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Sensors Insights By Ian Chen

The Future of Context-Interactive Devices
Context awareness has become a hot topic in mobile devices. The idea seems self-evident: design these devices to be smart enough to adapt themselves to their users. In 2009, the Gartner Group defined context-aware computing as "the concept of leveraging information about the end user to improve the quality of interaction." Indeed, context awareness represents a fundamental shift in interactivity: instead of end users programming their devices with their preferences, devices observe their users and deduce what the users want and then adapt themselves accordingly. continued

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OrthoSensor Secures Series B Financing
The company has closed on an additional $15 million in financing, bringing the total to $36 million, which will be used to expand commercialization of its OrthoSensor Knee Balancer and to support the launch of additional intelligent orthopedic devices. continued


IPS Demonstrates Advances in Battery Technology
The company has announced that its THINERGY micro-energy cell achieved "record-breaking cycle life performance" of 75,000 full battery cycles. continued

ZMDI Offers Rugged Actuator-Sensor Interface
The ASI4U-F IC is well suited for AS-I applications in harsh industrial automation environments, in temperatures as low as –40°C. continued

AT&T to Launch Home Automation Services
The new all-digital home security monitoring and automation services platform will give users unparalleled remote control and security of their homes using any Web-enabled device, regardless of the wireless carrier. continued

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Freescale Offers New Cell Base Station Design
The multi-protocol baseband-to-antenna reference design combines the QorIQ Qonverge BSC9131 base station system-on-chip with RF radio boards to create a system that scales across a range of cellular bands to ease developers' transition from 3G to 4G LTE. continued

Baolab to Expand Motion Sensor Portfolio
The company expects to be able to modify 3D NanoCompass structures to build other motion sensors to create low-cost, smart, reconfigurable inertial measurement units. continued

Echelon Announces OSGP-compliant Control Module
The CPM 0600 promises to enable electricity meter manufacturers to offer comprehensive automated metering and low-voltage grid optimization systems. continued

Novatel Offers Remote Asset Management System
The SA-G+ telemetry system supports both CDMA2000 1X and GSM/GPRS connectivity for global deployments, with voice and data features, as well as firmware-over-the-air capabilities. continued


Plantronics Creates Developer Community
The Developer Connection will provide access to tools that enable third parties to incorporate presence, availability, proximity, and caller information into applications that support smarter, context-aware services. continued

HTA to Advance Organic Electronics Production
The European alliance aims to revolutionize the way printed electronic circuits are made by the developing p- and n-type OTFTs, integrating them with complementary logic, and increasing electronic performance by minimizing critical OTFT dimensions. continued

Cymbet Teams with Micross
The two companies will collaborate to supply embedded energy solutions for multi-chip packages, offering EnerChip solid-state batteries and ultra-low-power management ICs in bare die format. continued

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