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Briefs : Electronics & Computers
3D Printing of Flexible Circuits

A process was developed for 3D printing that can be used to produce transparent and mechanically flexible electronic circuits. The electronics consist of a mesh of silver nanowires that can be printed in suspension and embedded in various flexible and transparent plastics (polymers). This technology can enable...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Running an LED in Reverse Could Cool Future Computers
Running an LED in Reverse Could Cool Future Computers

Researchers devised a method in which running a light emitting diode (LED) with electrodes reversed was able to cool another device nanometers away. They harnessed the chemical potential...

Running an LED in Reverse Could Cool Future Computers
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New Products: May 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
New Products: May 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Software for Enhanced Laser Processing

Prima Power Laserdyne (Champlin, MN) released of the FASTTRIM™ CAD/CAM software for use with its multi-axis precision laser processing...

New Products: May 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
Briefs : Imaging
Bendable Electronic Paper Displays a Range of Colors
Bendable Electronic Paper Displays a Range of Colors

The combination of conductive polymers on nanostructures was demonstrated as suited to creating electronic displays as thin as paper. The “paper” is similar to the Kindle tablet. It...

Bendable Electronic Paper Displays a Range of Colors
NASA Spinoff : Lighting
LED Lighting Improves Efficiency and Imaging
LED Lighting Improves Efficiency and Imaging

Rocket engine testing requires a lot of light since all tests are filmed with high-speed cameras to monitor performance; however, those cameras have to adjust to the bright plume from a firing...

LED Lighting Improves Efficiency and Imaging
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Detect Ultra Rare Proteins in Blood Using a Cellphone Camera
Detect Ultra Rare Proteins in Blood Using a Cellphone Camera

One of the frontiers of medical diagnostics is the race for more sensitive blood tests. The ability to detect extremely rare proteins could make a life-saving difference for many...

Detect Ultra Rare Proteins in Blood Using a Cellphone Camera
Articles : Communications
Understanding Bluetooth Mesh Networking
Understanding Bluetooth Mesh Networking

Bluetooth technology is focused on short-range wireless connectivity. Most of us know the Bluetooth standard as the way we connect a phone to our car or a headset for hands-free operation. But...

Understanding Bluetooth Mesh Networking
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Text Tech: Navy Vessels Use Shipboard Signal Lamps for Text Messaging
Text Tech: Navy Vessels Use Shipboard Signal Lamps for Text Messaging

Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) TechSolutions program, the Flashing Light to Text Converter (FLTC) features a camera that can be mounted atop a signal...

Text Tech: Navy Vessels Use Shipboard Signal Lamps for Text Messaging
Briefs : Data Acquisition
New Engine Optics to Fuel Future Research
New Engine Optics to Fuel Future Research

An optical setup developed by researchers at Sandia's Combustion Research Facility and the Technical University of Denmark can now quantify the formation of soot — particulate matter consisting...

New Engine Optics to Fuel Future Research
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Single-Crystal SiGe/Sapphire Epitaxy

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a new low-temperature method of SiGe/sapphire growth that produces the same single-crystal films with much less thermal loading effort to the substrate. This eliminates the time-consuming and costly high heating, long thermal soak times, and interfacial Si layer....

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0
Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0

As Industry 4.0 initiatives bring more and more industrial axes of motion into the realm of automation, the need for cost-effective control across them grows as well. Advances in...

Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Materials Created Using Artificial “Superlattices”
Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Materials Created Using Artificial “Superlattices”

One current method to build a semiconductor superlattice — materials comprised of alternating layers of ultra-thin, two-dimensional sheets only one or a...

Two-Dimensional Semiconductor Materials Created Using Artificial “Superlattices”
Articles : Medical
NASA at 60: From Space to Earth
NASA at 60: From Space to Earth

The benefits of NASA's space exploration efforts are not limited to the cosmos. NASA technologies provide innovative solutions for people around the world. NASA missions have generated thousands of spinoffs...

NASA at 60: From Space to Earth
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices
“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices

Optical fibers have been traditionally produced by making a cylindrical object called a preform — essentially, a scaled-up model of the fiber — and then heating it. Softened...

“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Functional Fabric Brings Semiconductors Directly to the Fiber
Functional Fabric Brings Semiconductors Directly to the Fiber
Instead of attaching semiconductors to fabric, an MIT team has found a way to add the technology right into the fiber themselves.
Functional Fabric Brings Semiconductors Directly to the Fiber
Application Briefs : Aerospace
Military Optics Technology
Military Optics Technology

The demand for innovative solutions to enhance the safety of military personnel is continually on the rise. This includes the need to improve the performance of military vehicles and aircraft, in terms of both...

Military Optics Technology
Articles : Photonics/Optics
Taking It to the Streets: Designing Streetlamp Optical Components
Taking It to the Streets: Designing Streetlamp Optical Components

The task of creating a streetlamp optical system has changed over the last 20 years and due to this change, so has optical design software. Let’s compare the task of...

Taking It to the Streets: Designing Streetlamp Optical Components
Articles : Medical
How Sophisticated Wearable Sensors are Changing Healthcare
How Sophisticated Wearable Sensors are Changing Healthcare

In the traditional model of healthcare, a patient would visit a doctor regularly for checkups or for evaluations when there’s an ailment. This model, however, isn’t ideal for...

How Sophisticated Wearable Sensors are Changing Healthcare
Articles : Photonics/Optics
Paired Sleep Tracker and Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms
Paired Sleep Tracker and Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms

Spinoff is NASA’s annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and...

Paired Sleep Tracker and Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms
Articles : Medical
Products of Tomorrow: May 2018
Products of Tomorrow: May 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: May 2018
Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Direct AC LED Engines
Direct AC LED Engines

As the lighting industry continues to mature, vendors continue to pursue inexpensive lighting solutions that offer universal compatibility and are easy to install. For OEMs and manufacturers, LEDs have proven to be a...

Direct AC LED Engines
Products : Test & Measurement
New Products: May 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: May 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Portable Laser Scanner

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI) has announced the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-XL, a new ultralarge scale portable laser scanner....

New Products: May 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: April 2018
New on the Market: April 2018

Polarization Camera

Lucid Vision Labs, Richmond, BC, Canada, announced the 5-megapixel Phoenix polarization camera that can be used to detect stress or defects in manufacturing of materials such as...

New on the Market: April 2018
Blog : Lighting
Wobbly ‘HOIP’ Semiconductor Has Researchers in Excited State
Wobbly ‘HOIP’ Semiconductor Has Researchers in Excited State
Physical chemists at the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered an emerging class of semiconductors with some unexpected moves.
Wobbly ‘HOIP’ Semiconductor Has Researchers in Excited State
Briefs : Energy
Wireless Charging of Moving Electric Vehicles

If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway, it would virtually eliminate concerns about their range and lower their cost, perhaps making electricity the standard fuel for vehicles. Researchers have wirelessly transmitted electricity to a nearby moving object, which could advance...

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Researchers Craft New Material That Could Improve LED Screens
Researchers Craft New Material That Could Improve LED Screens

Researchers working at the Ultrafast Laser Lab at the University of Kansas successfully created a new bilayer material, with each layer measuring less than one nanometer in...

Researchers Craft New Material That Could Improve LED Screens