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3D Tactile Sensors Detect Pressure as well as Touch Position

By Elizabeth Montalbano | August 28, 2017

Researchers have developed a 3D tactile sensor that can detect an unprecedented range of pressures and generate an electrical signal based on the actions of touch, giving it great potential for use in touchscreens and other next-generation device technology, they said.

10 Up-and-Coming Hybrids for 2018

By Charles Murray | August 25, 2017


3D-Printed Artificial Bones Aimed at Replacing Surgery

By Elizabeth Montalbano | August 25, 2017

Bone replacements for people that need them may soon become safer and more effective thanks to stronger artificial bones that can be fabricated using a new 3D-printing design.

Neurable Wants to Let You Control Any Device With Your Mind

By Chris Wiltz | August 24, 2017

Despite the large crowd it drew, Neurable's booth setup at SIGGRAPH 2017 earlier this year was pretty simple. There were no handheld controllers, mice, motion trackers, or keyboards, no HP Z Backpack computers, no robots ... just a chair, a screen, and a modified HTC Vive VR headset. The game on the screen also looked simple enough, tasking players with picking up and manipulating toys and other objects to escape a room they were trapped in.

High-Performance Lithium-Ion Battery Created Using Recycled Glass Bottles

By Elizabeth Montalbano | August 24, 2017
glass bottle battery

Waste glass bottles are turned into nanosilicon anodes using a low-cost chemical process.

3D Printing Secured Using Three-Layer System That Ensures Components Aren’t Compromised

By Elizabeth Montalbano | August 23, 2017

A research team has developed a security system for additive manufacturing processes to help protect them against possible cyberattacks, as well as to ensure the overall integrity of the components produced by 3D-printing methods.

Do IoT Applications Need Intelligent Sensors?

By Charles Murray | August 23, 2017

Internet of Things (IoT) applications can be complex, and many engineers are now searching for better ways to deal with the massive amounts of data coming from IoT sensors.

For many, the choice of a computing architecture is critical. They can employ a centralized model, where they send mountains of raw data to the cloud, or can they use an edge-based model, where they place electronic intelligence at the sensor.

The Advantages of Embedded FPGA for Aerospace and Defense

By Geoff Tate | August 22, 2017

Market research reports show that 10% or more of all FPGAs are used by military and aerospace systems. Clearly FPGA provides major advantages in the flexibility to adapt to changing standards and mission-critical requirements, which is essential for systems that may be in design for years and deployed for a decade or more. However, FPGA chips suffer some significant shortcomings, particularly for aerospace/defense applications. For example:

Study Says Autonomous Cars Could Impact US Jobs

By Charles Murray | August 22, 2017

A new government study predicts that about one in nine US workers will be affected “to varying degrees” by the eventual emergence of automated vehicles.

Machine Learning and AI at the IoT Edge

By Rob Spiegel | August 21, 2017

As the world of internet devices expands, many devices are being created to process data on their own. These intelligent IoT devices do more than simply collect and mindlessly deliver data. Many are able to process data on the spot rather than send it to the cloud for analysis. Whether in industry, aerospace, or even in your car, IoT devices are beginning to effectively analyze diverse sets of data to produce value in real-time – at the edge.