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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.

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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A team at ETH Zurich has developed an ultrasonically actuated glass needle that can be attached to a robotic arm. This lets them pump and mix minuscule amounts of liquid and trap particles.
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White Papers: Test & Measurement
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Case Study: Automotive Glass Testing

Element provides automotive glass testing services to help you ensure your product complies with relevant regulations and the highest safety standards, giving you the certainty, you need to get your...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

MIT engineers have developed a robotic replica of the heart’s right ventricle, which mimics the beating and blood-pumping action of live hearts.

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Imagine you want to carry a large, heavy box up a flight of stairs. You might spread your fingers and lift the box with both hands, then hold it on top of your forearms and...

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Quiz: Test & Measurement
EMC/EMI is a serious issue in the design of electronic systems. The best laid plans for a system design can easily go awry if EMC/EMI is not a serious consideration in both the design and installation. How much do you know about EMC/EMI?
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On-Demand Webinars: Test & Measurement
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Choosing a detector with the right level of sensitivity for a specific gas analysis or spectroscopy application can be daunting no matter what is being measured....

INSIDER: Test & Measurement

Understanding how energy moves in materials is fundamental to the study of quantum phenomena, catalytic reactions, and complex proteins. Measuring how energy...

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INSIDER: Nanotechnology

New research from Flinders University and UNSW Sydney, published in ACS Nano, explores switchable polarization in a new class of silicon compatible metal...

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INSIDER: Physical Sciences

The 'wonder material' graphene is well-known for its high electrical conductivity, mechanical strength, and flexibility. Stacking two layers of...

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NASA Spinoff: Transportation
Traffic-Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests (TASAR), developed by NASA, is a piece of software pilots and ground operations teams can use to find better routes in transit.
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5 Ws: Materials
Researchers at Tufts University have created microprocessor-scale transistors that can detect and respond to biological states and the environment.
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Special Reports: Software
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ADAS/Connected Car - December 2023

In this compendium of popular articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Engineering magazines, see how advances in simulation, testing, lidar/sensors, displays,...

Articles: Power
It’s not easy to configure a battery cycle test system for EV batteries and similar high-power batteries. This article covers the mistakes that engineers sometimes make when integrating a battery test system.
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Products: Software
See the new products, including new Vision hardware from Beckhoff; Renishaw’s new Central manufacturing connectivity and data platform; Weidmuller USA's new open operating system, u-OS; a Digital Valve Controller featuring the Device™ technology; and more.
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Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the product of the month, Keysight Technologies' new compact, four-channel vector signal generator (VSG) capable of signal generation up to 8.5 GHz with 960 MHz of modulation bandwidth per channel.
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Briefs: Imaging
MIT researchers have developed a camera-based touch sensor that is long, curved, and shaped like a human finger. Their device provides high-resolution tactile sensing over a large area. The sensor, called the GelSight Svelte, uses two mirrors to reflect and refract light.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new soft sensor developed by UBC and Honda researchers opens the door to a wide range of applications in robotics and prosthetics. When applied to the surface of a prosthetic arm or a robotic limb, the sensor skin provides touch sensitivity and dexterity, enabling tasks that can be difficult for machines such as picking up a piece of soft fruit.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
When multiple drones are working together in the same airspace, perhaps spraying pesticide over a field of corn, there’s a risk they might crash into each other. To help avoid these costly crashes, MIT researchers developed a system called MADER in 2020.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researcher are finding ways to estimate a target location when light gets deflected by a disordered structure.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Processes and structures within the body that are normally hidden from the eye can be made visible through medical imaging. Scientists use imaging to...

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White Papers: Communications
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Selecting Your Next Oscilloscope: Why Digital Triggering Matters

Your oscilloscope trigger determines the precise moment in time your instrument captures critical events of interest. Triggering is often overlooked as a key selection...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
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Five Techniques for Fast, Accurate Power Integrity Measurements

Rail voltages are getting smaller, and tolerances are decreasing. As a result, making accurate power rail measurements has become much more difficult. In the past, any...

Podcasts: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An implantable sensor detects direct dynamic pressure in the eye and transmits high-fidelity data.
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Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
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Additive Manufacturing - November 2023

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

Special Reports: AR/AI
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Vehicle Electrification - November 2023

Read this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Battery & Electrification Technology to learn about the latest advances in e-powertrain design, battery...

Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Space Technology - November 2023

Read about NASA's plans for future Mars exploration, ultrafast laser-based space communications, new strategies for cleaning up orbital debris, and much more in this compendium of recent articles from the...

Products: Design
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2020 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
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Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The desire to understand how the brain generates and patterns behavior has driven rapid methodological innovation in tools to quantify natural animal behavior.
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White Papers: Test & Measurement
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Accelerating EV Testing for Better Results

The increase of electric vehicles hitting the road is exponential and hard to keep up with. Moving quickly has never been more important which is why outsourcing has become incredibly impactful. See...

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