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Briefs: Imaging
The mobile phone app enables regular monitoring of glucose levels in people with diabetes.
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Briefs: Motion Control
A software makes industrial robots nimbler and almost as sensitive as human hands.
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5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Imagine a tablet or Kindle that can display braille on command for the visually impaired.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A new fabrication methodology addresses the need for a thin, double-sided circuitry board.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Vibrating transducers create tunnels in a thin layer of oil to transport droplets across a chip without leaving a trace behind.
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Briefs: Materials
A 3D-printable elastomer yields soft, elastic objects that feel like human tissue.
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Briefs: Energy
Textiles and items of clothing can be converted into e-textiles without affecting their original properties.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This combination of technologies could enable developments for many optical applications.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The camera captures pulse and respiration signals from a video of a person’s face.
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Briefs: Wearables
The technology shines through fabrics to show notifications for email messages, time, weather, or other forms of basic information.
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Briefs: Energy
The biofuel cells can power wearable electronics purely by using human sweat.
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Briefs: Energy
The device is stretchy enough to wear like a ring, a bracelet, or any other accessory that touches the skin.
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5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
About the size of a grain of sand, the flying microchip (or microflier) does not have a motor or engine.
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Q&A: Manufacturing & Prototyping
An "E-Skin" material can be printed without polymer binders.
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Briefs: Communications
The suit can be controlled with a double tap to the chest or via an app.
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Articles: Electronics & Computers
Breath-regulating garments, humidity sensors, thin-film antennas, and more.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An ultra-small actuator has nanometer-scale precision.
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Briefs: Materials
The flexible, self-healing coating protects buildings, bridges, and anything above or below the water made of steel.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home can monitor regular and irregular heartbeats without physical contact.
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Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2021 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
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Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Applications include manufacturing/assembly line tracking, industrial transportation and logistics, and healthcare.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
“Dumb” headphones are made smart by turning them into sensors.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The phased array antenna based on large-area electronics technology could enable many uses of emerging 5G and 6G wireless networks.
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5 Ws: Energy
Fibers sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun into energy that could power textile electronics.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This is a novel remote sensing instrument with myriad applications.
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Briefs: Lighting
Polymer cores redirect light from any source to solar cells.
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Briefs: Wearables
A tiny sensor chip records multiple lung and heart signals along with body movements.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.
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Briefs: Power
This practical technique uses magnetism to transmit electricity wirelessly to recharge electric cars, robots, or drones.
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