Briefs: Test & Measurement
Handheld Device Measures Cancer Biomarkers

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Wearable Device Measures Cortisol in Sweat
This patch offers noninvasive and continuous monitoring of various biomarkers for a range of physiological conditions.
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A malaria-test "bandage"; underwater navigation via sound; and a biodegrading, implantable sensor.
The patch uses painless, biodegradable microneedles.
The technology is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today’s lithium-ion batteries.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
5 Ws of the SoundWatch
The smartwatch app identifies sounds that a user is interested in and sends a friendly buzz and information about the sound.
Technology Leaders: Data Acquisition
Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
Just like smartphones, the same trend of combining separate components into one device is also apparent in industrial automation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Photonic Wireless System Powers Medical Implants
The system can recharge the internal battery of devices without invasive surgery or risky penetrative procedures.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Handheld Device Diagnoses Skin Cancer
The device could reduce the need for painful biopsies by 50 percent.
Combined with smartphone technology, the device becomes a portable system that can track, monitor, and diagnose infections.
The technology could allow deep-space exploration without running out of propellant.
As ICs continue to become smaller and chip complexity increases, manufacturers still need to ensure reliability to their customers.
Application Briefs: Imaging
Cameras Capture Asteroid Debris Retrieval
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This system provides low-cost monitoring for machine health with audio-based artificial intelligence.
This simple and inexpensive design achieves high-quality ozone measurements.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: January 2021
Radar sensors, cameras, RF processing systems, and more.
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
The system is filled with a patient’s skin cells.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Platform for All-Optical Computing
Computations are done solely with beams of light.
The system enables measurement of active or passive microstrip line devices with DC probing capability.
The system uses off-the-shelf materials combined with ultraviolet lights to decontaminate N95 masks.
The battery could be used for drones, cars, or underwater applications at low temperatures.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: January 2021 Tech Briefs
Modules from Pickering Interfaces simulate industrial control transceivers.
Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics
A Better Sensor Detects Ice Build-Up, In Real Time
The sensor is able to detect ice formation far before you can see it occurring on a surface.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Spiraling Robotic Gripper 'Twines' Like a Plant

As engineering professor Mable Fok saw how the pole beans in her garden wrapped tightly around any objects nearby, she had an idea:

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The Ultimate Guide to Cable Management

From manufacturing to IT, the more you rely on technology, the more cables you need. Manage, organize and protect your wire and cable bundles with our vast range of solutions suited for demanding...

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Better Predicting Terminal Enclosure Temperature to Improve Heater Reliability

One of the most common failures in electric process heaters used in various industrial applications involves electrical terminations and not the heating elements....

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New High-Peak Power Line Laser for Beam-Steering LiDAR

The mainstream LiDARs used for robotaxis and autonomous consumer vehicles either utilize a few tens of 360-degree rotating laser beams to build 3D models of the vehicle...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Learn to Drive a Car in a Few Easy Lessons

USC researchers have developed a method that could allow robots to learn complicated new tasks, like setting a table or driving a car, from observing a small number of demonstrations.

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