Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
Want to Reduce Paper Consumption? ‘Disappearing Ink’ is No Joke
Carl Yee invented a new kind of "Invisible Ink," so he could print paper without the guilt.
White Papers : Photonics/Optics
Virtual Prototypes Speed Time to Market for Solid-State Lidar

Lidar is one of the most important optical technologies in the race toward mainstream self-driving cars. Most of the innovation of lidar systems in the automotive industry is focused on creating solid-state systems and reducing the movement of the mechanism that scans the laser beam...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Analyzing Thin Films for Semiconductor Development

Getting a complete analytical picture of ALD grown ultra-thin films is no easy feat. It requires multiple analytical techniques to look at the composition, thickness, surface coverage and band gap which are necessary to look at failure analysis of semiconductors or improve semiconductor...

Question of the Week : Materials
Will Paint-On coatings Become a Popular Way to Cool Down Buildings?

Our lead INSIDER story today featured a paint-on polymer that cools down buildings, through a process known as passive daytime radiative cooling.

Read the article, and let us know what you think.

This week’s Question: Will Paint-On coatings Become a Popular Way...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
View the New Edition of the Newark Element14 Tech Journal

Take a closer look at device power requirements, how to calculate battery life accurately and the factors affecting the battery life of IoT devices. Read about various types of energy harvesting technologies and ways you can reduce an edge device’s power to a level where energy...

White Papers : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Understanding Programmable Resistors for Sensor Simulation in Test

If you think about it, sensors control much of our daily lives. Sensors ensure that the food in your refrigerator stays cold, count your steps on a smartphone, and even protects you in an automobile accident. So many devices in our personal lives as well as in business and other...

Blog : Imaging
How Will VR and AR Impact Automotive Manufacturers?
How will the use of AR and virtual prototypes impact the role of automotive parts manufacturers? A reader asks our expert.
On-Demand Webinars : Materials
Using Aluminum Extrusion to Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow’s Vehicles

In the past five years, the aluminum extrusion content in the average North American auto or light truck has increased by nearly 50%, to about 40 pounds per vehicle. Today extrusions are found in a wide range of applications – from crash management systems, to structure,...

INSIDER : Software
Robots Can Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It

Students at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) developed Dense Object Nets (DON), a system that lets robots inspect random objects and visually understand...

INSIDER : Software
Students Create Computer Chip Security Fix

A tool developed by Dartmouth computer science graduate students tackles a widespread hardware hacking threat. They are coming to grips with a design flaw that ultimately falls into the province of...

White Papers : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Benefits of Automating Medical Device Manufacturing

Medical devices are specialized and often highly engineered products that must be produced according to tight health and safety regulations while delivering an acceptable return on investment. A key strategy is to automate the production of medical devices. Industrial automation has spread to...

On-Demand Webinars : Energy
Removing Thermal Bottlenecks with Passive Thermal Management Tools and Tactics

As device power levels increase and foot prints decrease, Design Engineers are facing increasingly difficult thermal management challenges. This webinar will...

Blog : Materials
An Alternative to Air Conditioning: A Paint-On Polymer That Cools Down Your Building
A new solution, applied like paint, cools down rooftops, buildings, water tanks, vehicles, and even spacecraft.
White Papers : Motion Control
Motion System Causing You Pain?

Putting together a motion control system that meets your requirements for speed, accuracy, and flexibility can often be a challenge. Many factors play a role in the sizing and selection of each element of the system, including the actuator. Cycle time, required thrust, and life expectancy are a few of the major...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Four Principal Tests for Evaluating the Safety of Electrical and Electronic Products

In the electronics business, product safety compliance is a top priority for manufacturers throughout the world. In order to create products that are considered “safe” and “reliable,” all electronic products must undergo rigorous testing to ensure that...

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing: Industrial vs. Desktop

Over the past few decades, 3D printing has grown from an emerging technology to an essential manufacturing process. Its ability to quickly build complex parts for both prototyping and end-use production has made it a critical development tool, as companies try to keep pace with shortening product life...

Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
What NASA Spin-Off Stands Out to You?

NASA technologies have led to many of the commercial products and innovative solutions we use every day, from memory foam and freeze-dried foods to exercise equipment and water purifiers. The October issue of Tech Briefs showcased a number of these NASA spinoffs.

Read the Tech Briefs feature article,...

Podcasts : Imaging
Here's an Idea: Asteroids
To spot asteroids requires a community — one made up of everyone from NASA professionals to amateur astronomers to engineers at government labs.
Blog : Aerospace
Q&A: How Robert Holmes Finds Near-Earth Asteroids from His Home-Built Observatories
Robert Holmes spoke with Tech Briefs about his path from "amateur" astronomer to NASA pro.
On-Demand Webinars : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Case Study: Integrated Mechanical Testing With Non-contact Measurement Solutions

Trilion Quality Systems has partnered with MTS Systems to offer an array of test solutions that combine MTS loading solutions with ARAMIS non-contact sensors.

White Papers : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Important Ways of Approaching Heat Management

With electronic gadgets becoming progressively smaller, heat management is an increasing concern. Download this guide to learn methods on managing the removal of heat from your product.

On-Demand Webinars : Defense
At the Crossroads: Examining the Intersection of the Modern Soldier with AR, IoT, and Network Security

How many of today’s standard technologies were nothing more than the fantasies of science-fiction buffs a few years ago? If the trend of innovation in sensors and wireless technology continues, what impact will it have on the soldiers of the...

Blog : Aerospace
'Invisible Glass’ Takes First Prize in ‘Create the Future’ Contest
The grand-prize-winning nanotechnology coating imparts anti-reflection and water-repellency capabilities to surfaces made of silicon, glass ,and some plastics, including Teflon.
Question of the Week : Medical
Can Digital-Health Apps Reliably Change Patient Behavior?

Last week on TechBriefs.com, a reader had the following question for our medical-device expert:

"How can devices with IoT connectivity move beyond simple information sharing and gathering?"

Anytime you take medical device data and connect it to wearables or other devices,...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
3 Reasons to Use Machined Pin Receptacles in Your Connector Design

Unlike their stamped counterparts, precision-machined pin receptacles provide unmatched reliability and robust connections demanded for mission-critical applications. But did you also know that they provide significant advantages when it comes to versatility and flexibility in...

White Papers : Medical
Injection Molding Considerations for Eastman MXF Compounded Products

As manufacturers look to develop plastic parts with greater chemical resistance to disinfects, molders are taking a closer look at the Eastman MXF portfolio. But how well do these compounded copolyesters work with existing tools? For those accustomed to molding polycarbonate,...

Blog : Test & Measurement
A Closer Look at Bats, Hummingbirds Offers New Ideas for Flying Robots
Rivers Ingersoll spoke with Tech Briefs about why it is so important to have an up-close understanding of the hummingbird and nectar bat.
White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Why Choosing the Right Spring-Loaded Connector Saves Long-Term Cost -- and Reputations

In today’s cost-sensitive world, designers are often driven to specify the lowest cost solution for every aspect of their designs to ensure that their solution is competitively priced and their company remains profitable. However, specifying a low-cost,...

On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Discover How Unique Cable & Connector Solutions Are Taking 3D Printing to New Levels

In today’s fast paced, quick development cycle market-places, the need for rapid prototyping and quick turn sampling is critical. 3D printing, and additive manufacturing has quickly surfaced as the solution for this need, bringing to life ideas and concepts in...

White Papers : Imaging
Why Adas and Autonomous Vehicles Need Thermal Infrared Cameras

FLIR is empowering the automotive community to create the next generation of safer, more efficient ADAS and autonomous vehicle (AV) systems using cost-effective thermal cameras.

Discover how longwave infrared (LWIR) thermal cameras can improve an ADAS or AV sensor suite, and...