Test & Measurement

Measuring Instruments

Explore a range of technical briefs and articles digging deep into advanced measuring instruments and devices. Find the latest developments that design engineers are using to meet their design challenges.

Articles: Electronics & Computers
CEO Keith Moore tells Tech Briefs about the unique challenges facing testing engineers in aerospace.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Articles: Imaging
With an optical microscope, spectra can be acquired from a sample area smaller than a micron.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Learn about a membrane-free, broadband microphone for the highest ultrasound frequencies.
Products: Imaging
Automotive camera monitors, curved CMOS sensors, fiber lasers, and more.
Briefs: AR/AI
Researchers are using a standard RGB digital camera to accurately monitor soil moisture.
Articles: Energy
Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have identified the primary cause of failure in a state-of-the-art lithium-metal battery.
Articles: Test & Measurement
An R&D project indirectly leads to potentially greater power density, EV range, and battery life.
NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
NASA’s need to contain hazardous lunar dust led to technology that senses other pollutants.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
The Earth Imaging Spectrometer instrument is heading to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2022.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Microspheres are used in wind tunnel experiments to monitor airflow, to stain biological samples, and in time-delayed drug release.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The system uses infrasonic acoustics for weather monitoring and for drone or UAV activity.
Briefs: Software
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Question of the Week: Test & Measurement
Will Mobile Radar Replace the Stethoscope?

Our June issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a radar system that enables touch-free monitoring of heart sounds. A significant advantage offered by radar, according to the system’s inventors, is the fact that the values are recorded digitally and are thus not subjective, allowing human error to be...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

After the optical frequency comb made its debut as a ruler for light, spinoffs followed, including the “astrocomb” to measure starlight and a radar-like comb system to...

Special Reports: AR/AI
Smart Factory/IIoT - June 2021

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, connectivity, controls, and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Products: Semiconductors & ICs
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Researchers at KU Leuven have succeeded for the first time in measuring brain waves directly via a cochlear implant.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ultra-thin piezoresistive sensors can be used in both R&D and as embedded components to develop safer, longer-lasting lithium-ion battery technologies.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Applications include remote sensing, laser spectroscopy, and gas analysis.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New autonomous robotic devices can survey hazardous or difficult-to-reach sites faster than humans.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The software could help reduce cost and waste for companies using additive manufacturing to mass-produce parts in factories.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Mobile radar devices could replace standard stethoscopes.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
A smartphone, combined with nanoscale porous silicon, enables inexpensive, simple, home diagnostics.

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