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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: Medical
How to Integrate Thin, Flexible Force Sensors into a Portable, Wearable Device

As consumers demand devices that are smaller and sleeker, more design engineers are turning to thin, flexible sensors like FlexiForce™ sensors because of their...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
See top suppliers and manufacturers in over 20 categories, including high-speed cameras, sensors, and optical components.
White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Color Sensors for Color Detection, Sorting & Innovative Automation Tasks

Determination, measurement and detection of colors in industrial applications are complex measurement tasks. Compared to other physical quantities, it is difficult to...

Tech Talks: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Innovations in Distributed Acoustic Sensing

This Tech Talk looks at how to achieve improved distributed acoustic and vibration sensing using optical fiber with continuous, grating-enhanced backscattering. It examines how increasing the power budget of distributed optical fiber acoustic and vibration sensors can provide freedom to system...

Briefs: Motion Control
Low-voltage DC stepper and servo drives offer space-saving options for applications traditionally handled by AC servo drives.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The "ERDC" helps solve problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
An off-the-shelf USB camera captures the shadows made by hand gestures on the robot’s skin.
Articles: Aerospace
See this year's product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide.
5 Ws: Energy
The wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors.
Articles: Transportation
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Directly visualizing external stresses of plastics is useful in development of materials with improved mechanical properties.
Briefs: Lighting
This paves the way for innovative and more energy-efficient printed electronics.
Products: Test & Measurement
Power supply ICs, temperature sensors, DC-DC converters, and more.
UpFront: Imaging
How to be a NASA intern; a new ideas for moon fabrics; and NASA's need for a better rover.
Articles: Energy
Freetouch turns a smartphone into a touchscreen remote control.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Unmanned aircraft present a range of optics challenges.
Products: Photonics/Optics
Infrared lens testers, fiber optic transceivers, spectral radiometers, and more.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
To have a successful product, one must consider all the required sub-systems to deliver high-quality illumination.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical amplifier that they expect will revolutionize both space and fiber communication.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
When even your iPhone can easily become a thermal imager, today's top cameras offer better sensitivity and measurement accuracy.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
See leading manufacturers in a variety of sensor topic areas, including radar and encoders.
Blog: Energy
Forget puzzles — In the early days of quarantine, Notre Dame professor and robotics engineer Yasemin Ozkan-Aydin used the time at home to put together robots.
INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Medical sensing technology has taken great strides in recent years, with the development of wearable devices that can track pulse, brain function, biomarkers in...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Stacking extremely thin films of material on top of each other can create new materials with exciting new properties. But the most successful processes for building those...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Although measuring the electrical activity of neurons is useful in many disciplines, making durable neural interfacing brain chip implants with negligible...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Researchers have utilized two-dimensional hybrid metal halides in a device that allows directional control of terahertz radiation generated by a spintronic...

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Space Technology - October 2021

A new era of space exploration is set to begin with Artemis 1, the first in a series of increasingly complex NASA missions that will take humans back to the moon and then on to Mars. Read all about it in this...

Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
RF & Microwave Electronics - October 2021

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology and Tech Briefs, read about how advances in RF electronics are enabling new applications in satellite and...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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