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.

A NIST method employs a neural network to detect patterns like geometric objects in imaging data.
Once installed at Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will introduce incredible opportunities for astrophysics.
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Measuring Layer Thickness Using a Microscope
With Nikon's Layer Thickness software module, comprehensive information about a specimen is obtained more quickly than if an operator is making all the measurements by hand.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Soft Electronics Treat Heart Arrythmias
A new class of medical instruments uses flexible electronics to improve patient outcomes in minimally invasive surgeries.
NASA Spinoff: Test & Measurement
Balance Scale Predicts and Helps Prevent Falls
A technique to assess astronauts’ balance recovery helps people assess their risk of falling.
The SHFQA Quantum Analyzer from Zurich Instruments operates at up to 8.5 GHz and can perform direct readout of superconducting and spin qubits.
Purdue University innovators are taking cues from the spider to develop 3D photodetectors for biomedical imaging.
A reader asks, "For AV testing, what are the respective role of simulation, closed course, and public road testing?"
White Papers: Test & Measurement
Accelerating Integration in Automated Test Systems

Defining an automated test system can be challenging. A test system architect's goal is to accelerate the test system design process and ensure that the system can be easily deployed and...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Control Under Pressure

Biomedical and life science applications depend on precise, repeatable liquid handling. Pressure-controlled liquid dispensing systems provide a simple, quick and cost-effective way to dose nanoliter- to...

Question of the Week: Wearables
Will We Someday 'Draw' Sensors On Our Skin?

A Tech Brief featured in our October issue showcases how University of Missouri researchers are creating pencil-drawn sensors. The engineers demonstrated that the simple combination of pencils and paper could be used to create personal, health-monitoring devices.

A reader asks, "Will the public feel safe enough in an autonomous vehicle?"
On-Demand Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rotary Position Sensing for EV Powertrain Applications

This 30-minute Webinar examines a patented breakthrough sensor technology for electric vehicle (EV) traction motor applications. These rotary position sensors are an alternative...

On-Demand Webinars: Test & Measurement
Standardization for Automated-Vehicle Testing and Simulation

With an ever-increasing worldwide number of automated-vehicle developers comes the need for standards for physical and simulation testing. There currently are many global and regional endeavors to formulate AV testing standards, but the piecemeal nature of these efforts...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: October 2020
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
A metal-organic framework does not contain cost-intensive raw materials and can be produced in bulk.
Fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits open the path towards the development of electronic skin.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Drawing Electronics on Human Skin
People could monitor their own health conditions by picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
System Eases Networking Lag in Massive IoT Devices
“EasyPass” would enable smart warehouses, automated factories, and more to operate without delays.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Open Controllers Simplify Automation Systems
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
This method could benefit next-generation electronics.
NASA's UAS traffic management expertise leads to advances in drone navigation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
“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.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants
This technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Nanocardboard Aircraft with No Moving Parts
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.

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Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

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