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: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Cornell team developed paramecium-sized robots that can be controlled with lasers.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Carnegie Mellon researcher Lerrel Pinto wants to prove that sound can be a valuable asset for robots.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
Deciding between edge computing and cloud computing? Make sure to consider these four major factors, says our industry expert.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Although life has not been found on Mars just year, a researcher from NYU thinks there could be life...under it.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A reader asks: How can self-driving car manufacturers guarantee safety when snow, ice, or mud impair a vision system?
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Dr. James Rees is spending the time in his lab testing sensors made from bacteria.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
“Food supply” goes beyond just crop production. See how NASA is offering a more comprehensive look at food security and agriculture.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control

Watch below as the Perseverance rover and its Ingenuity helicopter make their way to Mars.

Blog: Aerospace
Mars 2020 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other NASA experts offer a briefing on this week's launch of the Perseverance rover.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control

Watch below as NASA experts review how they plan to return samples from the surface of Mars back to Earth.

Blog: Aerospace

Watch NASA experts review this week's preparations, as the Perseverance rover launches and begins its journey to Mars.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Can NASA "joystick" the landing of the next Mars rover? A Tech Briefs reader asks our NASA expert.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
We plug in our headphones everyday. Now a robot can perform the task.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Perseverance rover has an almost human-like way of keeping its lenses clean.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A tiny underwater robot may someday filter out water contaminants by catching them with its tentacles.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Mars rover Perseverance has a helicopter. Will the rover have to carry it around?
Blog: Software

You can design the best product in the world but what if the parts, assemblies, and sub-components for your idea aren’t there?

Blog: Photonics/Optics
A reader asks our NASA expert: "What kind of redundancy is built into the Mars 2020 rover?"
Blog: Imaging
The Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat, or “HEAT," uses cameras to identify facial temperature, and adjust the room's air accordingly.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A reader asks NASA experts: How much hardware from the Curiosity rover is being used on the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover?
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Traditional robotic feet are made of rigid components. A team of engineers at UCSD turned to coffee grounds to make legged robots more flexible and able to walk on a variety of rough terrain.
Blog: Energy
"Who knows? Maybe one day we will have roofs covered with humidity panels together with solar panels," TAU professor Colin Price told Tech Briefs.
Blog: Internet of Things
NIST engineers are working to make the cellular network standard even faster.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
New software sets the stage for A.I.-enabled robotic prostheses that predict user terrain and initiate mechanical changes accordingly.
Blog: Materials
The Los Angeles, CA-based company Nanotech Energy is using graphene to prevent thermal runaway and create a non-flammable battery.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A team at Georgia Tech has discovered a Velcro-like way of mass-producing gecko-inspired adhesives.
Blog: Materials
A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
Blog: Test & Measurement

An empty airport tells you more than you might think.

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See how NASA engineer Mike Buttigieg is creating a device that will free up ventilators for patients with COVID-19

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