Sensors/​Data Acquisition

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

The design could contribute to various applications in the robotics field such as smart prosthetics and human-robot interaction.
Color changes of gold nanoparticles under the skin reveal concentration changes of substances in the body.
Researchers at KU Leuven have succeeded for the first time in measuring brain waves directly via a cochlear implant.
Recent advances could make it feasible to deploy networks of methane sensors to detect this greenhouse gas at large facilities.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Better Way to Measure Acceleration
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smartphone-Based Medical Tests
A smartphone, combined with nanoscale porous silicon, enables inexpensive, simple, home diagnostics.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Nanosized Foldable Robots
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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...

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.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
WiFi RSSI Sensor Tracker for the ISS
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.
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.
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
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.

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

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

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