A Look into the Future – Just for Fun

Sometimes it is just fun to look ahead and wonder what the future will bring. In 2011, there have been some interesting announcements that get the imagination going. Epidermal electronics: engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a temporary tattoo-like electronic patch that mounts directly onto the skin. If you can build skin-mounted electronics [...]

Signal Conditioning Demystified

What Is Signal Conditioning? Signal conditioning is the part of a data acquisition system that interfaces to a sensor. Most sensors require some type of accommodation to turn their input into a linear voltage that can be measured by a data acquisition computer. Often, the signal is too "small" and must be changed to a [...]