Physicist Dr. Bijan Miremadi has developed a gas sensor that could prevent disasters caused by dangerous gases both at home and in the workplace. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the only one of its kind in existence," says Miremadi. Depending on the type of sensor heads they use, most gas sensors currently in the market are not selective to a particular gas. His system is like a sniffing camera which can find any gas and identify it. Miremadi developed two versions--a handheld unit suitable for personal use or in the home, and another unit that can be controlled by a computer and monitor multi locations in office buildings, industrial sites, and mines. The handheld version, now in the prototype stage, can also be connected to a computer or operated independently. Miremadi is currently looking for financing to bring his products to market. The sensor was developed with the support of SFU's university/industry liaison office, in collaboration with Western Pacific Research Corp., an SFU spin-off company.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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