Epoxies are versatile polymer systems that are “go-to materials” for electrical, electronic, and microelectronic systems, especially in applications where outstanding electrical insulation...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
2014 Create the Future Design: Grand Prize Winner
Behrokh Khoshnevis
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Contour Crafting (CC) is a computerized construction method that 3D prints large-scale structures directly...

The Polariton Interferometer — A Novel Inertial Navigation System Frederick Moxley
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
Rikki Razdan, Alan Kielar, Pat Stearns, and Melissa White
ISCAN Inc.
Woburn, MA

The intrinsic speed and precision of the human ocular-motor system...

Steve Arnold
Engine Systems Innovations, Inc.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Passenger car engines are sized to produce very high horsepower to suit the...

Michael Zach, Anirudha Sumant, and Jonathan Moritz
EChem Nanowires
Stevens Point, WI

NanoFab Lab … In a Box!™ is a shoebox-sized kit that allows high...

A Paradigm Shift for SMT Electronics: Micro-Coil Springs Interconnection for Ceramic and Plastic Grid Array Packaged Integrated Circuits Jim Hester and Mark Strickland
NASA...
HemeChip for Early Diagnosis of Sickle Cell Disease Yunus Alapan, Ryan Ung, Megan Romelfanger, Asya Akkus, Connie Piccone, Jane Little, and Umut Gurkan
Case Western Reserve...
ecovent Systems — Make Every Room the Right Temperature Dipul Patel, Yoel Kelman, Nick Lancaster, Shawn Rose, and Brian Bowen
ecovent Systems
Boston, MA...
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
2014 Create the Future Design Contest

The 2014 Create the Future Design Contest – sponsored by COMSOL, Inc., Mouser Electronics, and Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of NASA Tech Briefs) – recognized innovation in product design in seven categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics,...

Unlike previous lighting requirements, LED testing has become more stringent and complicated, and involves a significant number of tests for various lighting characteristics. From...

Articles: Lighting Technology
Fluid Dispensing Solutions for LEDs

LED lighting is popular because many governments are banning incandescent bulbs to save energy and carbon dioxide, especially for general lighting. In the automotive industry LEDs are being used because...

Approximately 25 percent of global energy consumption goes to lighting applications, so making lighting more energy-efficient could have a dramatic impact on overall energy usage or make more...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Ruggedized Displays Improve Automotive Safety

Navigation and entertainment screens in cars are becoming ever-larger and, in some cases, the central control point for drivers and passengers. Many manufacturers consider using glass to cover...

NI PXI DMM and NI PXI multifunction DAQ module
National Instruments
Austin, TX
1-800-531-5066
www.ni.com

Larger than the Saturn V rocket...

When residents of the Park Centre Casitas residential community in Mesa, Arizona, got together and hired a security company to survey the property and suggest ways to keep it...

Light Efficient Design, a division of TADD, LLC, recently completed an LED retrofit project in the busy “Street of Dreams” retail area of the Monte Carlo Casino...

The ordinary light bulb is an innovation so extraordinary that a sudden brilliant idea is called “a light bulb moment.” Credit for inventing the first incandescent-style light...

The most common kind of light bulb in the United States— the incandescent—is only about 5 percent efficient. The phosphorescent organic light-emitting diode, on...

Jason Moore has worked at NASA Langley since 1995. He currently tests and develops fiber optic technologies, including multicore fibers. He is actively...

Products: Electronics & Computers
6U AC/DC VPX Power Supply

North Atlantic Industries (NAI) (Bohemia, NY) has announced its latest 6U rugged VPX power product — the VPX56-6. Well-suited for rugged military and commercial aerospace applications, the VPX56-6 provides up to...

GE’s Intelligent Platforms business (Huntsville, AL) has introduced the rugged ADEPT4000 compact high definition (HD) digital video tracker with electronic image processing. It is the first HD...

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio with the introduction of the 3DTouchPad, a PC peripheral and world’s first...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Absolute Pressure Sensor

Mouser Electronics, Inc. (Mandfield, TX) is now stocking the 2SMPB-01-01 Absolute Pressure Sensor from Omron Electronics. Based on Omron’s MEMs technology, this highly accurate, small size absolute pressure sensor...

Products: Motion Control
Helical Gearboxes

B&R Industrial Automation Corp. (Roswell, GA) offers the 8GP70 series helical gearbox with a shaft output, and the 8GF70 series helical gearbox with a drive flange. Both feature minimal backlash and can handle high...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
DC Servomotor

The integrated I2 DC Servo Motor from Specialty Motors (Valencia, CA) is programmable to perform complex velocity and positioning movements. The all-in-one unit contains the brushless servomotor, controller, drives,...

Products: Motion Control
Stepper Motors

Lin Engineering (Morgan Hill, CA) has released the G5709 stepper motor series. This NEMA 23, 0.9-degree stepper motor was designed to output high torque while running with low resonance. The motors output high torque while...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Modular Fans

Horton (Roseville, MN) has introduced the WindShiftTM WSE modular fan with a swept-blade design that generates greater static pressure at slower speeds. The fan is available in diameters of 24 to 41 inches (610 to...

Products: Motion Control
Sensorless Drive

Koford Engineering LLC (Winchester, OH) has introduced a series of 40-amp, 28-volt sensorless drives that operate up to 120,000 rpm with a 2-pole motor. The design features reliable startup and can be custom-programed for...

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