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.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.