Electronic Sensors News

Haptics redefine the machine-human interface

Haptic touch applications represent a change in how people interact with machines. Human interfaces featuring haptics are in development for industrial systems, robotics, automobiles, home appliances, point-of-sale and order entry systems, new forms of training simulation, and remote equipment. Just about everywhere that people have to touch a…

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Panasonic proximity sensors ignores passing strangers

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has introduced a range of human detection proximity sensors which offer ‘plug and play’ operation. According to the supplier, a design feature of the sensor is that it provides trigonometric background suppression, which means they are unaffected by changing scenes or by people passing by…

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Current sensor has digital and analogue outputs

Microchip has introduced its first high-side current sensor with both a digital output, as well as a configurable analogue output that can present power, current or voltage over the single output pin. Simultaneously, all power-related output values are also available over the 2-Wire digital bus, which is…

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Tyre-pressure sensor has integrated micro

Freescale Semiconductor’s latest tyre-pressure monitoring system is a wireless device which integrates a dual-axis accelerometer, motion sensor, RF transmitter, low frequency receiver, pressure and temperature sensor and a microcontroller in a 7 x 7mm package. The microcontroller can be used for analysis sensor data, including pressure, temperature…

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3D chip is "smallest" light sensor

A tiny ambient light sensor from ams uses through-silicon via (TSV) packaging to achieve a footprint of just 1.145 x 1.66mm and a height of 0.32mm. The TSV package does not need wire bonds and provides a direct connection from the device I/Os to a…

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IR transmitter simplifies sensor systems

A universal sensor transmitter for use in power grid and automotive has been developed by US-based firm Knick. Using an infrared interface, the PolyTrans P 32000 transmitter will recognise the signal outputs of any 2-, 3- and 4-wire temperature, force and strain sensors, resistors, potentiometers, resistive sensors, and…

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Motor control gets accurate angle position sensing

Angle position sensing is the measuring of the degree of rotation of an object about a central axis. As with any sensor type, the aim is to represent a physical or mechanical characteristic in a format, usually electrical, that can be understood, interpreted and which can be used as an…

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3D accelerometer-gyro-comapss includes data fusion

BNO055 from Bosch is a nine axis movement sensor which includes a sensor fusion processor. In a 5.2 x 3.8 x 1.1mm package, it includes: Three axis 14bit accelerometer Three axis 16bit gyroscope with a range of ±2000 degrees per second Three axis geo-magnetic sensor 32…

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