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
A Vision-Based Lunar Navigator for Next-Generation Landers
Learn about the Draper Multi-Environment Navigator.

Engineers at the University of Illinois have found a way to redirect misfit light waves to reduce energy loss during optical data transmission. In a study,...

LIDAR Systems, Smart Cameras, Optical Communications, and more.
Machine vision systems shed light on processes too small or too fast to see with the human eye.
Laser illumination is scaling in a new direction.

Researchers have developed a new self-calibrating endoscope that produces 3D images of objects smaller than a single cell without a lens or any optical, electrical, or...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Shaping Light with a Smartlens

High quality camera performance on mobile devices has proven to be one of the features that most end-users aim for. The importance of optical image quality improvement and the trend to have thinner and thinner...

A new imaging method extracts a color image from a single exposure of light scattered through a mostly opaque material.

UCLA engineers have made major improvements on their design of an optical neural network — a device inspired by how the human brain works — that can identify objects or process...

Most of us know optical lenses as curved, transparent pieces of plastic or glass, designed to focus light for microscopes, spectacles, cameras, and more. For the most part, a...

Learn more about ULISSES, an organ-preserving device that received top honors in the "Create the Future" Design Contest.
Learn more about the how "CSD" offers a cost-effective, non-invasive way of saving the lives of infants.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: November 2019 Tech Briefs
OnLogic has introduced the Karbon 700 high-performance rugged computer.
Livox uses machine learning to ease communication.
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