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Combining pulse oximetry with a heart-rate monitor improves sleep monitoring accuracy.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – The Anatomy of Perseverance
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Building Perseverance
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: June 2020
Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Looking for Life
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mars 2020 – Getting to Mars
Perseverance will have the ability to land in more challenging terrain than Curiosity, making more rugged sites eligible as safe landing candidates.
Learn about the four goals of the Mars 2020 mission.
Read our special series on the Mars 2020 mission, featuring interviews with NASA experts and designers of the Perseverance rover.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Executive Roundtable: 3D Printing
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
Articles: Communications
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.

The last thing you probably do when a fly buzzes toward you is marvel at its graceful wing and body kinematics. But that’s exactly what researchers at Cornell University’s Itai Cohen Group...

Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Reimagining Robotics in a Connected World
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.

Even though ultrasound has been studied by scientists for many years, its capabilities in practical applications are yet to be fully harnessed.

A wildfire-preventing gel; NASA's 3D tissue models, and more.
Surface treatments have limitations that demand attention early in the design process.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fiber Lasers for Powertrain Welding Applications
Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.
Increase battery life and reduce data loads with an analog-first processing architecture.
To clear up some of the confusion about what the industry means when it says 5G, here’s a guide to what it’s all about.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Create the Future Contest Idea Saving Lives
Tech Briefs checks back in with CEO Jon Sumroy about his award-winning product: the mifold grab-and-go car seat.
Your preview of one of the largest technical mobility events of the year.

Dr. Kennedy was the first Director of Teaching & Learning, Literacy and Outreach for the New York...

Moghbeli has accumulated more than 150 combat missions and 2,000 hours of flight time in more than 25 different aircraft.
In the past 15 years, Renee Bernstein doubled the growth of her company by focusing her attention to research and product development.

Dr. Beth Holloway has been the Director of the Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University since 2001 and serves...

Dr. France A. Córdova is an internationally recognized astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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