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

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This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
Briefs : Communications
Wraparound Self-Structuring Leaky-Wave Antenna (WSS-LWA)
This system has applications in the smart grid and military.
Products : Electronics & Computers
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Microrobot Powered by Soft Muscles
This microrobot with soft actuators can crash, fall, and collide without being damaged.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
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.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Artificial Skin Provides Haptic Feedback
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: December 2019 Motion Design
Actuators, Encoders, Gripping Tools, and More
Salty air the Dutch city of Harlingen causes exposed metal parts to corrode.
Briefs : Packaging & Sterilization
Packaging for SiC Sensors and Electronics
This packaging provides protection for SiC sensors and electronics in harsh, hightemperature environments.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
De-Orbit Device for SmallSats
This retractable de-orbit device facilitates targeted re-entry, attitude and orbital control, and collision avoidance.
This invention is a highly stable, heat-treatable, and tunable material.
This technology has applications in sonar, range measuring, directional-force sensors, flow meters, and vibration/noise sensing and control.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Flying Robot Mimics Rapid Insect Flight

Flying animals both power and control flight by flapping their wings. This enables small natural flyers such as insects to hover close to a flower but also to rapidly escape danger. Animal flight has...

Q&A : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Q&A: Innovative Linear Electrostatic MEMS Actuator
Sherry Towfighian and her team made a big improvement on how microphones are manufactured.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Battery-Free Sensor for Underwater Use

To investigate oceans, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that sends data to the surface. Supplying constant power to scores of sensors designed to stay for long...

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