Engineers from MIT and Princeton University have developed a robotic pick-and-place system that consists of a standard industrial robotic arm outfitted with a custom gripper and suction cup. An...

Question of the Week: Photonics/Optics
Can Lasers Offer a Viable Charging Option?

Today’s INSIDER featured a laser system from the University of Washington — a technology that can charge a smartphone from across the room.

Software is the key; hardware is the door, says Xilinx’s Willard Tu.
An energy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory used computer simulation to project the impact of in-home charging on the grid.

If you forgot your charger today, engineers from the University of Washington have a solution for you — and it’s lasers.

Tech Briefs spoke with Dr. Lishan Aklog about an innovative pediatric ear treatment: antibiotic-eluting resorbable ear tubes.
By integrating storage, memory, and processing into one unit, a new semiconductor device may someday support a computing architecture that mimics the brain.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will cockroach-inspired robots support search-and-rescue?

This week’s INSIDER featured a robot that moves like a cockroach. By studying the fundamental principles of object traversal, the technology’s inventors want to apply the idea to search-and-rescue robots. What do you think? Will cockroach-inspired robots support...

A JHU team has developed a prototype robot that steals some moves from a Central American cockroach species known as blaberus discoidalis.
The votes are in! See the winners of the Tech Briefs' Readers' Choice Products of the Year.

To improve a flying vehicle, sometimes you have to turn to a reliable model that has been operating for hundreds of millions of years.

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would you use color-changing 3D printables?

In today’s INSIDER, MIT researcher Professor Stefanie Mueller said that her laboratory’s color-changing 3D printables support new customizable objects and accessories, as well as opportunities for product designers showing off their prototypes.

Professor Stefanie Mueller and fellow researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are exploring a more efficient way to cut down on print jobs: objects that change color.

Beyond the slopes, creators of a moisture-managing, sweat-getting ski jacket envision new places for the “electrified” apparel.

An electrically-driven demolition probe originally funded by NASA enables a more precise, quieter fracturing method that its creators hope will give construction workers on...

3D printing uses computer control to fuse layers of polymers or powders into a three-dimensional object. Rutgers University researchers found a way to add to a fourth dimension –...

Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would you wear a moisture-managing ski jacket?

Today's INSIDER featured an electronic textile technology designed to keep skiers warm and dry. What do you think? Would you wear a moisture-managing ski jacket?

A BYU professor and his team have found a way to take the 3D displays of science fiction and make them a reality. A reader asks: Could surgeons use this kind of volumetric display?

As the 2018 Winter Olympics are set to begin next week, creators of a moisture-managing ski jacket are literally going for the gold.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electric Propulsion for Nanorobots

Scientists have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. Traditional nanobots take minutes to carry out actions, sometimes even hours. Therefore, efficient molecular assembly...

Question of the Week: Data Acquisition
Have you implemented Bluetooth- or Internet-enabled data logging?

This week's INSIDER featured a story about one company's transition to Internet-enabled data logging. The deployed system allowed the repair center’s users to remotely analyze a part’s vibration measurements. We want to hear from you. Have you implemented Bluetooth- or...

A BYU professor and his team have found a way to take the 3D displays of science fiction and make them a reality.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sound-Off: Do You Data Log?
In an increasingly mobile world, manufacturers want to keep an eye on their facilities and equipment – no matter how far away they are from their test fixture.
In a Tech Briefs Q&A, professor and biosensor creator Albert Titus reviews the state of wearable sensor design.
Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Would you wear a fingernail UV sensor?

Last week’s INSIDER showcased a new UV wearable sensor from L'Oréal and Northwestern University engineers.

For the first time ever, Columbia University engineers created “artificial graphene” in a semiconductor device.
Blog: Aerospace
Introducing the New TechBriefs.com

Long-time readers of the site may have noticed this week that TechBriefs.com has a whole new look — a more visual, more scrollable design.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
And on That Farm He Had a…Robot?
Farmers in Europe are increasingly turning to robotic weeders. A specialist from University of California, Davis tested out the technologies.
Question of the Week: Transportation
Are cities ready for the arrival of electric autonomous vehicles?

In this week’s INSIDER, city official David Schirmer shared how Beverly Hills is preparing for the arrival of electric vehicles. Municipalities, he said, will require new kinds of smart traffic signals, charging stations, and changes to building codes. A Tech Briefs reader asked...

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Will Self-Erasing Chips Catch On?

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