I know, you’re tired of hearing about the Internet of Things (IoT). But let’s talk about one of the components -- one of the more unheralded components -- that makes it tick, the sensors. What good is it to have everything connected to everything when you don’t know what’s happening at the client end? That’s where the sensors clearly need to come into play.
Design News is holding a class next week in its online Continuing Education Center that goes through the basics of various types of sensors. If you know what types of sensors are available, that cuts down your development work considerably. Then, when you know which type of sensor is best for your application, you need to know how to integrate it to maximize its performance.
I think you’ll be surprised at not only how many sensor types exist, but how many exist within each sub-category. Depending on your power, space, cost, ergonomics, etc. needs, choosing the right sensor may not make or break your design, but it’ll sure make a difference to how it operates, and of course to how happy the user is with the system.