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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.

ISA Expo 2006-The Sensors Report, Part 1   October 23, 2006

Much of the buzz at last week's ISA Expo centered-as it did at Sensors Expo in June-on wireless networking. The event showcased intrigue concerning wireless sensor networking standards, plus product and strategy announcements from major vendors, startups, and others in between.More>>

Blurring the Distinction   October 20, 2006

For some time, IT professionals and factory floor engineers and operators have viewed business networks and sensing and control networks as two separate worlds. But the crush of competition and the drive of technology are proving them wrong.More>>

Off-Label Uses and More Unintended Consequences   October 19, 2006

The idea of the cell phone is fairly simple: Hey, how about a phone you can take with you, wherever you go! What's more interesting, at least to me, are some of the unexpected uses that have cropped up.More>>

Getting Around   October 18, 2006

Lost on a New Hampshire back road? I can help. Keep heading downhill and try to find and follow a river. Before long you will come to a town where you can either ask directions to Tennessee or consult your maps. Lost in Cubicle City? You're on your own. Or maybe the SWAN could guide you.More>>

Safety's Two-Edged Sword   October 17, 2006

Considering how much time we spend in our cars, it's a good thing the safety of these vehicles is increasing all the time. Or is it? A recent article posted on found that as our cars get safer, we drive more aggressively, offsetting the positive effect.More>>

A Tag For Everything-and the Ensuing Data   October 16, 2006

A survey of more than 700 IEEE Fellows, done by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in conjunction with the Institute for the Future, sought to learn what science and technology developments are most likely within the next 10 to 50 years. The extensive results include the...More>>

Getting Inside the Other Guy's Head   October 13, 2006

The news is full of stories telling of instances where sensors have made it possible to better understand our physical world, from earthquakes and tsunamis to volcanic activity and undersea seismic disruptions. For some time now, they have also helped us understand disruptive conditions inside our...More>>

RFID: Don't Leave Home Without It   October 12, 2006

Like the rain, which falleth upon the just and unjust, technology is basically neutral. (There are some obvious exceptions, but their number is small, we all know what they are, and I'm not going to talk about them today.) What I am going to talk about is how quickly neutrality erodes when someone...More>>

Bright Ideas and Bunches of Intelligent Others   October 11, 2006

So, bright and early (local time) on Monday, an underground nuclear test was (allegedly) performed in North Korea. I'm not going to talk about the politics, rightness, wrongness, or even wrong-headedness of this. What I am going to talk about is the data collected, and what interested laypeople did...More>>

Saving Lives On the Gridiron-And Off   October 10, 2006

Football is a dangerous sport. But a recent article in the Christian Science Monitor illustrates that sensor-enhanced equipment is making the game safer. New technologies aimed at making the sport safer for athletes are examples of how high-tech devices may spread throughout the game in coming...More>>

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