TechConnect Innovator Spotlight:

TechConnect World Innovation Conference
May 14 - 17, 2017, Washington DC

Electric Current and Magnetic Field Imaging System, Texas Tech University


This technology is a non-contact device that can image electric current and three dimensional magnetic
field in real time.

Primary Application Area: Electronics, Sensors, Communications

Technology Development Status: Prototype



In electric circuits, moving electrons in wires or on circuit boards often carry electric charges. Charge can also be carried by ions in an electrolyte, or by both ions and electrons such as in plasma. Currently, there is no known "non-contact" device capable of imaging electric current or magnetic field.

This technology is a non-contact device that can image electric current and magnetic field in real time. It uses an array of sensors originally developed to image magnetic field in three dimensions. This magnetic field device has been developed and the next step is increasing the power and frequency of the sensor array to image electric field. Prototypes have been developed on a circuit board, and the next step will be to integrate it into a handheld device.



Value Proposition: This is a novel technology in that no similar non-contact product exists in the market. The value to industry would be significant cost savings through time savings and increased safety. This device would essentially cut down on diagnostic time to determine where and how much electric current travels though wires without ever having to contact or disturb the wire.



National Innovation Awardee

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab