Category: Sensors

Google Project Ara development boards at Linaro Connect, Greybus status with Greg Kroah-Hartman

Posted by – February 22, 2015

Greg Kroah-Hartman shows the Google Project Ara prototype phone and development board, and he talks about Greybus the protocol that they are developing to make it possible for these hardware modules that must be able to talk to each other and to the host module, they can be hot swappable, they have to be able to describe themselves so everything just works smoothly, they work on the knowledge that they have from USB, PCI, Firewire and all the previous protocols that people have implemented, they work on the base level of what UniPro can do, and they go from there. This is just another sub-system of Linux that drivers plug into. Rob Herring is the project tech lead at Linaro for Project Ara, and he talks about how the Linaro guys are working on the Kernel portions, the ARM Applications Processor modules and the Android modifications to support hardware modules hotplug in a Smartphone.

ARM mbed OS platform for Internet of Things

Posted by – January 28, 2015

ARM talks sensors to servers demonstrations, ways to implement Internet of Things, using the mbed development boards with Arduino headers, the Arduino Shield with a low-power WiFi, doing custom sensor modules with temperature, microphone, ultra-sonic and motion sensors, stacking them up to do sensor nodes, then putting them around the booth to show a dashboard of things happening at the booth hosted on an AppliedMicro X-Gene server.

Interview with Guillaume, analyst at IDTechEx

Posted by – November 18, 2014

Guillaume Chansin (@GChansin) is one of the analysts from IDTechEx. We meet him in Santa Clara where the company is holding their annual US event. We talk about what we will see during the conference and why printed electronics can help make better wearable devices. He also explains printed sensors, flexible displays, and why we will not see flexible LCD anytime soon.

The IDTechEx event on emerging technologies starts tomorrow

Posted by – November 18, 2014

IDTechEx brings the business and technology communities on key future technologies together at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in California. Their event is focused on some of the most important and most exciting emerging technologies of the future with focus on 3D Printing, Internet of Things, Printed Electronics, Wearable Technologies, Graphene and Supercapacitors. To attract at least 2,500 attendees and more than 200 exhibitors. Hear from the IDTechEx team a day before the conference kicks off. Find out more about the IDTechEx events at: http://www.idtechex.com/events/

Murata Cheerleader Robots on inverted pendulum showcase sensors

Posted by – October 11, 2014

Self-balancing on a ball by inverted pendulum, they dance synchronized, using sensors, cameras and perfect precision in the remote coordination, they demonstrate some of Murata's sensor components and innovation ability. You can watch the rest of the video to see some of Murata's sensors, energy harvesting demonstrations and more.

Moff band, wearable smart toy

Posted by – October 10, 2014

Slap it onto your wrist, and your movements turn into sounds through bluetooth to your smartphone/tablet. Successful on Kickstarter, it has over 30 sounds on the app thus far, you can play air drums, you can sword fight, you can shoot, you can throw ninja weapons or make some magic in the air.

Udar Electronic Instrument

Posted by – October 10, 2014

The Udar Instrument is an invention by Michinobu UDA, the instrument has 400 sensors in a spiral providing several octaves of notes per hand.

Linxee Wireless Smart Home Solutions

Posted by – October 8, 2014

Linxee Wireless shows their intelligent LED light bulbs based on WiFi and ZigBee technology, to remote control the lights and colors with any Tablet or Smartphone. They also show their Smart Power Outlet, Smart Smoke detector, Smart IR blaster (to control TV/etc), Smart Gas detector, Smart Motion detector, Smart Door/Window Magnetic Sensor (detects if opened/closed), Smart Security camera, Smart Temperature sensor, Smart curtain control and more.

Novasentis actuators enable lifelike keyboards and devices

Posted by – October 6, 2014

I met Novasentis in the Silicon Valley, they showed me their ultra thin keyboard powered by their actuators with actual haptic feedback, and its not just sensory but also audible and they can customize both the feeling and the sounds. They refer to their space as the Neo-Sensory Age and they are leading the market in creating actuators that are a fraction of the size of todays incumbent devices. I picked up one of their actual devices, it was thin like paper, weightless, yet the performance was very good because they are not vibrating the entire keyboard or the entire phone, they can localize the vibrations which makes for a better human interface. The products are made from Electro-mechanical Polymer (EMP) technology. This material is comprised of randomly aligned molecules that align in one direction and elongate when electricity is applied. When the EMP material is bonded to a substrate/keyboard, the result is an actuator which provides high definition haptics, audio, or physical morphing feedback yet thinner than a human hair. Novasentis is focused on providing ultra-thin haptic keyboards for the consumer electronics space, but is a platform technology with a variety of innovative uses in industries including mobile devices, wearable, automotive and medical industries. The material is thin, light, flexible and can be the leading contender in the future as major OEMs launch flexible and wearable devices.

Netatmo June bracelet adds fashion touch to sun exposure monitoring

Posted by – April 9, 2014

Created in 2011, Netatmo is an innovation company developing consumer electronics for a better and connected lifestyle. Netatmo carefully designs their products mechanics, electronics and embedded software. Netatmo is basically concentrated in working with wearables related with skin care and sun exposure monitoring.

JUNE is the first fashion bracelet that measures sun exposure. It advises the user how to protect their skin on a daily basis from the effects of the sun. Sun exposure can cause sunburn and lead to premature skin aging, even on overcast days. JUNE and its companion App offer a new serenity in the sun.

Aimed at women, JUNE comprises a jewel containing UV sensors that can be worn as a bracelet or a brooch. It connects wirelessly with the user's smartphone with the companion app monitoring the user’s habits and UV exposure to provide tailored sun-care information and notifications of when to apply sunblock, wear a hat or put on sunglasses.

The June bracelet will be available for purchase with a price tag of $99.