Sensor Systems

Mission Impossible? The Art of Measuring Fluid Mechanics on Sails

To improve and enhance the performance of high-performance sails, it is important to know and optimize their fluid mechanical and structural properties. For ultralight textile structures – be it sails for ships or even paragliders and parachutes – it has…

Skipping the Laboratory – Turbotesting with Lab-on-a-Chip for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

With Lab-on-a-Chip technology, testing becomes much faster and more efficient. Not only can these sensors replace reference laboratories, they can even communicate the results directly to a computer for validation and statistics. And, as our expert Manuel Bäuscher wants to…

A Pedestrian Or Just A Beverage Can? Helping Self-Driving Cars Recognize Objects With Cameras and Radars Combined

Autonomous driving is getting better with every technological advance. But for driverless cars to become truly safe in traffic, they need a sensor system that recognises objects in the street – reliably and with no margin for error. Christian Tschoban…

STEP TOWARDS SECURE INDUSTRIAL DIGITALIZATION

Modern society is relying more and more on connected, digitalized, and automated technology – an epochal change that touches on all aspects of business life, including the manufacturing of products. Fraunhofer IZM is at the forefront of this trend, creating…

WHAT MAKES DIGITAL CAMERAS WORK: IMAGE SENSORS

When the first cars hit the road, some people thought they were a fad that would soon disappear, because horses still seemed far superior to these early cars. Not so long ago, a major technology manufacturer thought that three computers…

ROBOTICS 101: HOW SMART MACHINES ARE CONQUERING OUR WORLD

In 2021 alone, robots are expected to generate a turnover of over 41 billion US dollars. That is equivalent to the GDP of a medium-sized European economy. Time to take a look at robotics as a scientific discipline: What makes…

PHOTONIC INSIGHTS – ENLIGHTENING THE MATERIAL WORLD

Mike Richardson has always been a science and technology enthusiast. Having chosen Berlin as the perfect place for founders, not least for those working in the exciting field of spectroscopic solutions, he navigated the difficult world of start-up ventures with…

The Glassy Future of Circuit Boards

It’s an understatement to say that a lot has changed in microelectronics in the last fifty years – and the same goes for circuit boards.  But even greater changes are afoot: with ever more data being used and shared, electrical…