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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...

White Papers : Imaging
Using Light to Optimize Camera Performance

An image can be drastically altered by the type of light source used — and how it illuminates your subject of interest. Learn how to capture crystal-clear images by making the best use of your lighting equipment.

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
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 : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
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 : Imaging
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.
A touch-based display mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.
Heartbeat-based biometrics, sonic-boom displays, and an artificial leaf.
If a satellite breaks in orbit, there's not much that can be done. A professor envisions a new idea for refueling and repair.
White Papers : Photonics/Optics
Liquid Lenses in Machine Vision Whitepaper

By integrating a liquid lens, the imaging system can change the plane of focus in milliseconds in order to provide sharp images, regardless of the object's distance from the camera. This is an ideal solution for applications with varying object heights and working distances. Download this new whitepaper...

INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders

Inspired by spiders, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor that could be used onboard...

Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: December 2019
Adhesives, flame-retardant compounds, vision measurement, and more...
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Precision Low-Speed Motor Controller
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

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.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Human Torso Simulator
The simulator could help in the development of new back braces.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

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Optical Coating Design

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Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

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Collaborative Robots: Are They as Safe as They Sound?