Category: Sensors

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Excelitas DigiPile Proximity Sensor at 10µA (passive infrared) Veritas Detection Group

Posted by Charbax – December 31, 2013

Gregory Gallinat of Excelitas Technologies (a Veritas company), demonstrates their new DigiPile Thermopile Detector proximity sensor, ultra small consuming only 10 microamps, would for example enable a future smartphone to detect presence to turn itself on (not even need to touch the device like in the Moto X).

You can read more about these sensors here: http://www.excelitas.com/pages/product/Thermopile-Detectors-Sensors-and-Array-Modules.aspx

Atmel Sensor Hub Solutions

Posted by juliusaugustus – December 25, 2013

Atmel shows their latest Sensor Hub microcontroller solutions. Here showing a demo showing accurate controlling and measuring with 3d tracking. Showing also a true virtual reality augmented reality 3D accelerated software demo.

DELTA Danish Electronics, Light & Acoustics

Posted by juliusaugustus – December 23, 2013

DELTA stands for Danish Electronics Lights and Acoustics. DELTA began as acoustics company but today it helps products succeed in the market place and they test around 3,000 products per year. DELTA makes IdemoBits which are a form of electronic LEGOs which include stuff like sensors and actuators.

Robert Scoble “Age of Context” at LeWeb 2013

Posted by Charbax – December 17, 2013

The five converging forces promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know them as: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we’ll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant.

You can buy Robert Scoble's new book or ebook at amazon.com

Omron Healthcare Sensors, sleep assistant, weight, temperature, etc

Posted by Charbax – October 7, 2013

Omron Japan shows their latest range of healthcare products, sleep cycles, weight, blood pressure, heart rate and more. Omron is the leader in healthcare devices out of Japan, with plenty more to come.

KOA Muscle Suit

Posted by juliusaugustus – October 7, 2013

The muscle suit provides extra strength for lifting items. KOA corporation is itself a producer of sensors. The muscle suit remains under development and is not on the market yet. The muscle suit is powered through a cable and a small battery. KOA also produces a touch sensor.

Latest Embedded processing solutions from Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

Posted by m@ddy – August 12, 2013

Freescale demonstration their products already in the market and upcoming at computex 2013. Freescale is focused on MCU (Micro Controllers Unit), Sensors, Automotive, Network and other industrial areas. One of the interesting things noticed here is The worlds smallest ARM powered MCU. 1.9 x 2.0 mm MCU enables new wave of product miniaturization for the Internet of Things.

Measuring just 1.9 x 2.0 mm, the Kinetis KL02 MCU is 25 percent smaller than the industry’s next-smallest ARM® MCU. Within this miniscule device, Freescale has included the latest 32-bit ARM Cortex™-M0+ processor, cutting-edge low-power functionality and a range of analog and communication peripherals. This enables system designers to dramatically reduce the size of their boards and products while retaining the all-important performance, feature integration and power consumption characteristics of their end devices.

Garmin Forerunner® 10: Containing Kinetis K20 MCUs, Forerunner 10 is a GPS running watch that tracks your distance, speed/pace and calories. It also identifies your personal records and provides motivation along
the way.

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition
Featuring Kinetis K20 MCUs , the HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. The camera is wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99 accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition arguably the world's most powerful and versatile solution for capturing and sharing immersible and engaging footage of your favourite life experiences.

i'm Watch
Powered by Freescale's i.MX233 applications processor, i'm Watch connects to smartphones, so you can use it for inbound calls and text messages. Facebook, Twitter, and weather forecasts look their best on its high-resolution screen.

Smart connected home:
Collect real-time energy consumption from smart meter and power consumption data from various in-house objects
Control activation/deactivation of home appliances Generate dashboard to provide feedback about power usage
Provide control menus to control appliances Provide a link to the utility and/or Internet

Regarding development board and end production chip sets demonstration
Q7-IMX6 Freescale i.MX 6 Qseven module.

The Q7-IMX6 scales from single core, dual to quad core CPU. The clock frequency is 1,2 GHz, DDR3 memory spans from 1 to 4GB, Gigabit Ethernet is there as well as industrial interfaces including on-board Flash memory. The graphics unit supports OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/Halti, OpenVG 1.1 and OpenCL 1.1 EP. The HDMI/DVI graphics output is compatible to HDMI V1.4 and offers resolutions up to WUXGA (1920x1200). The Qseven module is truly low power (4-6W) and is suitable for applications such as POS/POI, Digital Signage, industrial Automation, Medical, Transportation, Home and Security Technology.

Reference:
http://http://media.freescale.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=196520&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1789231
http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/overview.jsp?code=HOLIDAYGIFTS
http://
http://www.hectronic.se/website1/embedded/arm-modules/q7-imx6.php?group=prod_prod_grp-s1/54
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o00rjFPiYqo
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6JvVG5kCvE

Related Articles:
www.greencarcongress.com/2013/06/freescale-20130625.html‎
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freescale_68HC12
www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/homepage.jsp?code

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2013

Mobile Action Technology Bluetooth 4.0 Fitness Devices

Posted by juliusaugustus – August 1, 2013

Mobile Action Technology is a producer of fitness devices that work on Bluetooth 4.0 low energy with Android and iPhone. These devices include GPS' and heart rate monitors. Heart rate monitors work by connecting through Bluetooth 4. A Bluetooth 4 sensor enables one to see the speed and distance of a bicycle on an iPhone. The sensor costs around $39. The GPS sports watch connects through Bluetooth 4 and the High end model is around $99. The smart watch can theoretically last for 24 hours. The bicyle computer costs $89. The company primarily targets European markets. All their devices use Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology.

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2013

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Motorola X8 ARM SoC released, modified MSM8960 Pro with Adreno 320 with new always-on sensors

Posted by Charbax – July 24, 2013

Google Motorola with Qualcomm designs modified Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM SoC based on the dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 Pro with quad-core Adreno 320 GPU. Google says they add "natural language" and "contextual computing" cores hinting at dedicated processes for the OK Google Now touchless control features, to me feel like Sensor Fusion type of support within new upcoming smart devices. This means extreme low power sensors that can monitor things all the time, or which can for example "start listening" as long as the phone is touched at some point in the specific amount of time before you do the touchless voice commands. These types of sensor fusion features may bring very impressive new features to smartphones, the phone may learn always more about where it is in the world, where it is around you, about exact touching and other things. Think about sensors that detect taps without needing to even turn on the screen, meaning you could interact while keeping it in your pocket. Sensor fusion processing is so low power, as far as I remember hearing from Freescale, the battery in a phone can run that sensor for something like a year, or several months, where it can constantly monitor all movements of the device, triggering other areas on the SoC to be activated when specific movements are detected. Consider this may replace the need for a power button to be touched each time you power on the screen of your phone. Consider unlocking mechanisms and a whole new range of gestures and behaviors to interact with your phone. Your phone may even detect all types of touches not only on the screen but also on the back and around your phone, perhaps even touches on the table next to your phone. The GPS may be further optimized and super accurate and fast for all types of positioning features, including expanded Google Now functionality, without turning the phone on, from within your pocket, your phone may start saying something like "Hey Roger, you should check out the restaurant to your right, and I think you must be hungry" because your phone can know that you haven't eaten yet and it knows what types of restaurants you like and it can constantly monitor your positioning to provide smart automatic notifications based on the types of augmented information you would like.

I don't know if Google Motorola with Qualcomm is integrating those new sensors on the die of that Snapdragon/Adreno or if those new type of sensors are outside of the die on the SoC somehow. Does anyone here have any info about how Google Motorola and Qualcomm are doing it? And how are the other ARM SOC vendors going to start shipping all those new Sensor Fusion and advanced Sensor features into devices?

Google Motorola is shipping this new Motorola X8 ARM Processor in their new range of Droid phones (selling exclusively on Verizon in the USA) and it's probably also in the Moto X phone to be launched next week in New York (I wish Goog was inviting me to any of their events).

Are you looking forward to Moto X?

I think that Moto X needs to be $199 unlocked out of contract, released for pre-paid carriers around the world, even shipping with dual-sim card support. If Google can source enough X8 ARM Processors with Qualcomm, enough screens from whoever provides Motorola with screens and if Google can have suppliers manufacture and assemble those fast enough (including those that are rumored to be assembled in the USA, I guess to supply the US market only), if Google wants to sell Moto X all over the developing world, Google can rapidly expand Motorola's market share in smartphone sales worldwide. I can't wait to hear more about the features of the Moto X, how Google integrates those new sensors in Android, how those Sensors expand on the features of ARM Powered devices and to hear more about the range of hardware that Google and Motorola are planning to release. Android merging with Chrome OS and Google TV is just going to be a small part of our future.

3 years ago, I first video-blogged about Freescale's Contextual Sensor Fusion technology talking about Freescale's Xtrinsic Sensor technology being launched at the Freescale Technology Forum in June 2010, that may be similar to the technologies now to be included in Motorola's new range of devices including in the Moto X, this is what I wrote in the description of this video here on this blog in June 2010:

Imagine not needing a power button to turn on your phone, just pick it up. Imagine cheaper warranty as manufacturers will know when devices were damaged because of usage error such as fall or banging. Imagine new user interfaces that are much more relying on sensors as the new Freescale Xtrinsic sensors can measure stuff 2000 times per second (the bandwidth and architecture being better). Imagine also sensors combining their abilities through fusion, again, no need to wake up the main ARM processor of the device to do all kinds of things! Imagine the device knowing exactly how it is touched, how it is moved, how it is held, the touch is not anymore only on the screen! This means better battery usage, months maybe even years of seamless standby. The new Xtrinsic sensor only needs 12 micro amps of power to be turned on all the time!

Jeremy Abbett, Google Creative Evangelist at #nextberlin

Posted by Charbax – April 25, 2013

Jeremy Abbett talks about using Google APIs, being creative at making new things with the technologies available. We talk about Google+, hardware hacking "making digital physical/tangible", using arduino, sensors, Google Glass and many other things.