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INSIDER: Semiconductors & ICs

Researchers from NUS, together with industry partners Soitec and NXP Semiconductors, have demonstrated a new class of silicon systems that...

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INSIDER: Nanotechnology

Health-monitoring apps can help people manage chronic diseases or stay on track with fitness goals, using nothing more than a smartphone. However, these...

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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Silicon semiconductors have become the ‘oil’ of the computer age, as was demonstrated recently by the chip shortage crisis. However, one of the disadvantages...

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Products: Software
See what's new on the market, including OnLogic's new Tacton Series of rugged panel PCs and industrial touchscreen displays; binder's M12 series of surface-mount devices; SINAMICS DriveSim Basic's new software solution; L. S. Starrett's latest Video System in its KMR Series: the new KMR-MX 200; and more.
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Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles - May 2024

Ten amazing unmanned ground vehicles being tested worldwide…full speed ahead for Indy autonomous race cars…laser attacks blind automated vehicles. Read these stories and more in this compendium of...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Researchers have found ways to develop soft OECTs for wearable pressure sensors. They first experimented with a solid type of gating substance: a charged, gelatinous substance called an ionic hydrogel. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Materials
A research team from Kyushu University, in collaboration with Japanese company Nitto Denko, has developed a tape that can be used to stick 2D materials to many different surfaces, in an easy and user-friendly way.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Innovators have developed a method and apparatus to multiplex Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) signals efficiently. The resulting Hyper-Distributed RFID Antenna (HYDRA) system enhances distribution of the RFID reader signal, providing improved coverage for large areas as well as for small, fixed regions requiring a high density of reader antennas.
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Briefs: Software
Because it requires no battery that must be recharged or replaced, and because it requires no special wiring, such a sensor could be embedded in a hard-to-reach place, like inside the inner workings of a ship’s engine. There, it could automatically gather data on the machine’s power consumption and operations for long periods of time.
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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
An innovative approach to artificial intelligence (AI) enables reconstructing a broad field of data, such as overall ocean temperature, from a small number of field-deployable sensors using low-powered edge computing, with broad applications across industry, science, and medicine.
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Briefs: Information Technology
To help improve the safety and security of AVs, researchers have devised a novel algorithm designed to mimic an attacking device. The algorithm lets researchers identify areas for improvement in autonomous vehicle security.
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Briefs: Materials
An international team of researchers from Japan and Austria has invented new ultraflexible patches with a ferroelectric polymer that can not only sense a patient’s pulse and blood pressure, but also power themselves from normal movements. The key was starting with a substrate just 1-μm thick.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
The stent delivers regenerative stem cell-derived therapy to blood-starved tissue.
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Articles: Energy
See the products of tomorrow, including a new DC-DC power converter developed by engineers at the Kobe University, a haptic device capable of reproducing the softness of various materials developed by EPFL researchers, and three-dimensional embroidery techniques from engineers from NC State University.
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INSIDER: Research Lab

Scientists at the University of Oregon have discovered that colonies of gelatinous sea animals swim through the ocean in giant corkscrew shapes using coordinated jet propulsion, an...

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Special Reports: Imaging
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Automotive Test & Simulation - May 2024

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Truck & Off‐Highway Engineering, learn about the latest simulation and test technologies for ADAS, autonomous...

Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
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RF & Microwave Electronics - May 2024

RF and microwave technologies are critical in a range of mil/aero applications including electronic warfare, space communications, and counter‐UAS measures. Read about the latest innovations in this...

Special Reports: Aerospace
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Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2024

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, learn how breakthroughs in materials science are enabling exciting new applications in quantum...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Engineers at MIT, Nanyang Technological University, and several companies have developed a compact and inexpensive technology for detecting and measuring lead concentrations in water,...

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White Papers: Test & Measurement
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Uniform Platform for Consistent Battery Quality to Sustain Long Range E-mobility

Batterie Inspektor™ is a flexible and scalable platform that delivers a seamless testing experience and grows with your product. This is why our customer...

Blog: Medical
Researchers have created and demonstrated a method of universalizing blood-glucose detection technology as a way of rapidly and inexpensively creating sensors that can monitor the dosing of chemotherapies and other drugs in real time.
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Q&A: RF & Microwave Electronics
NIST Physicist Franklyn Quinlan leads one of a group of teams working to shrink a table-top system of precise timing technology down to a single integrated chip. This will significantly increase the stability of timing signals used for applications such as GPS, phone and internet connections, and radar.
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INSIDER: AR/AI

While the adoption of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and collaborative robots (cobots) has increased in logistics and manufacturing industries, mobile manipulation robots (MMRs) —...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Del Costy, President and Managing Director at Siemens Digital Industries (Plano, TX), unveiled how the company is making automation easy with their first generative...

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Comau (Southfield, MI) debuted its new S-Family of small yet powerful robots at Automate 2024. The first two high-speed robots, with payloads of 13 kg and up to 18 kg,...

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

“The problem with industrial automation today is that it’s very costly, said Etienne Lacroix, CEO of Vention, the Canada-based cloud robotics company. “It’s...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Automate, the flagship educational conference and tradeshow for robotics and automation professionals, has returned to Chicago for the first time in five years. The event...

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INSIDER: Software

AFORMIC (Duncan, SC) is showcasing its latest cutting-edge autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for flexible manufacturing and warehousing during the Automate Show. The...

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5 Ws: Medical
Rice University engineers have developed the smallest implantable brain stimulator demonstrated in a human patient that could revolutionize treatment for drug-resistant depression and other psychiatric or neurological disorders.
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