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Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines

Self-Folding Electronics Could Enable Advanced Robotics

MIT researchers have developed a way to print flat electronics that can fold themselves into a desired shape. The researchers say the development could have applications in robotics and human-machine interfaces.

Posted in: INSIDER, Electronics, Motion Control, Robotics
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Webb Telescope Actuators Move with Microscopic Accuracy

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. With a 21-foot diameter, the telescope’s primary mirror is six times larger than the one used by the Hubble Space Telescope. In order for such a large mirror to travel into space, it has to be broken up into multiple segments; in this case, 18 of them. But for the 18 to act as one primary mirror, they have to be adjusted while in orbit.

Posted in: INSIDER, Joining & Assembly, Mechanical Components, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Positioning Equipment, Optical Components, Optics
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How to Select a DC Motor: Brushless DC Motors

If an application requires high speed, quiet operation, low EMI and longevity, then brushless DC technology (BLDC) might be what you’re looking for in a motion solution. While Brushless DC motors have an overwhelming number of advantages, there are also a few counterpoints to be aware of before making the commitment to go brushless. This quick guide breaks down advantages of brushless technology, cost (versus a brush DC motor), and how to determine the ideal motor type for a particular application.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical
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Innovate Therapeutic & Drug Delivery Devices for Home Use

Medical device design engineers face a noble yet challenging task: to design minimally-invasive treatment technologies that help patients live a normal life.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical, Sensors
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Will we drive on piezoelectric highways?

Today's lead INSIDER story showcased efforts from Lancaster University to create road-ready piezoelectric tiles. The electricity generated from the ceramics (and the vehicles driving over them) could someday be used to power street lamps and traffic lights.

What do you think? Will we drive on piezoelectric highways?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Energy, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Ceramics, Materials
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Off-Highway Vehicles: Taking Torque Measurement from the Lab to the Production Floor and Out into the Field

As the demand for higher performance from off-highway vehicles grows, the industry will see breakthroughs in the advancement of telemetry torque technology. By allowing for the economical transmission of highly accurate and reliable rotating torque measurement data, these advances make it possible to move beyond the controlled environments of the lab or field testing and into production-level vehicles themselves allowing the industry to take a big step forward in the quest for lower emissions, fuel savings, and vehicle stability control.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Defense, Automation
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Critical Factors in Selecting an EMS Company for Aerospace Products

For aerospace products, where requirements are stringent and device failure is not an option, choosing an EMS partner can be critical. Knowledge of an EMS company’s certifications, processes, facilities, service, and support, can lead to success in your selection.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Electronics, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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New Products: September 2017 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Fiber Optic Cables

OFS (Norcross, GA) has expanded its AccuRibbon® DC Fiber Optic Cable product family to include fiber counts up to 864. Currently, AccuRibbon DC cables are offered in fiber counts up to 432. Super-absorbent polymer (SAP) tapes replace the gel in AccuRibbon DC cables to impede water migration in the cable core. These cables and water-blocking tapes have a 15-year, field- proven history in diverse outside plant (OSP) installations and applications. In addition to meeting Telcordia GR-20 Issue 4 requirements, the AccuRibbon DC cables have successfully met OFS’ aggressive coiling simulations where the cables are twisted and coiled under real-world installation conditions.

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Thin Photodetector Increases Performance Without Adding Bulk

In today’s increasingly powerful electronics, tiny materials are a must as manufacturers seek to increase performance without adding bulk. Smaller also is better for optoelectronic devices — like camera sensors or solar cells — which collect light and convert it to electrical energy. Think, for example, about reducing the size and weight of a series of solar panels, producing a higher-quality photo in low lighting conditions, or even transmitting data more quickly.

Posted in: INSIDER, Optical Components, Photonics, Sensors
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Single-Photon Emitter Holds Promise for Quantum Info-Processing

Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths. These carbon nanotube quantum light emitters may be important for optically-based quantum information processing and information security, while also being of significant interest for ultrasensitive sensing, metrology and imaging needs and as photon sources for fundamental advances in quantum optics studies.

Posted in: INSIDER, Photonics
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