Environmental Sensor Kits for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Monitoring indoor air quality (IAQ) is an essential aspect of a smart (or any) building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC ) system – especially as the sealing to minimize cooling or heating leakage has improved.  One recent study found that well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) resulted in […]

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Smart Helmet Employs Force Location Sensing

In its Smart Helmet Sensor System, BeBop Sensors claims the first helmet system employing a Force Location Sensor System. The company’s flexible fabric sensors provide high resolution, location-specific impact information. In addition to sensing velocity thresholds, a latticed array of over 40 sensors embedded in the helmet liner, gives it the ability to track the […]

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Highly Accurate Relative Humidity and Temperature Sensor IC

Having two sensing functions in a single package is advantageous for space- and power-constrained designs. With its ENS210, a highly accurate relative humidity and temperature sensor IC, ams AG achieves these goals. The sensor has a digital temperature output in Kelvin, accurate to a maximum ±0.2°C over the range 0°C to 70°C and a digital […]

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Alternatives Emerging to Silicon-Based Sensors

At the MEMS & Sensors Group Executive Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, Roger Grace, President of Roger Grace Associates, a MEMS Marketing Consultancy, discusses the ongoing activity for technology alternatives to silicon sensors. Silicon can be about 50% of the cost of a sensor with packaging and testing being the other 50%. Other materials such as […]

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MEMS Microphone Employs Energy Harvesting

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.

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Getting Sensor Products to Market Faster

At the MEMS & Sensors Group Executive Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, Paul Meissner, founder and President of i-BLADES explains how his company’s i-BLADES Smartcase platform helps other companies get their sensor products to market faster. For more information about i-Blades, click here.

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Demonstrating Sonar on a Chip

At the MEMS & Sensors Group Executive Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, Dave Horsley, Co-Founder and CTO at Chirp Microsystems demonstrates the capabilities of his company’s sonar on a chip (an ultrasound transceiver and microprocessor in a single 8-pin LGA package). The chip uses time of flight measurements for accurately detecting gesture recognition and proximity while […]

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Communicate Using Nasal Pressure

Blink once for yes, twice for no. This technique is frequently used in movies, TV and real life to communicate with a person who is severely injured. It is also used to communicate with “spirits” and even as a secret code for perfectly healthy individuals. In either case, the communications are always limited to yes […]

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Dev Kit for Printable Force Sensors

Printable sensors have emerged as a new classification for sensing technologies. With its Quantum Tunneling Composite (QTC®) technology, Peratech has a screen printable polymer-based ink in opaque and transparent versions for sensing force/touch.  The electrical resistance of a QTC sensor changes based on changes in applied force – more force reduces the resistance. Quantum tunneling […]

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Image Sensor Delivers 48-Mpixel Resolution

Claiming an industry first, CMOSIS, a member of the ams AG group, CMV50000 global shutter CMOS image sensor offers a resolution of 48 Mpixels. With its global shutter…

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Unique Applications Often Dictate Special Sensor Designs

Recognizing the special requirements of certain proximity measurements, Turck has introduced extensions to its ultrasonic sensor products. To address special application requirements that include long sensing ranges, non-metallic,…

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Alumina Sensor Withstands Extreme Temperatures

In addition to durability issues, high temperature sensing environments can produce thermal drift and zero flow offset problems over a large temperature range. To address these problems, Morgan Advanced…

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Measure Current or Linear Position with Contactless Magnetic Field Sensor

Based on proprietary and patented Magnetic Logic Unit™ (MLU) technology, Crocus Technology has introduced the CT219 magnetic field sensor. The contactless sensor can replace current transformers in high…

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Sensing Technologies to Improve Semiconductor Yields

Sensing can play a key role in semiconductor batch processing where several wafers with several die per wafer for each batch require a consistent processing environment to achieve…

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Testbed for Sensor-to-the-Cloud Connectivity

With its “Smart Manufacturing Connectivity for Brownfield Sensors Testbed,” the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) improves the availability of data from sensor-to-the-cloud connectivity. For operators of existing manufacturing facilities,…

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Sensing in the Water and Wastewater Industry

A new report from Global Water Intelligence (GWI) provides a detailed guide to the opportunities in the “smart market” for the water and wastewater industry. With increased worldwide…

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Sensor Measures Conductivity and Temperature

Conductivity can be an important measurement in phase separations, chromatography, fermentation, clean in place (CIP), monitoring and ultrafiltration applications typically found in pharmaceutical, food, life sciences and other…

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An Electronic Solution to Parking Violations

  Goodbye, mechanical parking boot. Hello, electronic Barnacle Parking Enforcement. When parking enforcement officials find an illegally-parked vehicle, the electronic system provides a 3’ 4” x 2’opaque surface…

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Sensor Sales Grow but Prices Erode

According to IC Insights’ 2016 O-S-D Report—A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes, sharply falling average selling prices (ASPs) on accelerometers, gyroscope chips, and magnetic-field…

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Sensing Dust in the Wind

A major problem that often turns deadly is a dust storm blowing across a busy freeway. In desert areas, dust storms seem to occur out of nowhere. Today,…

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Interchangeable Thermistors for High-Accuracy Sensing

Interchangeability over a broad temperature range that eliminates the need to individually calibrate or provide circuit compensation for part-to-part variability is a key design attribute for many sensors….

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Partnering for a Best-in-Class Sensing Solutions

With today’s sensors / systems complexity, it is difficult for one company to have all the expertise to execute a complete design, especially one that’s best-in-class. To overcome…

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New Sensors Announced at Sensors Midwest

With the new Sensors Midwest conference and exhibit that took place September 27-28 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, sensor suppliers have a new…

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Position/Displacement System Addresses Analytical and OEM Applications

With the SMT 9700 position/displacement system from the Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Inc., users can obtain high resolution noncontact position/ displacement feedback from virtually any electrically…

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Encoders with Stainless Steel Construction

The popularity of a sensor can be extended by revising the design to address an application issue that the previous version did not address. That is exactly what…

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