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Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Underwater Exploration Go Battery-Free?

A Tech Brief featured in our April issue highlighted a battery-free pinpointing system from MIT called Underwater Backscatter Localization. Rather than emitting its own acoustic signals, the “UBL” reflects modulated signals from its environment. The reflections provide researchers with positioning...

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new, low-cost, wearable device that transforms the human body into a biological battery. The device is stretchy enough that you can wear it like...

Scientists at University of California, Davis, have proposed a solution to dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries using microfluidics. The group proved that flowing ions...

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

Software and electrical engineering is converging in today’s vehicles. A reader asks our expert: “How do you decide which items to test first?”
On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
Contactless Position, Torque, and Force Sensing for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Applications

Today’s demand for products with improved safety, reliability, and efficiency makes sensors increasingly necessary and, in some cases, even mandatory. These sensors must be accurate, reliable, and long-lasting while remaining affordable. This...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Do You See Applications for Electronics-Free Robots?

In our lead INSIDER story today, UCSD researcher Dylan Drotman talked to Tech Briefs about his team’s air-powered robot.

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser Printing Technology for Waterproof E-Textiles
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics can be laser-printed and made in minutes.
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
Q&A: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Q&A: Printable Flexible Batteries
Professor Shirley Meng explains why there's a demand for stretchable batteries.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

Near-eye displays, optical inspection systems, UV glass, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cost-Effective Day & Night Marking Using Lasers
The marking provides easy-to-see legends on plastic buttons under widely varying illumination conditions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Quantum-Limit-Approaching Chemical Sensing Chip
Study shows improvements to chemical sensing chip that aims to quickly and accurately identify drugs and other trace chemicals.
With new vehicles, automotive manufacturers will need to closely monitor the current flowing to the motor.
The technology could continuously monitor fluid flow in pipes on the International Space Station and prevent satellites from colliding.
Products: Materials
New on the Market: March 2021
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
This method is an important step towards smaller, more advanced, environmentally friendly electronics.
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
This built-in security measure would prevent hackers from getting enough information about the circuit to reverse-engineer it.
Live discussions will explore electric vehicles, propulsion, advanced electronics, and more.
The stretchable electronics are more stable as they change shape, which could lead to next-generation sensors for healthcare applications.
The device has applications in medical diagnostics and homeland security.
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Your Guide to 4,000 Solutions

Find the best product for your project by following this guide and sampling free products. Our main objective is to be a solutions partner by delivering cost-effective solutions, improve processes and provide...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Efficient Power Supply Burn-in Using Regenerative Electronic Loads

Switch-mode power supplies used in data centers, industrial equipment, medical devices, and other critical applications are typically subjected to burn-in operation at full...

Scientists around the world are working to develop electronic skins that attach to the body and monitor vital signs. These E-skins need to be comfortable, breathable, and flexible for...

Light-emitting diodes — LEDs — are important in many more applications than just illumination. These light sources are useful in microelectronics too. Smartphones, for example,...

A hacker can reproduce a circuit on a chip by discovering what key transistors are doing in a circuit — but not if the transistor “type” is...

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