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Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Can a Wearable Help You Get Quality Zzzzs?
Combining pulse oximetry with a heart-rate monitor improves sleep monitoring accuracy.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Mars 2020 – The Anatomy of Perseverance
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.
Articles: Nanotechnology
Products of Tomorrow: June 2020
Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
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.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Mars 2020 – The Science of Mars 2020
Learn about the four goals of the Mars 2020 mission.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Perseverance to the Red Planet
Read our special series on the Mars 2020 mission, featuring interviews with NASA experts and designers of the Perseverance rover.
In places of limited accessibility and harsh conditions, replacing failed transmissions is a challenging and tremendously costly task.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Seeables and Hearables for Fitness Feedback
Learn abut Bosch Sensortec's “Light Drive” system.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Battlefield Navigation with MEMS
Soldiers tend to dodge, dive, duck, and run, creating motion measurement challenges.
Briefs: Motion Control
Navigation Measurement Software
This program provides a relative navigation capability for spacecraft, remotely operated terrestrial vehicles, and machine vision.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Hardware for More Flexible Robots
Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Showing Robots How to Complete Complicated Tasks
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks such as setting a table.

The Solenoid Valve Health Monitor System (SVHMS) was developed to remotely monitor the health of solenoid valves, lowering operational costs and increasing reliability by predicting valve failures before they...

The new method produces strips of rubbery material that can pick up and release objects.
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
The process provides a cost-effective solution for applications in space-based imaging systems, military reconnaissance, and satellite and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cut-to-Length Electrical Cable Cuts Costs
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
Mini-magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies.
Briefs: Imaging
Optically Reconfigurable Charge-Transfer Liquid Crystals
These re-writeable materials have applications in data storage and encryption, energy transducers, and optical display technologies.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Metals Change Surfaces in Response to Heat
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
The multitasking device could advance development of an electric circuit for faster, next-generation electronics like quantum computing technologies.
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.