New technologies in power supplies and management, board-level electronics, electronics and computers, and battery systems provide wide-ranging applications essential to military, aviation, medical, and automotive.

The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.
Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
Facility Focus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Hybrid organic-inorganic materials transfer ultra-small, high-aspect-ratio features into silicon for next-generation electronic devices.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Multimaterial Fiber “Ink” for 3D-Printed Devices
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.
These materials may replace metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, computers, cellphones, and refrigerators.
In some cases, radio frequency signals may be more useful for caregivers than cameras or other methods to collect health and behavioral data.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: February 2020
Low-viscosity plastic; coin cell holders; oxidation-resistant coatings; and more.
Briefs: Materials
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: February 2020 Motion Design
Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Intelligent Microrobots
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.
Special Reports: Aerospace
Rugged Computing - February 2020

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

This coating acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.
The flat structure morphs into another shape when temperature changes, enabling self-deploying tents or adaptive robotic fins.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Long-Distance LADAR System and Method
The system provides three-dimensional imagery of potential threats at closer ranges.
"View it as an infrared privacy shield," says Professor Mikhail Kats.
To improve the aqueous lithium-ion battery, RPI researchers tried out niobium tungsten oxide.
White Papers: Defense
Automated Drone Detection

In a few short years, the number of purchased drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has soared. In situations where a drone is operating where it shouldn’t, the potential ramifications can be catastrophic....

White Papers: Data Acquisition
Putting VPX and Open VPX to Work

Before the advent of OpenVPX, designers of embedded systems took advantage of the extreme connectivity offered by VPX (VITA 46), but were faced with a virtually unlimited number of possible implementations....

This electronic pill can relay diagnostic information or release drugs in response to smartphone commands.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Environmentally Friendly Process for Battery Recycling
A solvent leaches cobalt and lithium for reuse from spent batteries.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
A new laser-based system offers an efficient way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites.
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
These barrier coatings protect high-performance components in extreme environments.
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.

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