A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors come on the scene to replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers
6 Watt DC-DC converters

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced the ITQ series of 6 Watt DC-DC converters. Packaged in a compact SIP 8-pin format, with a footprint measuring just 0.86 x 0.44 x 0.36 inches, the ITQ series delivers a power...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Engineer Creates Origami Battery

A Binghamton engineer, Seokheun "Sean" Choi, developed an inexpensive, bacteria-powered battery made from paper. Using a drop of bacteria-containing liquid, the battery generates power from microbial respiration and delivers enough energy to run a paper-based biosensor.

Question of the Week
Would you implant a technology under your skin?

This week's Question: During a speech at last week's Sensors Expo in Long Beach, California, keynote speaker and NewDealDesign technology designer Gadi Amit explained a new concept that he believes could be the next step in wearable technology. The idea, Project Underskin, is an implantable device...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
New Computer Operates on Water Droplets

A synchronous computer from Stanford University operates using the unique physics of moving water droplets. The work combines the manipulation of droplet fluid dynamics with a fundamental element of computer science – an operating clock.

A new study shows that the recently developed Compact Light Source (CLS) – a commercial X-ray source with roots in research and development efforts at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National...

Flexible optoelectronic devices that can be produced roll-to-roll – much like newspapers are printed – are a highly promising path to cheaper devices such as solar...

INSIDER Product: Lighting
Intelligent Back Light

EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) has introduced a new industrial back light in its BrainLight smart illumination series. The LEDs of the intelligent back light can illuminate in the colors red, green, blue and white. There is...

INSIDER Product: Lighting
Flexible Light Engine Material

Norlux (Elgin, IL) has introduced new NorFlex brand flexible continuous light engine material. The cuttable high-power LED circuits on a semi-rigid material provide 5x the lumen output of low power flex...

INSIDER Product: Lighting
Diffuser Sheet Catalog

Lambda Research Corporation (Littleton, MA) recently added the Luminit Light Shaping Diffusers (LSDs) catalog to the latest version of its flagship TracePro software, TracePro v7.6. This new TracePro diffuser catalog...

INSIDER Product: Lighting
60V LED Driver

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3952 is a current mode step-up DC/DC converter with an internal 60V, 4A DMOS power switch. It is specifically designed to drive high power LEDs in multiple configurations. It combines input and output current regulation loops with output voltage regulation to operate as a flexible...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Etching Method Boosts Nanofiber Production

A new technique from MIT researchers boosts production of nanofibers fourfold, while cutting energy consumption by more than 90 percent. Potential nanofiber applications include solar cells, water filtration, and fuel cells.

Question of the Week
Will robots hurt the job market?

This week's Question: In a cover article in this month's issue of The Harvard Business Review, two researchers suggest strategies for remaining gainfully employed in an age of robotics and smarter machines. Although the authors concede the advance of automation, editor at large Julia Kirby and Babson College...

Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can be used as a source of broadband terahertz...

An international team has, for the first time, precisely tracked the surprisingly rapid process by which light rearranges the outermost electrons of a metal compound and...

Since lasers were invented in 1960, they have penetrated countless scientific, industrial and recreational fields from eye surgery to DVD players, from cutting steel to triggering...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
White Light LED Source

Excelitas Technologies Corp. (Waltham, MA) has introduced the X-Cite 120LEDmini – a compact white light LED source for fluorescence imaging applications. Through direct coupling, the X-Cite 120LEDmini...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Self-Supporting Sponge Connectors

Fujipoly’s (Carteret, NJ) Self-Supporting Sponge Connectors are ideal for connecting LCD panels to circuit boards with a very low deflection force. Each connector is made from an economical and...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
Plastic Diffractive Optical Elements

If diffractive optical elements are used at low and medium laser power, then plastic elements may be sufficient instead of using fused silica elements. Laser Components (Bedford, NH) offers...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics
2-D Vision Measuring Systems

Mitutoyo America Corporation (Aurora, IL) has announced the latest version of the Quick Image series 2-D vision measuring system. Two new systems with advanced one-click measuring functionality –...

INSIDER: Materials
Researchers Develop Biodegradable Computer Chip

In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has collaborated with the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to develop a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Free Space Optical Receiver for Data Detection and Radio Science Measurements

For deep space communication systems, the decision of whether or not to suppress the transmitted carrier has always been an issue. For certain missions that use high data rates, the available bandwidth might be a limiting factor. In such cases, it is preferred to use a...

The MAI-400SS Space Sextant is a turnkey Attitude Determination And Control System (ADACS) for CubeSats and nanosatellites. It is an enhanced version of the MAI-400, which is a...

Briefs: Data Acquisition
Combined Detection and Tracking of Moving Objects in Aerial Surveillance Images

This software implements a new probabilistic framework for integrated multi-target detection and tracking of small moving objects in image sequences, with specific application to tracking people in aerial images, in which image stabilization is inherently noisy.

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Neo-Geography Toolkit (NGT)

The Neo-Geography Toolkit (NGT) is a collection of open-source software tools for the automated processing of geospatial data, including images and maps. It can process raw raster data from remote sensing instruments and transform it into useful cartographic products such as visible image base maps, topographic...

Thermoelectric (TE) energy recovery is an important technology for recovering waste thermal energy in high-temperature...

Solar-array panels will experience very low temperatures of 50 K for the proposed Europa Clipper Mission (ECM). Solar-array panels will also...

Worldview is a software tool designed for interactively browsing and downloading imagery from NASA’s Earth observing satellites. Building upon a set of open source mapping and user...

Briefs: Data Acquisition
Method and Device for Biometric Subject Verification and Identification

This invention allows the verification and identification of a person based on features extracted from one or more electrocardiographic leads or channels. For identification purposes, the invention can be used to identify a subject from a group of known subjects. For...

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