Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A new app opens up robotics to a large user base.
Blog: Photonics/Optics
At Sensors Expo in San Jose, Innovusion (Los Altos, CA) debuted the Cheetah high-resolution, image-grade LiDAR system with long-distance capability.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The key to IoT implementation: Democratizing big data, says SST's Christopher Chong.
News: Transportation
Editor Bruce A. Bennett takes us through the unusual — and completely unexpected —at this year's LASER World of Photonics.
INSIDER: Motion Control

On a factory floor, robots are programmed to stop momentarily if a person passes by. The robot often freezes in place long before a person crosses its path. While robots can predict where...

Blog: Photonics/Optics
Many vendors at this year's event made their presence known with mega-sized booths.
Blog: Energy
The increased use of photonics has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions — by 3-billion tons.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Microbots Like HAMR-E Improve Search and Rescue?

Researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute created a 1.5-gram microbot called HAMR-E.

News: Test & Measurement
The bi-annual Laser World of Photonics exhibition begins today.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A new water purifier works better because it takes the shape of the rose.
News: Test & Measurement

Heavy-duty trucks, such as the 18-wheelers that transport many of the world's goods from farm or factory to market, are virtually all powered by diesel engines. They account for a...

News: Energy

It's dark on the back road as a motorist speeds toward the intersection. Up ahead, the stop sign blends with the night and in seconds a deadly crash occurs. According to the U.S....

News: Transportation
Energy Monitor Can Find Electrical Failures Before They Happen

A new system devised by researchers at MIT can monitor the behavior of all electric devices within a building, ship, or factory, determining which ones are in use at any given time and whether any are showing signs of an imminent failure. When tested on a Coast Guard cutter, the...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants Synthesized

Engine gears, plane thrusters, refrigerator compressors, wind turbines – the list of important industrial machinery, agricultural equipment, transportation vessels, and home applications that depend on lubricants might be endless. These slick substances quite literally keep the world turning,...

News: Imaging
An industry expert tells a Tech Briefs reader what's over the next hill regarding military UAVs.
Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Use a Device That Bonds Metal and Plastic in Seconds?

The connection of plastics and metals poses a challenge due to the different physical properties of the two materials. A joining gun from Fraunhofer Institute bonds metal and plastic in seconds.

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Wearable devices that harvest energy from movement are not a new idea, but a material created at Rice University may make them more practical.

INSIDER: Energy

Solar power researchers have traditionally only used the power measurements from single residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to estimate the...

INSIDER: Power

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

By adding utility-scale solar farms throughout New York state, summer electricity demand from conventional sources could be reduced by up to 9.6% in some places. But...

Blog: Test & Measurement
A new machine-vision tool extracts and reports valuable driving data from the standard traffic cameras already in place.
Question of the Week: Test & Measurement
Will 5G Impact How You Test and Design?

We see a huge ‘Fear of Missing Out’ as companies, or even nations, become the first to release new 5G technologies and products,” said National Instruments’ Charles Schroeder during last month’s NIWeek event.

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Computers and similar electronic devices have gotten faster and smaller over the decades as computer-chip makers have learned how to shrink individual transistors. Scientists’...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

With a wide range of healthcare, energy, and military applications, stretchable electronics are valued for their ability to be compressed, twisted and conformed to uneven surfaces without losing...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

What if drones and self-driving cars had the tingling “spidey senses” of Spider-Man? They might actually detect and avoid objects better because they would process...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers at University of British Columbia Okanagan’s School of Engineering have developed a low-cost sensor that can be interlaced into textiles and composite materials. While the...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

While robots like the WildCat from Boston Dynamics reach speeds of just under 20 miles an hour, engineers from Georgia Tech have gone with a decidedly slower approach.

Blog: Electronics & Computers
An Ohio State researcher shares with Tech Briefs the promise of potassium-oxygen batteries.
INSIDER: Motion Control

Researchers at Aalto University have discovered a surprising phenomenon that changes how we think about how sound can move particles. Their experiment is based on an experiment in which particles move...

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