INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
‘Robomussels’ Monitor Climate Change

Northeastern University scientist Brian Helmuth and other researchers have developed "robomussels" that monitor climate change. The tiny devices have miniature built-in sensor that track temperatures inside the mussel beds.

Question of the Week: Software
Can algorithms create a pop-music hit?

This week's Question: Sony Computer Science Laboratory (CSL) in Paris is developing a system of algorithms which can create songs that cater to the user's taste, based on styles adapted from existing music. Starting with a sheet-music database of more than 13,000 existing songs, users choose several titles...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers

LEGIC Identsystems Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland) recently introduced its new 6000 series reader ICs that combine RFID, BLE and a Secure Element into one chip. LEGIC’s technology platform is made up of five basic components: LEGIC...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced its first high voltage, surface-mount gas discharge tube (GDT) with two squared terminals that is capable of withstanding surge currents of 3kA@8/20μs in a...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers

Solid State Disks Ltd (Reading, UK) has launched SCSIFlash-Tape, which provides a CompactFlash-based, solid state replacement for traditional SCSI-based, electro-mechanical tape drives on legacy...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced new entry-level PXI and PXI Express (PXIe) platforms for PXI testing system startup users. PXES-2301 is an all-hybrid, 6-slot compact PXIe chassis with system...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Researchers have created an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a nanomaterial they fabricated at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence...

INSIDER: Semiconductors & ICs

Researchers studying the behavior of nanoscale materials at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered remarkable behavior that could advance...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed new, nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits that enable computer chips to perform multiple functions with...

INSIDER: Energy

As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries, the commonplace...

INSIDER: Imaging

From hard to malleable, from transparent to opaque, from channeling electricity to blocking it: materials come in all types. A number of their intriguing properties...

INSIDER: Imaging

Through a collaboration between the University of Calgary, The City of Calgary and researchers in the United States, a group of physicists led by Wolfgang Tittel, professor in the...

INSIDER Product: Software

With the new EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) EyeScan AT 3D, the EyeVision image processing software shows its new 3C commands and display options for the point cloud when inspecting connector pins. The system works for...

INSIDER Product: Imaging

PHOTONIS (Roden, NL) announced the release of a new single photon counting camera ideal for fast imaging under light starved conditions, such as Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC). The camera...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Fastec Imaging’s (San Diego, CA) IL5 High-Speed 5MP Camera enables you to record production lines moving at high speed for analysis or troubleshooting using slow motion replay. There are four models to choose from,...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Sierra-Olympic Technologies (Hood River, OR) recently introduced the Viento 67-640 thermal camera for perimeter surveillance, robotics, and other rugged outdoor imaging applications. The new thermal imager features a...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
3D-Printed Robots Feature Shock-Absorbing Skins

A “programmable viscoelastic material” (PVM) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) allows users to program every single part of a 3D-printed object, including exact levels of stiffness and elasticity.

Question of the Week
Will selfies become the primary mode of authentication?

This week's Question: MasterCard has tested facial biometrics for payment authentication and has now begun rolling out its MasterCard Identity Check, or "selfie pay," to a greater number of users. The biometric authentication app is available throughout Europe, including Austria, Belgium,...

Products: Software

National Instruments, Austin, TX, announced LabVIEW 2016 system design software that introduces new channel wires to simplify complex communication between parallel sections of code. Available on both...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Researchers Create Smallest Transistor Ever

A research team led by faculty scientist Ali Javey at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a transistor with a working 1-nanometer gate — the smallest to date.

INSIDER: Imaging
Researchers Propose Modular Space Telescope

Researchers from California Institute of Technology are proposing the idea of a modular space telescope that could be assembled by robots. The space observatory would have a primary mirror with a diameter of 100 meters — 40 times larger than the Hubble Space Telescope.

Question of the Week
Will solar road panels catch on?

This week's Question: Solar Roadways — a startup developing solar powered road panels — will soon install the first solar road tiles in Sandpoint, Idaho. The transparent solar road panels contain colorful LEDs, which can be controlled by a computer to create the impression of signs and lines, without the need...

Articles: Aerospace

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-Rex) spacecraft launched on September 8 to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu to harvest...

NASA Spinoff: Transportation

Born out of a desire for aircraft to be able to take off and land capably at airports with shorter runways to alleviate congestion at the major hubs, the circulation control wing...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Hexapods — six-legged parallel-kinematic machines — are quickly gaining ground in a broad range of industrial automation applications after “learning” how to...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Network-connected devices provide many opportunities to improve and enrich people’s lives, but the “Internet of Things” has a range of definitions. A consumer’s experience with the “IoT” may be...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

NASA engineer Allen Parker and a team at Armstrong Flight Research Center have developed a fiber-optic-based sensing technology that accurately pinpoints and measures liquid...

Products: Software

Mastercam 2017 machining software from CNC Software, Tolland, CT, features a new ribbon interface that groups similar functions and displays them in order, from simple to more complex. Dynamic Motion technology...

Products: Electronics & Computers

Schaefer, Hopkinton, MA, introduced the C/B 4800 Series 6U DC/DC and AC/DC converter modules ranging in output power up to 5kW. Nine DC input ranges are standard, and AC input options are 1-Phase 115VAC or 230VAC, as well as...

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