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Medical Design Briefs: 2021 Technology Leaders

Learn about the medical manufacturers and cutting-edge applications that stood out in 2021.

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Test & Measurement

Compact MEMS-Based NIR Spectroscopy for Mobile Applications

This measurement technique is particularly useful for, but not limited to, samples containing organic compounds.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

New on the Market

See what's new on the market.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Reverse Vortex Ring

This mechanism improves rotordynamic stability in turbomachinery.

Briefs
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor

Potential uses include MEMS accelerometers, vibration monitoring, and other precision motion control applications.

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Design

Miniaturized Electrospray System

The technology was developed as an alternative to existing options for in-space aeroponic food production applications.

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Design

Handheld Metal Tube Straightener

The tool straightens thin, malleable 4-mm metal tubes like those used for fuel, pneumatic, or hydraulic pressurized lines.

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Design

Self-Cleaning Germicidal Door Handle

To overcome the limitations of using cleaning agents, sprays, or bulky high-cost sterilizing systems, NASA developed the Ultraviolet Germicidal Door Handle.

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Motion Control

Product Focus: Motors & Motion Control 2023

Product Focus: Motors & Motion Control 2023

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Aerospace

Laser-Light-Based Accelerometer

The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

DIY Kits Enable Users to Build Their Own Peristaltic Pumps for Microfluidics

Users can download the design files to 3D print and assemble a customizable peristaltic pump.

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Motion Control

Lightweight Crane Technology for the Moon

A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.

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Software

Top 5 Tech Briefs Quizzes of 2022

See Tech Briefs’ top-performing quizzes of 2022.

Technology & Society
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Small But Mighty: Stratospheric Microballooons

A zero-emission reusable stratospheric balloon developed by Urban Sky for remote sensing could one day be used for real-time wildfire monitoring.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Winter 2022 Resource Guide

In our summer edition of the MDB Resource Guide, learn about new cleaning requirements and find the right company to match your medical-design needs.

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Electronics & Computers

New Products and Services

New products and services for December 2022.

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Motion Control

New Capabilities for Grasp-Assisting Gloves

NASA is developing the next generation of spacesuits for future missions.

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Materials

Soft, Mechanical Metamaterials

Researchers produced a soft, mechanical metamaterial that can “think” about how forces are applied to it and respond via programmed reactions.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Product of the Month

See the Product of the Month for December 2022.

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Design

Tentacle Robot Can Grasp Fragile Objects

Researchers designed a new type of soft robotic gripper that uses a collection of thin tentacles to entangle and ensnare objects.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Shape-Shifting Materials Offer Infinite Possibilities

Researchers have developed a shape-shifting material that can take and hold any possible shape.

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Design

High-Power Electrostatic Actuators to Realize Artificial Muscles

Electrostatic actuators are simple and lightweight devices that emulate human muscles. However, their usage has primarily been restricted to moving small devices since they...

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Transportation

NYU Tandon Researchers Explore a More Frictionless Future

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Elisa Riedo and her team have discovered a fundamental friction law that is leading to a deeper understanding of energy...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Gripper Robot Can Grasp Objects from Very Fine to Large

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) announced that it has developed a gripper capable of all gripping movements, inspired by elephant trunks. It mimics how...

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Design

Tentacle Robot Can Gently Grasp Fragile Objects

If you’ve ever played the claw game at an arcade, you know how hard it is to grab and hold onto objects using robotic grippers. Imagine how much more nerve-wracking that game would be if,...

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Manned Systems

Hub-Motoring in Lordstown’s Novel Endurance

“It’s been exciting to create a new vehicle from the ground up,” Chi Yip, Lordstown Motors’ director of vehicle integration, asserted from the passenger seat, as we accelerated onto...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

The Basics Of Pressure Regulators

Learn the design elements to consider when specifying a pressure regulator with Beswick’s helpful pressure regulator guide. Several factors including operating pressure ranges for the inlet and outlet,...

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Energy

Liquid Metal Turns Motion into Electricity, Even Underwater

The soft and stretchable device converts movement into electricity and can work in wet environments.