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.

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Optical Method for Detecting Displacements and Strains at Ultra-High Temperatures During Thermo-Mechanical Testing

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed an optical method for detecting displacements and strains at ultra-high temperatures during thermo-mechanical testing. This innovation will provide displacement and strain measurements in...

Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sound-Off: Do You Data Log?
Sound-Off: Do You Data Log?
In an increasingly mobile world, manufacturers want to keep an eye on their facilities and equipment – no matter how far away they are from their test fixture.
Sound-Off: Do You Data Log?
Blog : Medical
Design Considerations: How to Keep Wearers Wearing Wearables
Design Considerations: How to Keep Wearers Wearing Wearables
In a Tech Briefs Q&A, professor and biosensor creator Albert Titus reviews the state of wearable sensor design.
Design Considerations: How to Keep Wearers Wearing Wearables
Question of the Week : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Would you wear a fingernail UV sensor?

Last week’s INSIDER showcased a new UV wearable sensor from L'Oréal and Northwestern University engineers.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Float Like a Robot, Think Like a Bee
Float Like a Robot, Think Like a Bee

Cornell University engineers have been experimenting with a new type of programming that mimics the mind of an insect.

Float Like a Robot, Think Like a Bee
Q&A : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Q&A: Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed, Senior Sensor Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD

Dr. Ahmed and scientists from NIST and American University are researching the use of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) as the basis for an inexpensive, easy-to-build gas sensing technology. The problem they faced is that newly...

Facility Focus : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory
Facility Focus: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory

The explosion of the first Soviet atomic bomb in August 1949, followed by the Soviet development of bombers that could traverse the Arctic Circle, created a...

Facility Focus: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory
Products : Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: January 2018
Product of the Month: January 2018

The BGA244 Binary Gas Analyzer from Stanford Research Systems, Sunnyvale, CA, continuously and non-invasively determines the ratio of gases in a binary mixture, or checks the purity of a single gas. It...

Product of the Month: January 2018
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Using Ground Sensors to Defend Aircraft Against Laser Strikes
Using Ground Sensors to Defend Aircraft Against Laser Strikes

A growing safety concern for pilots and aircraft passengers is laser strikes, or the aiming of high-power laser pointers at aircraft. To address the present lack of effective...

Using Ground Sensors to Defend Aircraft Against Laser Strikes
Articles : Materials
Products of Tomorrow: January 2018
Products of Tomorrow: January 2018

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: January 2018
Products : Imaging
New Products: January 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: January 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology

High-Speed Cameras

iX Cameras (Woburn, MA and Rochford, UK) has added a new, value-priced camera to the premium ultra-high-speed i-SPEED 7 Series line. The new i-SPEED 713 is...

New Products: January 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Non-Destructive Additive Manufacturing Characterization Coupon

Additive manufacturing (AM) material assurance has relied upon traditional test coupons and testing methods that work well for wrought materials, but fail to address the unique and not as well-known characteristics of AM parts. A new standardized, integrated test coupon was designed...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
High-Sensitivity, Environmentally Isolated Bearing Tester
High-Sensitivity, Environmentally Isolated Bearing Tester

A novel tool was developed that allows users to qualify small-diameter bearings before incorporating them into components. The High-Sensitivity, Environmentally Isolated Bearing...

High-Sensitivity, Environmentally Isolated Bearing Tester
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Sensor Droplets Enable Cheaper, Faster Food Testing
Sensor Droplets Enable Cheaper, Faster Food Testing

The foodborne pathogen Escherichia coli O157 causes an estimated 73,000 illnesses and 60 deaths every year in the United States. Better safety tests could help avoid some of the illnesses...

Sensor Droplets Enable Cheaper, Faster Food Testing
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Wind Turbine Blade Testing System Using Base Excitation
Wind Turbine Blade Testing System Using Base Excitation

Wind turbine designers are working to provide blade designs that allow a turbine connected to the blades or rotor to effectively convert wind into electricity. The blades must also be...

Wind Turbine Blade Testing System Using Base Excitation
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Nano Layer Helps Measuring Devices Withstand Extreme Environments
Nano Layer Helps Measuring Devices Withstand Extreme Environments

Measurement devices that can withstand the acid rains on Venus, radiation in space, and the heat of car engines are being developed to improve research in these extreme...

Nano Layer Helps Measuring Devices Withstand Extreme Environments
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Cryogenic and Non-Cryogenic Liquid Level Instrument

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has developed a unique prototype for measuring the liquid level in a tank, employing a novel process. The technology can operate in a wide range of environments, including high and low temperatures and pressures, and is simpler and less expensive than other...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Component Leak Test Apparatus
Component Leak Test Apparatus

A component leak test apparatus investigates the performance of fittings at low temperature and/or high pressure. Its performance was quantified by measuring the ability to hold cold pressurized gaseous helium...

Component Leak Test Apparatus
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio
A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio
During the historic Apollo 11 mission, the astronauts, mission control specialists, and back-room support staff did plenty of communicating. The University of Texas at Dallas launched a project to make all of the moon-mission audio accessible.
A Giant Leap: Reconstructing NASA’s Moon-Mission Audio
News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sound-Off: The Most ‘Startling’ Discovery in IoT? A Lack of Security

The “Internet of Things” links a variety of devices, from computers and industrial machines to heart monitors and robots. The interconnection also leads to some “startling” data-transfer discoveries, according to one NASA pro.

Q&A : Electronics & Computers
Q&A: Georgia Tech's Dr. Raheem Beyah Develops a Way to Authenticate 3D-Printed Products

Dr. Beyah and a team of researchers from Georgia Tech and Rutgers University have developed a three-layer system to verify that components produced using additive manufacturing have not been compromised.

Application Briefs : Medical
Sensor Assists NASA with Wearable CO2 Monitor
Sensor Assists NASA with Wearable CO2 Monitor
SST Sensing Ltd.Coatbridge,
UK
www.sstsensing.com

Studies show that heightened carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations can have an adverse effect on the human...

Sensor Assists NASA with Wearable CO2 Monitor
Products : Motion Control
New Products: December 2017 Motion Design
New Products: December 2017 Motion Design

Corrosion-Resistant Valve

GF Piping Systems (Irvine, CA) introduced a corrosion-resistant pneumatic diaphragm valve for highly corrosive dosing and open/close applications. The Type 604/605...

New Products: December 2017 Motion Design
Articles : Defense
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, has been operated by Battelle and its predecessors since the lab’s inception in 1965. For more than 50...

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Handheld Spectral Analyzer for Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Handheld Spectral Analyzer for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

A spectral transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI) analyzer was developed that attaches to a smartphone and analyzes patient blood, urine, or saliva samples as reliably as...

Handheld Spectral Analyzer for Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
On-line Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) System for Friction Stir Welding (FSW)

Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a relatively new solid-state welding process, and many industries are now relying on this technique to produce advanced structures. Industries employing this technique include, but are not limited to, aeronautical, motor vehicle,...

Articles : Green Design & Manufacturing
Innovators Recognized for "Creating the Future" 2017
Innovators Recognized for "Creating the Future" 2017

The Create the Future Design Contest has helped stimulate and reward engineering innovation over the past 16 years, drawing more than 14,000 product designs from engineers, students, and...

Innovators Recognized for "Creating the Future" 2017
Articles : Materials
Products of Tomorrow: December 2017
Products of Tomorrow: December 2017

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: December 2017
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Forward Voltage Short-Pulse Technique for Measuring High-Power Laser Diode Array Junction Temperature
Forward Voltage Short-Pulse Technique for Measuring High-Power Laser Diode Array Junction Temperature

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a new technology for measuring the junction temperature of laser diode arrays (LDAs) that...

Forward Voltage Short-Pulse Technique for Measuring High-Power Laser Diode Array Junction Temperature