Billy's Blog

On Billy's Blog, Billy Hurley, Digital Editorial Manager, writes stories about new and innovative achievements in design engineering, from industrial robots and autonomous vehicles to 3D printers and see-through solar cells. Along with other Tech Briefs writers and editors, Billy shares his opinions, poses questions to readers, and finds the fun, interesting, and unexpected stories behind today's leading-edge inventions.

How do you regulate a system that, in effect, is learning as it goes?
Even a shape-morphing plane is possible, says Harvard's Ehsan Hajiesmaili.
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Rubber Repairs Itself
A new material development from USC brings us a step closer to self-healing sneakers.
By adding nanopores to nickel, James Pikul and his team created a kind of "metallic wood."
A Failure Analysis may help find problems during product development, but what role should top management play in an FMEA?
Professor Jordan Raney spoke with Tech Briefs about what’s possible when you can embody 3D-printed objects with logic.
David Barzilai from Karamba Security tells Tech Briefs what threats to the connected car concern him the most.
From CES 2019: Tech Briefs looks at three standout health-monitoring products.
From CES 2019: For famine relief, the World Bank is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
Professor Sherry Towfighian spoke with Tech Briefs about how a new MEMS design will improve our cell phones and power lines.
Irdeto's Stacy Janes tells Tech Briefs if he feels safe driving today's connected cars.
A reader asks: How does an “industrial-grade” lithium-ion battery stack up to the one in your phone?
In 2015, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller demonstrated a hack of the Jeep Cherokee. Valasek tells Tech Briefs what has changed since then.
Don’t hold your breath, says Jeff Crystal from Voltaic Systems.
An FMEA provides a step-by-step way of identifying product failures. Carl Carlson explains just how long the process takes.
InSight project manager Tom Hoffman spoke with Tech Briefs about the importance of digging deep in our knowledge of Mars.
Professor Hart spoke with Tech Briefs about why his team's new battery may someday find its way beyond niche applications and into electric vehicles.
A reader asks our industry experts: "How good are the simulation models for automotive ADAS sensors?"
Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are trying to solve the problem of plastic waste by converting it into something useful: Aerogels.
Professor Hadas Kress-Gazit tells Tech Briefs about the "great promise" of autonomous modular robots.
For an electric-aircraft future, it's not enough to just change components. You have to rethink design, our expert tells one reader.
Have you heard of "fatbergs?" Researcher Asha Srinivasan explains how her team is turning masses of fat, oil, and grease into biofuel.
Richard Duke spoke with Tech Briefs about the nature of the space-junk problem — and how his team plans to fix it.
Carl Yee invented a new kind of "Invisible Ink," so he could print paper without the guilt.
How will the use of AR and virtual prototypes impact the role of automotive parts manufacturers? A reader asks our expert.
A new solution, applied like paint, cools down rooftops, buildings, water tanks, vehicles, and even spacecraft.
Robert Holmes spoke with Tech Briefs about his path from "amateur" astronomer to NASA pro.
The grand-prize-winning nanotechnology coating imparts anti-reflection and water-repellency capabilities to surfaces made of silicon, glass ,and some plastics, including Teflon.
Rivers Ingersoll spoke with Tech Briefs about why it is so important to have an up-close understanding of the hummingbird and nectar bat.
Is there more to the "Internet of Medical Things" than just data gathering? A reader asks our experts.

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