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Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Can Courtesy Be Programmed Into Self-Driving Cars?

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

On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition
LiDAR Technology Advancements and Market Trends

LiDAR appears to be the fastest moving of all automated-vehicle hardware development efforts. By some estimates, there are more than 80 companies currently developing LiDAR for passenger- and commercial-vehicle applications, and many boast of having superior proprietary technology. After...

White Papers: Motion Control
Kit Encoders: New Technologies for a Dynamically Changing Market

Closed-loop motion control systems use feedback to ensure the precise positioning of mechanical components. Self-contained position sensors, such as rotary encoders, can do a...

The material was designed specifically for biomedical or wearable technologies, since sweat and volatile organic compounds evaporate away from the skin.
Bioactive inks printed on wearable textiles can map conditions over the entire surface of the body.
An A/C alternative, AI that sharpens blurry images, and a NASA energy harvester.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA John C. Stennis Space Center
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Technologies Interpret Mood from the Skin
Smart devices measure electrical signals from the skin, indicating stress levels and emotions.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Quantum Sensor Enables Wide Spectral Coverage
The sensor could provide a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency from 1 to 100 GHz.
Laser light induces ultrasonic vibrations in a sample that can be used to image cells, blood vessels, and tissues.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Force/Torque Sensor Helps Rover Sample Mars
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Applications include high-speed communications, networking, and sensing.
This technique can be used by people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
This method of machine learning could make communications in the unlicensed bands much more efficient.
Pop-up miniature electronics based on the Japanese art of kirigami can be repeatedly compressed.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Quantum Error Correction Method
This method provides a key step toward quantum computers, sensors, and distributed quantum information.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Tunable, Chip-Based, Vortex Microlaser and Detector
This system encodes information in twisting beams of light.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cost-Effective Printed Sensors for the IoT/IIoT
With accelerated time from design to production, specialized foil sensor arrays will be expanding to many new areas.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Windows Self-Illuminate on Rainy Days
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
Application Briefs: Software
Using the IoT for Predictive Maintenance
Predictive maintenance is poised to become much more widely adopted, and that will help to boost productivity in a time when we really need it.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
A remote forest fire detection and alarm system is powered by nothing but the movement of trees in the wind.
Choosing the right battery will save trouble and expense in the long run.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Ultrasonic Sensors Support New Industrial Applications
These sensors will improve autonomous technologies in the industrial environment, like AGVs or forklifts.
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Engineers 3D-Print Sensors Onto Moving Organs
Designed to assist in robotic surgeries, biomedical devices can be printed in and on the human body.
A new type of motion capture technology accurately tracks an athlete during the push start phase of performance.
University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.

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