Great article! We at XYZ Interactive Tech. have developed a distance-based IR sensor that merges the technique of angle measurement and signal strength of a reflected IR pulse. This can be done in a low-cost package to output distance with customized resolution and accuracy. We have extended this principle to design sensors in 2D and 3D to recognize hand gestures for "smart" switching technology applications.
Smart sensors is a promising area for innovation in 2013. The combination of more powerful processors, networking connectivity and mass customization of sensor designs is opening up lots of possibilities for more intelligent sensor solutions. Add to that wireless technology, especially for factory applications, and we can expect to see an area ready to keep developing new products.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
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