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The Create the Future Design Contest has helped stimulate and reward engineering innovation over the past 16 years, drawing more than 14,000 product designs from engineers, students, and...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: October 2017

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...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Machine Vision System

A number of instruments have been built to obtain range images — a two-dimensional array of numbers that gives the depth of a scene along many directions from a central point in the instrument. Instead of measuring...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Choosing a Light and Color Measurement System for LEDs

LED-based lighting and display systems are becoming increasingly popular due to their low cost, flexibility, and efficiency. Measuring the light and color output of LEDs is, therefore,...

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...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
Glowing Crystals Cleanse Contaminated Drinking Water

Motivated by public hazards associated with contaminated sources of drinking water, a group of scientists has successfully developed and tested tiny, glowing crystals that detect and trap heavy-metal toxins like mercury and lead.

Using high-tech human heart models and mouse experiments, scientists at Johns Hopkins and Germany’s University of Bonn have shown that beams of light could replace electric shocks in patients reeling...

Researchers from KU Leuven in Belgium, the University of Strasbourg, and CNRS have discovered a new phosphor that could make next-generation fluorescent and LED lighting even cheaper and more...

NASA’s bright pink Pressure-Sensitive Paint (PSP) is helping to test new aircraft designs. A thin coat of PSP is sprayed onto the model that will be tested in the wind tunnel and...

The arrival of a thin, lightweight computer that even rolls up like a piece of paper will not be in the far distant future. Flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), built upon a plastic...

News: Electronics & Computers
Researchers Develop Power-Generating Shoes

An energy-harvesting technology developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers captures the energy of human motion to power mobile electronic devices. The footwear-embedded energy harvester could be especially useful for the military, as soldiers currently carry heavy batteries to power their...

Scientists from Stanford University have discovered how to make the electrical wiring on top of solar cells nearly invisible to incoming light. The new design, which uses silicon nanopillars to...

Because NASA is planning for future visits to distant locations like Mars, the agency is researching how to grow plants in space. Live plants on space missions provide a nutritious food...

Highly efficient, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) could slash the world’s electricity consumption. They are already sold in stores, but more widespread adoption of the technology has been hindered by...

INSIDER: Nanotechnology
What Makes Quantum Dots Blink?

Quantum dots are nanoparticles of semiconductor that can be tuned to glow in a rainbow of colors. Since their discovery in the 1980s, these remarkable nanoparticles have held out tantalizing prospects for all...

INSIDER: Lighting
Wireless Occupancy Sensors

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) has unveiled its new wireless occupancy sensor, a battery-powered plug-and-play sensor designed to integrate seamlessly with any Dialight smart lighting system. Using Pyroelectric...

INSIDER: Lighting
Networked Lighting Controls

Hubbell Building Automation (Austin, TX) NXTM networked lighting controls now have added daylighting capability. The NXDS daylight sensor auto-configures with the NX Room Controller. The NXDS daylight sensor is...

INSIDER: Lighting
LED Driver

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) has introduced the Model 5000A-100 LED Driver/Controller for powering its patented and patent-pending High Power LED Light Engines. The 5000A-100 LED Driver provides constant current in...

INSIDER: Lighting
Intelligent Lighting System

The BrainLight series by EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) is an intelligent lighting system that allows the user to control both color and brightness, as well as create and save individual lighting patterns. At present...

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) have strong antibacterial effects on major foodborne...

Products: Lighting
940nm VCSEL Array

Princeton Optronics (Mercerville, NJ) has introduced high-power (8W) 940nm VCSEL arrays for illumination applications. These arrays have an efficiency of >45%, a spectral width of approximately 1nm and a circular beam...

Aerotech’s (Pittsburgh, PA) PlanarDLA integrated, open-frame stages have high dynamics and exceptional geometric performance in a low-profile package. These stages are essential for applications ranging...

Products: Lighting
Intelligent Room Controller

Hubbell Building Automation (Austin, TX) has launched an intelligent lighting control that simplifies installation with auto-configuration. The NXTM Room Controller integrates automatic and manual control of...

Products: Lighting
277 V Thermistor

Ametherm (Carson City, NV) recently released a new UL-approved circuit protection thermistor that offers a 277 V rating optimized for applications including LED lighting and ballasts, power factor correction (PFC) circuits,...

Products: Lighting
Compact Range LEDs

Mouser Electronics, Inc. (Mansfield, TX) is now stocking LUXEON CoB Compact Range LEDs from Lumileds (San Jose, CA). These LEDs offer high flux densities in a very small light emitting surface (LES), which provides good...

Products: Lighting
LED Drivers

Lutron Electronics (Coopersburg, PA) recently launched the EcoSystem H-Series LED Drivers with models available for LED troffers and linear lighting up to 75W and downlights up to 40W. The EcoSystem H-Series LED Drivers are...

News: Energy
Nanogenerator Harvests Power from Rolling Tires

A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction. The technology ultimately could provide automobile manufacturers with a new way to reuse energy and provide greater vehicle...

A new study shows that the recently developed Compact Light Source (CLS) – a commercial X-ray source with roots in research and development efforts at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National...

Flexible optoelectronic devices that can be produced roll-to-roll – much like newspapers are printed – are a highly promising path to cheaper devices such as solar...

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