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Sensing Movement in Three Axes

All modern vehicles must sense the position and movement of automotive control functions such as turn signal indicators and gear selectors. However, engineers face challenges here with conventional sensor technologies as the requirement is for sensing movement in the three axes simultaneously. The challenge lies in the physical size of the device, its reliability, power consumption, and its cost. However, 3-D magnetic sensing technology, recently introduced, could be helping engineers to address Read more [...]

Sleep Better with a Raspberry Pi

Sleep is an integral part of our lives, and lack of quality sleep quickly leads to a whole host of issues related to physical, emotional, behavioral, etc. Quality sleep is linked to a good environment that includes proper bedding, clothing, temperature, humidity, and lighting among other things. Although electronics may not be able to help much with the proper choice of bedding and clothing, a cheap but versatile single board computer such as the RBPi or Raspberry Pi is a good contender for controlling Read more [...]

How Sensors help Seniors Live Independently

With the benefits of medical science and increased awareness, people are now living longer than their ancestors did. Along with longer living, they also desire to live as independently as possible in their senior years. However, certain risks are part of independent lifestyles. These include inadequate care resulting in deteriorating health and debilitating falls. Researchers are addressing these issues by developing smart homes. They are using sensors and other devices and technologies for enhancing Read more [...]

How Smart Sensor Technology helps Beehives

Plants are necessary for life on the planet Earth, as they transform the gas Carbon-Di-Oxide that animals exhale into life-sustaining Oxygen. Plants, in turn, depend largely on bees to pollinate their flowers and propagate thereby. That makes honey bees a keystone species, which humans have recognized throughout history. Bees help to pollinate nearly 70% of all plants on earth assuring about 30% of the global food supply. That makes bees a predictor of our planet's future health. Global warning Read more [...]

Farming With Drones & Robots

According to Heidi Johnson, crops and soil agent for Dane County, Wisconsin, “Farmers are the ultimate “innovative tinkerers”.” Farming, through the ages, has undergone vast changes. Although in developing worlds, you will still find stereotype farmers planting his seeds and praying for rain and good weather while waiting for his crops to grow, farm technology has progressed. Therefore, we now have twenty-four hour farming and driverless combines and autonomous tractors have moved out of Read more [...]

Make Your Raspberry Pi Follow Walls

The versatile single board computer, the Raspberry Pi or RBPi, makes an excellent base for an autonomous bot using a rover 5 platform. The bot uses custom laser range finders for basic wall following. It features speed control of each track, regulated by PID using feedback from its quadrature encoders, giving it the ability of directional control. The basic features are explained below. Batteries power the bot, feeding two separate switching mode regulators. One supplies power to the motors via Read more [...]

Raspberry Pi Can Keep Your Plants Happy

Those who like indoor plants know how important it is to maintain a proper atmosphere for the plants to grow happily. Only a few parameters are important – air humidity, air temperature and soil moisture apart from adequate sunshine. However, it is rare for people to be able to monitor the health and well-being of their flora personally, given the busy schedules. That is where a single board computer such as the Raspberry Pi or RBPi can help. Being flexible in setting up and connecting to the Read more [...]

SLI: Sensing Without Touching

MEMS is revolutionizing technology, causing microminiaturization and increasing the precision of conventional solutions. Ubiquitous MEMS applications are emerging as the next most promising frontier by removing the need for touch in structured light illumination or SLI. DLPs or digital light processors from Texas Instruments contain millions of mirrors. TI is pioneering SLI that works by projecting moving stripes of light onto objects. It then measures the deformities in the reflected patterns Read more [...]

How do Sensors Measure Gear Tooth Speed and Direction?

Measuring speed of gears is an important factor in various industries, especially in pharmaceutical, tobacco, printing, woodworking, paper, textile, food and others where rotational machinery predominates. Gear speed measurements also necessary in pumps, blowers, mixers, exhaust and ventilation fans, wheel-slip measurement on autos and locomotives, flow measurement on turbine meters and many more. The most common gear tooth sensors detect a change in the magnetic field for determining the speed Read more [...]

How do Sensors Measure Angle?

An angle is the degree of rotation of an object from a reference position about a central axis. In the engineering world, there are two types of angles requiring measurement. One is the physical or mechanical characteristic, such as the rotation of a shaft with respect to its bearing or housing. The other is a mathematical term such as the angle between two phases of alternating voltage system. Usually, sensors measure angles in a format that a computer or a machine can understand, interpret and Read more [...]