Sensors & Test

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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.

Application Briefs: Imaging
The Earth Imaging Spectrometer instrument is heading to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2022.
UpFront: Sensors/Data Acquisition
NASA's Landslide Reporter, a smarter cement, and a way to track microplastics in the ocean.
Articles: Automotive
A new COVID test, a "ChromoUpdate," and NASA's brake rotor.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Briefs: Energy
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Material for shoe bottoms could help prevent falls in icy or slippery conditions.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Learn about widely used communications technologies for motion control.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applications include sensor signal conditioning in harsh conditions such as automotive, oil and gas operations, and firefighting.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The oscillator is designed for localized clock signal generation and data transmission in telemetry systems and remote sensing.
Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
WPI supports research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cybersecurity, and fire safety.
Podcasts: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This episode of our Tech Briefs podcast series Here’s an Idea™ explores a variety of new-and-improved hearing aids, from $5 “do-it-yourself” devices to advanced systems that monitor brain waves.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A self-driving algorithm guides an autonomous vehicle through a traffic scenario that many of us know well: navigating traffic on a crowded, narrow street.
On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Challenging Boundaries with Electroacoustic Technology

This 30-minute Webinar explores the universe of sound and examines electroacoustic technology that can be used in systems that detect, unearth, sense, and encounter. Electroacoustic transducers are the heart of a sensor system, whether it’s advanced sonar used by the Navy or...

White Papers: Defense
AXIS Software Development Tools

Software developers for mission-critical applications need special tools. Often, they are forced to use tools that aren’t necessarily designed to work together. Abaco’s AXIS is a full suite of integrated...

Special Reports: Connectivity
Machine Vision/Camera Advances - July 2021

Advances in cameras and image sensors are transforming the factory floor, while also enabling exciting new applications in space robotics, medicine, and more. Read all about it in this compendium of...

Briefs: Transportation
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The app detects fluid behind the eardrum using a piece of paper and a smartphone’s microphone and speaker.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Microspheres are used in wind tunnel experiments to monitor airflow, to stain biological samples, and in time-delayed drug release.
Briefs: Materials
This wearable device is placed on the skin to measure a variety of body responses, from electrical to biomechanical signals.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The system uses infrasonic acoustics for weather monitoring and for drone or UAV activity.
Briefs: Aerospace
Dangerous “butterfly” landmines can be detected using low-cost drones and infrared cameras.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Duke Engineering supports clinical ultrasound imaging, restoration of hearing by cochlear implant, megapixel photography, and metamaterials.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Briefs: Motion Control
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A robot could immediately alert a human of small changes in their surrounding environment.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Articles: Aerospace
Battery recycling, NASA's water treatment, and a wireless wearable transmitter.

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