Talking about your feelings can be difficult. Now imagine if you’re a robot.

Northern Arizona University assistant professor Ryan Behunin collaborated with a team of physicists from Yale and the University of Texas at Austin in discovering an innovative...

A research project designed to enable more precise imaging of space objects has moved from lab bench testing to field testing at the John Bryan State Park observatory,...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser system has set a new record, firing 2.15 megajoules (MJ) of energy to its target chamber –...

CMOS Image Sensor

Teledyne e2v (Chelmsford, UK) recently announced its Emerald 67 megapixel, the newest member of its Emerald CMOS image sensor family. The new sensor features a...

Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Which Superpower Do You Want Most?

Our latest episode of “Here’s an Idea” showcased a variety of technologies designed to give the human user a kind of “superpower”: a Spider-Man-like adhesive; an Iron Man suit; a Jet Pack; and (thermal) invisibility.

See five of the new products released this week at Sensors Expo 2018.
Question of the Week: Communications
Could Touch be the New Avenue for Communications?

Our lead story in today’s INSIDER highlights a 'general-purpose' tactile system designed to deliver information using text or speech symbols.

Jim Batdorf tells Tech Briefs about his unique career path, from chemical engineer to distiller of solar-powered spirits.
Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
A ‘Green’ Concrete Calls for Less Cement, More Ash
Researchers from Rice University are finding ways to use greater amounts of fly ash in an effort to build a “greener” kind of concrete.
Just because it's computer simulation doesn't mean it's virtual prototyping. Our expert explains.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Aerial Robot Morphs in Flight

An aerial robot capable of altering its profile during flight paves the way for a new generation of large robots that can move through narrow passages, making them ideal for exploration as well as search and...

Could touch be the new avenue for communications? Researchers from MIT and Purdue University think so and are working on a “general-purpose” tactile system that delivers information...

Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Do You See Applications for Seeing Through Walls?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video demonstrated an artificial-intelligence system developed by MIT researchers. The "RF-Pose" teaches wireless devices to sense people's movement, even from the other side of a wall. See the system in action.

Researchers are developing a solid electrolyte that will make safer, better batteries.
Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
Instead of having a battery’s anode and cathode on either side of a nonconducting separator, a new battery would intertwine the two.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
Researchers have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body.
Researcher Jaana Vapaavuori answered an additional question regarding the future of flexible solar cells.

MIT PhD candidate and Amazon Robotics Challenge winner Maria Bauza is helping to improve how robots interact with the world. Bauza has been exploring the notion of uncertainty when...

A Purdue University Ph.D. student co-developed PHADE, a technology that allows public cameras to send personalized messages to people without compromising their privacy....

PhD student Jes Linnet hopes that a silver-based, transparent conductive electrode film offers a longer-lasting alternative for flexible screens and electronics.
Simulation tools offer insight into the physical processes of heavy-duty engines. But what about natural wear and tear?
Question of the Week: Energy
Will Flexible Solar Cells Catch On?

Though a flexible solar cell offers exciting, new ways of powering vehicles, clothing, and other smart technologies, manufacturing the photovoltaic component is a challenge.

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Flexible Solar Cells Soon Power Our Devices?
Professor Jaana Vapaavuori spoke with Tech Briefs about the manufacturing methods that could someday decrease the cost and increase the lifetime of flexible solar cells.
How does a spider's glue maintain its stickiness, even in high humidity? Researchers in Akron investigated the question.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
What’s the Hold-Up with Digital Product Development?

Digital technologies are bringing big data, automation, and mobile capabilities to processes like IT, HR, sales, and marketing, but what is the hold-up with product development? Has your product development process been modernized and “digitized?”

Researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design have demonstrated 3D printing with one of the Earth’s most abundant organic compounds: cellulose.

Quasi-1D materials will play an important role in device miniaturization.

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