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.

This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Special light sources and sensors see around corners or through gauzy filters, enabling reconstruction of the shapes of unseen objects.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
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 : Test & Measurement
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.
The technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.
Briefs : Medical
Blood Test Detects Multiple Types of Cancer
The test can screen for numerous types of cancer with a high degree of accuracy.
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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printing of Plastics with Electrical Circuits
This innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, and biomedical devices.
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.
This atom-based receiver has the potential to be smaller and work better in noisy environments than conventional radio receivers.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Threads Detect Gases When Woven into Clothing
Equipment-free textile detectors could be used in public health, workplace safety, military, and rescue applications.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Modern Software Links Legacy Systems
Software portal solutions can connect legacy control systems and field devices to the cloud.
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
The robot is built entirely from smaller robots and can form a robophysical system that can move by itself.
The ultra-fast method analyzes a wider range of materials than current thermal-based detection systems.
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Ultrasensitive Vapor Detection System
This technology quickly and accurately identifies explosives, deadly chemicals, and illicit drugs.

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