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RF & Microwave Electronics

Lumotive’s New LCM Underpins Next-Gen Lidar

“The future happened yesterday” is an appropriate description of the rapid pace of development in automated-driving technology. The expression may be most accurate in sensor tech where,...

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Materials

5 Ws of a Self-Healing Robot

A team of researchers at Cornell Engineering has developed a soft robot that can detect when and where it was damaged — and then heal itself on the spot.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor

Potential uses include MEMS accelerometers, vibration monitoring, and other precision motion control applications.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Lightweight Crane Technology for the Moon

A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.

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Unmanned Systems

AV Life After Argo AI

The recent shuttering of Argo AI, one of the autonomous-vehicle industry’s leading tech companies, by Ford and Volkswagen might come as a surprise to commuters in San Francisco and in Phoenix, Arizona. Those who...

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Unmanned Systems

The Olfactory Factor in AV Interiors

Whether they’re riding in an autonomous shuttle, a transit bus, a train or a rental car, passengers often face cabin air full of “mal odors” — bad smells — including cigarette and vape...

R&D
Medical

Mouthguard Controls Devices by Biting

Individuals who have limited hand function can control devices such as smartphones, computers, and wheelchairs by wearing a smart mouthguard. The novel bite-controlled optoelectronic system contains...

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Imaging

Real-Time Signal Analyzer

Jamming and spoofing, two types of intentional disruption of communications, are ever-increasing threats, and getting ever more difficult to combat.

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Photonics/Optics

A Laser-Focused Approach to LiDAR

Traditional time-of-flight LiDAR has many drawbacks that make it difficult to use in many 3D vision applications.

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Electronics & Computers

Zero-Power Inertial Switches: Moving Beyond the Limits of Power and Size

Miniaturized sensor technology allows engineers to build more functionality into less space than ever before; but they require more battery power.

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Test & Measurement

Machine Learning Software Monolith Cuts Development Time for BMW’s Test Engineers

BMW faced a problem. Because leg injuries can be common in vehicle crashes, the effect of all manner of deformation must be measured in order to...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

5 Ws of 3D-Printed MEMS

A team at KTH Royal Institute of Technology has developed a new 3D printing technique that could be used to produce customized chip-based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

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Software

Steering Toward Full Vehicle Autonomy

The vision of fully autonomous vehicles (SAE Levels 4 and 5) is fast approaching. Making this vision a reality requires automotive OEMs to move beyond the current levels of vehicle autonomy to...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Optical Modules

The Teledyne e2v Optimom 2M combines the latest innovations in imaging and optics into one turnkey imaging solution by mounting a proprietary image sensor onto a board with a fixed lens and optional Multi Focus lens technology.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

2022 Create the Future Design Contest Grand Prize Winner

The platform was developed to democratize programmable matter; to make prototyping, innovation, and research with soft robotics incredibly quick and easy; and to enable researchers, designers, and makers of all backgrounds to unleash their creativity and bring their ideas to life.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Implantable Sensor Safely Biodegrades

The flexible, stretchable sensor biodegrades into materials that are absorbed by the body.

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Medical

Optical Fiber Sensor Measures Deviations in Spine

The sensors have already been used to monitor the curvature of structures and robotic arms. But measuring both the magnitude and direction of the spine’s curvature presents an additional challenge.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

2022 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IoT Winner - RF Fingerprinting for Industrial IoT Security

Some of the hardest to detect cyber-attacks are wireless, including man-in-the-middle attacks and rogue access points.

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Photonics/Optics

Compact, Temperature-Tuned OFDR Laser

NASA has focused on OFDR, an alternative FBG interrogation technique based on laser interferometry.

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Materials

Novel Chemical Glucose Sensing Method Based on Boronic Acids and Graphene Foam

Since it is a chemical sensor instead of being enzyme-based, the new technology is robust, has a long shelf-life and can be tuned to detect lower glucose concentrations than current systems.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Wearables: Gold Sensor Performs On-Body Chemical Analysis

Researchers have created a special ultrathin sensor, spun from gold, that can be attached directly to the skin without irritation or discomfort.

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Data Acquisition

Going the Last Mile

Pizza is a subject that puts a smile on most faces but for Matteo Del Sorbo, the delight extends far beyond the actual pie.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Highly Sensitive, Mass Producible Organic Photodetectors

Incorporating new green-light absorbing transparent organic photodetectors into organic-silicon hybrid image sensors could be useful for applications such as light-based heart-rate monitoring, fingerprint recognition and devices that detect the presence of nearby objects

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Tiny Optical Sensors Could End Hospital Bed Sores

Scientists have designed tiny smart bed sensors embedded in hospital mattresses could put an end to painful and potentially life-threatening pressure sores, thanks to new technology. The...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

AI-Enabled Optical Fiber Sensor Device Monitors Brain Injury

The results from tests on animal brain tissues suggest it could help clinicians to better monitor both disease progression and patients’ response to treatment than is currently possible.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Building Better Gas-Phase Biosensors for Fight Against Diseases

By embedding enzymes inside the polymer string, the enzymes were operational even in a dry state.

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Energy

Inflatable Actuators Use Origami Principles to Deform

Researchers have taken inspiration from origami to create inflatable structures that can bend, twist, and move in complex, distinct ways from a single source of pressure.

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Sensor Breakthrough Paves the Way for a Map of the World Under Earth’s Surface

The sensor works by detecting variations in microgravity using the principles of quantum physics, which is based on manipulating nature at the sub-molecular level.

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Test & Measurement

RFID-Enabled Wireless Instrumentation

The sensor tags, which are embedded with a processor and memory bank for acquired data, are placed about the vehicle and stream data only when queried by a fixed-location RFID interrogator.