Browse extensive resources on the advances in Sensor and Test technologies. Find applications for smart sensor systems, data acquisition, transducers, detector systems plus the latest in advanced measuring instruments and monitoring systems, devices and instrumentation.

NASA Spinoff: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Autonomous Drone Navigation System Ends Reliance on GPS
NASA's UAS traffic management expertise leads to advances in drone navigation.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
“One-Way” Electronic Devices
These non-reciprocal devices on a compact chip pave the way for applications from two-way wireless to quantum computing.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: October 2020
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
This method integrates 3D plasmonic nanoarrays onto stickers that adhere to any surface.
This approach could engineer quantum materials atom-by-atom for new electronic, magnetic, and sensing applications.
A nanoLED has up to 1,000 times the brightness of conventional submicron-sized LEDs.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wavy Surfaces for Better Light Control
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: October 2020 Motion Design
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Torque Limiters 101: Benefits, Types, and Comparisons
Torque limiters protect against damage and downtime caused by machine overloads.
For nearly 50 years, engineers in the electronics, aerospace, defense, medical device, and transportation industries have relied on Parylene coatings.
Special Reports: Aerospace
Aerospace & Defense - October 2020

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, you'll learn about NASA's return to the moon with Apollo's twin sister Artemis, how autonomous...

Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Combined Optical Transmitter and Receiver
The tiny unit is significant for the miniaturization of optoelectronic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Measuring Optical Null Lens Aberrations
This method can be used in astronomy, surveillance, and optics manufacturing.
The response time of kinetic inductance bolometers can be greatly enhanced by electrothermal feedback for devices that are both sensitive and speedy.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Testing Swarming Drones
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Custom Gimbal for JHU-APL Shows Promise for Others
See how Blue Joule developed and delivered the Mini Mount (MM) Gimbal to Johns Hopkins University.
Special Reports: Wearables
Electronics Innovations - October 2020

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Tech Briefs magazine, discover how advances in electronic components are enabling game-changing applications in mobile healthcare/wearables, autonomous...

Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed the world’s smallest ultrasound detector. Based on...

The proliferation and miniaturization of electronics in devices, wearables, medical implants, and other applications has...

INSIDER: Internet of Things
2D Materials for Extra Thin Computer Chips

For a long time, something important has been regularly neglected in electronics. If you want to make electronic components smaller and smaller, you also need the right insulator materials. This...

Researchers at the University of Houston report that they have designed and produced a smart electronic skin and a medical robotic hand capable of assessing vital diagnostic...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Things You Should Know About Cartridge Heaters

Backer Hotwatt cartridge heaters can provide high heat in the smallest of spaces. Learn the benefits of cartridge heaters and how to obtain effective heat transfer and long life. Available for...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Implantable Medical Devices: a Clinical Approach to Designing Preclinical Studies

Implantable medical devices are being increasingly used in both established and novel clinical applications. Given their invasive nature, such devices are...

Question of the Week: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Do Software Advancements Make You Feel Safe in an Autonomous Vehicle?

Our lead story today features self-driving car software that prevents accidents by understanding and anticipating safe traffic behaviors.

White Papers: Aerospace
Combining Customizable High-Speed Interfaces with FPGA Coprocessing

Built for harsh environments, high performance, and sensitive budgets, the new FPGA-based XMC meets VITA 47 rugged specs and offers custom or pre-configured high-speed...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics
Precision Landing Without a Pilot

For planned robotic and crewed missions to the Moon and Mars, NASA is developing and testing precise landing and hazard-avoidance technologies. A combination of laser sensors, a camera, a high-speed...

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