Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sensor Diagnostics

The IP67-rated Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) allows manufacturers and industrial operators to access detailed sensor diagnostics in harsh operating environments. The...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Transceiver

Mountain RF Sensors (Fort Lauderdale, FL) has announced the MtRF-7501 VHF/UHF Ground-to-Air Transceiver. The model supports Single Side Band (SSB), LSB, and USB modes. Featuring frequency ranges of 116–152 MHz (VHF) and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Lidar Sensor

Velodyne LiDAR (Morgan Hill, CA) has announced the Puck Hi-Res™ sensor. Expanding on the company’s VLP-16 Puck, a 16-channel, real-time 3D lidar sensor, Puck Hi-Res provides greater resolution in the captured 3D image. Puck...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pressure Sensor

SignalFire Wireless Telemetry (Hudson, MA) has introduced the Pressure Scout, a wireless pressure sensor that supports pressure monitoring and alarm reporting as part of the SignalFire Remote Sensing System. The first in a...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Magnetic Sensors

Wireless, non-contact magnetic sensors from Steute Industrial Controls (Ridgefield, CT), in the presence of their actuating magnet, send a unique, coded telegram to one or more compatible, easily-programmed receivers. The...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pressure Sensors

All Sensors Corporation (Morgan Hill, CA) now offers the DLHR pressure sensor series. The new devices feature lower pressure ranges of 0.5 to 60 in H2O. All error compensation is performed internally by an...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Humidity Sensor

The Humidity Sensor from Develco Products (Aarhus, Denmark) allows end-users to track indoor climate. Regular readings can be sent from the sensor to an app. Users control the humidity level and temperature from a distance;...

Podcasts
Edward Chow, AUDREY Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Edward Chow leads the development of AUDREY, the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis. The artificial-intelligence system captures a variety of sensor data, including gases, temperature, and GPS signals. By sending alerts through...

Large elements for NASA's Space Launch System are in production, and will be joined together to create the rocket's 212-foot-tall core stage, the backbone of the SLS rocket. The...

Engineers have devised a simple, reproducible, and less expensive approach to manufacturing computer chips using directed self-assembly, which can increase the density of...

Engineers are using light to print three-dimensional structures that “remember” their original shapes. The process of 3D printing shape-memory materials can also be...

Question of the Week
Will ground-based delivery robots catch on?

This week's Question: This fall, Starship Technologies, an Estonia-based startup created by two Skype co-founders, will begin testing its autonomous delivery robot in Washington, D.C. Washington is the first U.S. municipality to approve ground-based robots to traverse city sidewalks. Starship aims to...

Dr. Bin Chen has led the development of nanomaterials and ultra-sensitive detection techniques. Her materials development work directly supports...

An array of GPS instruments near the San Andreas Fault System in Southern California detects constant motion of Earth’s crust — sometimes large, sudden motion during an...

INSIDER: Green Design & Manufacturing
New Fabric Uses Sun to Power Devices

A new fabric developed at Georgia Institute of Technology uses sunlight and motion to harvest energy. Combining the two types of electricity generation into one textile paves the way for creating garments that could provide their own source of energy to power devices such as smartphones or global positioning...

Question of the Week
Will you watch drone racing?

This week's Question: The Drone Racing League announced on Wednesday that it had signed deals to broadcast a 10-episode season on ESPN and ESPN2, along with the European stations Sky Sports Mix and 7Sports. According to league officials, stationary pilots will use headsets and joysticks to steer the drones through...

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person’s blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the...

NASA scientists and engineers have built an instrument powerful and accurate enough to gather around-the-clock global atmospheric carbon-dioxide (CO2) measurements from space. The CO2 Sounder...

New postage-stamp-sized sensors developed at MIT measure exactly how much power is being used by every device in a household. No wires need to be disconnected, and the placement of...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New at IMTS

Optomec (Albuquerque, NM) unveiled its LENS machine tool machines that integrate the company's metal 3D printing technology into standard CNC machine tool platforms. Three standard system configurations are offered, making hybrid and traditional metal additive manufacturing more affordable and accessible. The three systems are...

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most common of pancreatic cancers, is extraordinarily lethal, with a 5-year survival rate of just 6 percent. Chemotherapy treatments are poorly effective, in part...

The European Space Agency's Euclid satellite, due for launch in 2020, will set astronomers a huge challenge: to analyze 100,000 strong gravitational lenses. The gravitational deflection of light from...

When people go to a hair stylist, they often browse magazines to find a photo of a style they want to try, but they won’t know if they really like it until they try it.

Researchers from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and from universities in the Netherlands have used high-tech imaging to uncover the details of a rare Mexican codex dating from before the...

A new material could one day speed up the charging process of electric cars and help increase their driving range. Researchers have combined a covalent organic framework (COF) – a...

University of Massachusetts Amherst professors introduced a new radio technology that allows small mobile devices to take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby for...

University of Alberta mechanical engineering professors are making an old technology new again by using flywheel technology to assist light rail transit (LRT) in Edmonton. They...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology
Advanced Spray-On Material Repels Water

A new spray-on material from engineers at The Australian National University (ANU) offers a more robust waterproofing capability than previous coatings. Combining two plastics, one tough and one flexible, the invention could eventually be used to protect mobile phones, de-ice airplane parts, or keep boat...

Question of the Week
Can AI be used to make a good movie?

This week's Question: In early September, Concourse Media and Productivity Media, Inc. (PMI) announced the acquisition of Impossible Things, a feature-length film with a screenplay written via artificial intelligence. Greenlight Essentials, a company founded by Jack Zhang, uses AI software to create plot...

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