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The Three Rs of Analog Position Sensor-Based Mechanical Measurements

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35681
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Those of us old enough to remember the “good old days” recall that grade school focused on learning the 3 R's: reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithametic. In the world of sensors, there are also 3 R's: Repeatability, Resolution, and Response. As important as these sensor parameters are, there is often confusion in the mind of users about exactly what they mean and in what ways they tend to interact with each other. This article will attempt to explain the 3 R's for position sensors and dispel any confusion that might exist.

Implantable Cancer Traps Could Provide Earlier Diagnosis, Help Monitor Treatment

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35628
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Invasive procedures to biopsy tissue from cancer-tainted organs could be replaced by simply taking samples from a tiny “decoy” implanted just beneath the skin, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated in mice.

Changing How the Aerospace Industry Makes Parts

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35684
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Technology that increases production rates and part quality, while reducing setup times and costs, is seeing a surge in demand within the aerospace sector as the commercial aircraft backlog continues to grow.

Bioelectronic Implant Could Prevent Opioid Deaths

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35630
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers are developing a novel, implantable device that can sense the effects of a potentially fatal level of ingested opioids and then automatically and immediately deliver a life-saving dose of naloxone.

MMOD Impact Detection and Location

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35686
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Determination of micrometeoroid/ orbital debris (MMOD) impact on orbiting spacecraft currently requires visual inspection. For human-rated spacecraft such as the International Space Station (ISS) and previously, the Space Shuttle Orbiter, this has required crew time as well as vehicle assets to identify damage due to MMOD strikes. For unmanned spacecraft, there are no human assets present to conduct detailed surveys to ascertain potential damage.

Potassium-Oxygen Battery Stores Clean Energy

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35692
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery. The battery could make renewable energy sources like solar and wind more viable options for the power grid through cheaper, more efficient energy storage.

Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35690
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations, and geological terrain. Until now, scientists believed that radar accuracy and resolution are related to the range of frequencies or radio bandwidth used by the devices. A new approach inspired by optical coherence tomography (OCT) requires little to no bandwidth to accurately create a high-resolution map of a radar's surrounding environment. The new technology has numerous applications, especially with respect to the automotive industry.

Products of Tomorrow: December 2019

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35707
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

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 innovation.

Innovators Recognized for Creating the Future 2019

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35721
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. In the past 17 years, the annual contest has drawn more than 14,000 product design ideas from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide.

The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35609
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

At one time, robotics was considered more science fiction than reality. That's changing. Today, robots are increasingly playing a role in our everyday lives. They're zooming around our homes to pick up dust, helping surgeons perform operations with even more precision, sniffing out suspicious packages for law enforcement, and on the factory floor, they're performing all kinds of tasks for automotive, electronics, and industrial manufacturing companies.