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The Sensors & Switches Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about thermal, mechanical & pressure sensors, optical & ultrasonic sensors, electrical and electromagnetic sensors, and switches and solenoids. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Charging Electronic Devices Using Wireless Power Transfer

Posted March 11, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Would you like to be able to wirelessly charge your laptop or smartphone just by walking into a room? Scientists at Disney Research have successfully demonstrated a method they call quasistatic cavity resonance (QSCR) that enables electronic devices to be charged without cords, cradles, or other external devices.


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Engineers Tap Stomach Acid to Power Tiny Sensors

Posted February 18, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have demonstrated a voltaic cell that is sustained by the acidic fluids in the stomach. The system can generate enough power to run sensors or drug delivery devices that can reside in the gastrointestinal tract for extended periods of time.


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Underwater Sensors Used in the "Internet of Oysters"

Posted February 01, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Using Microsoft's Azure Internet of Things and cloud-computing platform, The Yield, an agriculture technology company, powered real-time underwater sensors and utilized machine learning to save money and improve harvests for Australia's Tasmanian oyster business.


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VR and AR: Soon to be Seen Virtually Everywhere

Posted January 07, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Though the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) market remains in the toddler technology stage, market research firm IDC estimated the VR and AR market to be $5.2 billion. Chief Analyst Mike Boland points out that the technological shift, which encompasses the VR and AR market growth and development, began with the PC, moved to the internet, and then to the introduction of smartphones.


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Intel Builds Virtual Reality Platform Around 3D Sensing Technology

Posted November 07, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Microprocessor giant Intel has introduced an internally-developed virtual reality (VR) solution named Project Alloy. The Alloy VR platform goes beyond basic VR by offering what Intel calls "merged reality." The Alloy head-mounted display (HMD) uses the company's Intel RealSense 3D cameras, so that a user can interact with the physical as well as the virtual world without the need for room-mounted cameras or external sensors. Computing power built into the Alloy HMD makes it an "all-in-one" VR solution that lets a user walk around untethered by cables.


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