For Powercast, whose Powerharvester receiver (PCC110) has been deployed in industrial and commercial systems for seven years, today’s answer is reduce the footprint and volume. The company’s new PCC114 receiver chip’s footprint (1 x 0.6 x 0.3 mm) is seven times smaller than the PCC110 (2 x 2.1 x 0.9 mm) and has 20 times […]
Energy harvesting (EH) has been an exciting potential source to power wireless sensing nodes for well over a decade. As in many new technology areas, the hype frequently exceeds the capability of the technology, especially within the short term. While some projections have changed within the last few years, EH still has great potential for […]
They’re green. They’re yellow and many other very obvious colors. And, if they are in your town, they seem to be everywhere. Bike-sharing has become a high-volume business for companies with unusual names, like Ofo, Didi Chuxing, Mobike, LimeBike, and more. According to Ofo’s website, the process simply consists of: “Find it. Scan it. Ride […]
Materials with unusual properties are a starting point for creating new sensors. A company involved in products with complex material properties and electronics possibly has an edge over its rivals when it comes to discovering or creating new sensing technologies. For example, Continental, a tire maker and automotive electronics supplier recently used electrically conductive rubber […]
With all the new sensors available today that either (1) did not exist, (2) had less capabilities and/or (3) were more expensive just a few years ago, innovative engineers should be exploring new ways to use them. One way to do this is sensor specific: with sensor X available at an affordable price, what can […]
At Sensors Expo 2017, Geoffroy Gosset, CEO and founder of e-peas, explains how a variety of energy harvesting techniques and low power solutions that his company supplies can answer this question. Using the company’s power management ICs (PMICs), systems can be designed that run ARM processors continuously at low frequencies and draw less power than […]
One of the more common techniques for accelerating designs and avoiding unexpected design problems involves software tools. For energy harvesting (EH) applications, Mentor Graphics on-line modeling and simulation platform called SystemVision, a cloud-based design system, provides component/system suppliers and users the basis for a new EH design tool. Since many designers are intrigued by the […]
Energy harvesting (EH) or converting renewable or existing sources of energy to electrical power can occur with several sources including light, heat, and motion providing the input. Photoelectric, thermoelectric, piezoelectric and electrodynamic techniques are well-known and often used to power sensing nodes that transmit data to a central controller. Depending on how much light is […]
At the MEMS & Sensors Group Executive Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, Matt Crowley, the CEO of Vesper Technologies, demonstrates his company’s wake on sound MEMS microphone. The VM1010 prototype uses the piezoelectric MEMS microphone as a piezoelectric energy harvester for saving power with an always on voice mode. For more information, click here.
At Sensors Expo 2016, Charlie Greene, Chief Operating & Technical Officer at Powercast explains RFID tags, RFID sensor tags, RF powered accelerometer tags and more. For more information, click here.