Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Underwater Exploration Go Battery-Free?

A Tech Brief featured in our April issue highlighted a battery-free pinpointing system from MIT called Underwater Backscatter Localization. Rather than emitting its own acoustic signals, the “UBL” reflects modulated signals from its environment. The reflections provide researchers with positioning...

White Papers: Aerospace
Thunderbolt 3: A Path forward for Avionics Data Bus Interfaces and Abaco’s ARINC 615-3 Data Loader

Engineers using avionics data bus interfaces and data loaders are facing a growing problem: the demise of the PCMCIA and ExpressCard...

The A.I. system learns from thousands of real-traffic situations, when a self-driving car stopped unexpectedly.
On-Demand Webinars: Information Technology
Component Authenticity and Traceability: How to Prevent Counterfeits and Gray Market Diversion

The problem of counterfeit components is a threat unlikely to disappear anytime soon, presenting a risk for both manufacturers and end users. This 30-minute Webinar examines strategies and tactics to mitigate these risks and remove potentially...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Robotic Construction System
Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Get a Handle on Grippers
In North America alone, the gripper market is worth roughly $100 million — and that number is expected to climb up to 5 percent each year.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Structural-Sensing Robots
These robots could perform basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Lightweight Crane Technology for the Moon
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: April 2021 Motion Design
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Laser-Light-Based Accelerometer
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Smarter Pneumatic Valves Enhance Automation Systems
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
Soft Robots Turn Rigid on Demand
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Specially designed brake controls are a critical factor of brake performance in any application.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Precision Position Feedback for Smart Manufacturing
There is a growing demand for direct-drive motors.
The intelligent camera features all three resolutions: spatial, temporal, and spectral.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Underwater Navigation System Powered by Sound
This system enables battery-free ocean exploration with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Electricity-Free Cooling
Professor Qiaoqiang Gan of the University at Buffalo (NY) and his team developed a unique two-in-one system that uses solar energy for simultaneously cooling and heating — without electricity.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Fast-Tunable Laser System
The system provides high tuning capability and extreme simplicity.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: April 2021
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-Temperature Ni-Based Superalloy Composition
The alloy has applications in jet turbine disks and other high-stress and/or high-temperature environments.
Medical instruments equipped with a soft electronics system improve diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in minimally invasive surgeries.
A combination of polymers and oligomers, when combined with UV light, almost completely kills the coronavirus.
This technology could be a low-cost, in-home alternative to blood draws and clinic-based screening tools.
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
The energy storage device can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-Power, Portable Terahertz Laser
The instrument could bring powerful sensing and imaging capabilities into hospitals, airports, or other settings.
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.

Videos