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Have you heard of "Thubber?"
This technique lowers airstream noise generated at the side edges of deployed flaps, elevons, or slats.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
A nanoantenna-enabled detector boosts the usable signal of a thermal infrared camera by up to three times.
See how software supported the design of an advanced antenna.
This electronic pill can relay diagnostic information or release drugs in response to smartphone commands.

A highly sensitive rectifying element in the form of a nanowire backward diode can convert low-power 100 nanowatt microwaves into usable electricity. The newly developed...

A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

The reader uses a frequency multiplexer to boost its ability to accurately locate a greater number of RFID tags.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.
The Foldable Drone: a Morphing Quadrotor that can Squeeze and Fly Davide Falanga, Kevin Kleber, Stefano Mintchev, Dario Floreano, and Davide...

A novel approach was developed to improve communications range and allow for covert behavior using a team of robots for future multi-domain operations. Specifically, researchers...

Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: National Science Foundation
In recent decades, NSF-funded researchers have discovered quite a bit, including many of the fundamental particles of matter.

To investigate oceans, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that sends data to the surface. Supplying constant power to scores of sensors designed to stay for long...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Passive Smart Container

Although Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being used widely for pallet and box-level tracking in the commercial sector, significant technology gaps remain for tracking dense quantities at the item...

Learn about the Draper Multi-Environment Navigator.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Method Produces Three-Dimensional, Curved Electronics

Contact lenses that can monitor the wearer’s health and correct eyesight use embedded electronics. These, and other curved devices such as solar cells and electronics, could be...

A minimal, map-less approach to drone navigation takes after the bee.
News: Electronics & Computers
AUSA 2019: Eyes in the Sky
It just wouldn’t be a military technology show without a few drones on display.
SOSA, the Sensor Open Systems Architecture Consortium, held a press conference on Monday afternoon at AUSA 2019.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
RF & Microwave Electronics - October 2019

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology, Tech Briefs and Medical Design Briefs, read about how advances in RF electronics are enabling new...

A new wireless transceiver was developed that boosts radio frequencies into 100-gigahertz territory, which is quadruple the speed of the upcoming 5G, or fifth-generation, wireless communications...

Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Technique Locates Robots and Humans in GPS-Challenged Environments

An algorithm enables localization of humans and robots in areas where GPS is unavailable. The Army needs to be able to localize agents operating in physically complex, unknown, and infrastructure-poor environments. This capability is critical to help find dismounted soldiers and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: October 2019
See the new tech products being offered in October 2019.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Magnetic Metamaterial Amplifies MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of organs and tissues in the human body, helping doctors diagnose potential problems or diseases. Doctors use MRI to...

Briefs: Software
Antenna Near-Field Probe Station Scanner

Antenna characterization techniques are often expensive and time-consuming. NASA’s Glenn Research Center developed a highly versatile and automated system to perform characterization of single or multiple small circuit antennas, printed on-wafer or on other substrates, by measuring the antenna’s...

Briefs: Software
Self-Configurable Radio Receiver System and Method

A self-configurable radio receiver system was developed for relaying communication signals from multiple deep space assets. Most conventional radio receivers are hardwired to receive a specific type of signal and are incapable of receiving other types of signals without preconfiguration...

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