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Here are innovative solutions for your biggest challenges in Electronics and Software - Power Supplies and Management, Board-Level Electronics, Components and Batteries. You’ll find applications essential to military, aviation, medical and automotive design engineering.

UpFront: RF & Microwave Electronics
NASA Washing Machine Designs Go for a Spin

Right now, there is no laundry service in space.

Astronaut garments aren’t washed. They are put onto ships that burn up in the...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These antennas dramatically increase the amount of information that can be simultaneously transmitted by a coherent light source.
Products: Materials
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The flexible antenna was designed for active aeronautical satellite communications.
Briefs: Communications
The wearable antenna bends, stretches, and compresses without compromising function.
Briefs: Wearables
The technology would enable transmission of information just by touching a surface.
Articles: Imaging
Water-sensing smartphone screens, a NASA-developed RF switch, and an ultrasound patch.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Automotive camera monitors, curved CMOS sensors, fiber lasers, and more.
Briefs: Propulsion
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Application Briefs: Software
Interstellar used Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to design and develop its first prototype: BioPod.
Articles: Software
Tech Briefs asked 5 execs: What should a user consider before moving to the cloud?
Briefs: Energy
This work could help severely injured people, such as soldiers, regain the ability to control their movements.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A skin-like device can measure small facial movements in patients who have lost the ability to speak.
Technology Leaders: Motion Control
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot can walk, run, jump, and interact with the environment in synchrony with a human operator.
NASA Spinoff: RF & Microwave Electronics
A NASA microphone that detects unseen air turbulence is lofted to high heights aboard a stratospheric glider.
Q&A: Materials

Fiorenzo Omenetto, Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering at Tufts University School of Engineering, Dean of Research, and Director of the Tufts Silklab led a team that has...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel nanostructure produces uniquely shaped light.
Briefs: Imaging
These tactile imaging sensors can measure pressure distribution without using pressure-sensitive materials.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
A new high-speed sensor pushes the boundaries in light-starved conditions.
Special Reports: Imaging
Aerospace Manufacturing - August 2021

Demanding applications in the aerospace industry require products and systems that are manufactured using the latest technologies – from design and simulation, to fabrication and final testing. To help...

Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Use a ‘Cold Tube?’

Our August issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a technology that offers an energy-efficient alternative to the air conditioner: The Cold Tube.

White Papers: Communications
Prove Satellite Performance at mmWave Frequencies

In our spectrum-constrained world, the idea of going to higher frequencies seems like a dream come true. Moving to millimeter-wave frequencies has advantages for satellite communications....

White Papers: Medical
Why Do Bolts Loosen

Nord-Lock’s eBook "Why Do Bolts Loosen" explores the topic of why bolted joints lose preload and how to prevent it from happening.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new algorithm finds robots the best path across uneven terrain — and the best placement for a robot’s arms and feet.

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Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics

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Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Blog: Aerospace

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Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics

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