Although not expected to begin shipping inside handsets as an integrated part of a smartphone before 2016, or late 2015 at the earliest, night vision is one of the innovative uses for sensor, said Bouchard. One of the most interesting parts of the sensor market at this point in time.
The Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system from Lockheed Martin sits atop a helicopter. (Source: Lockheed Martin)
Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS)
The Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system is an advanced electro-optical fire control system. Apache helicopters use the system for targeting during the day and at night, as well as in adverse weather conditions. This device has been around for some time. Since 2005, the M-TADS/PNVS has offered increased performance compared to Legacy systems. The technology has taken situational awareness to a new level by augmenting stand-off ranging for US forces, allowing those forces to get greater resolution for pilotage and targeting. The M-TADS/PNVS is designed for two-level field maintenance. It will reduce US Army operation and support costs by 50 percent over its forty-year system life. More than 1,200 systems have shipped to US Army and international customers. Production of additional systems is planned to go on through January 2015.
I disagree, I keep watching at my iPhone at the weather bar to see what the temperature in my city is but it would be som much better to read out real temperature like my car does...so I think temperature sensors is a great idea...only if you are interested in reading it you will make sure that the smart phone stays in teh similar environment during the measurement, that common sense practice applies to any sensor in any experiment...Kris
@DrQuine: "It also provides an interesting object lesson in atmospheric pressure in SI units." Interesting! Thanks Dr. Quine. So what you're saying is the Bosch MEMS sensor can measure such small pressure changes that it can tell if you're on the 4th floor or the 30th floor and not be affected by general pressure changes in or outside building (weather, HVAC)?
Sounds like we need remote bluetooth temperature sensors for the iPhone - we care about the temperature outdoors as we drive, not in our pocket where the phone is resting. Maybe some of our car sensors can grant read-only access to our SmartPhones.
The sensor claims to be able to read your barometric pressure altitude within 3 feet (which would define the floor of a building). The challenge is that is needs to adjust for weather related pressure changes which could cause the readings to be off by 30 floors...
The same problem applies to aircraft altimeters - the pilot gets a "QNH" (I think) figure which is the sea level pressure at his location, puts it in and the altimeter is accurate. So all you need is some way of (preferably automatically) telling the phone the QNH and it should be accurate...
Thanks. Yes I was disappointed when I found out an altimeter is really just a barometer with more math. (In other words, you subtract the local weather conditions.) Once I wanted a fancy watch with an altimeter on it for hiking but when I found out the altimeter was just a barometer, I decided it was just a toy (for my purposes). An altimeter wasn't going to keep me from getting lost.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.