Before Sensors Expo officially starts, three pre-conference programs promise to give attendees a full day of data acquisition and analysis, nano and MEMS technology or energy harvesting information. On day one, James McLurkin, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticist, inventor, researcher and teacher, kicks off the 2008 conference and exhibit with a keynote address to instigate creativity titled “Engineering Creativity: Exercises for the Right Brain.” The inventor of SwarmBots should create a buzz with examples of robotics mimicking bees. Then, attendees’ choices expand to either visiting the booths of the leading sensor suppliers on the exhibit floor or hearing presentations from industry experts in any of nine technical tracks.
In addition to perennial favorite tracks on emerging sensing technologies and applications, wireless sensing, sensor standards, systems and embedded intelligence, power management and low power sensing and novel approaches to measurement and detection, 2008 brings three new tracks on transportation infrastructure monitoring, green sensing and machine health and predictive maintenance. Wireless and networking are part of many presentations, regardless of the session’s title.
Here is a small sample of what is in store for those who walk the exhibit’s floor.
Freescale Semiconductor’s booth includes Guitar Hero III demonstrating a 3-axis low-power, low-profile capacitive micromachined accelerometer, MMA7360L, as well as vehicle dynamic control and active suspension, home automation, ZigBee wireless environmental monitoring, proximity sensors and eTouchbook displays.
Among its displays, Analog Devices’ booth will include an industrial vibration sensor demo.
MicroStrain’s exhibit will show visitors the subtle aspects of wireless storing and transmitting data as well as real-time transmission of analog sensor data for remote measurements.
International participation from companies such as ZMD, Virtual Extension and e2v reinforces the global aspect of Sensors Expo. ZMD will showcase analog-to-digital converters and signal conditioning circuitry. Virtual Extension will explain the “Mobility” feature of its wireless, fixed mesh sensor network that allows users to move or relocate the network coordinator without requiring changes. European sensor supplier e2v brings its expertise in chemical sensing for automotive applications as well as its extensive industrial and aerospace knowledge to Sensors Expo in 2008.
The annual event usually has several new product announcements, so stay tuned for show-time updates.