Virtual Field Trip: Market for Wearables Grows as They Become Classroom Essentials

Written by Jeff Schmerker on Sep 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Wearables-Virtual-RealityNot too long ago, bringing a techie gadget to school was a sure way to get some unwanted face time with a teacher. Now, many schools require them. The explosion of classroom-ready tech is changing how students learn, and classroom wearables are quickly joining tablets and laptops as the device of choice.

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Topics: Instrumentation and Sensors

What Happens When Robotic Sensors and Bionics Meet?

Written by Laurie L. Sullivan on Sep 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Bionic hand pointing a fingerThe answer: An augmented reality.

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Tactile Feel at a Fraction of the Power

Written by Clayton Luz on Sep 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Haptic Technology-Touch Screen.jpgHaptic technologies can be regarded as a natural progression in the increased sophistication in devices. Aviation, robotics and gaming are the early adopters of haptics, but the technology's decisive push began when haptics broke into the mobile device segment.

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Topics: Instrumentation and Sensors

New ADAS Technology Fights Distracted Driving—On Your Phone

Written by Clayton Luz on Aug 10, 2017 10:00:00 AM

New ADAS Technology.jpgAdvanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are a growing trend in the auto and transportation sectors. The implementation of ADAS has been considered revolutionary as it provides dynamic features such as parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, drowsiness monitoring, tire pressure monitoring and night vision. The developments within the automotive industry aren't limited just to enhancements in the design or engines, but developments have also occurred in the area of safety—safety of the vehicles, passengers and also pedestrians.

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Topics: Instrumentation and Sensors

'Spectral Fingerprinting' Detects Early Corrosion inside Concrete

Written by Clayton Luz on Jul 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Spectral Fingerprinting.jpegA new evaluation method using terahertz waves can detect the early stages of corrosion on steel rebars directly through their concrete covering. Developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the noninvasive “spectral fingerprint” technique reveals the corrosion of concrete-encased steel before it can cause any significant degradation of the structure it supports.

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Acoustic Imaging Technology Could Replace iPhone’s Touch ID

Written by Clayton Luz on Jul 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Acoustic sensors.jpgAcoustic sensors record pressure, proximity, motion, temperature, flow and level, acoustics, touch and images. Their use in consumer electronics like smart phones is driven by the requirements of higher energy and resource efficiency, smaller size, cost effectiveness, power efficiency, advanced performance and capability to handle media and data simultaneously.

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NIST's Big Blue Ball: A Standard for Accurate Temperatures?

Written by Clayton Luz on Jul 3, 2017 11:00:00 AM
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In 2016, nearly 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas was delivered to consumers in the United States. Gas flowmeters measured every cubic foot of product that changed hands. So, it's easy to see that flowmeter calibration for accuracy is critical to the commercial viability of gas delivery and consumption.  
 
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VOC Detection Device Breathes Life into Earlier Cancer Diagnosis

Written by Clayton Luz on May 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Many cancer screening tests have been shown both to find cancer early and to improve survival rates. Colonoscopy, the gold standard for detection of colorectal cancer, is an unpleasant procedure that has yielded low rates of patient compliance. Other screening techniques include flexible sigmoidoscopy and barium enema x-ray tests, both of which are less invasive forms of colonoscopy but again, are unpleasant. Poor levels of patient compliance are common.
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Computing with Spider Webs

Written by Clayton Luz on Mar 23, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Modern life is becoming connected through a web of technology. The term "Internet of Things" (IoT) refers to, among other entities, an industrial internet of things, smart cities and smart buildings. These terms depend on one thing that brings them together—sensors.

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RFID-Based Real-Time Inventory Tracking Streamlines Efficiency

Written by Clayton Luz on Mar 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Radio frequency identification and sensor technology use radio frequency waves to exchange data between a reader and a movable object in order to locate, identify or track the object.

 
Sounds like the ideal technology for parents of young toddlers, who are always, well, toddling off somewhere. Kidding aside, the technology has huge implications for players of an enterprise supply chain. Retailers, suppliers, logistics providers can leverage the technology to track goods along the supply chain.
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