Sensors and Transducers

Ultra-sensitive sensor with gold nanoparticle array

Scientists from the University of Bath and Northwestern University have developed a new type of sensor platform using a gold nanoparticle array, which is 100 times more sensitive than current similar sensors. The sensor is made up of a series of gold disk-shaped nanoparticles on a glass slide. The team …

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Healthcare sensors: Piezoelectrics the new gymnasts, finds IDTechEx report

Healthcare electronics is rapidly deploying for wellness, electroceuticals, intrusive medical procedures and more, powered by new technologies. Much of it is trending to diagnostics and treatment on the move and removing the need for the patient to perform procedures on time. Instruments become wearables including electronic skin patches and implants.  …

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Sensor solutions for detecting and defeating drones

From 19 December to 21 December, a series of reported sightings of drones around Gatwick caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled and an estimated 140,000 passengers to be stranded. In a similar incident on 8 January at Heathrow, sightings of a drone temporarily halted flights. Here, Oleg Vornik, chief …

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ON Semiconductor and 3M collaborate to improve roadway safety

ON Semiconductor and 3M have jointly announced a collaboration to improve communication between vehicles and roadway infrastructure. Together, ON Semiconductor and 3M combine decades of image sensing technology and roadway safety experience, to help improve navigation for vehicles equipped with automated driving features.   During CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, …

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New CEO at IR sensor company JonDeTech

Leif Borg who is currently Production Manager for JonDeTech becomes interim CEO effective January 7, when current CEO Robert Ekström is leaving the company for another assignment. “Since we are now entering a high-volume phase and are facing an international expansion, we are also doing a reorganisation,” says JonDeTech’s chairman of the Board, …

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ams to ease implementation of 3D optical sensing technology through partnership with software specialist Face++

ams and Face++ have agreed a co-operation arrangement to accelerate OEMs’ and system integrators’ deployments of 3D optical sensing technologies such as face recognition. This partnership means that manufacturers can go to market faster with superior systems for performing functions such as face recognition, facial payments, Animoji creation and augmented/virtual …

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Leading radar engineer receives OBE for services to engineering

Professor Hugh Griffiths, a world authority in the field of radar research and the leading UK radar engineer of his generation, has received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for his services to the engineering profession. Prof. Griffiths is the Thales/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of RF Sensors …

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Development of MEMS sensor chip equipped with ultra-high quality diamond cantilevers

A NIMS-led research group succeeded in developing a high-quality diamond cantilever with among the highest quality (Q) factor values at room temperature ever achieved. The group also succeeded for the first time in the world in developing a single crystal diamond microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor chip that can be actuated …

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New Horizons: The Historic flyby of Ultima Thule

The American space agency’s New Horizons probe remains on course for its daring flyby of Ultima Thule between 29 December 2018 and 4 January 2019. When the mission sweeps past the 30km wide object on New Year’s Day, it will be making the most distant ever visit to a Solar System …

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DASA launches a £1m competition for wearable sensors to help prevent injury in service personnel

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seeking novel ways to use data science to prevent injury in service personnel, after a successful event to assess market interest. The use of wearable and/or nearable technology presents a significant opportunity for the UK Armed Forces to reduce injury. The three areas …

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