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Researchers from RMIT have introduced an ultra-thin material for semiconductors that could lead to transparent electronics.
These glass substrates can be used for displays on smartphones and tablets and for other durable, impact-resistant applications.

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
Making Cheaper Biocompatible E-Skin Electrodes

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
5 Ws of the Screen-Printed Battery
The battery can be used in flexible, stretchable electronics for wearables as well as soft robotics.
Your 2020 winners include a bacteria-repelling wrap, an advanced prosthetic leg, flash graphene, and more.
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
NASA’s neutral body position research was used in the design of a medical massage chair.
Digital technologies are enabling an "Industry Renaissance" of virtual experiences.
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

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: Aerospace
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...

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

The algorithm provides an extra layer of safety and security against hackers of electronic devices.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: October 2020 Tech Briefs
Users can edit the shape of a model while viewing results and watch the simulation update immediately.

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

The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
5 Ws of Slip-Resistant Shoe Coatings
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
How to design for safety, reliability, and connectivity using the latest circuit protection technologies and board layout strategies.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
New on the Market: July 2020
Photoelectric sensors, cable connectors, power monitors, and USB3 cameras.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Do You See Yourself Someday Printing in 4D?

You’ve heard about 3D printing, but what about 4D?

A Tech Briefs TV video this week showcased how Rice University researchers’ new way of making shape-shifting materials. The “4D-printed” objects can be manipulated to take on alternate forms when exposed to changes in temperature,...

Technology Leaders: Internet of Things
MEMS — Smart Sensors for the IoT
Tim Brosnihan, Executive Director of SEMI’s MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), talks about the current state of the MEMS industry and trends for the future,
The AI system can help shorten the time required for 2D material-based electronics to be ready for consumer devices.
A highly sensitive, CMOS-compatible, broadband photodetector was created by tailoring material defects.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Reimagining Robotics in a Connected World
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
See how Prof. Olaf Diegel built a hands-free door opener.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Create the Future Contest Idea Saving Lives
Tech Briefs checks back in with CEO Jon Sumroy about his award-winning product: the mifold grab-and-go car seat.

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