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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.

A new type of motion capture technology accurately tracks an athlete during the push start phase of performance.
Learn how to obtain large signals from hyperspectral imagers.
The COVID crisis is propelling the camera industry toward disruptive transformation.
High-temp infrared emitter, single-frequency SWIR lasers, hazard testing systems, and more.
Real-time terahertz imaging with a single-pixel detector.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: September 2020 Tech Briefs
InnoSenT introduced the IMD-3000 radar system as an alternative to pushbutton switches.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Laser Technology Assesses Cancer Cells
Laser light induces ultrasonic vibrations in a sample that can be used to image cells, blood vessels, and tissues.
Pop-up miniature electronics based on the Japanese art of kirigami can be repeatedly compressed.
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.
In place of flat breadboards, 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.
This technology provides rapid results, improving hospital workflow and patient care.
This eye-on-a-chip can help treatment of dry eye disease.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Clang! Robots Detect Objects By Sound
Carnegie Mellon researcher Lerrel Pinto wants to prove that sound can be a valuable asset for robots.
Deciding between edge computing and cloud computing? Make sure to consider these four major factors, says our industry expert.
White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Making Sense of Sensors

LiDAR scanners are critical components for autonomous vehicles and serve as a key input into current onboard systems such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), collision avoidance systems, traffic sign recognition, blind...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smaller, Faster, More Accurate: How Advances in Rotary Encoder Technologies are Revolutionizing the Sensing Industry

As motion control systems have grown in complexity, the need has expanded for sensors to measure the many shaft rotations...

A reader asks: How can self-driving car manufacturers guarantee safety when snow, ice, or mud impair a vision system?
Dr. James Rees is spending the time in his lab testing sensors made from bacteria.
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...

A team of Brown University physicists has developed a new type of compact, ultra-sensitive magnetometer, 20 times more sensitive than many traditional sensors. The...

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have made it possible to remotely determine the temperature beneath the surface of certain materials using a new technique they call depth...

In a potential breakthrough in wearable sensing technology, researchers from Cornell and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have designed a wrist- mounted device that continuously tracks...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Valve Leakage Detection in Industrial Pumps

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: August 2020
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
Video can be recreated from motion-blurred images and new cameras may someday retrieve 3D data from 2D medical images.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Strain Sensor Using Light Transmittance
This technology shows potential for the detection of subtle human motions and the real-time monitoring of body postures for healthcare applications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nanosensors for Real-Time Plant Health Monitoring
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Portable Tool Analyzes Microbes in the Environment
This device could be used to find threats to ecosystems.

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