“Neural dust” is a term used to describe tiny sensors designed by the EECS department of UC Berkeley. In a paper released this month, Berkeley researchers revealed that they’ve recorded the first in-vivo readings from implanted dust.This research is a long time coming. In 2013, the team published research detailing their research on their use of ultrasound with CMOS circuitry. In 2015, they released another paper that further focused on theory, modeling, and scaling.The resultant prototype in this most recent announcement is a step towards sensors that can be safely implanted in the brain. It’s also a step towards a future where wearable technology could be implanted directly inside the body.
Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? In our age of technological whiz-bang, not much floors us anymore. But I confess, I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can.Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary garbage pickups. That may not sound so impressive — at least compared to driverless cars or sending regular folk into space — but when the dumbest of items gains intelligence, we need to pay attention.
Wireless beacon firm Netclearance has announced an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor the size of a penny that comes with five embedded sensors. Named the mBeaconSense sensor, it can measure acceleration, light, magnetic force, temperature, and vibration. The sensor also has a clock, an RFID tag, and a coin battery that lasts for several years.
Joon Ian Wong reports in Quartz, “Most of the innovation on the so-called Internet of Things is locked up in patents held by the companies that make the innards of sensors, routers, and other devices, according to a study by LexInnova, a consultancy. The study finds that the companies with the greatest number of IoT patents globally are the chip-makers Qualcomm and Intel, followed by Chinese network-gear maker ZTE… But not all patents are created equal. Only 1.5% of all patents are litigated, according to a seminal 2000 paper on the subject by Mark Lemley, a law professor at Stanford. That suggests only a sliver of patents are worth the cost of enforcing. Lemley and three other co-authors devised a system to sift through patents and find the most valuable ones.”
There are two forces at work in today’s IT infrastructure, coming from two different directions. On one end, there is the drive toward enhanced user experience (UX), fueled by the need to achieve greater cohesion between applications and the people who use them, or even a greater sense of satisfaction and joy among users.On the other side of the world, there is the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), in which devices, sensors, applications and anything else you can think of are accepting or generating data to provide situational awareness.
We are used to hearing about how the Internet of Things (IoT) will affect the future, promising to solve the biggest global crises, including food shortages, health epidemics and human safety. But what many people do not acknowledge is that, in a growing number of areas, IoT solutions are already in place and making a tangible difference. At this moment, an estimated 4.9 billion sensors are connected to the Internet, busy improving numerable areas of industry and human experience.
Nortek Security & Control integrated a personal safety system with home-security sensors to automatically send home-sensor and personal-safety alerts to caregivers.The company’s Numera Home Safety Hub is compatible with Nortek’s smoke, glass-break, motion, window/door and other 2GIG-brand wireless sensors, which are sold as part of professionally monitored home-security systems through security installers. The hub also integrates with the company’s wearable personal health Button, which lets users summon emergency responders, and with Nortek’s personal-safety sensors, such as a fall-detection sensor.
The range and number of “things” connected to the internet is truly astounding, including security cameras, ovens, alarm systems, baby monitors and cars. They’re are all going online, so they can be remotely monitored and controlled over the internet.Internet of Things (IoT) devices typically incorporate sensors, switches and logging capabilities that collect and transmit data across the internet.
Water damage is a big deal, in fact, it’s one of the most reported claims for home insurance, behind only fire and lightning, and wind and hail. Now with home automation products increasingly gaining market share and mainstream acceptability, that problem can be reigned in to a certain extent. No, it won’t prevent extremes like Hurricane Katrina, but if a pipe springs a leak then you can get a jump on it.
Pioneering real-time analytics specialist EveryWare will demonstrate how businesses can harness the Internet of Things to save money and improve business efficiencies at this year’s IoT Tech Expo.EveryWare identifies the inefficiencies that are costing businesses money through the use of retrofit sensors and Internet of Things technology, allowing them to resolve issues instantly and remotely, before they escalate. Managing Director Nigel Maris will be speaking at the event, taking a hypothetical look back at the rise of IoT from the year 2025.