Sensors & Test

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.

INSIDER : Test & Measurement
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders

Inspired by spiders, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor that could be used onboard...

Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders
INSIDER : Semiconductors & ICs
New Transistor Nanocrystals Are Smaller, Higher Quality, and More Efficient
New Transistor Nanocrystals Are Smaller, Higher Quality, and More Efficient

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new method for producing atomically thin semiconducting crystals that could one day enable more powerful and...

New Transistor Nanocrystals Are Smaller, Higher Quality, and More Efficient
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
WiFi-Based Technique Measures Speed and Distance of Indoor Movement
WiFi-Based Technique Measures Speed and Distance of Indoor Movement
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
WiFi-Based Technique Measures Speed and Distance of Indoor Movement
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots
Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots
A synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings
Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots
Application Briefs : Motion Control
Docking System Enables Safe Rendezvous in Space
Docking System Enables Safe Rendezvous in Space
The ESA has commissioned its industry partners to design a new docking system called the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM).
Docking System Enables Safe Rendezvous in Space
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Artificial Skin Provides Haptic Feedback
Artificial Skin Provides Haptic Feedback
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.
Artificial Skin Provides Haptic Feedback
Briefs : Data Acquisition
MMOD Impact Detection and Location
MMOD Impact Detection and Location
This system uses fiber optic strain sensing to detect and locate micrometeoroid/orbital debris.
MMOD Impact Detection and Location
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: December 2019
New on the Market: December 2019
Adhesives, flame-retardant compounds, vision measurement, and more...
New on the Market: December 2019
5 Ws : Manufacturing & Prototyping
5 Ws of EarEcho
5 Ws of EarEcho
The biometric tool uses modified wireless earbuds to authenticate smartphone users
5 Ws of EarEcho
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors (EFOS)
Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors (EFOS)

Current laser interferometry pressure pulse detection techniques use the shock-induced change in index of refraction to track detonation and/or shock fronts in a single fiber optic by reflecting laser...

Embedded Fiber Optic Sensors (EFOS)
Briefs : Aerospace
Li-ion Cell Calorimeter Makes Commercial Lithium Batteries Safer
Li-ion Cell Calorimeter Makes Commercial Lithium Batteries Safer

Innovators at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed a calorimeter that is able to measure the total heat generated when specific types of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells are...

Li-ion Cell Calorimeter Makes Commercial Lithium Batteries Safer
Briefs : Communications
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions and could transmit data for years before they need to be replaced.
Photovoltaic-Powered Sensors
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) Actuator
Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) Actuator
This technology has applications in sonar, range measuring, directional-force sensors, flow meters, and vibration/noise sensing and control.
Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) Actuator
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Adaptive Spatial Resolution Enables Focused Fiber Optic Sensing
Adaptive Spatial Resolution Enables Focused Fiber Optic Sensing
This innovation dynamically provides fast signal processing and precision measurement.
Adaptive Spatial Resolution Enables Focused Fiber Optic Sensing
Products : Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: December 2019 Tech Briefs
Product of the Month: December 2019 Tech Briefs
The GNV-720 and GNV-725 humidity temperature meters from Global Specialties feature three environmental sensors.
Product of the Month: December 2019 Tech Briefs
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot
Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot
“Cobots” allow companies of almost any size to automate processes that were previously out of reach.
Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics
The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics
Sensing technology will help to transform manufacturing floors into the connected factories of the future.
The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Algorithm Gives Robots a Faster Grasp
Algorithm Gives Robots a Faster Grasp
The algorithm speeds up the planning process that robots use to adjust their grip on objects.
Algorithm Gives Robots a Faster Grasp
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valve Position Sensor Protects Switch Boxes from Salt Environment
Valve Position Sensor Protects Switch Boxes from Salt Environment
Salty air the Dutch city of Harlingen causes exposed metal parts to corrode.
Valve Position Sensor Protects Switch Boxes from Salt Environment
Briefs : Communications
Enhanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Reader
Enhanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Reader
The reader uses a frequency multiplexer to boost its ability to accurately locate a greater number of RFID tags.
Enhanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Reader
Facility Focus : Propulsion
Facility Focus: NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Facility Focus: NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.
Facility Focus: NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Briefs : Packaging & Sterilization
Packaging for SiC Sensors and Electronics
Packaging for SiC Sensors and Electronics
This packaging provides protection for SiC sensors and electronics in harsh, hightemperature environments.
Packaging for SiC Sensors and Electronics
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Metallization for SiC Semiconductors
Metallization for SiC Semiconductors
This technology provides simultaneous ohmic contacts and the process to make them.
Metallization for SiC Semiconductors
Articles : Photonics/Optics
Products of Tomorrow: December 2019
Products of Tomorrow: December 2019
Products include an aerosol scattering sensor; metal foam; and a new coated drug capsule.
Products of Tomorrow: December 2019
Briefs : Automotive
Washable Sensor Can Be Woven Into Materials
Washable Sensor Can Be Woven Into Materials
The device could impact composites manufacturing and health monitoring.
Washable Sensor Can Be Woven Into Materials
Briefs : Defense
Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects
Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects
Briefs : Imaging
Technique Uses X-Rays to Detect Defective Computer Chips
Technique Uses X-Rays to Detect Defective Computer Chips
This method also reverse-engineers computer chips to detect the chip’s purpose.
Technique Uses X-Rays to Detect Defective Computer Chips
Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Breakthrough in Earthquake Forecasting: Floating Buoy Measures Seafloor Motion
A Breakthrough in Earthquake Forecasting: Floating Buoy Measures Seafloor Motion
New measurements could help experts guess the location and size of the next earthquake.
A Breakthrough in Earthquake Forecasting: Floating Buoy Measures Seafloor Motion
Blog : Wearables
'Direct Thermal Charging Cell' Turns Waste Heat into Power
'Direct Thermal Charging Cell' Turns Waste Heat into Power
A new charging cell wants to use low-grade heat from our industrial processes to power our devices.
'Direct Thermal Charging Cell' Turns Waste Heat into Power
Podcasts : Data Acquisition
Here's an Idea: A.I. in the Air
Here's an Idea: A.I. in the Air
Will we be able to trust autonomous drones? We explore the question in our latest episode of Here's an Idea.
Here's an Idea: A.I. in the Air