Category: Sensors

Makeblock Maker Open Shenzhen (Day 2), 48-hour Robotic Competition

Posted by – June 21, 2015

Maker Open is a 48 hours international robotic competition held by Makeblock, SIAT and Shenzhen Government. Makeblock is a robot construction platform, which provide anodized aluminum extrusion mechanics, easy-to-use electronics and software that are supported by each other. Makeblock's mission is to lower the skill level requirement of making things!

There are 12 Maker teams from overseas and China joining the 2015 Shenzhen Maker Open, including students from MIT, university Utah, makers from Italy and Austria, as well as the students from Peking university, student from Shenzhen high schools and more. The Maker game theme is “music/chess/writing/drawing” in Chinese tradional archaism called“琴棋书画qinqishuhua”.

Maker Open came from Makeblock's company trandition activity - 24 hours makerathon! Makeblock brings it to Shenzhen Maker Week.

Makeblock's websites:
http://www.makeropen.org
http://www.makeblock.cc

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maker-Open/127115557619938
http://facebook.com/makeblock

http://twitter.com/makeblock
https://www.youtube.com/Makeblock
http://google.com/+Makeblock

NXP shows common usages in society for their NFC

Posted by – June 17, 2015

NXP show their latest NFC and wireless technology on Computex 2015,NFC enabled vending machine, with NFC mobile phone or other wireless devices, customer can purchase or sell products in more secured and faster way. With a swipe of NFC-equipped entrance passes, customer can traveling with bikes, buses, and metros very convenient.

ARM Cordio Radio IP and ARM Subsystem for IoT

Posted by – June 2, 2015

At Computex 2015, ARM launches their new ARM Cordio Radio IP ultra low power Bluetooth LE 4.2. It has an analog RF component, a digital baseband modem component and mbed IoT subsystem running on an ARM Cortex-M3, based around the mbed OS and mbed device server allowing to build a solution around IoT devices and to connect them to the web. The ARM mbed OS runs on ARM Cortex-M devices. ARM is partnering with TSMC using their 55ULP process to dramatically lower the power consumption getting a 40% reduction in dynamic power consumption and a 25% reduction in the leakage.

You can read more about ARM Cordio and ARM's new IoT subsystem here: http://www.arm.com/about/newsroom/arm-de-risks-design-cycle-for-iot-chips.php

TI LaunchPad Evaluation Kits to get started with TI microcontrollers

Posted by – May 26, 2015

Texas Instruments shows their low cost microcontroler developer platform. On the board can be a debugger, the target MCU and the specialized headers that are the same for each of the different TI Launchpad boards, some have Ethernet, other have WiFi. Using ARM Cortex-M4 and other cores, Texas Instruments also is demonstrating a complete IoT system with IBM, one of our Cloud Partnersfeaturing a variety of low power SensorTags each providing multiple sensors and using different radio technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy, 6Lowpan, Zigbee all using the new SimpleLink ultra-low power multi-standard CC2650 wireless microcontroller as well as Wi-fi using the CC3200. These are connected via BeagleBone based gateways which communicate with the cloud server for processing using MQTT.

Microdul at IDTechEx Energy Harvesting & Storage event

Posted by – May 15, 2015

Interview with Microdul at the IDTechEx Energy Harvesting & Storage event. Microdul AG is a specialist for high quality microelectronics with three business lines: Modules, Thick-film and Semiconductors. Microdul’s core competence is the production of cutting edge individual solutions in close cooperation with their customers. Their Semiconductors Group has experience in ultra-low power design of mixed-signal integrated circuits, which is particularly appropriate for energy harvesting and low-power sensor applications. To learn more about the event and energy harvesting see http://www.EnergyHarvestingJournal.com

Enfucell Printed Battery Powering Golf Sensor, Temperature Sensors and More

Posted by – May 11, 2015

Enfucell is a customized battery supplier to the printed electronics industry. The company has developed SoftBattery®, a thin, flexible and eco-friendly printed power source and at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe event in Berlin it showcased a range of products based on this battery. It includes a powered wireless golf sensor patch which was developed in a joint project with Qualcomm. The patch is attached to a golf club head for measuring acceleration and angular velocity. The acquired data is transferred via low energy Bluetooth (BLE) to an application on a mobile device. Enfucell battery powers the BLE data transmission without additional capacitor demonstrating the highest peak power capability in the industry. Battery is also fully integrated to the system.

The disposable patch is helping golf players to improve their swing. This is the first time that a player can actually get feedback from the club head. A fully integrated printed battery enables thin and light construction which does not interfere with the normal stroke. Thanks to the BLE communication, data can be analyzed on site on the driving range during a training session. The data is collected to and processed on an Android tablet.

A similar patch can be tailored for other racquet sports, shooting, bowling, etc. Enfucell is looking for partners for commercializing the product. The new product platform completes Enfucell application range with previously introduced temperature logger (collaboration with NXP) and iontophoresis patch (collaboration with The Ionto Team, Spain). Also these products have fully integrated Enfucell battery technology. All of these are shown in the video. To learn more see http://www.PrintedElectronicsWorld.com

IoT powered by Touch and Printed Electronics presented by Ericsson for Machine to Nature

Posted by – May 7, 2015

Jan Hederen of Ericsson presents the clickable world, how everything – including nature, can be part of our connected world and how a simple touch allows you to communicate with anything. Today, we are on the brink of an extraordinary revolution where everything that benefits from a connection will have one. This Networked Society is in real time will place many new requirements on us while opening up opportunities beyond our imagination. Those who have the ability to rethink, reinvent and innovate will be winners in this new value-creating ecosystem. In the presentation "The power of touch - Exploring the real world web" Jan Hederen at Ericsson presented at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe discussing and demonstrating their initial findings in creating a clickable world, exploring the opportunities with partners to use printed electronics to realize this new connected world. For more information see http://www.IDTechEx.com

muRata sensors, capacitors for Internet of Things and Wearables at IDTechEx

Posted by – April 8, 2015

Murata Electronics is a worldwide leader in research, design, manufacture and sale of ceramic based passive electronic components, power supply and wireless module solutions. Products include: Capacitors (monolithic ceramic, polymer aluminum electrolytic, Hi-CAP, EDLC), noise/EMI suppression products, inductors, resistors , resonators, filters, RF components, communication and wireless module solutions, sensors, thermistors, DC-DC & AC-DC power supplies, buzzers, piezo actuators, micromechatronics, RFID solutions.

Murata's products are in various consumer, industrial and medical applications from mobile communications, smart-lighting, energy management, factory automation, computers/networking equipment, automotive electronics, smart grid, healthcare devices and in the latest Wearable technologies.

Printed Electronics Europe takes place in Berlin April 28-29th 2015

Brewer Science interview at IDTechEx Printed Electronics

Posted by – April 8, 2015

Brewer Science is a global technology leader in developing and manufacturing innovative materials, processes, and equipment for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, and LED lighting. Brewer Science provides process flexibility and a competitive edge for its customers and plays a critical role in the supply chain. Since 1981, when its ARC® materials revolutionized lithography processes, Brewer Science has expanded its technology to include products enabling advanced lithography, thin wafer handling, 3-D integration, chemical and mechanical device protection, and products based on carbon nanotubes and nanotechnology. Learn more in this interview made at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA show. For more see http://www.IDTechEx.com

Printed Electronics Europe takes place in Berlin April 28-29th 2015

ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit on IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform

Posted by – April 6, 2015

ARM launches the ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit Ethernet Edition, an extremely easy to use development kit for Internet of Things, to channel data from Internet-connected devices directly into IBM's Bluemix cloud platform. The combination of a secure sensor environment by ARM with cloud-based analytics, mobile and application resources from IBM allows fast prototyping of new smart products and unique value-added services for the IoT market. It is particularly suitable for developers with no specific experience in embedded or web development, as it provides a platform for learning new concepts and creating working prototypes. After the initial out of box experience, the infinite possibilities of cloud applications can be explored through IBM's production grade BlueMix platform, in which deployment and device management is as simple for one device as it is for a million of them. The starter kit hardware can be modified and extended to explore the device design space, and a finalised design can be taken to production using the mbed SDK and HDK.

ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit can be ordered here: https://developer.mbed.org/platforms/IBMEthernetKit/