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Sensors Insights

Weekly commentary and opinion on sensor industry trends and how sensors impact the world around us provided by Editor Melanie Martella and guest contributors.


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Our Analog World and the Right Tool for the Job   September 19, 2006

It's a digital world. Actually, no, it's an analog world that humans, wanting to investigate and control, translate to the digital realm in order to interpret and manipulate. And that's okay-as long as doing so makes sense.More>>

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Who Is Watching Over Your Privacy?   September 18, 2006

As sensing technology advances and its use proliferates, the potential for the invasion of individuals' privacy grows. Who then is responsible for guarding against the misuse of new sensory developments?More>>

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Paving the Way for Nanotech   September 15, 2006

MEMS devices have had a long, convoluted road to commercialization, in large part because of the complexity of dealing with materials at such a small scale. However, MEMS benefited from the commercial infrastructure created for microelectronics, adapting methods and equipment to these new...More>>

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Lessening the Burden of Power   September 14, 2006

You've probably imagined what you could do with sensors that are completely independent not only of communications lines but also of power lines. Plenty of suppliers have also contemplated this and have made intriguing progress in battery development and energy harvesting, as recent news reports...More>>

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Realizing the Potential of Sensors   September 13, 2006

The proliferation of sensors is producing a wealth of information, which when used properly can optimize manufacturing processes, deliver greater performance in motor vehicles and aircraft, and enhance all types of operations, from medical facilities to warehouses to logistical services. The catch...More>>

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Smart Stuff and Time Out   September 12, 2006

Does anyone remember those battery-operated swizzle sticks that 1950s grown-ups thought were just so cool? Those do-dads had fat handles because they ran off D-cells and had no reason to exist so far as I can make out. Lately I've been catching up on some other consumer gadgets that make more...More>>

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Putting Kids in Charge of Play   September 11, 2006

Here's a fascinating new addition to the world of robotic toys: PicoCricket. The same MIT resesarcher who worked with Lego to create its Mindstorms product is behind The Playful Invention Company, the company creating these more open-ended robotics kits.More>>

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Reliability and Biosensor Development   September 8, 2006

Plenty of engineering work is inspired by nature. But some of it-biosensor development, for instance-goes beyond inspiration and actually incorporates biological components. Interestingly, some of the folks doing that development indicate that biosensors are more reliable than man-made sensors.More>>

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$367./Life?   September 7, 2006

When I divide $18,000 by 49, I get $367. and change. I didn't pull those numbers out of the air. RAAS, Honeywell's sensor-assist software product might very well have kept the crew of Comair's flight #5191 from trying to lift off from a short taxiway. RAAS costs $18,000. The fiery crash that ensued...More>>

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Finding the Last Drop of Oil   September 6, 2006

Many experts say that the days of fossil fuel are numbered, but a huge infrastructure-some would say our entire economy-has been built around oil. As this precious natural resource becomes harder to find and acquire, new technology must be used to maintain this ill-fated cornerstone of our economy.More>>