This multifunctional hybrid laminate composite can be used for residential and commercial construction.
This invention is a highly stable, heat-treatable, and tunable material.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Device Creates Electricity from Snowfall
The nanogenerator also acts as a weather station.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Refrigeration by Twisting Fibers
Changing directions of twist and coiling changes whether a material cools or heats.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.
The method could impact optical imaging, vision correction, and disease diagnosis.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optically Fixable Shape Memory Polymers
These polymers can combine thermal and optically fixable shape memory.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Unpowered, Lightweight Ankle Exoskeleton
This low-profile ankle exoskeleton integrates into a shoe and fits under clothing.
This technology could lead to the creation of fully functional quantum computers.
Squid skin inspires a new material with heat-regulating properties.
Top prizes in the 2019 contest were awarded on November 8 in New York City.
When combined with saltwater, rust can be a source of electricity.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Transport Method Boosts Capacity of Heat Exchangers
A simple modification can improve the capability of turbulent heat exchangers by 500%.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) Actuator
This technology has applications in sonar, range measuring, directional-force sensors, flow meters, and vibration/noise sensing and control.
This innovation dynamically provides fast signal processing and precision measurement.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Washable Sensor Can Be Woven Into Materials
The device could impact composites manufacturing and health monitoring.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Durable Polyimide Aerogels
Stronger and flexible, polyimide aerogels provide insulation and structural support.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: December 2019 Tech Briefs
The GNV-720 and GNV-725 humidity temperature meters from Global Specialties feature three environmental sensors.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
ADAS/Connected Car - December 2019

Today's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected cars are paving the way for tomorrow's automated vehicles. To help you keep pace with the latest technology developments, we present this...

New measurements could help experts guess the location and size of the next earthquake.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Right Manufacturing Partner Can Save You Costs and Development Time

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is fast becoming an essential part of the modern manufacturing toolkit because of the powerful advantages it offers. Industry...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will the Ability to Manipulate Virtual Objects in Real-World Scenes Help Your Design and Manufacturing Efforts?

A Tech Briefs TV video this week demonstrated a Brown University system called Portal-ble. The augmented-reality technology allows you to place virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on smartphone screens. Users can then...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Aluminum Joining Methods: Welding vs. Adhesives
Our expert examines the pros and cons of welding, adhesives, and other metal joining methods.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
Test of Complex Autonomous Vehicle Designs

Autonomous vehicles (AV) combine multiple sensors, computers and communication technology to make driving safer and improve the driver’s experience. Learn about design and test of complex sensor...

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory took inspiration from flying insects to create a miniaturized gyroscope, a special sensor used in...

MIT and Toyota researchers have designed a new model to help autonomous vehicles determine when it’s safe to merge into traffic at intersections with obstructed views. The model uses its own...

If you’ve ever tried to hold a camera steady for a long exposure in low light, you know exactly what happens: the camera shakes and the image blurs. The same can happen with images from...

Computed tomography is being used in the medical and industrial field. An expert explains how the two imaging techniques differ.
A new charging cell wants to use low-grade heat from our industrial processes to power our devices.

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