Blog : Materials
Answering Your Questions: How is a Parylene Conformal Coating Used?
Answering Your Questions: How is a Parylene Conformal Coating Used?
Parylene coatings are being used in the medical industry and even space. Our expert explains why.
Answering Your Questions: How is a Parylene Conformal Coating Used?
News : Wearables
Stretchable and Flexible Biofuel Cell Runs on Sweat
Stretchable and Flexible Biofuel Cell Runs on Sweat

A unique new flexible and stretchable device, worn against the skin and capable of producing electrical energy by transforming the compounds present in sweat, has been developed and...

Stretchable and Flexible Biofuel Cell Runs on Sweat
News : Electronics & Computers
Reconfigurable Electronics Offer Promise for Implantable Devices
Reconfigurable Electronics Offer Promise for Implantable Devices

Medical implants of the future may feature reconfigurable electronic platforms that can morph in shape and size dynamically as bodies change or transform to relocate from one...

Reconfigurable Electronics Offer Promise for Implantable Devices
News : Electronics & Computers
Soft Wearable Health Monitor Uses Stretchable Electronics
Soft Wearable Health Monitor Uses Stretchable Electronics

A wireless, wearable monitor built with stretchable electronics could allow comfortable, long-term health monitoring of adults, babies, and small children without concern for skin...

Soft Wearable Health Monitor Uses Stretchable Electronics
Blog : Materials
In High Temperatures, A New Class of Ceramics Controls Heat Radiation
In High Temperatures, A New Class of Ceramics Controls Heat Radiation
New ceramics expand on ways to more efficiently use heat radiation.
In High Temperatures, A New Class of Ceramics Controls Heat Radiation
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
MIT Researchers Employ Low-Cost Sensors to Detect and Track the Origins of Air Pollutants in India.
MIT Researchers Employ Low-Cost Sensors to Detect and Track the Origins of Air Pollutants in India.

At any moment in Delhi, India, a resident might start their car, releasing exhaust that floats into the atmosphere. In northwest India, a...

MIT Researchers Employ Low-Cost Sensors to Detect and Track the Origins of Air Pollutants in India.
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D-Printed Plastics with High Performance Electrical Circuits
3D-Printed Plastics with High Performance Electrical Circuits

Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small...

3D-Printed Plastics with High Performance Electrical Circuits
INSIDER : Test & Measurement
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders

Inspired by spiders, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor that could be used onboard...

Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders
Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Self-Assembling 'M-Blocks' Catch On?

A team at MIT created self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb and roll over each other into set formations.

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
New Transistor Nanocrystals Are Smaller, Higher Quality, and More Efficient
New Transistor Nanocrystals Are Smaller, Higher Quality, and More Efficient

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new method for producing atomically thin semiconducting crystals that could one day enable more powerful and...

New Transistor Nanocrystals Are Smaller, Higher Quality, and More Efficient
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Breakthrough in Earthquake Forecasting: Floating Buoy Measures Seafloor Motion
A Breakthrough in Earthquake Forecasting: Floating Buoy Measures Seafloor Motion
New measurements could help experts guess the location and size of the next earthquake.
A Breakthrough in Earthquake Forecasting: Floating Buoy Measures Seafloor Motion
Question of the Week : Imaging
Will the Ability to Manipulate Virtual Objects in Real-World Scenes Help Your Design and Manufacturing Efforts?

A Tech Briefs TV video this week demonstrated a Brown University system called Portal-ble. The augmented-reality technology allows you to place virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on smartphone screens. Users can then...

Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Aluminum Joining Methods: Welding vs. Adhesives
Aluminum Joining Methods: Welding vs. Adhesives
Our expert examines the pros and cons of welding, adhesives, and other metal joining methods.
Aluminum Joining Methods: Welding vs. Adhesives
INSIDER : Motion Control
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory took inspiration from flying insects to create a miniaturized gyroscope, a special sensor used in navigation...

Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
INSIDER : Software
System Helps Autonomous Cars Move Safely
System Helps Autonomous Cars Move Safely

MIT and Toyota researchers have designed a new model to help autonomous vehicles determine when it’s safe to merge into traffic at intersections with obstructed views. The model uses its own...

System Helps Autonomous Cars Move Safely
INSIDER : Motion Control
Vibration Isolator Steadies Telescope Optics
Vibration Isolator Steadies Telescope Optics

If you’ve ever tried to hold a camera steady for a long exposure in low light, you know exactly what happens: the camera shakes and the image blurs. The same can happen with images from...

Vibration Isolator Steadies Telescope Optics
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Answering Your Questions: Industrial CT Scanning vs. Medical CT Scanning
Answering Your Questions: Industrial CT Scanning vs. Medical CT Scanning
Computed tomography is being used in the medical and industrial field. An expert explains how the two imaging techniques differ.
Answering Your Questions: Industrial CT Scanning vs. Medical CT Scanning
Blog : Energy
'Direct Thermal Charging Cell' Turns Waste Heat into Power
'Direct Thermal Charging Cell' Turns Waste Heat into Power
A new charging cell wants to use low-grade heat from our industrial processes to power our devices.
'Direct Thermal Charging Cell' Turns Waste Heat into Power
Question of the Week : Aerospace
Will We Develop Trust in Autonomous Drones and Vehicles?

For developers of A.I.-guided drones and autonomous technologies, failure is not an option.

Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Answering Your Questions: What's Better for Extrusion? Aluminum 6000 or 7000 Series?
Answering Your Questions: What's Better for Extrusion? Aluminum 6000 or 7000 Series?
What's the best aluminum for extrusion? A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert.
Answering Your Questions: What's Better for Extrusion? Aluminum 6000 or 7000 Series?
INSIDER : Government
NASA Program Opens “Pathways” to Careers
NASA Program Opens “Pathways” to Careers

NASA Pathways Programs provide opportunities for students and recent graduates to be considered for federal employment. The NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP) is open to current...

NASA Program Opens “Pathways” to Careers
INSIDER : Materials
Double-Sided Tape Rapidly Seals Tissues Together
Double-Sided Tape Rapidly Seals Tissues Together

Inspired by a sticky substance that spiders use to catch their prey, a double-sided tape was developed that can rapidly seal tissues together within five seconds. The tape works much faster...

Double-Sided Tape Rapidly Seals Tissues Together
INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Saves Children and Pets Left in Cars
Sensor Saves Children and Pets Left in Cars

A device, developed by grad students at the University of Waterloo, combines radar technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to detect unattended children or animals left in cars. Small enough...

Sensor Saves Children and Pets Left in Cars
Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Own a Robot Pet?

At the CES Unveiled kickoff event last week, Sony demonstrated Aibo, a social robotic pet. The technology, which will make the trip to CES 2020 in Las Vegas, makes dog noises, responds to commands, and uses cameras to recognize specific owners and their patterns. Take a look at Aibo on our Tech Briefs Instagram.

INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Metasurface Design Can Control Optical Fields in Three Dimensions
New Metasurface Design Can Control Optical Fields in Three Dimensions

A team led by scientists at the University of Washington has designed and tested a 3D-printed metamaterial that can manipulate light with nanoscale precision. As reported,...

New Metasurface Design Can Control Optical Fields in Three Dimensions
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
New Products: November 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
New Products: November 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Test Equipment

The LDTC LAB series instruments from Wavelength Electronics (Bozeman, MT) combine low noise, high-end digital control laser diode driver technology with an...

New Products: November 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
INSIDER : Automotive
Exposing Cathodes to Light Decreases Charge Time in Lithium-Ion Batteries
Exposing Cathodes to Light Decreases Charge Time in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have reported a new mechanism to speed up the charging of lithium-ion batteries for...

Exposing Cathodes to Light Decreases Charge Time in Lithium-Ion Batteries
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
DESI Points 5,000 Robotic ‘Eyes’ at the Sky to Explore Dark Energy
DESI Points 5,000 Robotic ‘Eyes’ at the Sky to Explore Dark Energy

A new instrument mounted on a telescope in Arizona aimed its robotic array of 5,000 fiber-optic “eyes” at the night sky on Oct. 22 to capture the first images showing...

DESI Points 5,000 Robotic ‘Eyes’ at the Sky to Explore Dark Energy
Blog : Materials
Creating the Future: New Take on Welding Gun Bonds Plastic and Metal — In Seconds
Creating the Future: New Take on Welding Gun Bonds Plastic and Metal — In Seconds
A team in Germany has a quicker, cleaner approach to welding metal to plastic: The HPCI® Joining Gun.
Creating the Future: New Take on Welding Gun Bonds Plastic and Metal — In Seconds
Question of the Week : Aerospace
Will Entire Planes Be Built By 'Assembler Robots?'

Commercial aircraft are typically manufactured in sections, often in different locations, and then flown to a central plant for final assembly. Researchers at MIT are hoping to change that.