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Sensors Technical Articles
Test & Measurement
An Introduction to Motion Sensors: PIR, Tilt, Force, and More
Learn about various movement-type sensors including accelerometers, tilt sensors, vibration sensors, PIR (passive infrared) sensors, and rotation sensors.
June 19, 2017
Introduction to Temperature Sensors: Thermistors, Thermocouples, RTDs, and Thermometer ICs
Learn about various types of temperature sensors and each of their advantages and disadvantages.
June 05, 2017
Keeping Track of Your Biopotential: Maxim’s New Analog Front End for Wearables
Highly integrated ICs such as the MAX30004 can help you to improve the performance and practicality of your wearable designs.
May 30, 2017
Measuring Rotation in Harsh Environments: New Rotary Position Sensors from TT Electronics
Rotary position sensors such as the PHS series can help you track mechanical changes in a wide variety of applications.
May 26, 2017
Convenient Rotational Measurements: A New Angle-Sensor SoC from Allegro
Hall-effect-based ICs such as the A1337 can help your device to perform a variety of sensor tasks related to angular motion.
May 11, 2017
Dealing with Variable Lighting: CMOS Vs CCD Image Sensors
Despite the convenience of CMOS imagers, CCD imagers still have their place. And if you really need low-light performance, consider a device with EMCCD technology, such as the KAE-02152....
May 03, 2017
Overview of the BLE Solar Beacon from Cypress Semiconductor
Transmit humidity and temperature data with a fully functional, off-the-shelf, battery-less wireless sensor node.
April 27, 2017
Exploring UC Berkeley’s Wearable Sweat Sensor for Monitoring Dehydration
Researchers develop a wearable sensor for detecting important analytes in sweat for monitoring dehydration.
April 17, 2017
No Light Required: A New Thermal-Sensor-Array Development Board
The grid-EYE click provides a user-friendly introduction to advanced thermal sensing and detection.
April 12, 2017
Harnessing High-Frequency Sound: A New Ultrasonic Controller from Texas Instruments
You can do a lot with ultrasound, and whatever you’re doing will be easier with a highly integrated IC such as the PGA460-Q1.
April 05, 2017
Finding Maximums in Noisy Data
In this article, we'll first study types of noise and then try to eliminate them by filtering the data. Finally, we'll try to find peaks in that data....
March 23, 2017
Mohammad Amin Karami
The AS7261 Color Sensor: Measuring Color in XYZ
The AS7261 is a highly integrated sensor that provides optical measurements via a digital interface.
March 23, 2017
Don’t Get Lost in Deep Space: Understanding Quaternions
Quaternions are mathematical operators that are used to rotate and stretch vectors. This article provides an overview to aid in understanding the need for quaternions....
March 10, 2017
Interpreting Current-Voltage Curves of Different Materials
This article discusses the ideas involved in measuring and interpreting the current-voltage curves of solar cells, batteries, and unknown materials....
February 24, 2017
How to Design a Bluetooth Low Energy Circuit with Sensor Technology
Tutorial on designing a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) circuit with the ability to measure 9-axis motion, humidity, and temperature.
October 14, 2016
Creating Novel Linux Controllers for Wearable Devices
Embedded and wearable systems require new ideas for input controller hardware. But older software still expects a keyboard and mouse. How do we bridge the gap without having to write kernel...
October 04, 2016
Industrial Instrumentation and Control: An Introduction to the Basic Principles
In part one of this instrumentation and control (I & C) series, we'll go over the fundamental terminology and concepts used when working with industrial plants....
September 28, 2016
What Is LiDAR and How Can I Use It?
Learn the basics of what LiDAR is, how it works, and how it's applied.
August 11, 2016
How Sensor Fusion Works
Sensor fusion is the art of combining multiple physical sensors to produce accurate "ground truth", even though each sensor might be unreliable on its own....
July 19, 2016
Analysis of Forward Conducting Diodes
In this article, we will learn how to analyze circuits that utilize forward conducting diodes. We will also talk about the exponential model, constant voltage drop model, as well as the ideal...
June 17, 2016
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