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Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: March 2019
New on the Market: March 2019

Controller and Datalogger

Watlow, St. Louis, MO, introduced a batch processing feature for the F4T temperature and process controller and D4T datalogger. The new feature helps collect manufacturing part...

New on the Market: March 2019
Articles : Connectivity
SAE WCX: Bringing You the Future of Mobility
SAE WCX: Bringing You the Future of Mobility

WCX™ World Congress Experience 2019 — presented by SAE International — is for forward-thinking engineers, executives, OEMs, suppliers, decision-makers, disruptors, and the entire spectrum of...

SAE WCX: Bringing You the Future of Mobility
Briefs : Test & Measurement
MEMS Switch Extends Life of Cellphones

A new type of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) was developed that uses electrostatic levitation to provide a more robust system. All cellphones use MEMS switches for wireless communication, but traditionally there are just two electrodes. The switches open and close numerous times during just one hour,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Interoperable Intelligent Controllers for Process Management and Control Networks

NASA Johnson Space Center developed reprogrammable and interchangeable electronic controllers that can attach to a system or subsystem wirelessly or through plug-and-play capability. Originally designed to work with rocket engines, this technology can control...

Blog : Transportation
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
David Barzilai from Karamba Security tells Tech Briefs what threats to the connected car concern him the most.
More from CES 2019: Attack Surfaces Expand as Cars Increasingly Connect
Question of the Week : Communications
Do You Expect Successful Cyberattacks on Today’s Connected Cars?

In today’s lead story, Stacy Janes showed optimism regarding the security of connected cars.

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Gateway Integrates Wireless Sensors with Existing Aircraft Systems
Gateway Integrates Wireless Sensors with Existing Aircraft Systems

In traditional hardwired avionics systems, sensor integration requires installation of literally tons of physical cable that significantly increases vehicle weight and the...

Gateway Integrates Wireless Sensors with Existing Aircraft Systems
Briefs : Communications
Ricocheting Radio Waves Monitor the Tiniest Movements
Ricocheting Radio Waves Monitor the Tiniest Movements

Infrared motion detectors can cover only a limited amount of space, a person has to be within the detector's line of sight to be detected, and lights can go off when a person remains...

Ricocheting Radio Waves Monitor the Tiniest Movements
Blog : Communications
CES Preview: New Cybersecurity Challenges for Increasingly Connected Cars
CES Preview: New Cybersecurity Challenges for Increasingly Connected Cars
Irdeto's Stacy Janes tells Tech Briefs if he feels safe driving today's connected cars.
CES Preview: New Cybersecurity Challenges for Increasingly Connected Cars
Blog : Transportation
Q&A: Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
Q&A: Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
In 2015, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller demonstrated a hack of the Jeep Cherokee. Valasek tells Tech Briefs what has changed since then.
Q&A: Catching Up with Automotive Cybersecurity Researcher (and Jeep Hacker) Chris Valasek
Briefs : Medical
Printable Metal Tags Turn Objects into Smart, Connected Devices
Printable Metal Tags Turn Objects into Smart, Connected Devices

Printable metal tags have been developed that could be attached to everyday objects to turn them into “smart” Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The tags are made from...

Printable Metal Tags Turn Objects into Smart, Connected Devices
5 Ws : Communications
5 Ws of Spray-On Antennas
5 Ws of Spray-On Antennas

Who

Manufacturers and users of wearables, functional fabrics, mobile devices, wireless routers, and Internet of Things devices.

5 Ws of Spray-On Antennas
INSIDER : Data Acquisition
Enabling “Internet of Photonic Things” with Miniature Sensors
Enabling “Internet of Photonic Things” with Miniature Sensors

A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis was the first to successfully record environmental data using a wireless photonic sensor resonator with a...

Enabling “Internet of Photonic Things” with Miniature Sensors
Articles : Communications
Motion Control in Factories: Choosing the Right Solution
Motion Control in Factories: Choosing the Right Solution

The need for Ethernet-based communication within the factory has grown over the past 10 years. Detailed information about the tasks and performance of machines at every stage is...

Motion Control in Factories: Choosing the Right Solution
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution

Electronics industry trends develop and change, technologies emerge and improve, and new applications bring new requirements and challenges. While this obviously has an impact on the...

Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution
Articles : Communications
Products of Tomorrow: October 2018
Products of Tomorrow: October 2018

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: October 2018
Articles : Software
Facility Focus: Idaho National Laboratory
Facility Focus: Idaho National Laboratory

In 1951, the first nuclear reactor in Idaho was built, starting a legacy at what is now Idaho National Laboratory (INL). INL is the site where 52 pioneering nuclear reactors were designed and...

Facility Focus: Idaho National Laboratory
5 Ws : Electronics & Computers
5 Ws of Electronic Stickers
5 Ws of Electronic Stickers

Who

Billions of objects ranging from smartphones and buildings, to machine parts and medical devices, to furniture and office supplies — any object that has a need to communicate with or sense other...

5 Ws of Electronic Stickers
Briefs : Data Acquisition
Artificial Intelligence Senses People Through Walls
Artificial Intelligence Senses People Through Walls

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used to teach wireless devices to sense people's postures and movement, even from the other side of a wall. RF-Pose uses a neural network to analyze...

Artificial Intelligence Senses People Through Walls
Briefs : Communications
Rapidly Deployable Communications Platform
Rapidly Deployable Communications Platform

First responders often have trouble communicating with each other in emergencies. They may use different types of radios, they may be working in rural areas lacking wireless coverage, or they may be...

Rapidly Deployable Communications Platform
Articles : Test & Measurement
Solar PV and Lithium-Ion Battery Hybrids for the IIoT — A User's Guide
Solar PV and Lithium-Ion Battery Hybrids for the IIoT — A User's Guide

Hybrid solutions that combine small photovoltaic (PV) panels with industrial grade rechargeable Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries provide long-term power for remote...

Solar PV and Lithium-Ion Battery Hybrids for the IIoT — A User's Guide
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks
Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks

For wireless networks that share time-sensitive information on the fly, it's not enough to transmit data quickly: that data also needs to be fresh. Consider the many sensors in your car. While it may...

Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks
Briefs : Communications
The Ultimate ‘Smell Test’: Device Sends Rotten Food Warning to Smartphones
The Ultimate ‘Smell Test’: Device Sends Rotten Food Warning to Smartphones

When it comes to the “smell test,” the nose isn't always the best judge of food quality. Now in a study appearing in ACS’ journal Nano Letters, scientists...

The Ultimate ‘Smell Test’: Device Sends Rotten Food Warning to Smartphones
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Key Technologies Needed to Advance Mission-Critical IoT
Key Technologies Needed to Advance Mission-Critical IoT

By 2028, virtually all major sensing and feedback systems benefiting from continuous monitoring will connect to devices currently known as the Internet of Things (IoT). As that...

Key Technologies Needed to Advance Mission-Critical IoT
Briefs : Software
Location Awareness Algorithm for Internet of Things Devices

Positioning of wireless devices is centralized, depending on “anchors” with known locations such as cell towers or GPS satellites to communicate directly with each device. As the number of devices increases, anchors must be installed at higher density. Centralized positioning can...

Question of the Week : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.

Briefs : Communications
Multi-Layer Wireless Sensor Construct for Use at Electrically Conductive Material Surfaces
Multi-Layer Wireless Sensor Construct for Use at Electrically Conductive Material Surfaces

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a SansEC Sensor technology for use with aerospace fuel delivery systems. The SansEC technology is a...

Multi-Layer Wireless Sensor Construct for Use at Electrically Conductive Material Surfaces
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.

INSIDER : Communications
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
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.
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
Briefs : Communications
Using Vanadium Dioxide to Create Programmable Electronic Functions
Using Vanadium Dioxide to Create Programmable Electronic Functions

Vanadium dioxide’s unique properties make it ideally suited for outperforming silicon and giving rise to a new generation of low-power electronic devices. This compound can...

Using Vanadium Dioxide to Create Programmable Electronic Functions