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Sensors & Test

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Briefs: Nanotechnology
Printable Chemical Nanosensor
This integrated nanosensor is printed on a daughter board using 3D printing techniques.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
The stretchable sensor has applications in environmental monitoring and healthcare.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Split-Ring Torque Sensor
This optical-based device measures position, velocity, and torque.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Sensing Magnetic Fields
Applications include detection of explosives, navigation, and aerospace altitude sensing.
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Capabilities for Grasp-Assisting Gloves
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Sensitive Optical Receivers for Space
This concept could help break through the present-day data-return bottleneck in deep space missions.
Briefs: Materials
Material for Wearable Biosensors
Electrospinning is used to make porous silicone that allows sweat to evaporate.
The method could be key to designing more efficient batteries for specific uses such as electric cars and airplanes.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Compact Infrared Spectrometer
This device fits on a computer chip but can analyze infrared light in the same way as a conventional spectrometer.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Wafer-Scale Membrane Release Process
This process fabricates thin dielectric membranes with high mechanical yields.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Kodiak 3D LiDAR
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
This system treats light-responsive disorders or deficits such as eating disorders, sleep problems, hormone-sensitive cancers, and cardiovascular disorders.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Method Makes Computer Memory from Titanium Oxide
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Device Measures Cortisol in Sweat
This patch offers noninvasive and continuous monitoring of various biomarkers for a range of physiological conditions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Supercapacitor Based on Manganese Oxide
This supercapacitor promises storage, high power, and fast charging.
The system turns faces into thermostats, providing more comfort with less energy.
This simple and inexpensive design achieves high-quality ozone measurements.
The system enables measurement of active or passive microstrip line devices with DC probing capability.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Supercool Mini-Thermometer
Applications include monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Handheld Device Measures Cancer Biomarkers

Researchers have created the prototype for a handheld device to measure a biomarker for cancer. The device works much like the monitors that people with diabetes use to test their blood-sugar levels...

The device could reduce the need for painful biopsies by 50 percent.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Pill-Sized Heating Device for Diagnostic Testing
Combined with smartphone technology, the device becomes a portable system that can track, monitor, and diagnose infections.
This system provides low-cost monitoring for machine health with audio-based artificial intelligence.
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
The mobile system could reduce healthcare workers’ exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Upper Body Robotic Exoskeleton
This lightweight, portable garment is designed for active shoulder and elbow positioning.

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