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.

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Fabric Detects and Collects Space Dust
A smart fiber being tested on the International Space Station could be used to develop space dust telescopes and allow astronauts to feel through their pressurized suits.
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
The sensor is suitable for both overt and covert applications, and can detect multiple and variable targets.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Split-Ring Torque Sensor
This optical-based device measures position, velocity, and torque.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: RF & Microwave Electronics
Sensitive Optical Receivers for Space
This concept could help break through the present-day data-return bottleneck in deep space missions.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Material for Wearable Biosensors
Electrospinning is used to make porous silicone that allows sweat to evaporate.
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
This patch offers noninvasive and continuous monitoring of various biomarkers for a range of physiological conditions.
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.
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.
The device can translate expressions into emojis or silent speech commands.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tactile Robot Finger with No Blind Spots
This robotic finger has a highly precise sense of touch over a complex, multi-curved surface.
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

Briefs: Imaging
High-Resolution X-Ray Camera System
The system has applications in X-ray spectroscopy, pump probes, and molecule imaging.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
3D X-Ray Imager for 3D Object Retrieval
Applications include characterizing additively manufactured components and baggage screening.

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