Smart Home applications including home monitoring, senior lifestyle, smart HVAC and smart lighting can benefit from a reference design that senses motion. To expedite the development of these systems, GreenPeak Technologies, now offers a low cost Passive Infra-Red (PIR) sensor in a reference design based on GreenPeak’s GP490 ZigBee communication chip. The wireless design uses […]
When automotive engineers need a contactless sensor for measurements such as throttle position, pedal position and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) position, Hall-effect technology is a frequent choice. With the HAR 24xy linear Hall-effect sensor family, Micronas integrates two automotive-qualified die into an ultra-thin (<1 mm) TSSOP14-1 package. The two stacked die enable high-precision redundant measurements and […]
Development kits for access to the Intent of Things (IoT) can greatly expedite a company’s involvement. Specifically targeting industrial systems access, Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) offers a suite of comprehensive development kits. Featuring two multi-sensor-node boards, the kits include all the hardware and software aspects designers need to create wireless sensor networks and communicate sensor […]
At Sensors Expo 2014, Susan Adams, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for PNI Sensor Corporation discusses the company’s new SENtral™ Motion Coprocessor for mobile devices. To watch the video, click here. For more information about the SENtral™ Motion Coprocessor, click here.
At Sensors Expo 2014, Mike Stanley from Freescale Semiconductor explains the company’s Xtrinsic Sensor Fusion demo. Software developed and improved over the last three years used with the company’s sensors allows accurate motion detection in handheld applications. To watch the video, click here. For more information about Freescale Semiconductor’s Xtrinsic Sensor Fusion, click here.
Designed by a cyclist, Useeme Bicycle Turn Signals target reducing accidents at intersections in urban areas where approximately 75% of bicycling accidents occur. When a rider uses a hand signal to indicate a turn, a wristband on that arm lights up. A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) motion sensor detects the hand movements and continuously adapts to […]
Using piezoresistive nanowire technology, licensed from CEA-Leti, Tronics has manufactured the first piezoresistive nanowire 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) inertial MEMS device. On a chip less than 4 mm2, both triaxis accelerometers and triaxis gyroscopes have been fabricated. While this was the initial batch for this design, the company is encouraged and will continue its […]
Announced at CES 2014, the InvenSense ICM-20628 system on chip (SoC) boasts the world’s highest performance and lowest power fully autonomous 6-axis motion tracking solution. The single-chip design combines industry-leading gyroscope and accelerometer specifications with InvenSense third generation digital motion processing and algorithms while consuming less than 2mW. New features of the sensor include: Self-calibration […]
With Google Inc’s announcement of its plans to acquire Nest Labs Inc, the Internet of Things (IoT) received a tremendous boost. Nest Labs makes smart thermostats and smoke alarms that have a high degree of connectivity. The Nest Protect smoke alarm uses six sensors: photoelectric smoke sensor, carbon monoxide (CO) sensor, heat sensor, light sensor, […]
Just when you thought that you’ve heard just about every smart prefixed term possible, a new one appears. This time it is based on research reported by engineers at Microsoft Research, University of Rochester and University of Southampton about what is being called a smart bra. Instrumented with an electrocardiogram (EKG) sensor to capture heart […]