"Smart agriculture" was a hot topic at the Embedded Technology show. Sensors installed in rice fields can detect water temperature and sense pH scale, for example. Power remains an issue, however. Fujitsu Semiconductor said it has developed an ultra-low-power step-down DC/DC converter for piezoelectric power sources and small solar cells. Farmers can then use solar panels, water mills, or vibration equipment built near rice fields to generate power.
Charles, I'm thinking that it is more of a screening tool. Back in my grade school years they used to do the screening in school by using an overhead project to put a grid on the persons back and then send them to the doctor if they thought anything was out of the ordinary. I was thinking that this was a more high-tech version of that.
I agree Nadine. Networked sensors have been deployed in plants for years. They're getting more and more intelligent. Younger plant engineers are turning to the sensors to read the health of the plant. The older boomer engineers still depend on listening to the hiss and pops of the plant.
I really appreciated the interactive digital signage. I can see where signage technology will become more and more interactive and use sensors to further identify the viewer in order to provide more target marketing ads to each individual.
Although the technology isn't new, it's great to see modern abd creative uses in on place. I love the LED bicycle. With a strong bike-culture and longer nights coming, I wish those were on the roads here in San Francisco.
I disagree with that perspective. If Toyota didn't take a chance with hybrid development while Japan was in crisis in the 90's, we wouldn't have a viable alternative vehicle market today.
Historically, Japan has spent money on projects to improve quality of life. As an island nation, they're impacted by non-sustainable practices very quickly. Solar power usage there has expanded greatly over the last two decades. It's a loss leader but will positively impact future generations.
I think all countries with that muc debt should look at the future in the same way.
Rob, I agree. These slides were quite interesting regarding the seamless applications sensors are being used in. I was quite intrigued with Renesas Electronics analog front end system to tune sensors aided by a microcontroller. I was trying to determine how the robotic mobile platform demonstrated this unique sensor tuning feature.
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