Sensors

Detecting Contaminants in Water

Many organic contaminants in the air and in drinking water need to be detected at very low-level concentrations. Research published by the laboratory of Prashant V. Kamat, the John A. Zahm Professor of Science at the University of Notre Dame, could be beneficial in detecting those contaminants.

Posted in: Environmental Monitoring, Metals, Sensors, Detectors, Semiconductors & ICs, News

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Rotary Sensing Technologies for Medical and Robotic Shaft Angle Sensing Applications

This technical brief provides an overview of existing types of rotary sensor technologies, and compares the strengths and weaknesses of each type for use as through-hole shaft angle sensing devices. Today’s sensor technologies for robotic and medical applications include many devices that have evolved from industrial applications. Because of this general migration, they are not ideally suited to the requirements in new robotic and medical products. Specifically, conventional contacting and non-contacting sensing solutions do not offer the customization, small package size(s), and environmental and durability requirements that are so necessary in these custom applications.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Positioning Equipment, Sensors, Medical, Robotics, Briefs, MDB

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Sensor System Spurs Biofuel Production

University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed a genetic sensor that enables bacteria to adjust their gene expression in response to varying levels of key intermediates for making biodiesel. As a result, the microbes produced three times as much fuel. The sensor-regulator system could eventually make advanced biofuels cheaper.

Posted in: Sensors, Biomass, Renewable Energy, News

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Insect Biochemistry & Generating Electricity

Touted as possible first responders, insect cyborgs could be the research community's next big breakthrough. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have discovered that an insect's internal chemicals can be converted to electricity - potentially providing power to sensors and recording devices.

Posted in: Environmental Monitoring, Sensors, Transducers, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News

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Sensors For Use In Aerospace, Military and Industrial Markets

The force balance sensor is intended for DC and low frequency acceleration measurements, such as those encountered in the motion of vehicles, aircraft and ships. These sensors are capable of measuring levels from as low as 0.0001g up to 200g’s over a frequency range from DC to 1000Hz. In addition, due to their inherent sensitivity to gravity, the force balance accelerometers with certain modifications or special features become excellent instruments for measuring angles of inclination. This type of sensor, often referred to as an inclinometer is useful in applications such as platform leveling, pipeline leveling, gun sight control, borehole mapping and other low level seismic measurement applications.

Posted in: Sensors, White Papers

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Brain Sensing Technology Provides Real-Time Diagnosis

Portable system identifies, assesses, and monitors cerebral abnormalities, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and sports concussion.Every 21 seconds, someone suffers a serious brain injury, including stroke, trauma, or concussion. Until now, there has been no way to quickly and reliably diagnose these calamities.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Treatment Devices, Sensors, Software, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Briefs, MDB

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Miniature Atom-Based Magnetic Sensor

This invention was demonstrated to successfully track a human heartbeat.Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the German national metrology institute have used a miniature atom-based magnetic sensor to successfully track a human heartbeat, confirming the device’s potential for biomedical applications.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Sensors, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Diagnostics, Briefs, MDB

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