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Sensors Insights By Tom Kevan

Qualifying the Quantified Self
Look around, and you'll see people using all manner of sensor-enabled devices to monitor a growing number of facets of their personal lives. Whether it's a simple pedometer or a trendy Fitbit, practioners of the "quantified self" are using devices to measure everything from what they eat and how much they exercise to their emotional state. The goal is to improve how they function in their daily lives. continued

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OmniVision Selects ProPlus NanoSpice Simulator
The company will use the parallel SPICE simulator in the analog design of CMOS imaging integrated circuits. continued

Japanese OEM Orders Perceptron Helix System
The sale is important because it is the first time Perceptron will install one of its in-line dimensional gauging systems in a Europe-based facility. continued

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MEMS Market Expected to Double in Six Years
The Research and Markets "Status of the MEMS Industry 2013 -- Executive Summary" report finds growth of consumer applications is pushing new strategies for MEMS companies. continued

Demand for Graphene Soars
Research and Markets' report on the graphene market predicts growing demand in a variety of industries, with long-term prospects for applications in electronics and optics. continued

Bluetooth Key Internet of Everything Enabler
ABI Research contends the emergence of standardized ultra-low-power wireless technologies like Bluetooth will provide critical connectivity required to create the Internet of Everything. continued


Continental Unveils New Seatbelt Function
The ContiGuard Active Emergency Belt Control prepares the vehicle and its occupants for an accident in case a crash is unavoidable. continued

Trimble Unveils Tire Monitoring System
The new TirePulse provides real-time machine health information, allowing fleet managers to monitor tire temperature and pressure in VisionLink. continued

Gladiator Releases LandMark 50 MEMS IMU
The ultra-low noise inertial measurement unit features robust environmental sealing for EMI protection and user-selectable RS-485 data rates up to 500 Hz. continued

Libelium Sensors Enable Open Source Satellite
Upon its successful launch, the crowd-funded ArduSat satellite allows private citizens to design and run their own applications in space, including experiments using Libelium sensors to detect high-energy radiation in space. continued


Sigma Labs and Los Alamos Collaborate
The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to work together to identify and commercialize new technologies for 3D printing of metals. continued

StoreDot Secures $6 million in Financing
The company will use the funding to adapt its groundbreaking peptide-based nanotechnology to advance mobile device services. continued

MapShots and AgSense Collaborate
The two companies will combine their agronomy software and cloud-based wireless network technologies to provide real-time irrigation and machine data to growers for remote monitoring and management. continued


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