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August 10, 2012     

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Sensors Insights By Melanie Martella

August R&D Round Up
OK, how awesome (in the true sense of the word) was the successful landing of Curiosity on Mars? And how jubilant were the people in Mission Control at that successful touchdown? Mad geniuses the lot of them, and I can't wait to see what Curiosity will discover. Now that I've got my moment of squee out of the way, let's talk about some non-space-based technology developments, shall we? This month we have a beetle-inspired strain sensor and a smart knee simulator to provide data on how to protect knee ligaments. continued

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On-Ramp Announces Results of Field Trials
The DOE-funded pilot programs at San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison demonstrate how On-Ramp's wireless system can securely and reliably monitor the hardest to reach utility assets to significantly improve grid reliability. continued

Fendt Adopts Ubisense Location-Based Systems
The agricultural equipment manufacturer has installed the technology in its facility in Marktoberdorf, Germany, to cultivate real-time visibility of its production processes. continued

Teledyne to Use AFS for Design Verification
The technology provider has selected Berkeley Design Automation's Analog FastSPICE platform for block-level characterization and full-circuit verification of its image sensor designs. continued


Energy Harvesting Market Projected to Grow
Research published by MarketsandMarkets predicts that global revenue in this sector will reach $1894.87 million by 2017. continued

Smartphone Providers Adopt Facial Recognition
ABI Research predicts that by the end of 2012 nearly 20% of the phones shipped will include the technology. continued

The Advent of the Autonomous Car
A KPMG and Center for Automotive Research report indicates that autonomous cars promise to reshape human-vehicle interaction and road and city design sooner than you think. continued

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mPhase Explores Use of New Technologies
The company is exploring the possibility of complementing its Smart NanoBattery with new printing technologies, using graphene and other advanced materials. continued

Leviton Introduces New Line of Motion Sensors
The offering includes newly designed occupancy and vacancy sensor models for all loads, including a dimming sensor for increased energy-efficiency and ambiance. continued

ZMDI Announces Power Management ICs
The ZSPM4121 and ZSPM4141 ICs target applications requiring ultra-low-power operations. continued

Trimble Introduces Handheld Crop Sensor
Greenseeker measurements can be used to indicate basic nutrient response, crop condition, yield potential, stress, biomass, leaf area, herbicide efficiency, and pest impact. continued

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