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Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: January 2020 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
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: Photonics/Optics
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: Data Acquisition
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: Motion Control
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
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: 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.
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.
White Papers: Imaging
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...

INSIDER: Test & Measurement
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...

Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Facility Focus: NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: December 2019
Adhesives, flame-retardant compounds, vision measurement, and more...
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
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: Test & Measurement
Human Torso Simulator
The simulator could help in the development of new back braces.
This method also reverse-engineers computer chips to detect the chip’s purpose.
The method could impact optical imaging, vision correction, and disease diagnosis.
Question of the Week: Imaging
Will the Ability to Manipulate Virtual Objects in Real-World Scenes Help Your Design and Manufacturing Efforts?

A Tech Briefs TV video this week demonstrated a Brown University system called Portal-ble. The augmented-reality technology allows you to place virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on smartphone screens. Users can then...

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