50-Gpixel camera is better than the human eye Research 6/22/2012 12 comments Engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have developed a camera with the potential to capture up to 50-Gpixels of data with a resolution over a 120 degree horizontal field that is five times better than 20/20 human vision.
Switching to smart lighting News & Analysis 6/22/2012 9 comments Lighting is becoming the largest consumer of electricity in buildings, accounting for 25 percent or more of total costs. At the 14th Leti Annual Review, the CEA-Leti research center demonstrated its engagement in research leading to smart lighting systems with adaptive and controllable properties.
Imec, Panasonic R&D collaboration to include flexible electronics News & Analysis 6/14/2012 1 comment Nanoelectronics research center Imec (Leuven, Belgium) and Panasonic Corp. announced they have extended a R&D collaboration agreement for a period of three years to include research in healthcare, wireless communication, advanced CMOS process and flexible electronics.
A design to generate UAV electrical power in flight Design How-To 6/6/2012 14 comments A team of engineers at Electronic Cooling Solutions worked with John Langley and engineers at Ambient Micro to build an exhaust-heat thermoelectric generator that can be incorporated into a UAV design to harvest and convert this waste energy into electrical power in flight.
Plessey lowers cost of electric-field sensor Product News 6/1/2012 1 comment Plessey Semiconductors Ltd. (Plymouth, England) has announced the release of the PS25451, a low-cost version of its electric field sensor. Whereas the original version was aimed at medical applications, such as a remote heart-rate monitoring, the latest version provides remote sensing for high volume consumer markets.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.