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Briefs : Communications
CAESAR Plug-in for MagicDraw
Users can maintain the consistency of a flight system design.
The films could be used in impact-resistant glazing, windscreens, and displays.
This atom-based receiver has the potential to be smaller and work better in noisy environments than conventional radio receivers.
In some cases, radio frequency signals may be more useful for caregivers than cameras or other methods to collect health and behavioral data.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Threads Detect Gases When Woven into Clothing
Equipment-free textile detectors could be used in public health, workplace safety, military, and rescue applications.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smartphone System Tests for Lead in Water
This inexpensive system can detect lead levels below EPA standards.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Modern Software Links Legacy Systems
Software portal solutions can connect legacy control systems and field devices to the cloud.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
The robot is built entirely from smaller robots and can form a robophysical system that can move by itself.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Dynamic Gripper Mimics Adjustable Grip of the Human Hand
Such grippers would be suited for human-robot partnership in assembly lines in the automotive, electronic packaging, and other industries.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Systems of tiny robots could build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Robot Circulating Liquid Stores Energy and Provides Power
This robot “blood” stores energy, transmits force, operates appendages, and provides structure, all in an integrated design.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Intelligent Microrobots
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.
NASA Spinoff : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biofeedback Loops Aim to Enhance Combat and Sports Training
Research in astronaut monitoring leads to virtual reality spinoffs.
With the new microlattice pads, players will have greater protection from both single hits and a series of impacts.
Drexel Professor Genevieve Dion is coating yarn with the highly conductive, two-dimensional material MXene.
Learn about the latest measurement technology designed to ensure accurate testing of helical compression and extension springs.
Facility Focus : Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
Products : Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: January 2020 Tech Briefs
Vitrek introduces the PA920 Series ultra-high-accuracy power analyzer.
SPIE Photonics West 2020 returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 1 through February 6
Increased laser capacity has enabled, and will continue to enable, new manufacturing possibilities.
See how software supported the design of an advanced antenna.
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
Heartbeat-based biometrics, sonic-boom displays, and an artificial leaf.
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Five Techniques for Lightweighting: Doing More With Less
Manufacturers in almost every industry are looking to design lighter parts. Here are five lightweighting strategies.
Question of the Week
Will Cooling Coatings Catch On?

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