Q&A: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Brian Salazar and his UC Berkeley team have developed a new way to reinforce concrete with a polymer lattice, an advance that could rival other polymer-based enhancements and improve...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.
Briefs: Energy
This supercapacitor promises storage, high power, and fast charging.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The system turns faces into thermostats, providing more comfort with less energy.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Researchers have created the prototype for a handheld device to measure a biomarker for cancer. The device works much like the monitors that people with diabetes use to test their blood-sugar levels...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This patch offers noninvasive and continuous monitoring of various biomarkers for a range of physiological conditions.
Articles: Wearables
A malaria-test "bandage"; underwater navigation via sound; and a biodegrading, implantable sensor.
Briefs: Medical
The patch uses painless, biodegradable microneedles.
Briefs: Energy
The technology is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today’s lithium-ion batteries.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The smartwatch app identifies sounds that a user is interested in and sends a friendly buzz and information about the sound.
Technology Leaders: Data Acquisition
Just like smartphones, the same trend of combining separate components into one device is also apparent in industrial automation.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The system can recharge the internal battery of devices without invasive surgery or risky penetrative procedures.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The device could reduce the need for painful biopsies by 50 percent.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Combined with smartphone technology, the device becomes a portable system that can track, monitor, and diagnose infections.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technology could allow deep-space exploration without running out of propellant.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
As ICs continue to become smaller and chip complexity increases, manufacturers still need to ensure reliability to their customers.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
See how Space Dynamics Laboratory built the electronics for a three-camera suite onboard OSIRIS-REx.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This system provides low-cost monitoring for machine health with audio-based artificial intelligence.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This simple and inexpensive design achieves high-quality ozone measurements.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Radar sensors, cameras, RF processing systems, and more.
Briefs: Energy
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The system is filled with a patient’s skin cells.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Computations are done solely with beams of light.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The system enables measurement of active or passive microstrip line devices with DC probing capability.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The system uses off-the-shelf materials combined with ultraviolet lights to decontaminate N95 masks.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The battery could be used for drones, cars, or underwater applications at low temperatures.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modules from Pickering Interfaces simulate industrial control transceivers.
Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics
The sensor is able to detect ice formation far before you can see it occurring on a surface.