Sensors & Test

Sensors/​Data Acquisition


This is your resource for developments in smart sensor systems and data acquisition. Browse technical briefs, articles, and white papers on advanced applications in transducer technologies, detector systems, data acquisition, and sensor-related technologies.

Latest Briefs & News

Quiz: Robotics, Automation & Control
Sensor fusion is an important element of navigation systems especially with the rapid growth of driving automation. At each step of the levels of driving automation from ADAS toward driverless vehicles, sensor fusion becomes more critical.
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Blog: Wearables
Researchers developed a prototype for the Li-ion battery, which could lead to stretchy electronics or even clothes that monitor health.
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On-Demand Webinars: Test & Measurement
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The goal of data acquisition (DAQ) is to obtain accurate and reliable data that can be used for analysis, monitoring, and control purposes. DAQ systems can take different...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the new products on the market, including Clean-in-Place Utilities and Automated Reporting Analytics software, radar-level sensors, power ultrasonic transducers, and more.
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Briefs: Design
Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have developed biosensor technology that will allow you to operate devices, such as robots and machines, solely through thought-control.
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Briefs: Medical
The patch uses ultrasound to monitor blood flow to organs.
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Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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Camera & Imaging Innovations - August 2023

Read about the latest breakthroughs in AI-based machine vision, hyperspectral imaging, x-ray tomography, high-speed cameras, and more in this compilation of recent articles from the editors of Tech...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A novel nanostructure produces uniquely shaped light.
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Quiz: Software
Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) for warehouse and industrial operations are surging, and this growth is expected to increase for the foreseeable future. Test your knowledge about AMRs in this quiz.
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Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensors are getting smarter and smarter. Without them there would be no IoT, or IIoT, or Industry 4.0.
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INSIDER: Software

It’s a long-held notion, proven in fact, that robots are the perfect instrument to free humans from jobs that are dull, dirty, and dangerous — the “3 Ds” in industry speak — with...

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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Color Sensors in Food Production

Fast processes, heat and aggressive cleaning agents are omnipresent in food production. At the same time, manufacturers must reliably monitor their product quality. This requires precise, reliable and...

Q&A: Test & Measurement
A solar-powered wireless sensor system developed by a Drexel University team can continuously monitor bridge deformation and could be used to alert authorities if the bridge performance deteriorates significantly.
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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Combining an industrial robot, computerized vision system, AI, and machine learning, Skyline Robotics has succeeded in automating window washing for the world’s skyscrapers.
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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Selecting the Appropriate Sensors for Rotating Equipment Condition Monitoring

This comprehensive guide provides detailed insights on selecting appropriate sensors for condition monitoring of rotating equipment, considering measurement...

NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
Squishy Robotics’ tensegrity sensor robots gather data at the scenes of fires, crashes, explosions, and other disasters to help first responders determine their approach to a disaster scene.
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5 Ws: Materials
A new technology allows concrete to “talk,” decreases construction time and how often concrete pavement needs repairs while also improving the road’s sustainability and cutting its carbon footprint.
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Special Reports: Aerospace
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Space Technology - July 2023

Read about ten surging space startups, robotic construction on the moon, metal 3D printing in orbit, and much more in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense...

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Robotics - July 2023

Read about the latest advances in robots for space exploration, healthcare, manufacturing, and more in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs, Medical Design Briefs, and Aerospace &...

Blog: Regulations/Standards
Safety sensor systems require lots of special attention to their design and operation, everything that should be considered in any kind of design, but with double the attention. And there are also unique safety requirements as well.
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White Papers: Test & Measurement
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Submicron Precise Displacement and Thickness Measurements on All Types of Targets

A relatively new technique is the confocal chromatic technology, which is suitable for submicron displacement measurement and even one-sided thickness...

INSIDER: Unmanned Systems

Researchers from UCLA and the United States Army Research Laboratory have laid out a new approach for enhancing artificial intelligence-powered computer vision technologies by...

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Podcasts: Wearables
Nutromics breakthrough technology combines multiple DNA sensors with microneedles.
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Quiz: Sensors/Data Acquisition
MEMS sensors are being integrated into more and more kinds of devices. Although we might not be aware of it, most people rely on them every day. How much do you know about MEMS? Test yourself with this quiz.
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INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Emerging AI applications, like chatbots that generate natural human language, demand denser, more powerful computer chips. But semiconductor chips are...

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INSIDER: Physical Sciences

Transistors are considered by some to be an invention just as important to humanity as the telephone, the light bulb, or the bicycle. Today, they are a crucial component in modern electronic devices,...

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INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Extreme environments in several critical industries — aerospace, energy, transportation, and defense — require sensors to measure and monitor numerous factors...

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Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
With the advent of lower-cost robots that are easier and cheaper to deploy, collaborative robots or cobots are finding new industrial and consumer applications.
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Products: Electronics & Computers
See the new products on the market, including a ruggedized portable HMI mount, a high-efficiency power amplifier, embedded antenna models, and much more.
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