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 : Electronics & Computers
Graphene Breakthrough Puts Nanolithography ‘Back in the Toolbox’
Graphene Breakthrough Puts Nanolithography ‘Back in the Toolbox’
Graphene may play a greater role in tomorrow electronics, thanks to an achievement from the Technical University of Denmark.
Graphene Breakthrough Puts Nanolithography ‘Back in the Toolbox’
Blog : Data Acquisition
Answering Your Questions: Are There Regulations for Machine Learning in Vehicles?
Answering Your Questions: Are There Regulations for Machine Learning in Vehicles?
How do you regulate a system that, in effect, is learning as it goes?
Answering Your Questions: Are There Regulations for Machine Learning in Vehicles?
Blog : Aerospace
A Morphing Soft Actuator Expands the Motion Options
A Morphing Soft Actuator Expands the Motion Options
Even a shape-morphing plane is possible, says Harvard's Ehsan Hajiesmaili.
A Morphing Soft Actuator Expands the Motion Options
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Rubber Repairs Itself
3D-Printed Rubber Repairs Itself
A new material development from USC brings us a step closer to self-healing sneakers.
3D-Printed Rubber Repairs Itself
Blog : Materials
What is 'Metallic Wood?' Nickel, Plus Nano-Pores
What is 'Metallic Wood?' Nickel, Plus Nano-Pores
By adding nanopores to nickel, James Pikul and his team created a kind of "metallic wood."
What is 'Metallic Wood?' Nickel, Plus Nano-Pores
Blog : Test & Measurement
Answering Your Questions: How to Sell Top Management on Failure Analysis, FMEA
Answering Your Questions: How to Sell Top Management on Failure Analysis, FMEA
A Failure Analysis may help find problems during product development, but what role should top management play in an FMEA?
Answering Your Questions: How to Sell Top Management on Failure Analysis, FMEA
Blog : Test & Measurement
Embodied Logic: Researchers Build Artificial Venus Flytrap
Embodied Logic: Researchers Build Artificial Venus Flytrap
Professor Jordan Raney spoke with Tech Briefs about what’s possible when you can embody 3D-printed objects with logic.
Embodied Logic: Researchers Build Artificial Venus Flytrap
Blog : Transportation
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
David Barzilai from Karamba Security tells Tech Briefs what threats to the connected car concern him the most.
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
CES 2019 Digital Health Trends: Three 'Invisible' Technologies that Monitor the Heart
CES 2019 Digital Health Trends: Three 'Invisible' Technologies that Monitor the Heart
From CES 2019: Tech Briefs looks at three standout health-monitoring products.
CES 2019 Digital Health Trends: Three 'Invisible' Technologies that Monitor the Heart
Blog : Software
CES 2019: Artificial Intelligence Forecasts Famine
CES 2019: Artificial Intelligence Forecasts Famine
From CES 2019: For famine relief, the World Bank is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
CES 2019: Artificial Intelligence Forecasts Famine
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
‘Levitation’ Leads to More Durable MEMS Switches
‘Levitation’ Leads to More Durable MEMS Switches
Professor Sherry Towfighian spoke with Tech Briefs about how a new MEMS design will improve our cell phones and power lines.
‘Levitation’ Leads to More Durable MEMS Switches
Blog : Transportation
CES Preview: New Cybersecurity Challenges for Increasingly Connected Cars
CES Preview: New Cybersecurity Challenges for Increasingly Connected Cars
Irdeto's Stacy Janes tells Tech Briefs if he feels safe driving today's connected cars.
CES Preview: New Cybersecurity Challenges for Increasingly Connected Cars
Blog : Electronics & Computers
Answering Your Questions: How Consumer-Grade and Industrial-Grade Lithium-Ion Batteries Handle the Cold
Answering Your Questions: How Consumer-Grade and Industrial-Grade Lithium-Ion Batteries Handle the Cold
A reader asks: How does an “industrial-grade” lithium-ion battery stack up to the one in your phone?
Answering Your Questions: How Consumer-Grade and Industrial-Grade Lithium-Ion Batteries Handle the Cold
Blog : Automotive
Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
In 2015, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller demonstrated a hack of the Jeep Cherokee. Valasek tells Tech Briefs what has changed since then.
Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
Blog : Energy
Answering Your Questions: Will Solar Panel Efficiency Improve?
Answering Your Questions: Will Solar Panel Efficiency Improve?
Don’t hold your breath, says Jeff Crystal from Voltaic Systems.
Answering Your Questions: Will Solar Panel Efficiency Improve?
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Answering Your Questions: How Long Should a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Take?
Answering Your Questions: How Long Should a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Take?
An FMEA provides a step-by-step way of identifying product failures. Carl Carlson explains just how long the process takes.
Answering Your Questions: How Long Should a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Take?
Blog : Test & Measurement
After a Successful Landing, What’s Next for the InSight Mission?
After a Successful Landing, What’s Next for the InSight Mission?
InSight project manager Tom Hoffman spoke with Tech Briefs about the importance of digging deep in our knowledge of Mars.
After a Successful Landing, What’s Next for the InSight Mission?
Blog : Transportation
New Metal-Air Battery Design Offers a Potential Boost to Electric Vehicles
New Metal-Air Battery Design Offers a Potential Boost to Electric Vehicles
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.
New Metal-Air Battery Design Offers a Potential Boost to Electric Vehicles
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Answering Your Questions: How Good are Automotive Sensor Simulation Models?
Answering Your Questions: How Good are Automotive Sensor Simulation Models?
A reader asks our industry experts: "How good are the simulation models for automotive ADAS sensors?"
Answering Your Questions: How Good are Automotive Sensor Simulation Models?
Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
Researchers Convert Plastic Bottles into Aerogels that Insulate and Absorb
Researchers Convert Plastic Bottles into Aerogels that Insulate and Absorb
Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are trying to solve the problem of plastic waste by converting it into something useful: Aerogels.
Researchers Convert Plastic Bottles into Aerogels that Insulate and Absorb
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Modular Robots Change Shape – Depending on the Task
Modular Robots Change Shape – Depending on the Task
Professor Hadas Kress-Gazit tells Tech Briefs about the "great promise" of autonomous modular robots.
Modular Robots Change Shape – Depending on the Task
Blog : Energy
Answering Your Questions: For an Electric-Aircraft Future, Do We Need to Rethink Design?
Answering Your Questions: For an Electric-Aircraft Future, Do We Need to Rethink Design?
For an electric-aircraft future, it's not enough to just change components. You have to rethink design, our expert tells one reader.
Answering Your Questions: For an Electric-Aircraft Future, Do We Need to Rethink Design?
Blog : Energy
From Trash to Treasure: How to Convert ‘Fatberg’ Waste into Biofuel
From Trash to Treasure: How to Convert ‘Fatberg’ Waste into Biofuel
Have you heard of "fatbergs?" Researcher Asha Srinivasan explains how her team is turning masses of fat, oil, and grease into biofuel.
From Trash to Treasure: How to Convert ‘Fatberg’ Waste into Biofuel
Blog : Aerospace
Now Deploying from the ISS: A Harpoon, A Net, and Other Ideas for Cleaning Up Space Debris
Now Deploying from the ISS: A Harpoon, A Net, and Other Ideas for Cleaning Up Space Debris
Richard Duke spoke with Tech Briefs about the nature of the space-junk problem — and how his team plans to fix it.
Now Deploying from the ISS: A Harpoon, A Net, and Other Ideas for Cleaning Up Space Debris
Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
Want to Reduce Paper Consumption? ‘Disappearing Ink’ is No Joke
Want to Reduce Paper Consumption? ‘Disappearing Ink’ is No Joke
Carl Yee invented a new kind of "Invisible Ink," so he could print paper without the guilt.
Want to Reduce Paper Consumption? ‘Disappearing Ink’ is No Joke
Blog : Imaging
How Will VR and AR Impact Automotive Manufacturers?
How Will VR and AR Impact Automotive Manufacturers?
How will the use of AR and virtual prototypes impact the role of automotive parts manufacturers? A reader asks our expert.
How Will VR and AR Impact Automotive Manufacturers?
Blog : Electronics & Computers
An Alternative to Air Conditioning: A Paint-On Polymer That Cools Down Your Building
An Alternative to Air Conditioning: A Paint-On Polymer That Cools Down Your Building
A new solution, applied like paint, cools down rooftops, buildings, water tanks, vehicles, and even spacecraft.
An Alternative to Air Conditioning: A Paint-On Polymer That Cools Down Your Building
Blog : Imaging
How Robert Holmes Finds Near-Earth Asteroids from His Home-Built Observatories
How Robert Holmes Finds Near-Earth Asteroids from His Home-Built Observatories
Robert Holmes spoke with Tech Briefs about his path from "amateur" astronomer to NASA pro.
How Robert Holmes Finds Near-Earth Asteroids from His Home-Built Observatories
Blog : Energy
'Invisible Glass’ Takes First Prize in ‘Create the Future’ Contest
'Invisible Glass’ Takes First Prize in ‘Create the Future’ Contest
The grand-prize-winning nanotechnology coating imparts anti-reflection and water-repellency capabilities to surfaces made of silicon, glass ,and some plastics, including Teflon.
'Invisible Glass’ Takes First Prize in ‘Create the Future’ Contest
Blog : Imaging
A Closer Look at Bats, Hummingbirds Offers New Ideas for Flying Robots
A Closer Look at Bats, Hummingbirds Offers New Ideas for Flying Robots
Rivers Ingersoll spoke with Tech Briefs about why it is so important to have an up-close understanding of the hummingbird and nectar bat.
A Closer Look at Bats, Hummingbirds Offers New Ideas for Flying Robots

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