When an analog sensors’ output is converted to a digital output with an analog to digital converter (ADC), conversion resolution, conversion accuracy, conversion speed or bandwidth, inherent system noise levels, and power consumption are all ADC tradeoffs. Errors due to temperature, supply voltage, linearity, quantizing, and other factors may reduce the accuracy of an ADC […]
For a sensor, the amount of harmful exposure it receives from the environment and harmful constituents in the measuring process depends on what is being sensed and the environment itself. Different packaging is required to cope with and survive the specific situation. Two major considerations for protection are at the sensing element/transducer level or at […]
To answer this question, you first need to know what an IP69K package is. The (IEC) developed its IEC 60529 rating system to define different degrees of protection (i.e., ingress protection (IP)) for enclosures. The most recent version is IEC 60529:1989+AMD1:1999+AMD2:2013 CSV, Consolidated version, Degrees of protection provided by enclosures (IP Code). It costs hundreds […]
Engineer (and SPCA advocate) Santiago Gutierrez was looking for a way to exercise his dog while Santiago worked long hours as an engineer at a semiconductor company. Since he couldn’t find anything, he invented something — the GoBone — and started PulsePet. This electronic “smartbone” incorporates algorithms that learn about your dog’s specific play patterns, […]
“Smart” is frequently used as a prefix to mean new and improved for technology and even consumer type products. The term “smart sensor” has been used for over three decades (Giachino, J. M., “Smart Sensors,” Sensors and Actuators, Vol 10, 1986). Earning the smart prefix, meant the sensor performed a function that could not be […]
By Matt Smith, Head of Cortet Engineering. Colorado Offices As the Internet of Things (IoT) industry continues to expand, new information on emerging best practices, technical specifications and design considerations continues to flood the market. Here at CEL, one of our priorities is helping you navigate through the deluge of information and identify which technology […]
STMicroelectronics has introduced three new sensors, the LIS2DS12 3-axis “pico” accelerometer, LSM6DSL/M 6-axis inertial module, and the new LSM303AH eCompass help track movement continuously with minimal impact on device battery life by performing various motion-related calculations efficiently on-chip instead of using the main system processor. Pre-embedded algorithms that include high-precision pedometer, step detection, step counting, […]
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Valencell, the leading innovator in performance biometric data sensor technology, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced today the launch of a new, highly accurate and scalable development kit for biometric wearables that includes ST’s compact SensorTile turnkey multi-sensor module integrated with Valencell’s Benchmark™ biometric sensor […]
By Vicky Messer Ever since the development of the trackball in the 1940s and the consumer release of the computer mouse in the 1980s, engineers have sought to push the limitations of computer-human interaction in an attempt to achieve a more intuitive and natural user experience. An obvious avenue to explore has been the gestures […]
At Sensors Expo 2016, Christian Pennisi from Jennova demonstrates a rotation-based electrodynamic energy harvester to supplement rechargeable batteries for embedded sensing applications.
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