Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Simple Robot Vision Tools Support Complex Applications
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
5 Ws of Algae-Based Flip-Flops
Would you take a walk in biodegradable flip-flops?
This method integrates 3D plasmonic nanoarrays onto stickers that adhere to any surface.
Applications include rapid prototyping, medical, aerospace, and automotive.
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Controlling Defects in 3D Printing
Temperature data is used to tune, and fix, defects in 3D-printed metallic parts.
This approach could engineer quantum materials atom-by-atom for new electronic, magnetic, and sensing applications.
A nanoLED has up to 1,000 times the brightness of conventional submicron-sized LEDs.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wavy Surfaces for Better Light Control
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
The algorithm provides an extra layer of safety and security against hackers of electronic devices.
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Combined Optical Transmitter and Receiver
The tiny unit is significant for the miniaturization of optoelectronic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Measuring Optical Null Lens Aberrations
This method can be used in astronomy, surveillance, and optics manufacturing.
“EasyPass” would enable smart warehouses, automated factories, and more to operate without delays.
Perovskites could be the active ingredient that makes the next generation of low-cost, efficient, lightweight, and flexible solar cells.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fluoride Materials for Extra-Thin Computer Chips
To make electronic components smaller, semiconductor 2D materials are combined with new types of insulator materials.
Neuromorphic computing uses memristors that could function and operate like real brain synapses.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Industrial-Grade Open Source
Open source microcontroller technologies in industrially hardened form factors address critical applications.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Drones Change Shape Mid-Flight
This capability will optimize performance of the vehicle through different phases of flight.
A soft hydrogel, driven by an oscillatory chemical reaction, produces an autonomous integrated pump for microfluidic applications.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Open Controllers Simplify Automation Systems
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Custom Gimbal for JHU-APL Shows Promise for Others
See how Blue Joule developed and delivered the Mini Mount (MM) Gimbal to Johns Hopkins University.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: October 2020 Motion Design
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
This mini robot improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical procedures.

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