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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Breathable Electronics for Wearable Technologies
The material was designed specifically for biomedical or wearable technologies, since sweat and volatile organic compounds evaporate away from the skin.
Bioactive inks printed on wearable textiles can map conditions over the entire surface of the body.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robotic Insect Survives Being Flattened by a Flyswatter
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
This eye-on-a-chip can help treatment of dry eye disease.
The newest version of these combs could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, and telecommunications.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Quantum Sensor Enables Wide Spectral Coverage
The sensor could provide a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency from 1 to 100 GHz.
Applications include high-speed communications, networking, and sensing.
This method of machine learning could make communications in the unlicensed bands much more efficient.
Flat-panel technology could transform antennas, wireless, and cellphone communications.
In place of flat breadboards, 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Hermetically Sealed Semiconductors
A new encapsulation technique protects electronic properties of sensitive materials.
Pop-up miniature electronics based on the Japanese art of kirigami can be repeatedly compressed.
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Electronics Cooling Using Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Quantum Error Correction Method
This method provides a key step toward quantum computers, sensors, and distributed quantum information.
This system encodes information in twisting beams of light.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Windows Self-Illuminate on Rainy Days
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
A remote forest fire detection and alarm system is powered by nothing but the movement of trees in the wind.
University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.
The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Spreadable Way to Stabilize Solid-State Batteries
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Briefs: Energy
Semi-Liquid Metal Anode
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Tough, Solid Electrolyte Battery Component
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Transparent Graphene Electrodes
A new roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Strain Sensor Using Light Transmittance
This technology shows potential for the detection of subtle human motions and the real-time monitoring of body postures for healthcare applications.

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