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Access the latest news and technical briefs covering micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs) technologies and applications.

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Device Modulates Light and Amplifies Tiny Signals
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
An interview with Mike Horton, CTO of ACEINNA, Inc. (Boston, MA).
Drones, smartphones, and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world’s growing elderly population at risk of falls.
Beta Technologies is putting their Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOL) prototype through the wringer.
These actuators provide active flow control for airfoil surfaces and supersonic inlets of wing-borne vehicles.
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5 Ws of PAWS Smart Headphones
Learn about the Pedestrian Audio Wearable System (PAWS), a low-cost, headset-based, wearable platform.
This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Wraparound Self-Structuring Leaky-Wave Antenna (WSS-LWA)
This system has applications in the smart grid and military.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products: February 2020 Motion Design
Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valves for Pneumatic Cylinders and Actuators
Know your valve options.
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
Have you heard of "Thubber?"
This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
Products: Materials
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Microrobot Powered by Soft Muscles
This microrobot with soft actuators can crash, fall, and collide without being damaged.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
How to Fix Satellites — With Satellites
If a satellite breaks in orbit, there's not much that can be done. A professor envisions a new idea for refueling and repair.
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.
Actuators, Encoders, Gripping Tools, and More

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