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.

"View it as an infrared privacy shield," says Professor Mikhail Kats.
To improve the aqueous lithium-ion battery, RPI researchers tried out niobium tungsten oxide.
NASA is using the International Space Station as a testbed for 3D printing.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up
NASA came to CES with a message: We're going back to the Moon, and we'll need help from industry to do it.
Stuck in traffic? The Pegasus flying car can get you out of there.
Here are five technologies that aim to add intelligence to the most surprising household objects.
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
As additive manufacturing supports the creation of critical metal parts, designers need to know that the parts are high-quality.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to Fix Satellites — With Satellites
If a satellite breaks in orbit, there's not much that can be done. A professor envisions a new idea for refueling and repair.
Blog: Internet of Things
Countdown: The Top Stories of 2019

Tech Briefs in 2019 celebrated historic NASA anniversaries, new ways to power electronics, and innovative hacks of our “smartest” technologies.

Parylene coatings are being used in the medical industry and even space. Our expert explains why.
New ceramics expand on ways to more efficiently use heat radiation.
New measurements could help experts guess the location and size of the next earthquake.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Aluminum Joining Methods: Welding vs. Adhesives
Our expert examines the pros and cons of welding, adhesives, and other metal joining methods.
Computed tomography is being used in the medical and industrial field. An expert explains how the two imaging techniques differ.
A new charging cell wants to use low-grade heat from our industrial processes to power our devices.
What's the best aluminum for extrusion? A Tech Briefs reader asks our expert.
A team in Germany has a quicker, cleaner approach to welding metal to plastic: The HPCI® Joining Gun.
Livox uses machine learning to ease communication.
A minimal, map-less approach to drone navigation takes after the bee.
The 'Biode' saves power by eliminating the need for AC/DC conversion.
The ULiSSES device preserves organs, without the ice chest.
Blog: Data Acquisition
AUSA 2019: A Really Cool Computer
Ben Sharfi, CEO of General Micro Systems (GMS), says he has the Product of the Year. Do you agree?
News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
AUSA 2019: Eyes in the Sky
It just wouldn’t be a military technology show without a few drones on display.
SOSA, the Sensor Open Systems Architecture Consortium, held a press conference on Monday afternoon at AUSA 2019.
Editor Bruce A. Bennett offers a look at the Association of the United States Army's 2019 Annual Meeting.
A Tech Briefs reader asks: What's next with military motion control?
A new drone “folds” itself into configurations that suit a given environment.
Inventor Olivier Ceberio found a new way to turn ocean waves into fresh water.

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