System Bits: July 15


Automating bridge inspections with robotics The University of Waterloo has come up with robotics that could be used in automated inspection of bridges, making sure such critical infrastructure is safe and sound. The technology promises to make bridge inspection cheaper and easier. The system collects data for defect detection and analysis through a combination of autonomous robots, cameras,... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Oct. 25


Energy-harvesting floor Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a flooring material which can be used as a triboelectric nanogenerator to convert footsteps into electricity. The method uses wood pulp, a common waste material already often used in flooring. The pulp is partly make of cellulose nanofibers, which when chemically treated produce an electrical charge when th... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: June 17


PiezoFET debuts The University of Twente MESA+ Research Institute and SolMateS have put a new twist on the finFET. A piezoelectric stressor layer has been deposited around the finFET, thereby enabling what researchers call the PiezoFET. The PiezoFET could enable steep sub-threshold slope devices. In the lab, this device was also able to reduce the leakage by a factor of five. [caption id... » read more