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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.

RFID: Not Just Vanilla Anymore   November 17, 2006

More and more, RFID tags-which traditionally carried simple identifying information-are being paired with sensors. And lately they're being enhanced by other technologies, too, for sometimes-surprising effect.More>>

The Lights Are Out, But Everyone Is Home   November 16, 2006

Our culture is full of conspiracy theories, involving the Kennedy assassination, extraterrestrials, and RFID. We all take these with a grain of salt because we are aware that only kooks place any stock in them. But there is one that I fervently believe: Both my wife and daughter are agents of the...More>>

RFID Scanning for Fires   November 15, 2006

Here on the east coast the weather is dank and damp and getting colder. For our antipodean friends in Australia, however, summer is just beginning and with the summer heat comes the threat of forest fires. A new take on RFID may give the firefighters a quicker way to spot blazes.More>>

Two Cheers for NASA   November 14, 2006

Only two cheers today, but one’s pretty loud and the other’s well above audible. First, NASA will save the Hubble Space Telescope. Second, NASA has established a venture capital entity designed to direct government research contracts (and funds) toward small high-tech companies with...More>>

Our Top 50 Products List   November 13, 2006

This year the editors of Sensors did something new: We looked over all the new-product releases of the past year and compiled an index of our top choices. The result is November's cover story, Sensors' Top 50 Products of 2006. Of course any such exercise is subjective, but we think the list we...More>>

Getting Inside the Other Guy's Head-Part 2   November 10, 2006

In October, I discussed the role sensors play in neurofeedback- conditioning that rewards the brain for desired activity and discourages the objectionable. The process may sound like something out of Frankenstein, but it can help your child in school.More>>

The Big Brown Marble   November 9, 2006

When I was in Anaheim, California, on business a couple of years ago, more than one native Golden Stater remarked: I know New Hampshire's beautiful, but I don't think I could take the humidity. This struck me as hilarious, because as someone who grew up in Memphis (as in Tennessee), I think of my...More>>

Location Using Active RFID   November 8, 2006

Once upon a time, some bright spark said let's add little radio ID tags to things so we can track where they are! and after some growing pains and technological quick-steps, RFID has made steady inroads into enterprise asset management and logistics.More>>

Are You Among the 90% of SOA Adopters?   November 7, 2006

In his monthly Extreme Data column, Tom Kevan has described how service oriented architecture (SOA) software enhances the value of sensor data by making them quickly and easily available to large numbers of users. Now comes a benchmark report from the Aberdeen Group saying nine of every ten...More>>

An Inadvertent Barrier to Entry?   November 6, 2006

Technological Darwinism-the theory that the best products achieve the broadest adoption-is an urban myth. The disposition of R&D dollars and the content of standards determine, to a large extent, which technologies get a chance to prove themselves. Given this, what effect will the new SP100...More>>

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