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Vacuum System Powers Modular Soft Robot

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have created the first functional robot powered entirely by vacuum. It is made up of soft building blocks that move by having air sucked out of them. The robot can be reconfigured to perform different tasks, like climbing vertical walls and grabbing objects.

Posted in: INSIDER, Robotics
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Multi-Legged Robot Reconfigures in Real Time

Scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, PA have developed a modular, reconfigurable legged robot named Snapbot that can move forward, interact with its environment, and perform other tasks based on a number of possible configurations. This system identifies its current configuration using only internal sensors and utilizes a corresponding motion strategy to complete its task. The motion strategy changes as it is physically reconfigured in real-time.

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The Eyes Of The Instruments: Using Optical Filters To Observe And Measure Earth From A Different Perspective

Earth Observation (EO) remote sensing provides the ability to measure, understand, and hopefully manage for purposes of commerce, safety and security, and science, our environment and our impact/interaction with it. In EO instruments, single wavelength band measurements are often necessary to allow observation of unique spectral characteristics representative of specific atmospheric and environmental phenomena. Optical filters with their ability to provide highly selective single band and multi-spectral wavelength discrimination in robust and reliable formats are a key contributor in photonics based EO instruments, serving as “the eyes of the instruments”.

Posted in: White Papers, Photonics
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Specifying & Achieving Desired Extrusion Performance

Since 2012, the usage of extruded aluminum shapes in North American light vehicles has grown by more than 50%, to over 25 pounds per vehicle. Today, aluminum extrusions can be found in applications as varied as crush cans, trim members, rocker sections and seat backs – each with a unique set of performance requirements. As automotive aluminum extrusion applications continue to grow, engineers seeking optimized performance are increasingly going beyond the “shorthand” of alloy and temper designation and specifying the desired microstructure for the final component.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Automotive, Materials, Metals
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What is Measurement Risk?

Do you think your measurement is "In-Tolerance" if the measured value is within the manufacturer's accuracy specification? If the calibration provider is not considering the test uncertainty ratio, chances are your measurements are not what you think they are and it is very likely that you may be making bad measurements.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Instrumentation, Test & Measurement
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Sound-Off: How Do Automotive OEMs Detect Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)?

A technique known as Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) instantly analyzes air down to part-per-trillion (ppt) concentrations. The SIFT-MS technology can be used to test vehicles for emissions and volatile organic compounds, including irritants, toxins, and odors.

Posted in: News, Automotive, Detectors, Sensors
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Will conformal batteries improve electronics design?

Today’s lead INSIDER story featured a conformal battery that bends to meet specific device shapes. What do you think?

Will conformal batteries improve electronics design?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Energy, Energy Storage
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Dr. Haimei Zheng, Staff Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Zheng and her team of scientists from Berkeley Lab and Nanyang Technical University in Singapore made metal-organic spongy photocatalysts that convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO) in the presence of sunlight. They were able to make liquid fuels with the noble nanoparticle-decorated spongy material.

Posted in: Who's Who, Materials
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Creating the Future: A New Way to Join Arteries

A novel, pencil-sized device now provides surgeons with an alternative to traditional methods of suturing arteries. The Arterial Everter, Medical Category winner of the 2017 “Create the Future” Design Contest, will reduce operation times, according to the technology’s inventor.

Posted in: News, News, Medical, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy
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Sensing Methodologies in Pinch Valves

This white paper examines various types of state sensors and their functional use in pinch valves for advanced system development. Many systems today, including medical and biopharmaceutical applications, require precise control and monitoring of a variety of fluids during operation. Systems can employ several methods to control fluid. Solenoid and pneumatic pinch valves, used in conjunction with flexible tubing, offer a simple approach to non-wetted fluid control. At the most fundamental level, various types of sensors can be incorporated into pinch valves to provide feedback showing the physical, open or closed, state of the valve. This paper covers both the basics of state sensing as well as advanced applications to detect the presence of tubing.

Posted in: White Papers, Medical, Motion Control, Sensors
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