Category: Sensors

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Smart Hearing Aids, by Achin Bhowmik, CTO at Starkey Hearing Technologies

Posted by Charbax – September 3, 2018

Achin Bhowmik, CTO at Starkey Hearing Technologies, talks about redefining what a hearing aid is using sensors and AI, enhancing machine perception to augment the human experience.

Breath! controls breathing when doing Yoga and Pilates

Posted by Charbax – August 26, 2018

Breath! discusses their e-textile system which comprises of a smart garment and an app to monitor breathing through sensors within the garment.

Interviewed at the IDTechEx Show! Europe 2018

Microchip PIC16F18446 with 12bit ADC, Computation, ATMEGA4809 8-bit high-performance AVR RISC CPU

Posted by Charbax – August 9, 2018

The Microchip PIC16(L)F184xx 8-bit product family features high resolution Analog, Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) and communication along with eXtreme Low-Power (XLP) technology for a wide range of general purpose and low-power applications. The family offers a 12-bit ADC with computation (ADC2), multiple communications interfaces, a temperature sensor; along with memory features like Memory Access Partition (MAP) and Device Information Area (DIA). The 12-bit ADC2 automates Capacitive Voltage Divider (CVD) techniques for advanced touch sensing, averaging, filtering, oversampling and automatic threshold comparison. The products also have a highly effective power management features such as CPU IDLE/DOZE modes, peripheral module disable (PMD) and peripheral pin select (PPS).

The Microchip ATmega4809 is a microcontroller featuring the 8-bit AVR processor with hardware multiplier - running at up to 20MHz and with up to 48 KB Flash, 6 KB SRAM and 256 bytes of EEPROM in 48-pin packages. The series uses the latest Core Independent Peripherals with low power features. Including Event System, intelligent analog and advanced peripherals.

Sensel PressureGrid Force Sensing Multi-touch sensor

Posted by Charbax – August 4, 2018

https://sensel.com creates multi-touch, highly sensitive, low power, and mobile, Sensel’s PressureGrid makes computing more comfortable and creative.

Interviewed at the IDTechEx Show! USA http://IDTechEx.com/USA

Smart Tires by Silent Sensors, Energy Harvesting, RFID for rubbers elastomers, polymers

Posted by Charbax – August 1, 2018

Marcus Taylor, CEO of Silent Sensors (http://silentsensors.com) demonstrates their Energy Harvesting and RFID products for use in rubbers elastomers and polymers, with a special focus on tires. Tires, first and foremost, are safety products. About 20% of all accidents on the road are caused by underinflated tires. Underinflated tires also translate into increased fuel consumption and increased tire wear. All the components they use have to be automotive grade.

At the IDTechEx Show! Europe, Silent Sensors introduced a new supercapacitor that is very flexible and able to withstand high temperatures, which is necessary for tire manufacture and production.

Filmed at IDTechEx Show! Europe: http://IDTechEx.com/Europe

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XCo Tech precise motion tracking (2cm at 10ms) for elite sports

Posted by Charbax – July 25, 2018

XCo Tech (https://xco.io) provides 2cm accuracy in all movements for elite level sports teams and athletes, being able to monitor exact movements in sport, fitness and healthcare using precision location technology and unique cross platform software for their sensor based system.

Interviewed at the IDTechEx Show! USA: http://IDTechEx.com/USA

BOE under-display TFT Fingerprint sensor with Guillaume Chansin Irimitech

Posted by Charbax – July 11, 2018

BOE shows their new under-display fingerprint sensor at SID Display Week 2018. It is an optical sensor with a resolution of 500 dpi placed directly under an OLED display based on TFT circuitry that has been certified to meet the TEE standard. Other companies like Synaptics have shown similar concepts before, but this is the first time the under-display fingerprint sensor is made with TFT. Dr Guillaume Chansin who is a consultant in sensor technology at Irimitech gets a hands-on demo. He says there are advantages in using TFT instead of CMOS to make a large sensor that could potentially be the same size as the display in the future. According to BOE the sensor material is not silicon so it is cheaper to manufacture. They can make the sensor on glass or on flexible plastic (for matching with flexible OLED displays).

Holst Centre IMEC fingerprint sensor in display, organic photodiode frontplane, IGZO backplane

Posted by Charbax – June 22, 2018

Holst Centre demonstrated next-gen technology that integrates the fingerprint sensor into the display. Using flat-panel display (FPD) compatible processes, Holst Centre researchers created a 6x8-cm, 200 ppi active matrix imager with a solution-processed, ultrathin organic photodiode frontplane and an IGZOTFT backplane. The imager was demonstrated in a biometric palm print and multiple-finger detector. They believe the palm print is a more secure biometric than fingerprint scanning; and the processing of all building blocks in the palm print imager is compatible with existing FPD technology platform.

Filmed at the I-Zone demo and prototype area at SID Display Week, the world's largest and best exhibition for electronic information display technology.

BeBop Sensors, Smart Glove sensing with haptics, Drum Pad at CES 2018

Posted by Charbax – January 25, 2018

BeBop makes fabric sensors that are piezo-resistive, they showed off their latest product the Forte Wireless Glove that can sense finger movements and incorporates haptic feedback. Ideally used in VR applications, this glove can work for 15 hours on a single charge, it is a one size fits all model, very fast response up to 150 frames/second for gaming applications, unique haptic actuators embedded at each finger tip. BeBop also showed pressure sensing foot pads and hand tracking system both using their fabric sensor technology. The company has been shipping its sensors into musical instruments sold by its sister company KMI, one such example was the BopPad a musical drum pad that is in the market already. BeBop is silicon valley based startup, expecting to go into mass production this year.

Open Source Foundries IoT Zephyr, Linux, IoT Gateways, Bluetooth Mesh microPlatforms demo

Posted by Charbax – October 10, 2017

Open Source Foundries is a spin off company off of Linaro, composed of a talented group of engineers to work more directly with companies, OEMs, ODMs, small, medium to large companies to bring new open source products and solutions more rapidly to the market. Leveraging all the work done by Linaro and speeding up the time to market, enable rapid product development, here demonstrating some of the open source IoT solutions provided based on Zephyr on ARM Cortex-M and Linux on ARM Cortex-A using the Linaro Technologies Division (LTD) microPlatforms system.

The lack of a secure IoT solution has the industry scrambling. The Open Source Foundries team believes that a world can exist in which all connected devices can be secured and updated in a timely fashion. In this demonstration shown at the Linaro Connect San Francisco 2017, the team showcases its secure end to end FOTA (firmware over the air) solution implementing the latest in connected technologies.

At Open Source Foundries, software is their passion, hacking hardware is their favorite past time, so they have created the OSLight project to convert off the shelf hardware into secure connected devices. They have inserted a Red Bear NRF52 BLE Nano 2 into these lamps, to allow them to communicate over BLE with various cloud services. In the first demo, they demonstrate creating a secure BLE mesh network with these lamps. They show the ability to securely pass messages through the mesh network to control the state of the LED lamp. The next demo shows a set of 96Boards Nitrogens sending temperature data to the SoftBank IoT Cloud with the ONEM2M protocol using 6lowpan over BLE. The third and final demo introduces a variant of the OSLight project, a fully 3D printed light bulb. Instead of a simple LED array it has a 12 LED WRGB NeoPixel which is powered by line voltage, stepped down to 5VDC.

For microcontrollers, they offer their Zephyr microplatform, an open source software reference based on Zephyr RTOS and MCUboot. This software stack implements secure boot, unified microkernel, and IP (TCP or UDP) using 6lowpan over BLE. At the protocol level they've embraced industry standards such as LWM2M/ONEM2M/HTTPS/MQTT to provide an array of options for their customers, whilst ensuring no vendor lock in. Open Source Foundries subscribers are offered continuous validated software updates throughout the life of their product for a fixed monthly subscription fee.

On the gateway, they offer their Linux microplatform, which is again, an open source reference based on the latest Linux kernel version, and a minimal Yocto based userspace with a container runtime (Docker). By isolated the OS from the containers, each can be updated independently while providing limitless potential for the applications it can run. For updates they again implement standards, and stay vendor neutral to allow their customers to choose the solution that is right for them. Continuous validated updates for the OS and containers are also offered for this platform for a reasonable fixed monthly fee.