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.

Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
This diagnostic device allows doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Tackling Aircraft Laser Strikes from the Ground
To reduce the increasing frequency of attacks, the ground-based Laser Aircraft Strike Suppression Optical System (LASSOS) has been developed by researchers from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Mars 2020: Looking for Signs of Life in the Jezero Crater River Delta
By taking a closer look at the delta deposits on Mars, Stanford University researchers concluded that the Jezero Crater is still the best place to search for signs of life on Mars.
A team used to making pollutant-detection systems is adapting their technologies to spot coronavirus.
White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Tips for Reducing Error When Using Eddy Current Measuring Techniques

Inductive eddy current technology is an extremely versatile non-contact method for measuring an object’s position, distance, or vibration. Unaffected by environmental...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Discrete Sensors for Industrial Applications

There are many types of object detection sensors available on the market. Some of them, such as limit switches, require direct contact with the object. Others, such as proximity sensors, need to...

Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Is Anonymization the Best Way to Protect Personal Data?

A Tech Briefs reader recently asked our industry expert:

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
12 Lens Considerations for Thermal Infrared Cameras

Whether you're an engineer, a procurement agent, or in business management many things should be considered when selecting the right lenses for your thermal imager, or infrared (IR) camera....

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Algorithm Helps Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
Articles: Test & Measurement
Reimagining Robotics in a Connected World
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
Special light sources and sensors see around corners or through gauzy filters, enabling reconstruction of the shapes of unseen objects.

Even though ultrasound has been studied by scientists for many years, its capabilities in practical applications are yet to be fully harnessed.

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
RFID-Based System Enables Internet of Things
The technology could help in elder care with sensors throughout a home.
Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
Motor drivers, position sensors, offset couplings, and more.
See some of the world-changing tools and technologies launched by Caltech scientists, from earthquake monitoring to helping the blind see.
Applications include powering portable electronic devices and sensors, and harvesting waste mechanical energy for aircraft, automobile, and other transportation equipment.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: April 2020
Vision-based 3D printing, network analyzers, particulate sensors, and more.
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
As autonomous cars collect data on passing pedestrians, cyclists, and license plates, what privacy measures are in place? A reader asks.
Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Would You Use the Pedestrian Audio Wearable System (PAWS)?

Our “5Ws” article in the March issue of Tech Briefs highlights a wearable developed at Columbia University called “PAWS.” The Pedestrian Audio Wearable System detects and locates approaching cars. PAWS then warns the pedestrian in real-time by providing audio/visual feedback via...

White Papers: Data Acquisition
Looking to Learn More about Shock and Vibration Analysis?

Download the comprehensive handbook An Introduction to Shock & Vibration Response Spectra by leading vibration specialist Tom Irvine.

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Readers Select 2019 Products of the Year
The votes are in. Our readers selected top products in data acquisition, software, and ultrasonic sensing.
Perovskites

Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) recently announced a new range of perovskites, a group of materials that demonstrate great potential for optoelectronic applications....

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