Sensors/​Data Acquisition

Transducers

You’ll find the essential developments in transducers technology including technical briefs, applications, and discussions covering piezoelectric, differential, and pressure transducers.

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A new system that brings together real-world sensing and virtual reality would make it easier for building maintenance personnel to identify and fix issues in...

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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Monitoring the success of surgery on blood vessels is challenging, as the first sign of trouble often comes too late. A new device could make it easier for doctors to monitor the success of blood vessel surgery.
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Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ron Miles and his team at Binghamton University, New York, have developed an entirely new microphone technology based on research into how spiders hear.
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INSIDER: Wearables

An international research group has engineered a novel high-strength flexible device by combining piezoelectric composites with unidirectional carbon fiber (UDCF), an anisotropic...

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

MIT researchers have developed a battery-free, self-powered sensor that can harvest energy from its environment.

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INSIDER: Test & Measurement

An inspection design method and procedure by which mobile robots can inspect large pipe structures has been demonstrated with the successful inspection of...

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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A team at ETH Zurich has developed an ultrasonically actuated glass needle that can be attached to a robotic arm. This lets them pump and mix minuscule amounts of liquid and trap particles.
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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

MIT engineers have developed a robotic replica of the heart’s right ventricle, which mimics the beating and blood-pumping action of live hearts.

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Imagine grasping a heavy object, like a pipe wrench, with one hand. You would likely grab the wrench using your entire fingers, not just your fingertips. Sensory receptors in your skin,...

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INSIDER: Data Acquisition

Robotic prosthetic ankles that are controlled by nerve impulses allow amputees to move more “naturally,” improving their stability, according to a new study from...

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Continuous monitoring of sweat can reveal valuable information about human health, such as the body’s glucose levels. However, wearable sensors previously developed for...

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Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A solar-powered wireless sensor system developed by a Drexel University team can continuously monitor bridge deformation and could be used to alert authorities if the bridge performance deteriorates significantly.
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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Extreme environments in several critical industries — aerospace, energy, transportation, and defense — require sensors to measure and monitor numerous factors...

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Articles: Test & Measurement
With the advent of lower-cost robots that are easier and cheaper to deploy, collaborative robots or cobots are finding new industrial and consumer applications.
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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A self-navigating, cargo-carrying sailboat designed by a team of Rice University engineering students could be a sustaining link for Marines hunkered down on shore during war. The...

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INSIDER: Test & Measurement

Extreme miniaturization of infrared (IR) detectors is critical for their integration into next-generation consumer electronics, wearables and ultra-small satellites. Thus far, however, IR detectors have...

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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Researchers at Oxford University have used a sapphire optical fiber – a thread of industrially grown sapphire less than half a millimeter thick – that can withstand...

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Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Would You Wear a Microgrid?

Our April issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a wearable microgrid that powers electronics by harvesting energy from the wearer’s body. The wearable (shown here) has three components: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The wire harness is changing as vehicles become “computers on wheels.” A reader asks how electrification impacts the wiring harness.
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Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
See leading manufacturers in a variety of sensor topic areas, including radar and encoders.
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INSIDER: Materials

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a soft, stretchy skin patch that can be worn on the neck to continuously track blood pressure and...

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INSIDER: Wearables

Scientists around the world are working to develop electronic skins that attach to the body and monitor vital signs. These E-skins need to be comfortable, breathable, and flexible for...

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INSIDER: Medical

A research team from National University of Singapore (NUS) has taken a first step towards improving the safety and precision of industrial robotic arms by developing a new range of...

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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

The performance of flexible large-area organic photodiodes has advanced to the point that they can now offer advantages over conventional silicon photodiode...

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INSIDER: Data Acquisition

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have invented a miniature superconducting thermometer with big potential applications, such as monitoring the...

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INSIDER: Data Acquisition

Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed the world’s smallest ultrasound detector. Based on...

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INSIDER: Wearables

Researchers at the University of Houston report that they have designed and produced a smart electronic skin and a medical robotic hand capable of assessing vital diagnostic...

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Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This month: Sensors that measure weather, proximity, pH, and more.
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Briefs: Energy

Researchers have created wearable technology to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. It presents a step toward the practical realization of self-powered, human-integrated technologies.

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Webcasts

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Upcoming Webinars: Test & Measurement

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Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

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Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Webinars: Medical

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