Sensors, Test & Measurement

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Understanding spider sense

During March, a team of researchers based at Bristol and Oxford University launched a project to investigate the computational capabilities of spider webs and develop a new sensor technology to ...


Exploring and mapping the ocean depths with drones

It’s been said, we know more about deep space than the deep ocean. True or not, a $7 million XPrize has been set up to challenge innovators, engineers and designers from around the world to advance ...





Designing for the digital world

Head in sand time is over - Industry 4.0 is happening and is here to stay. In this article, the first in a series, Tim Fryer spoke to some of the leading automation companies about what Industry 4.0 ...



Automated actors storm the theatre

The vehicles being tested by the Royal Navy during its recent Unmanned Warrior event may look impressive, intimidating, even bizarre, but what connects them is more notable. Tom Austin-Morgan met ...


Are robots going soft?

Using robotics systems has helped many patients relearn muscular movements or rebuild strength. But using the 'soft' materials could improve outcomes further. Tim Fryer looked into the ongoing ...



Built for battle - Robot Wars' revamped House Robots

The return of Robot Wars to our screens this summer had completely re-engineered house robots, which were needed to keep up with the competition. Justin Cunningham finds out how the technology has ...


Cut contact with mirror measurements

In the heat treatment industry, depending on the application, there is a choice to be made between sensors that make contact with the material being tested and non-contact sensors. Which should you ...


Still king of the skies

It’s an icon of British engineering prowess and ingenuity, and still turns heads 80 years on. Justin Cunningham finds out why they really don’t make them like they used too.


Autonomy in the UK

With the headlines being grabbed by US companies, Google and Tesla, in autonomous vehicle research and development Tom Austin-Morgan checks on the state of the UK’s driverless vehicle projects.


Smart moves for industry

What makes Industry 4.0 meaningful is to see it in action. Tim Fryer went to visit a factory in Germany that was using it selectively and successfully.



Science behind the gold rush

Great Britain had a phenomenally successful Olympic Games in 2012, winning 65 medals (29 golds). It was our most successful Games since London first hosted the event in 1908. But although the home ...


Surfers under pressure

The burgeoning wearable technology market is fast becoming inundated with fitness bands, smart watches, and intelligent headphones. These devices can collect all kinds of information about you from ...



Car design in the bright lights

Everyday engineering design solutions are emerging from the sci-fi environment of the synchrotron – a facility that takes x-ray based measurements to a new, brighter level.


Top ten level sensing technologies

Level sensing is one of the most common functions for process control but it also uses a wide range of different technologies to achieve the same goal; it is therefore important to select the correct ...


Making the case for lightening quick reflexes

Electric cars are getting very fast. But any driver travelling at 280mph will want to know that the car is doing exactly what it is told, to and that means having highly accurate and dependable ...


How do you design-in reliability?

While there is an expectation that a product will be reliable over its (long) life, the market still demands value for money. Design engineers, claims Jean-Louis Evans, must therefore use test ...