It was just barely two months since the Best of Sensors West Awards were announced when the Best of Sensors Midwest Awards needed to be decided. One would think that not much new or unique would emerge during the dog days of summer and the all-too-hot days of early fall. But the sensor community was not sitting on their collective duffs and a significant number of innovative devices and technologies were launched. As result, we again launched our awards at the best of the best.
Gold and Silver Shine
Tunneling magnetoresistance is one of the latest advances in magnetic sensing technology and Coto Technology has been a leader in the field. The company’s TMR sensors are straight forward in construction, but offer significant benefits that distance it from comparative magnetic sensing technologies.
The RedRock TMR RR121 Magnetic Sensor represents a huge breakthrough for design engineers seeking the lowest possible power consumption and highest sensitivity in an ultra-miniature package. Therefore, Coto Technology took the silver award for its RedRock TMR RR121 sensor. A datasheet is available for the TMR sensors. For more details, contact Coto Technology
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It’s always a difficult task to decide which new device or technology will be a winner let alone which will take first, second, or third tier awards. Every entry has validity in the market and was not designed on a whim, a prayer perhaps, but never on the wings of whimsy. After all, this stuff costs a bundle to design, manufacture, and promote.
On that note, we come to a great contender. Powercast Corporation’s Multi-Sensor RFID Tags for Environmental Monitoring come in two models. The PCT100 is a Battery Free device and PCT200 employs a rechargeable battery.
They can support multiple sensors in a single tag and transmit data as far as 32 feet and generate their operating power by harvesting it from a standard RFID reader while being interrogated. Powercast’s multi-Sensor RFID Tags receive an honorable mention. A PCT100/PCT200 datasheet is available. For more details, contact Powercast Corp., Pittsburgh, PA. 412-455-5800
Everyone has their own guidelines and boundaries for how they judge a product worthy of accolades and, more importantly, purchase and use. One such criterion is how well a particular component or technology serves an emerging market that poses particularly difficult challenges to designers. Artificial intelligence is one such arena.
Artificial Intelligence is quickly becoming a reality, one that poses many challenges to design engineers, particularly those involved with machine condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, wearables, connected devices, and unique sensing applications for industrial, automotive and consumer markets. These designers are in luck because they have some formidable tools at their disposal: Reality AI Tools,
These come in the form of an artificial intelligence signal processing engineer that identifies signatures of real-world events and conditions in signals and sensor data from vibration, sound, current and voltage, imagery, LiDAR, remote sensing, and proprietary sensors. More than an eyebrow raiser, Reality AI Tools takes the Sensors Midwest Gold Award.
Well, it won’t be long before the entries will come rolling in for Best of Sensors West again. If you see something cool, don’t keep it under your duff, let us know about it. ~MD