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September 21, 2012     

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Sensors Insights By Melanie Martella

Tailoring Technology
So, I spent last week sitting in an old New Hampshire mill building, knitting like a fiend. And the only reason that fact is relevant is that the existence of that mill gives me an excuse to talk about tailoring technology to fit the application. And we all know that the application decides what you measure, how you measure it, and just how complicated your solution is going to be. continued

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DOE Awards PARC $4 Million ARPA-E Contract
The company will develop a fiber-optic monitoring system capable of providing detailed information about the internal condition of batteries to allow them to perform better in electric vehicle and grid storage applications. continued

LORD Acquires MicroStrain
The addition of the MicroStrain's sensing technology enhances LORD's vibration and motion control portfolio, and the combination of these technologies will enable smarter aircraft, machines, and industrial processes. continued

TransDigm Acquires Aero-Instruments
Aero designs and manufactures highly engineered air data sensors and flight test equipment for use primarily in the business jet and helicopter markets. continued


Meter Data Management Market Expected to Grow
Pike Research forecasts installed base will serve more than 480 million smart meters by 2020. continued

Wireless Sensor Network Market to Grow
ABI Research forecasts continued strong growth, driven by the smart metering and home automation/entertainment segments. continued

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RFaxis to Produce New RF Front-End ICs
The second-generation, pure-CMOS, single-chip/single-die wireless devices are designed for smartphones and tablets, WLAN 11a/n/ac, wireless audio, ZigBee, and smart energy/home automation. continued

Aptina Introduces 18 MP BSI Image Sensor
The sensor's A-PixHS pixel technology promotes increased performance and high-speed in consumer cameras. continued

WABCO Offers Lane-Departure Warning Technology
The OnLane advanced driver assistance system for trucks and buses integrates a camera and an electronic control unit to provide drivers with visual and acoustic warnings in case of unintentional lane departure. continued

Rethink Robotics Unveils Humanoid Robot
The robot is capable of applying common sense behavior to manufacturing environments, promising to make manufacturers more competitive. continued

Vuzix Announces Augmented Reality Glasses
The STAR 1200 XL is see-through, augmented reality-enabled binocular video eyewear, sporting a 35° field of view for use in a wide variety of industrial and commercial applications. continued

Intel's Vision of a Wireless Future
Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner describes a world in which everything that computes is connected, enabled by technologies such as all-digital Wi-Fi radios, client-based authentication technology, WiGig, and video aware wireless networks. continued

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