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.

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A team from Texas A&M developed a battery that's metal-free and replaces cobalt with organic, recyclable materials.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Computer scientists at UC San Diego developed a navigation system that will allow robots to better negotiate busy environments in a hospital
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
By adjusting a surface's wettability and texture, IIT Bombay researchers demonstrate how to best limit the spread of coronavirus.
Blog: Materials
An international team used 3D printers and a novel bioprinting technique to print algae into living, photosynthetic materials that are tough and resilient.
Blog: Software
New software being developed at Ohio State University will allow creation of more complex DNA robots, at much faster speeds.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable gas sensors being developed at the Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) display an instantaneous visual holographic alarm.
Blog: Automotive
Tech Briefs readers ask a series of questions about the future of plastics in battery electric vehicles.
Blog: Aerospace
The technology demonstration is a first step in showing that humans could someday live (and breathe) on Mars.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new, sustainable take on the 3D printer reduces waste by eliminating the need for printed supports.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers from RMIT have introduced an ultra-thin material for semiconductors that could lead to transparent electronics.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
Researchers from Cornell University have redesigned the battery so that aluminum more easily integrates into a battery's electrodes.
Blog: Photonics/Optics
Taking inspiration from the insect, Tufts researchers created light-activated composite devices that execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes, like a "photonic sunflower. "
Blog: Automotive
The A.I. system learns from thousands of real-traffic situations, when a self-driving car stopped unexpectedly.
Blog: Test & Measurement
This year's winners included industrial-automation software, simulation tech, and digital storage oscilloscopes.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Robotics researchers are developing exoskeleton legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics
Long-range radar is used in air-traffic control. Short-range radar supports automotive applications like collision avoidance. How do you know what range you need for your application?
Blog: Electronics & Computers
You have the power. That's the idea behind a "wearable microgrid" from the University of California San Diego that harvest and stores energy from your body to power electronics.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 2021 “Create the Future” Design Contest is open, and we want to hear your big ideas.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Software and electrical engineering is converging in today’s vehicles. A reader asks our expert: “How do you decide which items to test first?”
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
To move, a new UCSD robot just needs a constant source of pressurized air.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Dr. Axel Krieger from Johns Hopkins University explains how he is getting a robotic system ready for the fight against COVID-19.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Darin Skelly spoke with Tech Briefs about how he felt during the landing of the Perseverance rover, and what he's most looking forward to finding out about Mars.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
What can you do with a credit card sized pump? "Power clothing!" Prof. Jonathan Rossiter tells Tech Briefs?
Blog: Aerospace
Watch as the Perseverance rover lands on Mars.
Blog: AR/AI
Design engineers should be cautious in how they design and deploy mixed-reality technologies, says an industry expert.
Blog: Test & Measurement
Should you replace your big coordinate measurement machine with laser radar? Or should you just add a laser scanner with a CMM? A reader asks our expert.
Blog: Materials
The hard “coin,” could be used to make super-strength metal coatings or larger industrial components.
Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
The "polymer of squares” could one day enable the use of plastic products many times over.

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