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Sensors & Test

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This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.
A wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain could help clinicians evaluate the healing of aneurysms.
Drones, smartphones, and sensors could provide a lifeline to the world’s growing elderly population at risk of falls.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Oxygen Sensor for Sick Infants
A mobile, wearable device the size of a Band-Aid could allow babies to leave the hospital and be monitored from home.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wireless System Powers Devices Inside the Body
The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Blood Test Detects Multiple Types of Cancer
The test can screen for numerous types of cancer with a high degree of accuracy.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Remote, Noninvasive Cardiac Activity Tracer (RENCAT)
This vibrometer has uses in analyzing spasms in humans, as a breath analyzer for diagnosis of cancer and other diseases, and as a preventative healthcare sensor.
Briefs : Aerospace
Magnetic Shield Using Proximity Coupled, Spatially Varying Superconducting Order Parameters
This magnetic shielding design can be easily incorporated into a wide range of electronic sensing applications.
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
The sensor makes it easier to detect and manage ice accumulation on aircraft wings.
In the middle ground between microwaves and visible light lies terahertz radiation, and the promise of “Tray vision.”
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
This new understanding can help chip manufacturers find ways to better diffuse the heat that leads to device damage and decreased device lifespans.
This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
This system places virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on cellphone screens and lets people interact with those objects by hand as if they were really there.
The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Breathalyzer Detects Marijuana
The device determines if a driver is under the influence of marijuana.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
3D Printing of Plastics with Electrical Circuits
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Multimaterial Fiber “Ink” for 3D-Printed Devices
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Long-Distance LADAR System and Method
The system provides three-dimensional imagery of potential threats at closer ranges.
Fiber-optic cables could help scientists study offshore earthquakes and the geologic structures hidden deep beneath the ocean surface.
Briefs : RF & Microwave Electronics
Atoms Can Receive Common Communications Signals
This atom-based receiver has the potential to be smaller and work better in noisy environments than conventional radio receivers.
Equipment-free textile detectors could be used in public health, workplace safety, military, and rescue applications.
Software portal solutions can connect legacy control systems and field devices to the cloud.
Briefs : Aerospace
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.

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