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Stay updated on advancements in mechanical components and mechatronics systems. New technologies in MEMs, fluid systems, and propulsion are driving breakthroughs in transportation, electrification, autonomous driving, and manufacturing.

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Torque limiters protect against damage and downtime caused by machine overloads.
Articles: Materials
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
Facility Focus: Energy
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
Briefs: Imaging
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Transportation
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
Special Reports: Semiconductors & ICs
Electronics Innovations - October 2020

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Tech Briefs magazine, discover how advances in electronic components are enabling game-changing applications in mobile healthcare/wearables, autonomous...

Blog: Transportation
A new composite from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.
Question of the Week: Transportation
Do Software Advancements Make You Feel Safe in an Autonomous Vehicle?

Our lead story today features self-driving car software that prevents accidents by understanding and anticipating safe traffic behaviors.

Question of the Week: Transportation
Can Courtesy Be Programmed Into Self-Driving Cars?

During a recent webcast, a Tech Briefs reader raised an interesting question about self-driving cars:

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
As Brazil begins mass-producing a NASA-developed ventilator, a Tech Briefs reader asks why NASA didn't go open-source.
Blog: Software
The new approach could help pave the way for smaller battery packs and greater driving range in electric vehicles.
Blog: Transportation
A reader asks our expert: When it comes to autonomous vehicles, what’s best: Radar, LiDAR, or cameras?
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
Articles: Energy
An A/C alternative, AI that sharpens blurry images, and a NASA energy harvester.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Briefs: Imaging
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Application Briefs: Imaging
Learn the USB3 and GigE vision standards, how they keep pace with imaging technologies, and how augmenting the cabling is critical for optimal performance.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
Briefs: Automotive
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Special Reports: Transportation
Inside the New C8 Corvette - September 2020

The eighth generation Corvette achieves a rare benchmark: a 200 mph supercar that can sprint from standstill to 60 mph in less than three seconds while offering long-distance comfort, ample cargo...

Special Reports: Aerospace
Power Electronics - September 2020

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Briefs: Automotive
University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.
Blog: Data Acquisition
Deciding between edge computing and cloud computing? Make sure to consider these four major factors, says our industry expert.
Blog: Aerospace
Although life has not been found on Mars just year, a researcher from NYU thinks there could be life...under it.

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