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.

The wearable prototype can stream, in real time, an identifying signature based on the electrical activity of a person's heart.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Paper-Based Sensor Detects COVID-19 in Minutes
The electrochemical sensor can detect the presence of the virus in less than five minutes.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ultra-Sensitive Flow Microsensors
The sensors could be used in medical applications such as neuroscience and metabolism processes.
This technology provides drones sufficient time and distance to react, avoid wires, and navigate follow-on maneuvers.
Programmed magnetic nanobeads are used to detect the virus in 55 minutes or less.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Device Measures Toxic Lead in Minutes
The portable lab-on-a-chip detects many contaminants in water supplies.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
I/O Module Enables Remote Data Capture
See how makers of an automated truck wash system added a monitoring option for customers.
Rutgers researcher Xiaoran Fan developed a "HeadFi" method that uses ordinary headphones as sensors.
Products: Data Acquisition
Product of the Month: May 2021 Tech Briefs
A smart temperature transmitter delivers measurements via Bluetooth.
A flexible, free-standing THz sensor array images blind ends of irregularly shaped objects.

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Carbon-Based Air Quality Sensor
This affordable, scalable sensor could be a vital tool in the fight against air pollution and its associated health risks.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Pollen-Based Paper Bends and Curls in Response to Humidity
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Turning Diamond into Metal
Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
5 Ws of Robot Healthcare Helpers
A research team programmed two robots — a humanoid figure and a robotic arm — to measure human physiological signals.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Passive Polarized Fiber Optic Sensing
This technique has applications in strain, temperature, pressure, vibration, and acoustic sensing.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Hybrid Propellant Formulation Uses Graphene Foams
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Extreme Low-Frequency Hydrophone
Applications include monitoring of earthquakes and tsunamis as well as manmade infrasonic sources such as boats.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
New on the Market: May 2021
Cable ties, milling software, snap-action switches, and more.
Special Reports: Materials
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

The miniaturized detector mimics the process dogs use to detect cancer and other diseases by smell.
Wearable gas sensors being developed at the Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) display an instantaneous visual holographic alarm.
White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
From Concept to Complete OEM Sensor Solution

In many applications requiring force, load, pressure, or torque measurements, however you may not have the ability to install a standard off-the-shelf sensor due to space considerations or costly...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Leveraging Magnetic Sensitivity for Better Device Design

Understanding the role and behavior of digital magnetic sensors and sensitivity is essential in order to achieve cost-effective design of electronic applications within major markets...

“Tango delta. Touchdown confirmed. Perseverance safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the signs of past life.” For more than six years, the...

Two-dimensional (2D) materials have a huge potential for providing devices with much smaller size and extended functionalities with respect to what can be achieved with...

In collaboration with groups from China and the United States, a research team from TU Wien set out to find the optimal heat conductor. They finally found what they were...

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