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.

Special Reports: Aerospace
Unmanned Systems - March 2020

The latest advances in aerial, ground, and underwater unmanned systems are covered in this special report, a compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense...

To clear up some of the confusion about what the industry means when it says 5G, here’s a guide to what it’s all about.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Magnetic Shield Using Proximity Coupled, Spatially Varying Superconducting Order Parameters
This magnetic shielding design can be easily incorporated into a wide range of electronic sensing applications.
These materials can be used in aerospace vehicles, automobiles, clothing, helmets, and chemical sensors.
The sensor makes it easier to detect and manage ice accumulation on aircraft wings.
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
3D Scanning Inspection
CT vs. structured light scanning — See which option is best for you.
In the middle ground between microwaves and visible light lies terahertz radiation, and the promise of “Tray vision.”
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Trunk Support Assists Those with Spinal Cord Injury
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
This new understanding can help chip manufacturers find ways to better diffuse the heat that leads to device damage and decreased device lifespans.
Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - March 2020

See how the latest test tools and methodologies are enabling new applications in aerospace, automotive, communications, and other key fields. This compendium of recent articles is presented by the editors of...

Technology Leaders: Imaging
Spectral Sensitivity Curves of Cameras

Different line scan prism manufacturers might compare two possible curves in their advertising and argue that the steeper flanks should enable better color reproduction with greater selectivity.

This system protects workers on lightning and telecommunications towers, and on oil and gas platforms.
White Papers: Defense
Digital Transformation Do-Over: How to Restart on the Right Foot

Don’t give up on digital transformation projects that have not delivered as expected. The root cause of failure often lies in data preparation. This tech brief explains how...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
The cMT-CTRL01 IIoT PLC

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is both the present and future of manufacturing. Part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, IIoT utilizes smart machines and real-time analysis. IIoT is a...

See what the SuperCam will do when it arrives on Mars in 2021.
White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Recommended Compression and Tension Adapters for Force Calibration

Want to learn more about force measurement errors and the impact the wrong adapters can have? The wrong adapters can produce measurement errors up to 20 times that of when...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Discoveries, From Just a Grain of Moon Dust
“We’re analyzing rocks from space, atom by atom,” says researcher Jennika Greer.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
Intelligent RF Sensing for RADHAZ

To mitigate the risks for RADHAZ operations, investing in technology that provides greater RF situational awareness takes on greater importance. A portable Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer (RTSA) is the perfect...

Editor Bruce A. Bennett shares his observations from SPIE Photonics West, including the emergence of LiDAR.
See what caught Bruce A. Bennett's eye during Day 1 of Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
Measuring Medical Lasers: How to Balance Price and Functionality

A focused laser beam should live up to previously defined specifications. For medical technology, precise adherence to parameters is of even greater importance. Both for...

A team of engineers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has boosted the performance of its previously developed 3D inductor technology by adding as much as three...

INSIDER: Semiconductors & ICs
Laser Diode Emits Deep UV Light

Nagoya University scientists have succeeded in designing a laser diode that emits deep-ultraviolet light. It emits the world's shortest lasing wavelength, at 271.8 nanometers, under pulsed electric current...

INSIDER: Semiconductors & ICs
New Method Gives Robust Transistors

Scientists at Linköping University (Linköping, Sweden) have described a method to manufacture transistors using gallium nitride and aluminum nitride that have the ability to withstand voltages as...

To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D materials, but manufacturers need a...

NASA Spinoff: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biofeedback Loops Aim to Enhance Combat and Sports Training
Research in astronaut monitoring leads to virtual reality spinoffs.
This system places virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on cellphone screens and lets people interact with those objects by hand as if they were really there.
The switch is a major new step toward building a computer that uses light instead of electricity to process information.

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