Suppose you have 10 taxis in Manhattan. What portion of the borough’s streets do they cover in a typical day?
We interviewed an industry expert about the role of inductive position sensors in the IIoT.
The key to acceptance and adoption of a "smart home" will be enhancing total ease of ownership.
Special Reports: Aerospace
Test & Measurement - September 2019

See how the latest test tools and methodologies are enabling new applications in aerospace, automotive, communications, and other key fields. This compendium of recent articles is presented by the editors...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Capacitive Sensors for Displacement, Distance and Position

Capacitive sensors are used whenever high precision measurement results are required. They measure vibration, oscillation, deflection, expansion, displacement, deflection,...

A reader asks an industry expert why adhesives are a better option for battery assembly in electric vehicles.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to Make a Transistor – From Thread

Tufts University engineers are making transistors from a material you’re more likely to see in a fabric store than in the field of electronics.

Question of the Week: Photonics/Optics
Beyond Camouflage, Do You See Other Applications for Artificial ‘Chameleon Skin?’

A Cambridge University team developed an artificial "chameleon skin" that changes color when exposed to light. The material supports a range of applications, including active camouflage, large-scale dynamic displays, and maybe even medical diagnostics.

White Papers: Wearables
GORE® PYRAD® Self-Extinguishing Fabric Technology

GORE® PYRAD® fabric technology is uniquely engineered to extinguish flames as they are encountered. After being exposed to heat and flames, the laminate maintains its physical integrity...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Motion Sensors Could Save Unborn Babies

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...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mini Stretchable Pump for Soft Robots

Most soft robots are actuated by rigid, noisy pumps that push fluids into the machines’ moving parts. Because they are connected to these bulky pumps by tubes, these robots have limited autonomy...

"Actually it was not something we really planned!" Dr. Andrew Salmon told Tech Briefs.
How much does windshield glazing matter when cars drive themselves?
Question of the Week: Materials
Will Comfort-Adjusting Clothing Catch On?

Researchers from the University of Maryland have created a fabric that automatically regulates the amount of heat passing through. The engineered yarn expands and collapses based on temperature and humidity, cooling and warming a wearer as needed. What do you think?

Researchers from Newcastle University continue to explore the source of Mars' mysterious methane.
White Papers: Medical
EU MDR and the Impact on Chemical Substances in Medical Products

Jitter is a common way to express performance of a clock circuit. Learn how to interpret timing and jitter measurements, and how advanced jitter measurements can improve timing...

The Tumaini app will could help farmers spot pests and disease before it's too late.
Lockheed Martin's Rob Chambers is working on a spacecraft that will bring astronauts back to the lunar surface.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Do You See Potential with Electrokinetic Power?

Scientists from Caltech and Northwestern University have found a way to generate electricity by combining saltwater with one of life's more undesirable compounds: rust.

NASA is planning a return to the Moon and an exploration-mission to Mars, but how will the human body hold up in microgravity for long...

A new-and-improved system from Stanford University captures light from a greater variety of surfaces, allowing a wider, farther imagery than ever before.
Question of the Week: Software
Have You Used Machine Learning in Your Design Efforts?

A team from the University of Pittsburgh recently used machine-learning to create a butterfly-inspired, self-healing glass. Models from the San Francisco-based software company SigOpt helped engineers determine ideal characteristics for the material.

Scientists from Caltech and Northwestern University have found a way to generate electricity by combining saltwater with one of life's more undesirable compounds: rust.

Millions of gallons of crude oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico during the seabed oil drilling catastrophe of 2010. Numerous strategies to stop or stem the oil flow...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Build IIoT Networks with Smart Control and HMI Software

Programmable automation controllers (PACs) play the primary role in IIoT systems. Also referred to as machine controllers, PACs provide a centralized architecture; they act as the...

Conventional pistons are made of a rigid chamber and a piston inside that can slide along the chamber’s inner wall while at the same time maintaining a tight seal. As a result, the piston...

Wearing a sensor-packed glove while handling a variety of objects, researchers compiled a dataset that enables an AI system to recognize objects through touch alone. The information...

Along with the onslaught of Internet of Things (IoT) and wirelessly enabled devices, cloud connectivity has become a major benefit for a range of applications from commercial to military. As...

There is great potential in using both drones and ground-based robots for situations like disaster response, but generally these platforms either fly or creep along the ground. The flying...