Sensors

It’s not easy to give a robot a sense of touch

Understanding the physical mechanisms of touch sensing in the biological world provides great insights when it comes to designing the robotic equivalent, a smart skin. But a significant barrier for the development of smart skin is the electronics required.

Sensor could speed earthquake response

Researchers have found a way to provide reliable information about how much damage a building has sustained in an earthquake, making it easier and faster for responders to assess a building's safety and reoccupation prospects.

AF Research Lab pushes implants for biomonitoring

The Air Force Research Lab and a biosensor startup have developed an implanted sensor that would allow medical personnel to continuously monitor troops for indications of a potential illness.

AF Research Lab pushes implants for biomonitoring

The Air Force Research Lab and a biosensor startup have developed an implanted sensor that would allow medical personnel to continuously monitor troops for indications of a potential illness.

Denver builds out sensor network at schools

The network could help the city better understand the link between air quality and asthma.

Using sensors to understand temperature’s effect on the supply chain

A sensor network monitors the temperature of medicine at various points of the supply chain, from the truck to the warehouse.

An IoT safety net for misguided drivers

Arizona's Department of Transportation has connected sensors, cameras and a central command center to warn both wayward drivers and the nearby motorists the might endanger.

WiFi scanners offer inexpensive security

A Rutgers research project delivers X-ray machine-like scanning of bags for less than one-tenth the cost.

Electric grid protection through low-cost sensors, machine learning

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a relatively inexpensive method for on-the-fly detection of attacks on power grids.

Coast Guard looks into sensors for maritime surveillance

Sensors could help expand intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance without additional staff, ships or planes.

Machine learning improves contamination monitoring

Sensors and machine learning can be as reliable as on site measurements, new research shows.

Double duty: Utah puts sensors on public transit to monitor air quality

Researchers at the University of Utah are using a train-mounted sensor to collect spatial and temporal data on air pollutants.

Portland installing 200 sensors to improve traffic safety

The sensor network will gather data on vehicle and pedestrian traffic to help city officials understand the causes of fatal accidents.

Low-cost sensors can improve flood management

Through the Flood Awareness Apex program, communities are experimenting with low-cost sensors for tracking floods.

Surveillance that spots suspicious behavior

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking for technology that uses drones, sensors and algorithms to spot human behaviors that indicate hostile intent.

CBP fields new handheld drug detectors

To fight the rising tide of illegal drugs flowing into the country, Customs and Border Patrol agents are using lighter handheld, non-intrusive detection technology.

LoRa networks for transmitting sensor data

A low-power wide-area network is providing internet connectivity to environmental sensors near Washington, D.C.