Tech Briefs Magazine - June 2022 - Sensor-7

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Sensors
Converge
2022
S
ensors Expo is returning to the McEnery Convention
Center, San Jose, CA from June 27 - 29, with its new
name - Sensors Converge. There are nine conference
tracks that highlight the different applications
for sensors, but if you take a closer look, they share a common
theme. It's all about intelligent connectivity - convergence.
It's about gathering data, converting the data into useable information,
and sharing that information to control processes
and enable people to make informed decisions. And sensors
are where all that data comes from.
The keynote addresses hit two areas of growing significance
for the sensors market - sustainability and robotics.
Sustainability - The Opening Keynote
The opening address, " Technology and Sustainability:
Working Together for a Better Future, " will be given by Adrian
Grenier, who is a leading advocate for integrating sustainability
into everyday life. He currently serves as an Environment
Program Goodwill Ambassador for the UN.
This is a vital theme - Sensors are critical tools for engaging
with the climate crisis that is already inflicting us with fire,
droughts, and floods. For example, there will be a Wednesday 9
AM session, to describe new environmental sensors that provide
access to real time, localized data to help make more efficient
use of scarce firefighting resources.
As vital as firefighting, is the fight to reduce carbon emissions.
The Wednesday 10:10 AM session How Smarter buildings
are Critical to the Decarbonization of the Built
Environment is a recognition of the outsized role of buildings
in emitting carbon.
In fact, there is an entire conference track on smart homes/
buildings/cities. Bringing " smartness " to homes, buildings, and
cities is a way to curb emissions and create energy savings by
using connected sensor systems - aka the IoT.
And, in fact, there is a conference track on 5G and Connectivity,
which includes a session on " IoT in a 5G World. "
Robotics - The Second Keynote
The second keynote will be given by Dr. Kate Darling, a researcher
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts
experimental studies on human-robot interaction.
As the use of robots and cobots is rapidly expanding, it's important
to consider, not just technical, but also social and emotional
issues as well. For example, the proliferation of robots
with embedded artificial intelligence (AI) forces us, as a society
to confront what that means for us. One of her topics addressing
that is the question of whether " intelligent " robots will supplement
human ability or replace it.
Sensor Technology, June 2022
Energy Harvesting for Ultra-Low Power IoT Deployment
One of the critical needs for an expanding IoT is to minimize
the power consumption of wireless sensors. An all-day
pre-conference symposium on Monday will cover self-powered
energy sources - energy harvesting - as a means of extending
battery life. Intelligent power management, advancements
in semiconductors/MEMS, low-power wireless communications,
and energy storage will be among the important topics.
Wearables: Flexible, Stretchable, Printed Sensors
Among the fastest-growing categories are flexible and
stretchable sensors that can be worn on the body or woven into
fabric. They are used to track activity, measure vital signs, and
even administer medication. They have become practical in
large measure because of new manufacturing techniques such
as roll-to-roll printing. That will be the subject of another allday
pre-conference symposium on Monday.
Internet of Things (IoT)
A good definition of the IoT is that it's all about the communication
of useful information between devices and people,
in every possible combination. In that sense, it's really the
theme of all the tracks.
Take, for example, " 5G and Connectivity. " Connectivity can
be thought of as the nervous system of the IoT - the advent
of 5G technology will have a great impact on that nervous system.
It's important to think now about the ramifications of 5G
for the design of systems and the nodes on those systems because
it's moving in and will be extremely impactful.
The IoT is also moving fast into agriculture, from autonomous
tractors to the surveillance of fields for crop data. And
there is also a connection between agriculture and robotics,
highlighted in the Tuesday afternoon session on " Autonomous
Robots for Precision Agriculture. "
Smart sensors in " smart buildings " and " smart cities " - one of
the conference tracks - can make important contributions to
environmental sensing and sustainability - another of the tracks.
The Medical Technology Design track has synergy with the
printable, flexible, stretchable, and functional fabrics discussed
in a pre-conference symposium.
The Industrial and Manufacturing track will cover edge computing,
an important industrial trend that promises to expand
the reach of the " smart factory " by embedding more intelligence
into sensors. But that will put a lot of pressure on the
need for minimizing the power consumption of these sensors.
The bottom line is that applications for sensors are becoming
ubiquitous and the Sensors Converge Expo is the place to
go for learning and exchanging ideas about it all.
- Ed Brown Editor Sensor Technology.
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