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Question of the Week: Internet of Things
Can Courtesy Be Programmed Into Self-Driving Cars?

During a recent webcast, a Tech Briefs reader raised an interesting question about self-driving cars:

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Next-Generation Design for Heavy Equipment

Heavy equipment manufacturers face new challenges every day. As the industry moves toward machines that provide zero harm, zero downtime, and zero emissions, there is increasing pressure from competition, regulators, and customers to meet and exceed expectations. As if that isn’t enough,...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 3-D Printer Manufacturer's Guide to High-Performance Linear Motion

The application of 3D printing/additive manufacturing to complex industrial uses is exploding. Linear motion components play a critical part in the successful operation...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Breaking the (Injection) Mold

Since its creation in the 1980s, 3D printing has evolved tremendously, with more printing technologies and material types available. Research shows that engineers in North America are optimistic about the future...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Force/Torque Sensor Helps Rover Sample Mars
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
In place of flat breadboards, 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
4D Printing Creates Microneedles to Replace Hypodermics
Inspired by parasites, the tiny needles could help eliminate painful shots.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Electronics Cooling Using Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Articles: Data Acquisition
Executive Forum: Machine Learning & AI
Tech Briefs posed questions to machine learning/AI industry execs to get their opinions on platform selection, data interpretation, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Cost-Effective Printed Sensors for the IoT/IIoT
With accelerated time from design to production, specialized foil sensor arrays will be expanding to many new areas.
Application Briefs: Software
Using the IoT for Predictive Maintenance
Predictive maintenance is poised to become much more widely adopted, and that will help to boost productivity in a time when we really need it.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Long-life Batteries for the IIoT
Choosing the right battery will save trouble and expense in the long run.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Ultrasonic Sensors Support New Industrial Applications
These sensors will improve autonomous technologies in the industrial environment, like AGVs or forklifts.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: September 2020 Sensor Technology
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Engineers 3D-Print Sensors Onto Moving Organs
Designed to assist in robotic surgeries, biomedical devices can be printed in and on the human body.
The COVID crisis is propelling the camera industry toward disruptive transformation.

Thin films and engineered surfaces are used in a myriad of applications including semiconductor electronics, data storage, and precision optics. In many cases, surface roughness and...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
I/O for the IIoT

In an era of increasing connectivity and technical capabilities, it seems like simple ideas should be simple to achieve. But IIoT projects, even simple ones, are still expensive, demand special skills, and involve many...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Equator Gauging System Leads to 30% Increase in Manufacturing Capacity

Olympus NDT is a world-leading manufacturer of non-destructive testing (NDT) instruments that are used in industrial applications such as aerospace, power generation,...

Researchers have developed a new way to build power efficient and programmable integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. The new technology is...

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have made it possible to remotely determine the temperature beneath the surface of certain materials using a new technique they call depth...

This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Venting for EV Battery Packs
Cell chemistries, thermal dynamics, vehicle packaging, and even weather present challenges for optimizing electric vehicle battery functional safety.

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