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Sensors/​Data Acquisition

This is your resource for developments in smart sensor systems and data acquisition. Browse technical briefs, articles, and white papers on advanced applications in transducer technologies, detector systems, data acquisition, and sensor-related technologies.

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White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Distributed Sensing Beyond Rayleigh Scattering Limits in Single and Multicore Fiber Waveguides

Optical fibers with enhanced scattering properties can provide distributed reflection signals beyond the limits set by Rayleigh scattering in...

Question of the Week: Unmanned Systems
Will ‘Roboats’ Catch On?

Our July issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a fleet of “roboats” that could someday transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.

The Roboat autonomous robotic boats — rectangular hulls equipped with sensors, thrusters, microcontrollers, GPS modules, cameras, and other...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Understand Radar Signals with Real-Time Analysis

The transient nature of radar pulses combined with modern pulse compression schemes often demand carefully designed test setups. This Primer will cover measurements methods, choosing your...

Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Technology: A Flexible Solution for Wearables

The market for wearable technology in healthcare is exploding.

NASA needed help accurately measuring Earth-reflected sunlight.
Aircraft may have a huge amount of data available, but this doesn’t mean it’s the right data to troubleshoot a problem.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: July 2020
Photoelectric sensors, cable connectors, power monitors, and USB3 cameras.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: July 2020 Tech Briefs
Tektronix announced new digital storage oscilloscopes.
Application Briefs: Imaging
Extended Dynamic Range Camera Imaging
New surveillance sensors are able to perform better than ever under unpredictable and dynamic lighting conditions.
Articles: Lighting
Optical In-Line VCSEL Testing
In-line testing of certain LEDs, using nanosecond pulses, will become more and more relevant with time-of-flight applications.
A new iteration of sCMOS camera technology promises even higher sensitivity than prior designs.
This work potentially opens the door to advances like more energy-efficient electronic devices.
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: July 2020
NASA's Dry Goods Delivery System, a lung-heart sensor on a chip, and more.
Researchers at Linköping University, together with colleagues in China, have developed a tiny unit that is both an optical transmitter and a receiver.
The Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat, or “HEAT," uses cameras to identify facial temperature, and adjust the room's air accordingly.
A reader asks NASA experts: How much hardware from the Curiosity rover is being used on the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover?
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Embedded Solutions Continue to Outperform Externally Mounted Sensors in Off-Highway Applications

The availability of serviceable designs for embedded sensors continue to prove themselves a more reliable solution than externally mounted...

White Papers: Medical
Challenges in Designing and Manufacturing Sensors for Robotic Surgery

The design and manufacture of a haptic feedback sensor for a robotic surgery platform entails two distinct but complementary aspects: overcoming technical obstacles of...

The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Seeables and Hearables for Fitness Feedback
Learn abut Bosch Sensortec's “Light Drive” system.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Next-Generation Non-Contact Body-Temperature Monitoring
A far infrared temperature sensor is small in size but big in performance.
Application Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: June 2020 Sensor Technology
Small Accurate Temperature Sensor

Würth Elektronik (Waldenburg, Germany) is introducing a 2.0 × 2.0 × 0.5 mm temperature sensor. Its accuracy in the measuring range of -40 to 125°C is...

Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MEMS — Smart Sensors for the IoT
Tim Brosnihan, Executive Director of SEMI’s MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), talks about the current state of the MEMS industry and trends for the future,
Technology Leaders: Internet of Things
Biodegradable and Bio-Interfacing Flexible IoT Sensors

Bio-interfacing and biodegradable flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) devices can help tackle some of the world’s great challenges including environmental degradation and food...

Combining pulse oximetry with a heart-rate monitor improves sleep monitoring accuracy.
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.

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