Special light sources and sensors see around corners or through gauzy filters, enabling reconstruction of the shapes of unseen objects.

Even though ultrasound has been studied by scientists for many years, its capabilities in practical applications are yet to be fully harnessed.

Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Briefs: Materials
Additive Manufacturing Method for Sub-Microscale Three-Dimensional Structures
Applications include MEMS, microlattice fabrication, and other sub-microscale 3D structures with a broad range of materials.
Products: Materials
New on the Market: April 2020
Vision-based 3D printing, network analyzers, particulate sensors, and more.
Briefs: Communications
Laser Radio Transmitter
This device transmits data via a semiconductor laser, opening the door to ultra-high-speed WiFi.
Lenan Zhang and his team at MIT developed a small, economical, highly efficient device to provide fresh drinking water using only the Sun for its energy input.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
RFID-Based System Enables Internet of Things
The technology could help in elder care with sensors throughout a home.
A wildfire-preventing gel; NASA's 3D tissue models, and more.
The coating could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long-lasting for the next generation of electric vehicles.
A wearable energy harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging.
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
Surface treatments have limitations that demand attention early in the design process.
The new body armor can safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Area Rapid 3D Printing
This new 3D printer can print an object the size of an adult human in just a couple of hours.
The coating protects parking decks, bridges, concrete piers, offshore platforms, buildings, and cooling towers.
The adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft, Flexible Materials with Enhanced Properties
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
The electrospun nanofibers are used for wound healing and 3D matrices for biological tissues.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
PLCs Directly Access Internet Information
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
A new method provides a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective way to produce cadmium telluride material for solar cells or other applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Maximizing Safety in Advanced Battery Systems
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
This imaging technique could impact optical communications and signal processing.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
Technology used to search for extraterrestrial life can characterize radioactive material.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-Reliability Radio Frequency MEMS Switch
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
This method could lead to the transmission of data at the rate of 100 gigabits per second.

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