YOKOHAMA, Japan – The Embedded Technology 2012 trade show here focused on five smart technologies: energy, healthcare, agriculture, automotive and transportation systems as well as mobile and cloud computing.
The show floor bristled with sensors that can go into virtually anywhere, from shoes and cars to the water standing in rice fields.
Anticipating a world of ubiquitous sensors and connected networks, vendors demonstrated solutions that addressed such fundamental questions as:
- How will new sensors be powered?
- How do we build systems that can handle multiple sensors in parallel?
- How quickly can we design and tune different analog front-end circuits specific to each type of sensor?
- What protocols are necessary for sensors to communicate among themselves?
- And, at what frequency range can sensors be wirelessly connected?
Below are a dozen examples of the devices, embedded systems and applications that are making sensors ubiquitous.
Murata Manufacturing showed off a running shoe embedded with clear piezo film devices and a Bluetooth smart module. Five small patches of piezo film placed on the sole can detect friction and foot movement inside the "smart" shoe, allowing it to measure and help regulate the user’s walking or running habits.