Featured in this issue:      Micro-Epsilon  |  elobau sensor technology, Inc.  |  Mouser Electronics, Inc.  |  Instrumented Sensor Technology  |  Environics, Inc.  |  Locon Sensor Systems, Inc.  |  STEUTE Industrial Controls, Inc.  |  Silicon Microstructures, Inc. (SMI)  |  MultiDimension Technology Co., Ltd.  |  Mersen  |  UTC Fire & Security
 
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New Process Creates Transparent Photonic Sensors
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New Process Creates Transparent Photonic Sensors
 
A newly-developed production technique "writes" optical waveguides into smartphone display glass using a precisely-controlled laser process. The technique could embed transparent photonic sensors into the glass — possibly in multiple layers. Such sensors would require no physical space inside the phone beyond that already occupied by the display. Demonstrating potential applications, the research team created a temperature sensor and a method of embedding a unique identifier (essentially a fingerprint) permitting much more secure device authentication.
 
 
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induSENSOR Series for Displacement and Position Measurement
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induSENSOR Series for Displacement and Position Measurement
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The electromagnetic sensors in the induSENSOR series from MICRO EPSILON are based on the inductive measuring principle, the LVDT principle and patented variants of these measuring methods. They are employed both in single and large-scale applications. Wear-free and maintenance-free, compact sensor design, environmentally stable, good price-performance ratio, tried and tested technologies. Learn more.
 
 
 
 
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Honeywell's High-sensitivity Nanopower Series at Mouser
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Honeywell Nanopower Series Magnetoresistive (MR) Sensor ICs provide the highest sensitivity of 11 and 20 Gauss max. Even more impressive, the series consumes as little as 360 nA and 310 nA at 1.65 VDC — making both the 11/20 Gauss the lowest power sensor in its class.
 
 
 
Honeywell's High-sensitivity Nanopower Series at Mouser
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Shock and Vibration Sensor/Recorder
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The PANTHER Model EDR -4 series shock and vibration data loggers, monitors, and recorders are self-contained, user-programmable acceleration sensor/recorders. The compact, 5 lb package is designed for remote, stand-alone shock and vibration measurement and recording over extended time periods ranging from several hours to several weeks.

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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Electric & Electromagnetic Sensors . . .
 
 
Car Seat Gauges Driver Alertness
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Car Seat Gauges Driver Alertness
 
Electric field sensors built into this prototype car seat detect the driver's heart rate and respiration, triggering an alarm if the driver loses alertness or falls asleep. Eventually, the system may integrate with an active lane-keeping system that could take over if the driver loses consciousness. Researchers expect trucking fleets will employ the new technology first, with automobiles adopting it later as cost and complexity decline.
 
 
 
 
Transparent Electric Field Gesture Sensor
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Transparent Electric Field Gesture Sensor
 
The video demonstration accompanying this article shows successful 3D finger and hand tracking using a thin, transparent electric field sensor. Though not the first sensor that could let you control a smartphone using the type of in-the-air gestures you'd use with Microsoft's Kinect system, the developers count among its advantages — high sensing rates, accurate tracking, smaller space requirements, lower power consumption, and lower cost.
 
Switches & Solenoids . . .
 
Four-pole Analog Switch
 
Targeting applications in mobile devices, digital cameras, televisions, and set-top boxes, this four-pole double-throw device switches data and control signals on three poles while the fourth switches supply voltage. The analog switch features extremely low on-resistance (0.45 Ω for the supply path when switching 2.7 V Vcc, and 6 Ω or 7 Ω for the data paths) and 160 MHz data path bandwidth.
 
 
 
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Switch Helps Smartphones Stay Thin
 
Helping mobile devices stay thin and compact, this surface-mount, side-push, tactile switch takes minimal space — measuring 3.9 mm x 2.9 mm and requiring just 1.55 mm above the printed circuit board. A hermetically-sealed contact structure gives it an IP67 rating against dust and water intrusion. The device switches 12 V DC at 50 mA and features a 200,000 cycle operating life.
 
 
 
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High Temperature Inductives for Harsh Environments
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High Temperature Inductives for Harsh Environments
Locon Sensor Systems, Inc.
 
These sensors tolerate temps -40 C to +250 C and are available in M8 - M80 threaded housings. Features include short circuit and overload protection, as well as reverse polarity protection on the supply voltage. The protection rating is IP67. Please see the data sheet for more features and complete technical information.
 
 
 
 
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Ultra-low (Down to 4 inH₂O) Digital Pressure Sensor
Silicon Microstructures, Inc. (SMI)
 
SMI expands its product offering with the all-new SM9541 ultra-low, digital pressure sensor. Designed for high-performance applications in consumer, industrial, and medical markets, the SM9541 series offers high functionality, accuracy, and reliability in a small footprint, SOIC16 package. View technical specifications.
 
 
 
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New Magnetic Image Sensors for Banknote Validation
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MDT announced MMGB01/ MMGB06/MMGB18 TMR magnetic image sensors for banknote validators, ATM, bill counters, and sorters. Designed and manufactured with MDT's unique TMR technology, they achieve high sensitivity, high signal-to-noise ratio, and wide air-gap tolerance for weak magnetic signal detection on banknotes in a miniaturized, durable, and lightweight sensor module.
 
 
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Thermal, Mechanical & Pressure Sensors . . .
 
 
A Touching Development for Robots
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A Touching Development for Robots
 
UK-funded research could give robots and prosthetics a soft, flexible human-like artificial skin providing excellent tactile feedback. The researcher heading the four-year project has already developed piezoelectric oxide semiconductor field-effect-transistor (POSFET)-based pressure and temperature sensors giving 1 mm x 1 mm tactile pixels. The program's next phase involves knitting these sensors together using ultra-thin, flexible silicon circuits.
 
 
 
 
Implanted Artery Pressure Sensor Cuts Hospitalization Rates
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Implanted Artery Pressure Sensor Cuts Hospitalization Rates
 
This wireless, real-time arterial blood pressure monitoring system gained limited FDA clearance after studies showed it reduced heart-failure related hospitalizations. When the patient presses a switch, the system reads a tiny pressure sensor implanted in the patient's pulmonary artery and relays the data through an antenna embedded in a pillow to a bed-side control unit. A telephone line connection lets a physician remotely monitor the readings.
 
Optical & Ultrasonic Sensors . . .
 
Mimicking Real Life for Robotic Flight
 
As this video presentation shows, by mimicking the simple ocelli light sensors of most small flying insects, researchers developing a robotic fly successfully achieved stable autonomous flight using on-board light sensors alone for feedback. Their success also suggests that honeybees and other insects lacking gyroscopic organs might instead use the ocelli to orient themselves and stabilize their flight.
 
 
 
Mimicking Real Life for Robotic Flight
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Nano-particles Boost MRI Effectiveness
 
"Nanoconstructs" — made by packaging thousands of iron oxide nanoparticles inside larger particles — can be injected into a patient and guided by magnetic fields, provide 10x better contrast than traditional contrast agents used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and kill malignant tissue or trigger drug release when heated, according to scientists who developed the technology. An article in The Engineer expands on this breakthrough medical imaging technology.
 
 
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Mersen Launches Global Line of Premium Compact Low-voltage Disconnect Switches
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Mersen Launches Global Line of Premium Compact Low-voltage Disconnect Switches
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Mersen's comprehensive new line of low-voltage disconnect switches is globally available, with a full line of accessories to accommodate virtually any application. The broadest range in the industry. Encompasses UL508, UL98, and IEC standard products for AC and DC applications.
 
 
 
 
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