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Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will We Use Our Clothes to Monitor Heartbeat?

A recent Tech Briefs story highlighted efforts by MIT Professor Yoel Fink and his team to create a fabric microphone. The computing material offers wearers the ability to someday monitor their heartbeat, as well the heartbeats of soon-to-be newborns.

Briefs: Materials

Micro-supercapacitors could revolutionize the way we use batteries by increasing their lifespan and enabling extremely fast charging. Now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

A research team developed a thread made of conductive cellulose that offers practical possibilities for electronic textiles. Sewing the electrically conductive cellulose threads into...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Behrokh Khoshnevis has always known that 3D printing would make its biggest impact on big structures. While most advances in additive manufacturing...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Researchers have developed technology to produce next-generation composite glass for lighting LEDs and smartphone, television, and computer screens. The technology was a step forward in perovskite...

Briefs: Transportation

A new composition of germanosili-cate glass created by adding zinc oxide has properties good for lens applications. The new family of zinc germanosilicate glass has a high refractive index comparable...

Briefs: Power

Wearable electronic components incorporated directly into fabrics have been developed that could be used for flexible circuits, healthcare monitoring, energy conversion, and other applications....

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rowheel, which was a winning technology at SAE’s Create the Future Design Contest in 2010, continues to roll forward.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
The future of computing is in fabrics, says Prof, Yoel Fink from MIT.
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Can 'Charging Rooms' Catch On?

One of the Tech Briefs highlighted in the second section of today’s INSIDER is a “charging room” from the University of Michigan and University of Tokyo that provides electricity over the air. The aluminum test area uses magnetic fields to deliver 50 watts and power-up devices, no matter their location within...

Briefs: Imaging
The technology shines through fabrics to show notifications for email messages, time, weather, or other forms of basic information.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would You Try ‘Intelligent’ Lawn Care?

Our lead story today featured “Best of Innovation” products at CES, including a smart irrigation system called “OtO Lawn.” The cloud-connected system only requires a hose and a Wi-Fi connection. A user goes into their phone and moves a joystick to determine zones requiring lawn care. The...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Have a look at the 'Best of Innovation' technologies at CES 2022, including a foldable EV, "see and spray" agriculture, ocean batteries, and more.
Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
See this year's product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide.
Articles: Communications
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.

Articles: Photonics/Optics
A new high-speed sensor pushes the boundaries in light-starved conditions.
Articles: Wearables
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: Green Design & Manufacturing
The new battery is degradable, recyclable, non-toxic, and safer than lithium-ion batteries.
Articles: Energy
Demand for wireless IoT cloud-connected devices is growing rapidly, yet deploying Wi-Fi battery-based products is difficult.
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: Electronics & Computers
The technology recovers pure and precious metals from alloys in cellphones and other electrical waste.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Terrestrial uses include physical therapy, clinical diagnosis, athletic training and performance, and robust exercise equipment.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The inexpensive cameras are easy to produce.
Briefs: IoMT

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....

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