Sensors Insights

Weekly commentary and opinion on sensor industry trends and how sensors impact the world around us provided by noted industry experts, guest contributors in the field, and Executive Editor Mat Dirjish.

Smart Power   May 25, 2007

As a general rule, humans aren't terribly good at planning ahead or dealing with distant threats. We do immediate threats well, however: give us a nice, meaty challenge with a looming deadline and people can become really, really inventive. The majority of people didn't have global warming on their...More>>

Smells Like...Convergence!   May 17, 2007

In the wake of two recent news announcements, I'd have to say that 2007 looks to be a very interesting year for sensor networking. Arch Rock announced a new wireless sensor networking system that natively runs IP (Arch Rock Turns Wireless Sensors into Internet Devices), allowing easier (and direct)...More>>

Automotive Sensors Solve Tough Problems   May 10, 2007

Designers of automotive electronics and their automotive customers have truly challenging requirements for sensor suppliers but usually have several suppliers who are more than capable of meeting them. These high-volume applications attract sensor manufacturers who compete with product...More>>

Untethered   May 3, 2007

On one of my rambles around the Web this week, I happened upon the story Plastic sheet delivers wireless power on Nature's news feed. Japanese researchers have created a thin plastic sheet capable of supplying up to 40 W of power to products on or near to it. Sure, the products need to have a...More>>

Infrared Standards   April 26, 2007

One of infrared temperature measurement's greatest shortcomings is its lack of national and international standards. Oh, specsmanship abounds in manufacturers' literature, but the terms used to describe an instrument's performance leave most of the technology to the imagination of the user.More>>

The Wild World of Rapid Prototyping   April 19, 2007

I once met a researcher in rapid prototyping at a trade event-what he told me, of advances in medical implants, materials, and manufacturing capabilities was fascinating and inspiring. A quick wander around the Web netted me all kinds of links to rapid prototyping as it is being used today and as...More>>

Terahertz-The Next Frontier   April 12, 2007

Marketing professionals have almost rendered the word revolutionize meaningless. But in the case of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy, the original connotation holds true. The new technology will enable scientists and engineers to make measurements on, and obtain images of, material opaque in the...More>>

Self-Healing Houses   April 5, 2007

The EU has just funded a 14 million euro project to create an intelligent villa in Greece, capable of mending cracks in its own walls and monitoring vibration using embedded sensors.More>>

Asset Tracking for All!   March 29, 2007

There's a lot happening in the exciting world of enterprise resource management and asset tracking-AT&T is getting into the sensor-based networking game, and IBM just launched software to aggregate and analyze the vast quantities of data from RFID tags and sensors, to name two of the bigger names...More>>

Psychology vs. Technology   March 22, 2007

One of the things I read religiously whenever it appears in my inbox is Bruce Schneier's Crypto-gram, an email newsletter devoted to security-related topics. The most recent issue included an essay on the psychology of security. To quote Schneier, Security is both a feeling and a reality. And...More>>


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