Sensors/Data Acquisition

'Proximity Hat' Reveals Surroundings in Real Time

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) researchers have developed a "Proximity Hat" that uses head pressure to inform users about their surroundings. The ultrasonic sensors, batteries, and pressure pads can be worn like a hat or headband.

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When Sensors Mesh: How Sensor Networks Improve Performance

Innovations in communications and computing hardware and software have made it easier than ever to collect minute details regarding just about any topic of interest. For technology and manufacturing interests, small, low-powered sensors can be embedded in almost any machine for data collection. Thanks to wireless technology, these embedded devices can continuously and unobtrusively provide measurements of performance and environmental data. Analysis of this data offers vast opportunities for fine-tuning performance and process.

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Integrated Circuits

The Standard Power Series from Honeywell (Fort Mill, SC) includes four new sensor ICs. The integrated circuits offer a sensitivity of 11 Gauss max., allowing design engineers to use larger air gaps between the sensor IC and the magnet. The Standard Power Series Sensor ICs also feature a solid-state, non-contact, no-glass design. The devices have a supply voltage range of 3 Vdc-24 Vdc and operating temperature range of -40 to 185 °F. Potential applications include flow sensing in HVAC, anti-tamper detection in utility meters, and RPM sensing in exercise equipment and door position detection. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-140

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Wireless Remote Sensing

SignalFire Wireless Telemetry (Hudson, MA) has added capabilities to its Field Setup and Diagnostic ToolKit. Interfacing with sensors, thermocouples, load cells, pots, and turbine meters, the Signal Fire Wireless Remote Sensing Systems (SFRSS) support long-distance wireless communications across devices in large-scale environments such as oil fields.

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Wireless Router

The CirrusSense™ wireless router from Transducers Direct (Cincinnati, OH) provides remote pressure readings, diagnostics, and immediate email/text alarm alerts transmitted by CirrusSense™ pressure transducers. The device provides Internet connectivity for Bluetooth-enabled CirrusSense pressure sensors attached to refrigerant, oil, and water lines.

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Optical Sensors

Micro-Epsilon (Raleigh, NC) offers optoNCDT 1320 and 1420 optical smart sensors. Electronics for signal processing are housed in each sensor body. Weighing 60 g, the devices are suitable for dynamic acceleration applications, including machine axes and robot arms. Measuring ranges of 10, 25, or 50 mm are currently available.

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Gas Sensor Modules

The new Komfy™ Switch with camera by D-Link features the iAQcore indoor air quality module from ams (Cupertino, CA). The iAQcore, a miniaturized, low-power gas sensor, uses a MEMS-based VOC component. The device provides an output of ppb TVOC and ppm CO2 equivalent units via an I2C interface.

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