Automotive manufacturer Continental is working on in-car apps that will connect drivers with their homes as well as with other personal devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables.
Australian researchers have developed a world-first radio-tracking drone to locate radio-tagged wildlife.
Vishay Intertechnology has introduced a miniature plastic housing for the rapid prototyping of reflective presence and proximity sensors. The housing is designed to provide optical isolation between a 3 mm (T1) infrared (IR) emitter and any of Vishay's TSSP-type presence or proximity sensors.
The MPU-6555 is InvenSense's 6-axis (3-axis gyroscope + 3-axis accelerometer) activity detection device, working in conjunction with its Automatic Activity Recognition library (AAR) in a 3 x 3 x 0.9 mm (24-pin QFN) package.
The MAXREFDES42# IO-Link temperature sensor reference design (RD) is a resistance temperature detector (RTD) for industrial control and automation.
The Honeywell CSL series of linear current sensors utilise LOHET Hall effect output. The series provides the user with a sensor and flux collector all within a single compact holder and housing assembly.
Designed to convert solar UV light intensity to digital data in consumer, medical and industrial applications, the Vishay Semiconductors VEML6070 comes in a compact 2.35 x 1.8 x 1 mm surface-mount package. The integrated UV light sensor features Filtron UV technology for high UV sensitivity and linearity.
SFH 7050 is an integrated optical sensor for automatic fitness tracking. The sensor is used in mobile devices, such as smart watches and fitness armbands, and simplifies personal heart rate or pulse rate measurements.
Contelec has announced two multi-turn versions of its robust Vert-X series contactless Hall-Effect angle sensors. The Vert-X 37MT CANopen has a gearless 16-bit multi-turn and 16-bit single-turn resolution, while the Vert-X 24MT may be programmed for up to 10 turns and has a 12-bit single-turn resolution.
Dr Edward Sazonov, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Alabama, is developing a sensor that can be worn around the ear that would automatically track diet, giving medical professionals and consumers accurate information that can be missed with self-reporting.
The element14 Community has selected 15 engineers from around the world to take part in its 'In the Air' design challenge, an initiative to develop pollution measurement applications inspired by the Internet of Things (IoT) movement.
In order to satisfy the latest technical, economic and global demands, the KNX Association has redesigned its Engineering Tool Software (ETS) - a standardised tool that helps building control engineers improve energy efficiency of buildings.
Cars speeding along a motorway set in a futuristic landscape populated by beings dressed in silver metallic suits used to be the stuff of comics and those deep into science fiction. However, some of those imaginative images could well become reality within the next 10 years as autonomous or driverless vehicles steer out of the laboratory and onto the roads.