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December 7, 2012     

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Sensors Insights By Melanie Martella

December R&D Round Up
Before we get to the last R&D round up of the year, I'd like to take this opportunity to urge you to support your local food banks. Even with the economy improving, there are an awful lot of people still going hungry on a regular basis and every little bit helps. Right, on to neat technologies! This month, we have a vibration sensor that's powered by earthquakes and smart bandages that can monitor wounds for infection. continued

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Ocean Thin Films Announces Grant Program
The company is calling for proposals for multispectral imaging research involving the use of its SpectroCam platform. continued


San Mateo Launches Smart Parking Technology
The deployment of Streetline and Cisco's wireless sensor network hardware and software technology will help users find parking in downtown San Mateo and provide real-time parking-availability information. continued

Virgin Galactic Selects Simulation Platform
The company will use Quantum3D's six-channel Independence IDX 7000 image generator to train its spaceline pilots. continued


Photonic IC Market Expected to Grow
The newly released MarketsandMarkets report on the photonic integrated circuit and quantum computing market predicts this sector will be worth $1,547.6 million by 2022. continued


Satellite Reveals New Night Views of Earth
The NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite provides extraordinary images using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, sensing technology sensitive enough to detect the light from a single ship at sea. continued

Red Lion Cellular Routers Support 4G LTE
The company's Sixnet IndustrialPro 6000 M2M rugged devices have been certified by and compatible with the Bell Mobility 4G LTE network. continued

Thinfilm Ready for Printed Electronics Growth
With its end-to-end production infrastructure in place, the company can support a complete, high-volume, scalable supply chain for producing robust printed electronics. continued

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TI Announces New Microcontroller Family
The MSP430F521x/522x devices simplify smart interfacing between the 1.8 V and 3.6 V voltage domains for sensor hubs, keyboard controls, and health and fitness applications. continued

Toshiba Launches New CMOS Image Sensor
The company's TCM5114PL VGA image sensor sports a high dynamic range and fast frame rate, enabling optimumization of car displays and security camera viewing. continued

Taking Context Awareness to the Next Level
Sensor Platforms' FreeMotion Library of algorithmic software, working with sensor fusion, promises to enable context-aware applications on mobile devices to proactively engage with the user. continued

RivieraWaves Achieves 802.11n Certification
The certification covers the company's new scalable Wi-Fi 802.11ac silicon intellectual property, which targets mobile, digital TV, set-top box, gaming, and industrial applications. continued

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