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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.

MEMS State of the Union   February 22, 2007

As a strategic marketing consultant specializing in MEMS, I intend to provide Sensors? readers with an up to the minute assessment addressing some of the most interesting, important and critical news in the MEMS industry and its associated technologies. I will address here, from a commercialization...More>>

The Pressure Is on for Wireless Interoperability   February 8, 2007

Serious discussion of wireless sensor industrial networks has been going on for over ten years. It's about time we stopped and asked: Where are we with this technology? Where are we going? And what do we need to get there? The answer to the last question is interoperability.More>>

Sensor Gateways to Enterprise Systems   February 1, 2007

Data derived from sensors can no longer be limited to the plant floor. Powerful forces are moving to integrate it with other related enterprise systems, pulling sensor data all the way to the boardroom. The key technology making this practical is the conduit that now links the physical world of...More>>

Danger In the Air   January 25, 2007

Airborne pollution falls into two major categories. There's careless, casual contamination (some of it being created halfway across the globe and wafting our way) caused mainly by noxious emissions. And then there's the cruel, calculated kind-the sort that's on our minds continually in this age of...More>>

Practice Makes Perfect   January 18, 2007

According to this recent story in the Des Moines Register, accidents caused by winter road conditions peak in November and decrease as the winter progresses. Because, apparently, the more practice we get driving in nasty winter weather conditions, the better we get at it.More>>

Welcome to Sensors Weekly!   January 12, 2007

Many of our readers and contributors have asked: What's up with Sensors? Our answer is: We're still here, doing what we've always done-giving you an in-depth look at the technologies and industry events that shape the world of sensors. We're still providing detailed accounts of new, imaginative...More>>

The Future of National Distributed Control Systems   December 8, 2006

You can't define networked embedded control of cyber physical systems without factoring in the concept of fragility.More>>

Coming to Terms with Wireless   December 7, 2006

Wireless communications have not yet achieved plug-and-play status; however, neither are they the magic sold by flim-flam artists. The wireless market desperately needs to educate potential users to set realistic expectations. Wireless installations work, but only after both the technology provider...More>>

Tattletale Shoes   December 6, 2006

So, in August, Nike and Apple introduced some very swank shoes that use a small wireless sensor on the shoe to communicate the runner's performance with a receiver attached to his or her iPod. Today (a mere four months later) I learn that some bright sparks from the University of Washington have...More>>

Redefining Sensors   December 5, 2006

In most cases, basic sensing technology is mature and unlikely to change much. But don't get too comfortable; the concept of what constitutes a sensor is changing drastically. New capabilities are being added to enable these familiar devices to take on new applications.More>>

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