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Explore a range of technical briefs and articles digging deep into advanced measuring instruments and devices. Find the latest developments that design engineers are using to meet their design challenges.

Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Inside the Invention of a Snore-Stopping Sleep Mask – From Idea to Prototype to Product
Inside the Invention of a Snore-Stopping Sleep Mask – From Idea to Prototype to Product
It took two and a half years, 60 prototypes, and even some of his children’s craft foam, but Curtis Ray turned his idea into invention.
Inside the Invention of a Snore-Stopping Sleep Mask – From Idea to Prototype to Product
Blog : Test & Measurement
Readers Select 2018 Products of the Year
Readers Select 2018 Products of the Year
See which three products won our 2018 Readers' Choice contest.
Readers Select 2018 Products of the Year
Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Make Your Construction Jobsite Safer and Faster with Smart Sensors
Make Your Construction Jobsite Safer and Faster with Smart Sensors

Concrete is the material most widely used by humans — after water. As its ingredients are readily available almost anywhere in the world, it is the main component used by...

Make Your Construction Jobsite Safer and Faster with Smart Sensors
Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: March 2019 Sensor Technology
New Products: March 2019 Sensor Technology

Torque Measurement System

To address the demand for a more accurate, reliable, customizable, and easy-to-use force measurement device, Interface Force Measurement Systems (Scottsdale, AZ)...

New Products: March 2019 Sensor Technology
Products : Imaging
New Products: March 2019 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: March 2019 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Machine Vision Cameras

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has introduced the Phantom® S210 and S200, 2Gpx/sec (16 Gbps) machine vision cameras. The S210 reaches 1,730...

New Products: March 2019 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
New Fast, Economical Bioimaging Technique
New Fast, Economical Bioimaging Technique

Researchers at Rensselaer Poytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed a new approach to optical imaging that makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a...

New Fast, Economical Bioimaging Technique
Application Briefs : Imaging
Measuring Aging, Fat and Water Content in Meat Products Using Hyperspectral Imaging
Measuring Aging, Fat and Water Content in Meat Products Using Hyperspectral Imaging

The consumable component of muscle tissue in meat is approximately 75% water, 20% protein, 5% fat, carbohydrate, and minerals. The proportions vary depending...

Measuring Aging, Fat and Water Content in Meat Products Using Hyperspectral Imaging
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: March 2019
New on the Market: March 2019

Controller and Datalogger

Watlow, St. Louis, MO, introduced a batch processing feature for the F4T temperature and process controller and D4T datalogger. The new feature helps collect manufacturing part...

New on the Market: March 2019
Briefs : Test & Measurement
MEMS Switch Extends Life of Cellphones

A new type of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) was developed that uses electrostatic levitation to provide a more robust system. All cellphones use MEMS switches for wireless communication, but traditionally there are just two electrodes. The switches open and close numerous times during just one hour,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Efficient Security for Cloud-Based Machine Learning
Efficient Security for Cloud-Based Machine Learning

Outsourcing machine learning is a rising trend in industry. Major tech firms have launched cloud platforms that conduct computation-heavy tasks, such as running data through a convolutional...

Efficient Security for Cloud-Based Machine Learning
Briefs : Test & Measurement
System Selectively Sequesters Toxins from Water
System Selectively Sequesters Toxins from Water

Traditional methods, such as reverse osmosis, that remove contaminants from water are expensive and energy-intensive. Researchers have developed technology to remove contaminants from water,...

System Selectively Sequesters Toxins from Water
Briefs : Materials
Delamination and Porosity in Composites and Adhesives Using Solid and Particulate Powdered Aerogel
Delamination and Porosity in Composites and Adhesives Using Solid and Particulate Powdered Aerogel

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a method that introduces solids and particulates — specifically aerogels — into composites or...

Delamination and Porosity in Composites and Adhesives Using Solid and Particulate Powdered Aerogel
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Nanoscale Pillars Act as Memory Foam
Nanoscale Pillars Act as Memory Foam

A customizable nanomaterial was developed that combines metallic strength with a foam-like ability to compress and spring back. The material can store and release mechanical energy on the nanoscale, and...

Nanoscale Pillars Act as Memory Foam
Articles : Medical
Products of Tomorrow: March 2019
Products of Tomorrow: March 2019

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: March 2019
Facility Focus : Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Facility Focus: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Since 1967, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) has been the United States’ premier particle physics laboratory, working on the world's most advanced particle accelerators...

Facility Focus: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Products : Software
Product of the Month: March 2019 Tech Briefs
Product of the Month: March 2019 Tech Briefs

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Wakefield, RI, announced Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) 2019 software for analyzing parts and assemblies. DFMA utilizes a question-and-answer interface that...

Product of the Month: March 2019 Tech Briefs
Question of the Week : Transportation
Will ‘Developable Mechanisms’ Solve Complex Tasks?

Brigham Young University engineers have created "developable mechanisms" that they hope to use in components like surgical instruments, adjustable airplane wings, robotic arms, or vehicle cylinders. Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV, to see how the flat shapes can be converted into 3D...

Articles : Test & Measurement
Accelerating SENT Troubleshooting and Debug Using an Oscilloscope
Accelerating SENT Troubleshooting and Debug Using an Oscilloscope

The SENT (Single Edge Nibble Transmission) bus continues to gain acceptance across the automotive industry and is widely used to transmit high-resolution readings from...

Accelerating SENT Troubleshooting and Debug Using an Oscilloscope
Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Use Wearables to Monitor Your UV Exposure?

Our February issue of Tech Briefs highlights a technology called My Skin Track UV. The 12 x 6 mm wearable sensor can be attached to clothing or accessories to detect sunburn and overexposure to ultraviolet light.

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: February 2019
Products of Tomorrow: February 2019

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: February 2019
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Steering-Mirror-Assisted Laser Fine Pointing
Steering-Mirror-Assisted Laser Fine Pointing

Pointing precision is a critical element of instrumentation for optical communications and ranging in space, affecting laser design, link power budgets, and SWaP. While star trackers possess...

Steering-Mirror-Assisted Laser Fine Pointing
White Papers : Sensors/Data Acquisition
When Should You Request A Custom Reflow Profile?

Solder paste composition primarily defines what reflow profile is needed for your PCB project to be successful. However, other factors such as component thermal conductivity, board thickness, and component density can make it necessary to request a custom reflow profile. Read this whitepaper from...

Blog : Test & Measurement
CES 2019 Digital Health Trends: Three 'Invisible' Technologies that Monitor the Heart
CES 2019 Digital Health Trends: Three 'Invisible' Technologies that Monitor the Heart
From CES 2019: Tech Briefs looks at three standout health-monitoring products.
CES 2019 Digital Health Trends: Three 'Invisible' Technologies that Monitor the Heart
Products : Test & Measurement
New Products: January 2019 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: January 2019 Photonics & Imaging Technology

VGA Sensor

Now available from FRAMOS (Ottawa, Canada), the Sony IMX426 Pregius™ 3rd generation Global Shutter CMOS image sensor provides 9μm pixel size and reaches VGA...

New Products: January 2019 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Decoding Multiple Frames From a Single Scattered Exposure
Decoding Multiple Frames From a Single Scattered Exposure

Engineers at Duke University have developed a way to extract a sequence of images from light scattered through a mostly opaque material — or even off a wall — from one long...

Decoding Multiple Frames From a Single Scattered Exposure
5 Ws : Test & Measurement
5 Ws of the Lead-Detection Smartphone System
5 Ws of the Lead-Detection Smartphone System

Who

Individuals needing or wanting to examine lead content in their drinking water on-demand and in virtually any environmental setting.

5 Ws of the Lead-Detection Smartphone System
Briefs : Imaging
Computed Tomography Inspection Applications in Additive Manufacturing
Computed Tomography Inspection Applications in Additive Manufacturing

The ability of additive manufacturing to manage small volumes, create complex designs, and fabricate lightweight but strong structures makes it a natural fit for aerospace...

Computed Tomography Inspection Applications in Additive Manufacturing
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Microchip Tracks Smart Pills
Microchip Tracks Smart Pills

Researchers have developed a prototype miniature medical device that could ultimately be used in smart pills to diagnose and treat diseases. A key to the new technology is that its location can be precisely...

Microchip Tracks Smart Pills
Articles : Test & Measurement
Products of Tomorrow: January 2019
Products of Tomorrow: January 2019

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: January 2019
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Exhaust Plume Analyzer

Exhaust plumes emanating from smoke stacks at power plants or other industrial facilities can have adverse impacts on local aviation during periods of calm winds. Adverse impacts can be exacerbated if the temperature is low or the atmosphere is unstable. While low oxygen concentrations and elevated temperatures inside the...

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