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To Swipe or Not to Swipe

September 15, 2011 2:52 pm | by Ahsan Javed, Silicon Laboratories, www.silabs.com | Articles | Comments

Unlike human-to-human gesturing, human-machine gesturing does not have a foundation of thousands of years of history to use as a context. This poses a challenge for human interface system designers. If a user performs a gesture, how does the machine know how to react in a manner that is commensurate with the user’s intentions?

Analog Temperature Sensor Offers Low Quiescent Current

September 9, 2011 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Torex Semiconductor has developed an ultra-small (1.2 x 0.9 x 0.4mm) analog temperature sensor with low quiescent current and alarm temperature detection function.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Andreas Koller of Energy Micro on Sensor Interfaces

September 1, 2011 12:11 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Andreas Koller, VP of WW Sales and Marketing at Energy Micro and their Low Energy Sensor Interface (LESENSE). 

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Creating a New Natural User-Interface Paradigm

August 18, 2011 5:49 am | by Guillaume Largillier, Co-Founder and CSO, Stantum (www.stantum.com) | Blogs | Comments

Multi-modal interfaces allow us to choose the input technique that looks the most appropriate for a given task or context: the tip of our finger to flip the pages of a book, a stylus for drawing or annotating it.

Spectris to Acquire Omega Engineering

August 16, 2011 8:18 am | News | Comments

Spectris plc, the productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company, announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Omega Engineering business. Omega is a leading supplier of process measurement and control instrumentation across a broad range of categories

ITT and Mercury Debut Jointly Developed Embedded ISR Processing System

August 16, 2011 6:56 am | News | Comments

ITT Corporation and Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. have jointly developed a processing solution known as FELCO (Federated Embedded inteL-server for Collaborative Operations) that meets the ISR interoperability needs of the warfighter. FELCO is expected to

Honeywell Sensing and Control Limitless Switch

August 16, 2011 6:07 am | Videos | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control Limitless Technology: Dr. Larry previews the promise of wireless technology to a world of applications.

A Very Cool EMI-Immune Sensor Demo using a Tesla-Coil Keyboard at NIWeek 2011

August 9, 2011 7:04 am | by Video Alix Paultre | Videos | Comments

Ian Alexander of National Instruments uses a musical keyboard driven by a Tesla Coil to demonstrate the EMI resistance of the PXIe 4844 Optical Sensor Interrogator for Fiber Bragg Gratings. The device enables delicate sensor readings in environments that would fry regular electronic sensors.

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KODAK Imaging Technology Will Explore Jupiter

August 8, 2011 7:22 am | News | Comments

As NASA’s Juno begins its five-year voyage to the planet Jupiter, image sensor technology from Eastman Kodak Company is on board to help capture images of the gas giant as never before. The KODAK KAI-2020 Image Sensor was selected by Malin Space Science Systems to

Patient Monitoring Without a Doctors’ Touch

August 2, 2011 1:07 pm | by Chris Warner | Articles | Comments

In June I mentioned a promising new sensor technology that can be used for non-invasive measurement of muscle movements with potential applications in patent monitoring (ECG, EMG, to name a few). The technology comes from

New Rugged, Compact Non-Contact Inductive Sensors Designed for Harsh Environments

August 2, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK announces their Q-track family of linear position sensors has been expanded to include the newest QR14 and the Q17 models.

RF Energy Harvesting Perpetually Powers Wireless Sensors

July 18, 2011 1:18 pm | by Harry Ostaffe, Powercast Corporation, www.powercastco.com | Articles | Comments

While the power from RF energy is typically very low, RF energy is unique among energy-harvesting options because it can either be harvested from ambient energy or intentionally broadcasted to provide more reliable power-over-distance using very little energy from the electric grid.

Air Power: New Device Captures Ambient Electromagnetic Energy to Drive Small Electronic Devices

July 12, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks and satellite communications systems.

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MEMS Industry Group Showcases MEMS in the Machine at SEMICON West

July 11, 2011 7:48 am | News | Comments

MEMS Industry Group (MIG) will highlight advancements in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), the tiny micro-machines providing intelligent sensing and actuation to mobile phones, video games, automotive safety systems, heart monitors, insulin pumps, smart home-automation systems, and a host of other applications, at SEMICON West 2011 (July 12-14, 2011, Moscone Center, San Francisco). Joined by MIG member-companies who are driving a market predicted to reach

Wireless Sensor Networks Go The Distance

July 8, 2011 8:27 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Whether you use a handful or thousands of sensors in a wireless network, communications can occur in many ways. But each approach requires a thoughtful analysis of distances between sensor nodes, node-power requirements, protocols, and network layouts, among other characteristics.

Microchip Talks 16-bit PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs at ESC Chicago 2011

July 7, 2011 12:02 pm | Videos | Comments

Bill Hutchings of Microchip Technology discusses the company's latest offering of 16-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) that bring advanced control to cost-sensitive general-purpose and motor-control designs.

Non-Contact Infrared Temperature Sensor Includes Wireless Transmitter

July 7, 2011 9:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s new infrared sensor with wireless transmitter features remote IR sensor and radio wireless transmitter in a NEMA enclosure.

Auto-calibrating CMOS 3D Digital MEMS Compasses Offer Cost-Effective Performance

July 6, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Until now, 3D Compasses have typically used non-standard technologies such as magneto-resistive materials or Hall-effect structures combined with magnetic field concentrators to detect the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field.

Analog Devices' New 10-Degrees-of-Freedom IMU at Sensors Expo 2011

June 15, 2011 6:19 am | Videos | Comments

Bob Scannell of Analog Devices shows off the ADIS16407 iSensor IMU (inertial measurement unit) which integrates a tri-axis gyroscope, tri-axis accelerometer, tri-axis magnetometer and a pressure sensor into a single package.

Seiko Epson's New S4E5A0A0 Inertial Measurement Unit at Sensors Expo 2011

June 14, 2011 6:32 am | Videos | Comments

At Sensors Expo 2011, Raymond Chow of Seiko Epson Corporation demonstrated the company's low profile S4E5A0A0 inertial measurement unit (IMU), which consumes just 30 mA when operating at 3.3 V.

Nextreme Wireless Power Generator Kit at Sensors Expo 2011

June 13, 2011 8:02 am | Videos | Comments

Karl von Gunten, Director of Marketing at Nextreme Thermal Solutions spends some time with ECN at Sensors Expo 2011 to demonstrate the Thermobility Wireless Power Generator and its evaluation kit with onboard energy storage

Rohm Semiconductors Low Voltage Resistive Touchscreen Controller Demo at Sensors Expo 2011

June 13, 2011 7:55 am | Videos | Comments

At Sensors Expo 2011, Vijendra Kuroodi, principal systems architect at ROHM Semiconductor, demonstrates the company's new BU21023/BU21024 Series of high-speed, high noise immunity, low voltage resistive touchscreen controllers.

AMA Association Awards Ground-Breaking Development in Sensor and Measuring Technology

June 7, 2011 5:50 pm | News | Comments

The AMA Association for Sensor Technology presents this year’s 10,000-euro SENSOR Innovation Award on the 7th of June equally to two contenders...

MEMS Motion-Sensing Module Packs Five Degrees of Freedom

June 7, 2011 5:03 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics, a leading supplier of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for consumer and portable applications, announced a multi-sensor module with five degrees of freedom.

Electric Potential Technology Creates New Sensors

June 1, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors announced that it will be demonstrating its Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor technology at Sensors Expo (Chicago, USA June 6-8 2011). The EPIC sensor is a completely new area of sensor technology that measures changes in an electric field in a similar way to a magnetometer detecting changes in a magnetic fiel

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