The device can translate expressions into emojis or silent speech commands.
A battery-less pacing system enables painless defibrillation.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: December 2020
Mixed-signal oscilloscopes, 3D printers, DC/DC converters, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
16-Atom Molecular Motor
The tiny motor can be powered by both thermal and electrical energy.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tethered Drones Improve Cellular and Internet Networks
Wire-connected drones may complement or replace the fixed base stations of cellular communications networks.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: December 2020
Robotic exoskeletons, a breath-test for cancer, and plastic-eating enzymes are Products of Tomorrow.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tactile Robot Finger with No Blind Spots
This robotic finger has a highly precise sense of touch over a complex, multi-curved surface.
See how Dr. Andrei Kolmakov and his team are using low-energy electron beams to 3D-print tiny gel structures in liquids.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Flexible, Sturdy Robot “Grows” Like a Plant
The robot’s extendable appendage can wind through tight spaces and then lift heavy loads.
The antenna is designed for use in extreme conditions such as outer space.
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Technology Aids Surgeon-Guided Robotic Hands
This method enables users to control their robotic fingers precisely enough to gently land on fragile surfaces.
Digital technologies are enabling an "Industry Renaissance" of virtual experiences.
This technique for optical data transmission from satellites uses laser arrays to provide fine pointing capability.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Aircraft Thermal Heat Conduction Method
The thermal management technology could also be used for server farms and spacecraft.
Read all about this year's "Create the Future" winner: A transparent flexible film called "RepelWrap."
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-Resolution X-Ray Camera System
The system has applications in X-ray spectroscopy, pump probes, and molecule imaging.
NASA's phase-locked rotors reduce noise.
The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
The device enables ultra-fast wireless communications at low cost.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Vote for Tech Briefs Product of the Year 2020
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2020 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
The conceptual Ring prosthetic leg ensures that individuals do not need an entirely new device every time they have a growth spurt.
Invisible displays on walls and windows would be bright when turned on but invisible when turned off.
Any high-performance communication systems operating in RF or optical frequencies may benefit from this system.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Jacobs' scientists are helping to make contract-tracing apps, emergency-use ventilators, and even squid-bots.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Nanoscale Thermal Switches
These switches are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing, and heat management of buildings.

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