Sensors/Data Acquisition

Wireless Damage Location Sensing System

NASA Langley Research Center researchers have developed a wireless, open-circuit SansEC (Sans Electrical Connections) sensor that can be used for pharmaceutical applications without the need for physical contact. Many attributes of a container can be monitored, such as liquid or powder levels, temperature of contents, and changes caused by spoilage. Tampering can also be detected. The unique design of this thin-film sensor allows many of these properties to be measured with the sensor external to the container/package. Fill levels can be measured without the need to open the container. At the core of the technology is the NASA award-winning SansEC sensor, which is damage-resilient and environmentally friendly to manufacture and use. The sensors use a magnetic field response measurement acquisition device to provide power to the sensors and to acquire physical property measurements from them.

Posted in: Briefs, Sensors, Sensors and actuators, Wireless communication systems, Sensors and actuators, Wireless communication systems, Medical equipment and supplies, Pharmaceuticals, Reliability, Reliability
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Structural Health Monitoring System/Method Using Electroactive Polymer Fibers

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a novel polymer material that can be utilized as a real-time structural health monitoring sensor. The material is electroactive and generates a signal in response to a mechanical force. The material is also highly elastic, which allows for a large range of measurable strain levels, and is highly durable.

Posted in: Briefs, Sensors, Sensors and actuators, Sensors and actuators, Cardiovascular system, Product development, Fibers, Polymers
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Future Fashion Statement? New Material Generates Power from Human Motion

Vanderbilt University researchers developed an ultra-thin system that can harvest energy from the slightest of human motions — even sitting. Made from materials five thousand times thinner than a human hair, the technology may someday be woven into clothing to power personal devices.

Posted in: News, Energy, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Data Acquisition, Sensors
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Sound-Off: How Do a Vehicle’s Imaging Sensors Filter Out Weather, Crosstalk?

A "Geiger-mode" lidar sensor sends out pulses at a high repetition rate (200 kHz), forming an image on the percent of pulses that return. The technology has been used by vehicle manufacturers to support collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control, and other Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) applications. But how will factors like snow or another vehicle’s lidar impact a sensor's reading?

Posted in: News, Automotive, Imaging, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors
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Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE: Sensor Fusion and ADAS

Millimeter wave radar. Three-dimensional Lidar. Bifocal camera vision. As advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) sensors progress toward integration into more sophisticated levels of autonomous driving, melding the unique capabilities of various sensor technology is a front-line requirement.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Sensors
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New Heater Technology Reduces Space, Weight and Failure

The SmartHeat SLT Thin-Film heater is a new and unique self-limiting heater solution. Minco’s SmartHeat regulates temperature at the molecular level, eliminating the need for separate sensors and controllers which minimizes points of failure and reduces the total system footprint for space and weight sensitive applications.

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Data Optimization Technology Helps Wind Farm Operator Examine Costs

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Avangrid Renewables is a subsidiary of Avangrid, Inc., and part of the Spain-based Iberdola Group, the largest wind energy company in the world. Avangrid collects a wide variety of data from many different sources. In the past, it faced challenges in gaining useful insight from these data. Particularly problematic was determining and documenting lost generation across its wind turbine fleet time due to voluntary generation curtailment to meet contractual obligations. Inability to do so can lead to lost revenue.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Energy, Data Acquisition, Optimization, Data acquisition and handling, Data acquisition and handling, Wind power, Cost analysis, Agricultural vehicles and equipment
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The Future of Wearable Technology

The U.S. Army uses wired and wireless systems to monitor real-time performance and safe operating limits of vehicles and aircraft, but no comparable systems exist for soldiers. New wearable technologies could change that.

Posted in: Articles, Sensors, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Electronic equipment, Sensors and actuators, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Electronic equipment, Sensors and actuators, Human factors, Medical equipment and supplies, Physical examination
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LAB-ON-A-GLOVE: Enables Onsite Detection of Chemical Threats

Wearable sensors are uniquely placed to fill the technology gap for real-time analytics at the point of need. Seamless integration of chemical sensors into wearable platforms gives the power of laboratory-based chemical analyses directly on the wearer's body. Several biosensors, based primarily on enzyme electrodes, have been incorporated recently into cutting-edge wearable devices to allow non-invasive sensing of lactate, glucose, or alcohol in sweat; uric acid in saliva; and glucose in tears. While the majority of these wearable sensor systems has focused on fitness and healthcare applications, there are growing demands for developing wearable sensor platforms for monitoring hazardous chemicals for diverse security and environmental applications.

Posted in: Articles, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors and actuators, Sensors and actuators, Chemicals, Materials identification, Hazardous materials, Protective clothing
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Products of Tomorrow: July 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 innovation.

Posted in: Articles, Products, Materials, Sensors, Semiconductors, Vibration, Vibration
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