Keyword: Motion Detectors

Sensors/​Data Acquisition

INSIDER: Motion Control

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University took an all-terrain vehicle on wild rides through tall grass, loose gravel, and mud to gather data about how the ATV...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Robots are good at making identical repetitive movements such as a simple task on an assembly line. But they lack the ability to perceive objects as they move through an environment. A...

Question of the Week: Wearables
Would You Wear a Microgrid?

Our April issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a wearable microgrid that powers electronics by harvesting energy from the wearer’s body. The wearable (shown here) has three components: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are...

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2022

Designing the connected battlespace of the robots that detect and alert soldiers to dangers in real time...'electronic skin' sensors capable of mimicking the dynamic process of human...

Blog: Power
The wire harness is changing as vehicles become “computers on wheels.” A reader asks how electrification impacts the wiring harness.
INSIDER: Software

Engineers at Caltech, ETH Zurich, and Harvard are developing artificial intelligence (AI) that will allow autonomous drones to use ocean currents to aid their navigation, rather...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

In efforts to limit the spread of disease while preserving privacy, an interdisciplinary research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has designed and...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Like snowflakes, no two branches are alike. They can differ in size, shape, and texture; some might be wet or moss-covered or bursting with offshoots. And yet birds can land on just...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Self-flying drones and autonomous taxis that can safely operate in fog may sound futuristic, but new research at Sandia National Laboratories’ fog facility is bringing the...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Breath-regulating garments, humidity sensors, thin-film antennas, and more.
INSIDER: Motion Control

People rarely walk at a constant speed and a single incline. We change speed when rushing to the next appointment, catching a crosswalk signal, or going for a casual stroll in the park. Slopes...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See leading manufacturers in a variety of sensor topic areas, including radar and encoders.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Eddy current displacement sensors can make measurements in harsh Industrial environments, even where pressure, dirt, or temperature fluctuations occur.
Briefs: Imaging
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A triboelectric generator made of flexible circuit boards creates electricity when the wearer moves.
Briefs: Energy
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Products: Motion Control
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Articles: Wearables
MEMS sensors have been around for a long time, but requests from the market for new applications are driving upgrades in the technology.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2021

A microwave radiation sensor offers 100,000 times greater sensitivity...Nature-inspired sensors help autonomous machines to see better...New accelerometers aid the development of Electric Vertical...

INSIDER: Wearables

A research team from National University of Singapore (NUS) has taken a first step towards improving the safety and precision of industrial robotic arms by developing a new range of...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
INSIDER: Aerospace

For planned robotic and crewed missions to the Moon and Mars, NASA is developing and testing precise landing and hazard-avoidance technologies. A combination of laser sensors, a camera, a high-speed...

Blog: Data Acquisition
New software from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) wants to predict all traffic possibilities, so that self-driving vehicles will never get into accidents.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.