Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Next Challenge for Soft Robots? Beat the Cheetah
A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
On-Demand Webinars: Connectivity
Touch-Safe High-Voltage Battery Connectivity Solutions

The mass production of battery-powered electric vehicles requires a high safety level during assembly, daily operation, and maintenance. This is particularly relevant to battery connectors, where touch safety is vital, in addition to electrical and mechanical performance over the...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Magnet Valves for Rapid Decompression

When transporting sealed containers by air, protecting against rapid decompression is a constant concern. Traditionally, spring-actuated valves have been used to address this design challenge....

On-Demand Webinars: Software
Application and Use of Virtual ECUs Within an AUTOSAR Software Development Environment

The AUTOSAR Classic Platform architecture is now widely used across the automobile industry to address the complex interaction between hardware, software, and physical components. The AUTOSAR Classic methodology requires powerful software development...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will ‘Flexoskeletons’ Catch On?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have found a new way to make soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The “flexoskeletons” are both made of a rigid material and a thin sheet of polycarbonate that acts as a flexible base. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.

What do you think? Will...

On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
How Single Pair Ethernet Streamlines Aircraft Networks

Bandwidth-hungry electronics are increasing on aircraft as passengers and crews expect more from in-flight entertainment, cabin lighting, security and freight monitors, and other...

There are several safety concerns for patients with metallic implants who require MRIs, including magnetic forces, torques, radio-frequency-induced heating,...

White Papers: Design
Choosing the Right Robot

Robots now come in many sizes, and in configurations of two to seven axes. They can do simple or complicated work, even surgery, and are easier to integrate than ever into any manufacturing or processing...

White Papers: Imaging
White Paper: Optical Components for SWIR Imaging

For many applications in harsh or low-light environmental conditions such as nighttime, fog, smoke, water vapors, etc., devices operating in the visible range of light cannot process or...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
What Can Structural Adhesives Do for You?

Structural adhesives are the answer to many challenging transportation challenges. Need to improve a vehicle's durability? Crashworthiness? Make it lighter? Enable more design flexibility? Enhance stiffness for better handling? Accommodate many different types of materials? Check, check, and...

An empty airport tells you more than you might think.

The future’s getting brighter for solar power. Researchers from CU Boulder have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to...

Stanford University researchers created an inverse design codebase called SPINS that can help researchers explore different design methodologies to...

A research team has used the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy Office of Science user facility, to create miniature lasers. These lasers are stable and work continuously. What...

Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Will Biosensors Be Used Effectively in Crowded Environments?

A team used to making pollutant-detection systems is adapting their technologies to spot coronavirus.

Low-Power Sealed Laser

Luxinar (Kingston Upon Hull, UK) has introduced the SR 08s for marking, scribing and kiss cutting applications requiring average rather than peak power. The...

White Papers: Aerospace
Advanced Materials Terms and Acronyms

Advanced materials discoveries are revolutionizing the future and enabling technological innovation that benefits society. What are “advanced materials,” and what are some of the terms that are key...

See how NASA engineer Mike Buttigieg is creating a device that will free up ventilators for patients with COVID-19
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA's 'VITAL' Ventilator Gets FDA Approval

A low-cost, low-complexity ventilator developed by NASA engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week.

Briefs: Propulsion
Supersonic Spike Diffuser
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Spin Capacitor for Energy-Efficient Electronics
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
VoroCrust v.1.0 Meshing Software
This program generates a mesh that conforms to a complex model without clipping.
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
An inexpensive 3D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.
The material consists solely of components that have already been shown to work well in the body.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nano-Infused Ceramic Can Report its own Health
A ceramic sensor could be embedded into structures such as bridges and aircraft to monitor their health.
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Radiation-Hardened Gain Digitizer
This instrument has applications in medical equipment, robotics, and satellites.
Briefs: AR/AI
Computational Model Predicts Human Behavior
This analytic model shows how groups of people influence individual behavior.

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