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Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will Stretchable Smartphones Catch On?

Our “5 Ws” feature this month highlighted skin-like electronic circuits being developed at Virginia Tech.

Briefs: Energy
The Battery Identity Global Passport could be accessible as a scannable QR code or a computer chip.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Material for shoe bottoms could help prevent falls in icy or slippery conditions.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The technology recovers pure and precious metals from alloys in cellphones and other electrical waste.
Briefs: Aerospace
Terrestrial uses include physical therapy, clinical diagnosis, athletic training and performance, and robust exercise equipment.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The cathodes could enhance energy density of next-generation Li-ion batteries.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers from RMIT have introduced an ultra-thin material for semiconductors that could lead to transparent electronics.
Briefs: Imaging
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.
INSIDER: Materials

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Scientists around the world are working to develop electronic skins that attach to the body and monitor vital signs. These E-skins need to be comfortable, breathable, and flexible for...

5 Ws: Materials
The battery can be used in flexible, stretchable electronics for wearables as well as soft robotics.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Your 2020 winners include a bacteria-repelling wrap, an advanced prosthetic leg, flash graphene, and more.
Articles: Energy
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
NASA’s neutral body position research was used in the design of a medical massage chair.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Digital technologies are enabling an "Industry Renaissance" of virtual experiences.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The conceptual Ring prosthetic leg ensures that individuals do not need an entirely new device every time they have a growth spurt.
Question of the Week: Software
Would You Use 'Tsugite' Software for Woodworking?

A recent INSIDER story highlighted a new tool for architects, furniture-makers, and woodworking beginners. The interactive software from the University of Tokyo, known as "Tsugite," provides milling machine instructions and on-screen design guidance so that users can piece an object together...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
Additive Manufacturing - November 2020

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

Blog: Software
An interactive software being developed at the University of Tokyo allows architects and furniture makers with little experience in woodworking to to design and build structurally sound wood joints.
Question of the Week: Photonics/Optics
Will Flat Fisheye Lenses Play a Greater Role in Medical Imaging and Consumer Electronics?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video demonstrated an achievement from engineers at MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The teams designed the first completely flat fisheye lens to produce crisp, 180-degree panoramic images. The lenses, according to...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The algorithm provides an extra layer of safety and security against hackers of electronic devices.
Products: Software
Users can edit the shape of a model while viewing results and watch the simulation update immediately.
INSIDER: Wearables

The proliferation and miniaturization of electronics in devices, wearables, medical implants, and other applications has...

NASA Spinoff: Energy
The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.

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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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