INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Over the past several decades, the progress in micro fabrication technology has revolutionized the world in such fields as computing, signal processing, and...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A Yale lab has developed a new, radio frequency processing device that allows information to be controlled more effectively, opening the door to a new generation of...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) SmartMesh IP(TM) wireless sensor networking products now provide the ability to program industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications directly on the...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers

Acopian Power Supplies (Easton, PA) announced that its Narrow Profile power supply series is now certified to UL Safety Standards UL 60950 (Information Technology Equipment) and UL 508 (Industrial Control Equipment), and...

INSIDER Product: Electronics & Computers

Kontron (Augsburg, Germany) has introduced the latest member of the KBox series, the KBox A-103. The new KBox A-103 is equipped with scalable SMARC modules, which have the latest Intel(R) Embedded-Power-Atom(TM) processors,...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Wind River(R) has expanded its Wind River Helix product portfolio to address the Internet of Things (IoT). Wind River has added application and data services in the cloud to its operating systems and IoT software...

Question of the Week
Will we discover alien life by 2025?

This week's Question: During a panel discussion last week, NASA scientists indicated that we may be a generation away from finding alien life — even if that life is a microorganism and not an alien civilization. "We're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, said chief...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Special Delivery: NASA Marshall Receives 3D-Printed Tools from Space

Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, unboxed some special cargo from the International Space Station on April 6: the first items manufactured in space with a 3D printer.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Inkjet Technology Prints 'Soft Robot' Circuits

A new potential manufacturing approach from Purdue University researchers harnesses inkjet printing to create devices made of liquid alloys. The resulting stretchable electronics are compatible with soft machines, such as robots that must squeeze through small spaces, or wearable electronics.

INSIDER: Energy
Fuel Breakthrough Supports Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles

Virginia Tech researchers have created hydrogen fuel using abundantly available corn stover – the stalks, cobs, and husks.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Vehicle Explores Depths of Antarctica

A robotic vehicle developed by Georgia Institute of Technology scientists and engineers recently dove to depths never before visited under Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A new method of continuously monitoring the status of machinery is a mobile tablet-based system that supplies information on the operational state of industrial machinery and plant...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

As urban populations increase, so too does the complexity involved in maintaining basic services like clean water and emergency services. But one of the biggest barriers to...

INSIDER: Medical

Wei Tang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University, is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated, low-power, wearable...

Question of the Week
Will hydrogen fuel cell vehicles ever achieve widespread use?

This week's Question: Today's INSIDER story highlighted a discovery in alternative energy production that may provide a breakthrough for hydrogen-fueled vehicles. According to researcher Joe Rollin, the technology "has the potential to enable the widespread use of hydrogen fuel cell...

Briefs: Motion Control

Part 1 of this article introduced a phenomenon called power-on/off glitch. The example discussed the impact of this phenomenon on a motor control system. We limited our analysis to a...

INSIDER: Aerospace
New Materials Enable Flapping Robotic Wings

Dielectric elastomers, popular materials in robotic hands, soft robots, tunable lenses, and pneumatic valves, may now be used to create flapping robotic wings.

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Engineers at The University of Texas at Dallas have created semiconductor technology that could make night vision and thermal imaging affordable for everyday use.

INSIDER: Defense

The best hope for cheap, super-efficient solar power is a remarkable family of crystalline materials called hybrid perovskites. In just five years of development, hybrid perovskite...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Excelitas’ (Waltham, MA) new HeliX Silicon Avalanche Photodiode (APD) Module is a compact, easy-to-use, analogue low-light-level detection (L³D) module employing Excelitas’ Si APD chips. The detector is in a...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Motic (Richmond, British Columbia) has figured out a way to turn tablet computers into dynamic imaging stations that will preview, acquire, store, measure, and communicate microscope images. Built on Android technology,...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

Ibsen Photonics (Farum, Denmark) recently announced the new FREEDOM HR spectrometer platform for integrators of compact analytical and process control instruments. The new HR platform consists of FREEDOM HR-UV, HR-VIS,...

INSIDER Product: Photonics/Optics

4D Technology Corporation (Tucson, AZ) has introduced its newly improved AccuFiz compact laser interferometer for accurate, repeatable measurement of surface shape and transmitted wavefront quality. New features include...

Question of the Week
Will airships be the future of "green" aviation?

A group of academics from the University of Lincoln, UK, believe airships may be the 'green' answer to the future growth of aviation . The Multibody Advanced Airship for Transport (MAAT) project, made up of eight nations and led by the Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia in Italy, is working to...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Researchers Develop Hybrid Supercapacitors

UCLA researchers have successfully combined two nanomaterials to create a new energy storage medium that combines the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors.

Products: Software

Onshape, Inc., Cambridge, MA, introduced Onshape, the first full-cloud 3D CAD system with built-in data collaboration and management that lets all members of a design team work together using any Web browser,...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

POSITAL (Hamilton, NJ) introduced new models of IXARC magnetic encoders that combine incremental and absolute rotation measurement capabilities in a single, compact package. Absolute encoders provide a control system with a...

Products: Propulsion

Elmo Motion Control (Nashua, NH) offers the NANO Gold Twitter servo drive that delivers up to 4000 Watts of qualitative power, current up to 50A at 100VDC, and up to 15A/200V with advanced servo capabilities and support for...

Products: Motion Control

GAM (Mount Prospect, IL) offers the SPH inline planetary gearbox with helical gears for dynamic and cyclic applications, as well highspeed and continuous duty applications. It is available in six frame sizes with nominal...

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