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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Laser-Light-Based Accelerometer
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
Adding polymers and fireproofing to a battery’s current collectors makes it lighter, safer, and about 20% more efficient.
This technology charges lithium batteries faster and reduces the risk of device explosions.
Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Liquid Sorbent Carbon Dioxide Removal System
Applications include aerospace, automotive, commercial spaceflight, scuba diving equipment, and for first responders.
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
The battery could be used for drones, cars, or underwater applications at low temperatures.
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Radar Enables Cars to Spot Hazards Around Corners
Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, the automated system “sees” around corners to spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Semi-Liquid Metal Anode
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
This technique offers enhanced resolution and improved system reliability for mapping and obstacle recognition and navigation for vehicles.
The technology could help call attention to important traffic information when it’s dark, with potential benefits for both drivers and pedestrians.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Neural Hardware for Image Recognition in Nanoseconds
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Electrohydraulically Actuated Valve Train
The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
A quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Solid-State Lithium Battery
This thin film battery can be used for on-package power in mass market electric vehicles (EVs) and electronic devices.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.

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