Briefs : Test & Measurement
Passive In-Situ Gas and Chemical Sensor
Passive In-Situ Gas and Chemical Sensor

In many chemical processes, it is often desirable to detect the presence, quantity, and/or qualities of certain chemicals of interest; for example, in many closed chemical processes (either batch or...

Passive In-Situ Gas and Chemical Sensor
Briefs : Materials
Protein Mat Soaks Up Chemical Pollution
Protein Mat Soaks Up Chemical Pollution

Despite years of effort to stabilize proteins outside of their native environments, scientists have made limited progress in combining proteins with synthetic components like fibers without...

Protein Mat Soaks Up Chemical Pollution
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
A Method to Apply Thermal and Environmental Barrier Coatings
A Method to Apply Thermal and Environmental Barrier Coatings

Innovators at NASA's Glenn Research Center have adapted a process to apply thermal and environmental barrier coatings using a unique combination of a plasma spray (PS) process and...

A Method to Apply Thermal and Environmental Barrier Coatings
Briefs : Materials
Recyclable Polymer Exhibits Practical Properties of Plastics
Recyclable Polymer Exhibits Practical Properties of Plastics

A polymer was discovered that possesses many of the same characteristics as plastics, such as light weight, heat resistance, strength, and durability. But the new polymer, unlike...

Recyclable Polymer Exhibits Practical Properties of Plastics
Products : Lighting Technology
New Products: July 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: July 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Trilinear Line Scan Cameras

Teledyne e2v (Milpitas, CA) has announced its next generation of line scan cameras — the high-resolution ELiiXA+ trilinear color range. These new...

New Products: July 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Briefs : Imaging
Imaging Flexible DNA ‘Building Blocks’ in 3-D
Imaging Flexible DNA ‘Building Blocks’ in 3-D

Over the past decade, researchers have been working to create nanoscale materials and devices using DNA as construction materials through a process called DNA origami. A single long “sca...

Imaging Flexible DNA ‘Building Blocks’ in 3-D
Articles : Photonics/Optics
Eyes in the Sky: Using Optical Filters to Observe and Measure Earth From a Different Perspective
Eyes in the Sky: Using Optical Filters to Observe and Measure Earth From a Different Perspective

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand...

Eyes in the Sky: Using Optical Filters to Observe and Measure Earth From a Different Perspective
Briefs : Materials
Solving a Problem that Plagues Scanning Tunneling Microscopes

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have solved a longstanding problem that has been plaguing the scanning tunneling microscope for more than 35 years: How to prevent the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope from crashing into the surface of a material during imaging or...

Articles : Test & Measurement
Principles of Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopes
Principles of Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopes

Today’s high-resolution laser scanning confocal microscopes (LSCM), also referred to simply as laser scanning microscopes, are powerful high-magnification surface metrology instruments with...

Principles of Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopes
Application Briefs : Lighting
Military Optics Technology
Military Optics Technology

The demand for innovative solutions to enhance the safety of military personnel is continually on the rise. This includes the need to improve the performance of military vehicles and aircraft, in terms of both...

Military Optics Technology
Briefs : Imaging
Seeing the Brain’s Electrical Activity
Seeing the Brain’s Electrical Activity

Neurons in the brain communicate via rapid electrical impulses that allow the brain to coordinate behavior, sensation, thoughts, and emotion. Scientists who want to study this electrical activity...

Seeing the Brain’s Electrical Activity
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Rethinking FPGAs for Smart Cameras
Rethinking FPGAs for Smart Cameras

The term “smart camera” has been used for decades, but there has been little agreement on the actual definition. This article will use the term “smart” as the Merriam Webster dictionary defines it:...

Rethinking FPGAs for Smart Cameras
Articles : Automotive
Taking It to the Streets: Designing Streetlamp Optical Components
Taking It to the Streets: Designing Streetlamp Optical Components

The task of creating a streetlamp optical system has changed over the last 20 years and due to this change, so has optical design software. Let’s compare the task of...

Taking It to the Streets: Designing Streetlamp Optical Components
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Lens-Free Fluorescent Microscope
Lens-Free Fluorescent Microscope

Rice engineers have developed a wide-field microscope thinner than a credit card, small enough to sit on a fingertip and capable of micrometer resolution over a volume of several cubic millimeters.

Lens-Free Fluorescent Microscope
Application Briefs : Imaging
Bringing Multispectral Imaging to Industrial Applications
Bringing Multispectral Imaging to Industrial Applications

A mere 20 years ago, machine vision system designers did all they could to avoid color imaging applications due to higher costs and greater system and software complexity. But as...

Bringing Multispectral Imaging to Industrial Applications
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
See Objects Hidden Around Corners
See Objects Hidden Around Corners

A driverless car is making its way through a winding neighborhood street, about to make a sharp turn onto a road where a child’s ball has just rolled. Although no person in the car can see that ball, the...

See Objects Hidden Around Corners
Products : Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: July 2018
Product of the Month: July 2018

Altair, Troy, MI, released the 2018 versions of electromagnetic (EM) simulation software FEKO®, WinProp®, Flux®, and FluxMotor®. These electromagnetic solver...

Product of the Month: July 2018
Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
A ‘Green’ Concrete Calls for Less Cement, More Ash
A ‘Green’ Concrete Calls for Less Cement, More Ash
Researchers from Rice University are finding ways to use greater amounts of fly ash in an effort to build a “greener” kind of concrete.
A ‘Green’ Concrete Calls for Less Cement, More Ash
Blog : Software
Answering Your Questions: What is Virtual Prototyping (for Optics)?
Answering Your Questions: What is Virtual Prototyping (for Optics)?
Just because it's computer simulation doesn't mean it's virtual prototyping. Our expert explains.
Answering Your Questions: What is Virtual Prototyping (for Optics)?
INSIDER : Aerospace
Aerial Robot Morphs in Flight
Aerial Robot Morphs in Flight

An aerial robot capable of altering its profile during flight paves the way for a new generation of large robots that can move through narrow passages, making them ideal for exploration as well as search and...

Aerial Robot Morphs in Flight
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
To Communicate, Researchers Test the Power of Touch
To Communicate, Researchers Test the Power of Touch

Could touch be the new avenue for communications? Researchers from MIT and Purdue University think so and are working on a “general-purpose” tactile system that delivers information...

To Communicate, Researchers Test the Power of Touch
Question of the Week : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Do You See Applications for Seeing Through Walls?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video demonstrated an artificial-intelligence system developed by MIT researchers. The "RF-Pose" teaches wireless devices to sense people's movement, even from the other side of a wall. See the system in action.

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Paving the Way for Safer, Smaller Batteries and Fuel Cells
Paving the Way for Safer, Smaller Batteries and Fuel Cells
Researchers are developing a solid electrolyte that will make safer, better batteries.
Paving the Way for Safer, Smaller Batteries and Fuel Cells
INSIDER : Transportation
Future Electric Cars Could Recharge Wirelessly While You Drive
Future Electric Cars Could Recharge Wirelessly While You Drive
Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road.
Future Electric Cars Could Recharge Wirelessly While You Drive
INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
Instead of having a battery’s anode and cathode on either side of a nonconducting separator, a new battery would intertwine the two.
Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
INSIDER : Medical
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
Researchers have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body.
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Following Up: What is the Future of Flexible Solar Cells?
Following Up: What is the Future of Flexible Solar Cells?
Researcher Jaana Vapaavuori answered an additional question regarding the future of flexible solar cells.
Following Up: What is the Future of Flexible Solar Cells?
INSIDER : Software
Machine Learning Software Improves Robot Interaction
Machine Learning Software Improves Robot Interaction

MIT PhD candidate and Amazon Robotics Challenge winner Maria Bauza is helping to improve how robots interact with the world. Bauza has been exploring the notion of uncertainty when robots...

Machine Learning Software Improves Robot Interaction
INSIDER : Software
Surveillance Cameras “Talk” to the Public Through Smartphones
Surveillance Cameras “Talk” to the Public Through Smartphones

A Purdue University Ph.D. student co-developed PHADE, a technology that allows public cameras to send personalized messages to people without compromising their privacy. The...

Surveillance Cameras “Talk” to the Public Through Smartphones
Blog : Imaging
With a Conductive Thin Film, Researchers Test a Silver Screen
With a Conductive Thin Film, Researchers Test a Silver Screen
PhD student Jes Linnet hopes that a silver-based, transparent conductive electrode film offers a longer-lasting alternative for flexible screens and electronics.
With a Conductive Thin Film, Researchers Test a Silver Screen