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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.

Briefs: Wearables
The ultra-compact, wearable hologram sensor immediately notifies the user of volatile gas detection.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
To modernize optical storage, Purdue researchers are replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters.”
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel nanostructure produces uniquely shaped light.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The battery can withstand thousands of charge and discharge cycles and years of storage before being composted.
Products: Electronics & Computers
The SHT40 Smart Gadget comes with a humidity and temperature sensor.
Special Reports: AR/AI
Aerospace Manufacturing - August 2021

Demanding applications in the aerospace industry require products and systems that are manufactured using the latest technologies – from design and simulation, to fabrication and final testing. To help...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Perfect Optical Inline 3D Measurements

The surfaceCONTROL 3D 3500 snapshot sensor is used for inline inspection of geometry, shape and surface on diffuse reflecting surfaces such as metals, plastics and ceramics. The 3D sensor is designed...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Electroacoustic Transducers and Systems Are Not the Same as Electronic Components

This paper examines the complexity of ultrasonic and sonar sensing devices, and challenges the misconception that transducers are a commodity component that...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new pressure-sensor from MIT detects small and fast changes in pressure at the fingertip, such as from lightly rubbing fingers together.
INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) fabricated brain-inspired highly scalable neuromorphic hardware by co-integrating single transistor neurons...

INSIDER: Wearables

A study by researchers at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health shows that inexpensive and convenient devices such as silicone wristbands can be used to yield quantitative...

INSIDER: Wearables

When you pick up a balloon, the pressure to keep hold of it is different from what you would exert to grasp a jar. And now engineers at MIT and elsewhere have a way to precisely...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Ultrathin, flexible computer circuits have been an engineering goal for years, but technical hurdles have prevented the degree of miniaturization necessary to achieve high performance....

Question of the Week: Software
Could Digital Twins Be Used on ‘Any System?’

An INSIDER story this month highlighted efforts to use sensors to improve the virtual design model known as a digital twin.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

MIT researchers have designed a sharp-tipped robot finger equipped with tactile sensing to meet the challenge of identifying buried objects. Digger Finger was able to dig through granular media such as...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
RightHand Robotics combines machine vision with an intelligent gripper design to make more adaptable robots.
Briefs: Wearables
The soft, stretchy skin patch can monitor cardiovascular signals and multiple biochemical levels at the same time.
NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers
NASA’s need to contain hazardous lunar dust led to technology that senses other pollutants.
Briefs: Wearables
A triboelectric generator made of flexible circuit boards creates electricity when the wearer moves.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The Earth Imaging Spectrometer instrument is heading to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2022.
UpFront: Aerospace
NASA's Landslide Reporter, a smarter cement, and a way to track microplastics in the ocean.
Articles: Transportation
A new COVID test, a "ChromoUpdate," and NASA's brake rotor.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Material for shoe bottoms could help prevent falls in icy or slippery conditions.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
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.

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