Briefs: Medical
All-Terrain Wheelchair

Researchers have developed an innovative design for a wheelchair that can more easily navigate on soft and uneven outdoor terrain such as grass and gravel. The chair uses three wheels — two wheels in the front...

Moving from electrical communication to optical communication is attractive to chip manufacturers because it could significantly increase chips’ speed and reduce power consumption,...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Auto-Zero Differential Amplifier

Engineers in the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Instrument Electronics Development Branch have developed a chopper-stabilized auto-zero amplifier capable of amplifying signals with extremely small amplitude originating from a thermopile-based infrared (IR) sensor. The instrument is self-adjusting in that it...

Overt symptoms of many diseases often do not manifest until days after a person’s initial exposure to the causative pathogen, typically a virus or bacteria. By then, the disease may...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Mobile Health Platform

A mobile health technology was developed to monitor and predict a user’s psychological status, and to deliver an automated intervention when needed. The technology uses smart-phones to monitor the user’s location and ask questions about psychological status throughout the day.

If digital transformation is a boardroom priority, why are companies so slow to transform product development? A reader asks our experts.

A 3D-printed smart gel that grabs objects and moves them could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them....

A researcher tells Tech Briefs how his team's "symmetrical" sensor approach will support the growing "Internet of Things."
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
How Do You Feel About Back-Flipping Robots?

Have you seen the ‘Atlas’ humanoid robot running outside yet? Watch a demo of the Boston Dynamics technology on Tech Briefs TV.

Teledyne LeCroy, Chestnut Ridge, NY, introduced WaveSurfer 3000z oscilloscopes that feature a 10.1” capacitive touchscreen, a set of debug and analysis tools, multi-instrument capabilities,...

Can metal 3D printing help automakers with more than just prototyping? It can, and it has, says our engineering expert.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
“On a Roll” to Smaller Transformers

The future of electronic devices lies partly within the “internet of things” – the network of devices, vehicles and appliances embedded within electronics to enable connectivity and data...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Memristor Adds Cybersecurity Layer to IoT Devices

The Internet of Things makes our lives more streamlined and convenient, but the cybersecurity risk posed by millions of wirelessly connected devices remains a huge concern. UC Santa...

Professor Paul Steen helped to create a beetle-inspired adhesive. Now it's about finding applications for it.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
What are your Biggest Manufacturing Challenges?

What parts of the design process are the most difficult? What information are you looking for now to help you with your job? Is there a specific technology area that can be challenging to find out the latest solutions for?

Researchers from Purdue University demonstrated that thermoacoustics properties could theoretically occur in solids as well as liquids.

An inability to handle misty driving conditions has been one of the chief obstacles to the development of autonomous vehicular navigation systems that use visible light. These systems are...

Diabetic retinopathy destroys cells of the retina, leading to blindness. Existing treatments are painful and invasive, involving lasers and injections into the eyeball. A Caltech graduate student...

A PhD student at The University of Manchester has developed a new method and software for using computer game technology to create large-scale simulations of violent fluid flows,...

A new system from the Georgia Institute of Technology has a sound approach to recognizing tiny gestures of the hand.

Question of the Week: Green Design & Manufacturing
Can a 'Cool' Strategy Improve Water-Purification Efforts?

Researchers from the University of Buffalo found a counter-intuitive way of improving the water-purification process: keeping things cool.

A stretchy material, modeled after squid skin, achieves thermal invisibility by reflecting heat.
A new microchip allows sensor nodes to run uninterruptedly, even when the battery runs out.
Podcasts: Robotics, Automation & Control
Here's an Idea: Listen to the Story of Humanoid Robots

Some conditions are too dangerous, or just too mundane, for people.

A “MapLite” framework from MIT allows self-driving cars to navigate roads – with just GPS and sensors as a guide.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have found a counter-intuitive way of improving the water-purification process: keeping things cool.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Would You Wear a 'Mind-Reading' Headset?

A Tech Briefs TV video this week featured AlterEgo, a “mind-reading” wearable headset from MIT's Media Lab.

The technology allows a user to silently converse with a computing device, AI assistant, or application without any audible voice or discernible movements. The wearable device...

Thermal Imager

Sierra-Olympic Technologies (Hood River, OR) introduced the Tenum™640, a thermal imager with a 640 x 512 array and 10-micron pixel pitch. The new camera, from the...

Holography, like photography, is a way to record the world around us. Both use light to make recordings, but instead of two-dimensional photos, holograms reproduce...

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