With the availability of advanced technologies, digital systems,
and communications, portable instruments are rapidly evolving from
simple, stand alone, low-accuracy measuring instruments to complex
multifunctional, network integrated, high-performance digital
devices with advanced interface capabilities. The relatively brief
treatments these instruments receive in many books are no longer
adequate. Designers, engineers and scientists need a comprehensive
reference dedicated to electronic portable instruments that
explains the state-of-art and future directions. Electronic
Portable Instruments: Design and Applications introduces the basic
measurement and instrumentation concepts, describes the operating
principles, and discusses the typical specifications of three main
groups of portable instruments: Portable and handheld instruments
built for specific applications Intelligent sensor-based devices
with few components and dedicated features, such as implantable
medical devices Portable data systems containing fixed sensors and
supporting mechanisms, but equipped with advanced communications
capabilities, such as mobile weather stations The author discusses
sensors suitable for these instruments, addresses how components
are selected, and clearly shows that instrument design centers on
trade-offs between costs, performance, size and weight, power
consumption, interface options, ruggedness, and the ability to
operate in a range of environments. A multitude of tables,
formulae, and figures--many in full color--enhance the
presentation. Numerous examples of applications demonstrate the
current diversity of these devices and point the way to future
trends in development and applications.
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