With the explosive rise in IoT and connected devices, as well as the push forward in artificial intelligence, autonomous technologies, and edge computing there is an increasing need for sensors of all types with more capabilities, greater range and performance, and lower cost.
This year’s lineup of finalists for the Best of Sensors: Most Innovative Products showcases the impressive advancements in sensors technology across a diversity of applications.
Judges for this year’s competition were Sensors Expo Advisory Board Members Roger Grace and Randy Frank and FierceElectronics editors Matt Hamblen and Karen Field.
This year’s awards competition consists of 11 categories for Most Innovative Product, with new categories for COVID-19 technologies and AI added in 2020. Entries were judged on the basis:
- Value to the marketplace
- Impact: The “bigness” of the problems it solves or issues it addresses
- Uniqueness of the design
“The judges were impressed by the high quality of the entries this year, which I think is a reflection of the rapid rate of innovation that is happening in the sensor ecosystem today,” said Karen Field. “Choosing one or two to be finalists from each category out of so many great entries was a difficult task.”
Below is the complete list of finalists. Winners will be announced at the Best of Sensors Awards ceremony on November 16, 2020 during the digital event Sensors Innovation Week.
Maxim Integrated - MAX78000 Neural Network Accelerator Chip
On Semiconductor - AR0234CS Vision Sensor
Wells Vehicle Electronics - Rotary Position Sensor
Algolux - Eos Embedded Perception Software
TDK InvenSense - Ultrasonic Social Distancing Reference Design Dev Kit
Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. - XENSIVTM PAS CO2 Environmental Sensor
Data Acquisition & Analytics
IFOS Inc. - I*Sense distributed fiber-optic sensing interrogators
TDK InvenSense - SmartBug compact, wireless multi-sensor solution
Applied Physics Systems - ACCEL Model 40 Nanoacc accelerometer
LG Uplus - Underground antenna and Excavation sensing device
Texas Instruments - TMCS1100 and TMCS1101 zero-drift Hall-effect current sensors
STMicroelectronics - ISM330DHCX Inertial module with machine learning core & finite state machine for industrial applications
TDK InvenSense - TDK ICS‐40800 directional MEMS microphone
PIera Systems - Piera-1 Photon counting intelligent particle sensor for accurate air quality monitoring
Fujitsu Components America- 24GHz Doppler Radar sensor module
Sensirion - Mass flow meter SFM3019
ams AG - AS7038RB vital sign sensor
Menlo Micro - The Ideal Switch
Infineon Technologies Americas Corp. - XENSIVTM PAS CO2 environmental sensor
SWIR Vision Systems Inc. - Acuros CQD SWIR (short wave IR) sensor
ams AG - TMD3719 ALS/Color, Proximity and Flicker Sensor
Shimmer Research Ltd - Verisense wearable sensing platform
TracPatch - TracPatch SpineTM surface sensor system
Editor’s Note: The winners of the Best of Sensors 2020 Most Innovative Products as well as Startup of the Year and Woman in Sensors of the Year will be announced at 3:50 pm Eastern on November 16, 2020 at a special awards ceremony taking place during Sensors Innovation Week, November 16-18, 2020. This digital event series is packed with tech talks, keynotes, and panel discussions on a wide range of key sensor topics, from IoT & Wireless to Industrial and Smart Sensors.. For more information and to register for your free pass click here.