Sensor Systems

E-pills: A new approach to diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal conditions

The gastrointestinal tract is of great importance to our health and wellbeing, but many patients are wary about the endoscopic exams that they often associate with considerable discomfort. And indeed, in many cases, the current methods require general anesthesia and…

E-MERGENCE: How electronics in fashion can reduce stress and support epilepsy patients

Mental health is an issue that is increasingly on the radar for many people, including people suffering from epilepsy, for whom many everyday situations can bring completely new challenges. Researchers believe that aid may come in the form of e-textiles….

Maintenance for Industry 4.0: How Multi-Sensor Technology, AI, and Data Fusion Advance Machine Maintenance

RealIZM blog series: “Insights from iCampµs Cottbus” – Part 1 Getting sensor data and being able to process it in real time for control, maintenance, and servicing purposes is increasingly important for Industry 4.0 applications. As part of the BMBF-funded…

Training at Fraunhofer IZM: Research Jobs with Great Prospects

Most people can tell you what automotive mechatronics technicians – or more prosaically: car mechanics – or the service staff in a restaurant do. But many professions that play an essential role in research and even our everyday lives are…

ICT: How can digital technologies become greener?

At the beginning of March, the ministry invited the project partners to the online conference “Green ICT 2023 – Sustainable Information and Communication Technologies”. In the run-up to this conference, RealIZM spoke with Dr. phil. Lutz Stobbe, head of the…

How do you develop the best radar systems in the world for the application in question?

Creating the best radar systems in the world for the application in question is an ambitious undertaking, But Dr. Christian Tschoban and Paul Perlwitz from Fraunhofer IZM are working on nothing short of that goal: The two scientists have developed…

A bionic sensor skin for semi-autonomous service robots in challenging land and underwater applications

A 50,000 square meter artificial reef off the Baltic coast and a green space following the trajectory of the Berlin Wall: Two places, about 240 km apart from each other and as different as could be. However, only a few…

High speed with optical signals: Will the printed circuit board of the future be made of glass?

The backbone of our digital world is made of glass: A network of optical fibers spans the globe and lets data criss-cross our globe. We also experience the digital world through a pane of glass: We interact with the online…

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…