Your destination for advances in imaging systems, machine vision, visualization software, and human-machine interfaces (HMIs) technologies. Design engineers can access news, technical briefs, applications, and product developments.

Latest Briefs & News

Briefs : Imaging
Augmented Reality System Lets Smartphone Users Interact with Virtual Objects
This system places virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on cellphone screens and lets people interact with those objects by hand as if they were really there.
The ultra-fast method analyzes a wider range of materials than current thermal-based detection systems.
Facility Focus : Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Long-Distance LADAR System and Method
The system provides three-dimensional imagery of potential threats at closer ranges.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smartphone System Tests for Lead in Water
This inexpensive system can detect lead levels below EPA standards.
The films could be used in impact-resistant glazing, windscreens, and displays.

Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at warp...

Question of the Week : Aerospace
Will We Use Satellites to Fix Satellites?

A recent INSIDER described one researcher’s idea to fix a broken satellite: Send up a repair satellite! Read the Tech Briefs Q&A for details.

Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
Articles : Photonics/Optics
SPIE Photonics West 2020 Preview
SPIE Photonics West 2020 returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 1 through February 6
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
A system senses tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there’s a moving object coming around the corner.
A nanoantenna-enabled detector boosts the usable signal of a thermal infrared camera by up to three times.
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
For disease diagnosis, a microchip maps the back of the eye.
Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
NASA and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) recently tested a new way to see the Sun
Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
See how NOAA provides daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, and more.
Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal's quantum properties.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Software

Using Simulation to Design Robust Adhesively Bonded Structures

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Electric-Vehicle Transmission Development and Simulation

Upcoming Webinars: Energy

Thermal Management Crisis: Knowing Your Passive Solution Options

Upcoming Webinars: Internet of Things

IoT’s Role in Today’s Transportation Systems

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Testing and Inspecting 3D-Printed Parts

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printed Metals Are Not All the Same