Tech Briefs

Sensors & Test

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on sensors and test, from engineering experts at NASA and government, university, and commercial laboratories.

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Recent advances could make it feasible to deploy networks of methane sensors to detect this greenhouse gas at large facilities.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A Better Way to Measure Acceleration
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
A smartphone, combined with nanoscale porous silicon, enables inexpensive, simple, home diagnostics.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanosized Foldable Robots
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Air-Powered Robot Needs No Electronics
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
These tiny detectors could record characteristics of light such as color, polarity, and angle.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Large Integrated Circuits Produced in a Printing Press
Complete integrated circuits with more than 1,000 organic electrochemical transistors can be screen-printed.

The promise of personalized medicine involves a simple device that keeps each person apprised of their level of health, identifies even trace amounts of undesirable biomarkers...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Fully Recyclable Printed Electronics
Nearly 100% of all-carbon-based transistors are reclaimed while retaining future functionality of the materials.
The device, powered by ultrasound waves, could help doctors monitor the health of transplanted organs and provide early warning of potential transplant failure.
This software could also be used for indoor navigation assistance for the visually impaired.
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Movements of individual particles of light are reconstructed to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Radar Enables Touch-Free Monitoring of Heart Sounds
Mobile radar devices could replace standard stethoscopes.
Artificial intelligence is used to decode X-ray images faster, which could aid innovations in medicine, materials, and energy.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Swimming Living Robots Can Self-Train
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Applications include remote sensing, laser spectroscopy, and gas analysis.
The software could help reduce cost and waste for companies using additive manufacturing to mass-produce parts in factories.
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The software automatically checks mission operations logs.
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
The wearable prototype can stream, in real time, an identifying signature based on the electrical activity of a person's heart.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Paper-Based Sensor Detects COVID-19 in Minutes
The electrochemical sensor can detect the presence of the virus in less than five minutes.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Ultra-Sensitive Flow Microsensors
The sensors could be used in medical applications such as neuroscience and metabolism processes.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
System Helps Drones Detect and Avoid Power Lines
This technology provides drones sufficient time and distance to react, avoid wires, and navigate follow-on maneuvers.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Chip Delivers COVID-19 Test Results on a Smartphone
Programmed magnetic nanobeads are used to detect the virus in 55 minutes or less.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Device Measures Toxic Lead in Minutes
The portable lab-on-a-chip detects many contaminants in water supplies.
A flexible, free-standing THz sensor array images blind ends of irregularly shaped objects.