Briefs: Aerospace
Space Weather Database
The DONKI application provides daily interpretations of space weather observations, analysis, and models.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Manufacturing Ultra-Thin Camera Lenses
Ultra-thin and flexible metalenses could replace traditional camera lenses.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Kodiak 3D LiDAR
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Composites for High-Temperature Uses
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
4D Printing of Morphing Structures
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
With a technique first used at NASA, researchers are making glasses that can improve your concentration.
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
5 Ws of the Screen-Printed Battery
The battery can be used in flexible, stretchable electronics for wearables as well as soft robotics.
Briefs: Wearables
Material for Wearable Biosensors
Electrospinning is used to make porous silicone that allows sweat to evaporate.
This system treats light-responsive disorders or deficits such as eating disorders, sleep problems, hormone-sensitive cancers, and cardiovascular disorders.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linking Materials May Transform Robots Made of Robots
A new method of linking materials with unique mechanical properties could enable robots made of robots.
A new machine learning algorithm could make smartphones charge faster and increase the time between charges for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Sensitive Optical Receivers for Space
This concept could help break through the present-day data-return bottleneck in deep space missions.
USC researchers found a way to use idle oil and gas wells for energy storage.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: February 2021
Disconnect terminal blocks, oscillioscope probes, test modules, and more.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Innovation on a Larger Scale: Robotic Fiber Placement and 3D Printing
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
The stretchable sensor has applications in environmental monitoring and healthcare.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Split-Ring Torque Sensor
This optical-based device measures position, velocity, and torque.
A smart fiber being tested on the International Space Station could be used to develop space dust telescopes and allow astronauts to feel through their pressurized suits.
Compared to a LED, the omnidirectional laser light is much brighter and better defined.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Sensing Magnetic Fields
Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.
The material could enable cheaper and more environmentally friendly displays and large-area lighting.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products: February 2021 Motion Design
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Modern HMI Software Propels Industry 4.0
Once confined to the role of machine visualization, modern unified HMI software now delivers better user interfaces, containerization, and remote device management.
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
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