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Browse extensive resources on the advances in Sensor and Test technologies. Find applications for smart sensor systems, data acquisition, transducers, detector systems plus the latest in advanced measuring instruments and monitoring systems, devices and instrumentation.

Briefs: Nanotechnology
Solid-State Carbon Dioxide Sensor
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Imitating Human Hands to Make Better Sensors
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Articles: Automotive
CEO Keith Moore tells Tech Briefs about the unique challenges facing testing engineers in aerospace.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Products: Imaging
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Water-sensing smartphone screens, a NASA-developed RF switch, and an ultrasound patch.
Articles: Imaging
A new high-speed sensor pushes the boundaries in light-starved conditions.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Learn about a membrane-free, broadband microphone for the highest ultrasound frequencies.
Products: Test & Measurement
Automotive camera monitors, curved CMOS sensors, fiber lasers, and more.
Briefs: AR/AI
Researchers are using a standard RGB digital camera to accurately monitor soil moisture.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have identified the primary cause of failure in a state-of-the-art lithium-metal battery.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These tactile imaging sensors can measure pressure distribution without using pressure-sensitive materials.
5 Ws: Semiconductors & ICs
The durable soft electronics could be used in wearable electronics and soft robotics and could someday be part of a stretchable smartphone.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
An atom-based sensor can determine the direction of an incoming radio signal.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These antennas dramatically increase the amount of information that can be simultaneously transmitted by a coherent light source.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot can walk, run, jump, and interact with the environment in synchrony with a human operator.
Briefs: Motion Control
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The wearable antenna bends, stretches, and compresses without compromising function.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel nanostructure produces uniquely shaped light.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The battery can withstand thousands of charge and discharge cycles and years of storage before being composted.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The SHT40 Smart Gadget comes with a humidity and temperature sensor.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Learn how to fix one of the more annoying problems in display imaging.
Articles: Imaging
With an optical microscope, spectra can be acquired from a sample area smaller than a micron.
Articles: Software
An R&D project indirectly leads to potentially greater power density, EV range, and battery life.
Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - September 2021

An automated CT system “sees” deep inside electronics to spot hidden defects...a NASA moon mission spinoff now monitors forest fire emissions...a novel way to test bonded structures in critical...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This method is a faster way to manufacture combustion chambers and nozzles for aerospace propulsion as well as heat exchangers in oil and gas applications.
Special Reports: Aerospace
Aerospace Manufacturing - August 2021

Demanding applications in the aerospace industry require products and systems that are manufactured using the latest technologies – from design and simulation, to fabrication and final testing. To help...

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