Undoubtedly, sensor technology is playing a major role in realization of next generation of “Smart Homes”. The technology is foreseen as the basis for supporting the construction of home automation as well as Energy Management System (EMS). One of the companies who has been at forefront of this vision is Murata who just recently announced the development of sensor network system for smart homes which is capable of gathering information that has been detected by sensors via the ZigBee based Gateways, where it can transmit the gathered information via WiFi or Ethernet over the internet or to a tablet terminal. The system uses the Android-based controller. The new system is to perform detail control of lighting and air conditioning while monitoring power usage and environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and lighting by using the sensors that are located throughout the home. In addition to this, as part of company’s effort in supporting the elderly in achieving a safe, peaceful and comfortable living environment, the network is capable of remote monitoring and preventing such incidents as heatstroke. The system provide a less environmental impact by combining energy harvesting technology and wireless communication with low current consumption.
In recent years demand for new functionalities for new vehicles has entered a new stage among them are improved safety and predication of dangers. While steady robotization of vehicles is in progress, the key technology in meeting future Robotic vehicles is to be Electromotive and to be intelligent. In order to achieve this development of software as well as a platform for research and development is at most paramount. Having said this developing such platform using a real case study is costly and it would require a large space. Furthermore, companies and universities outside of paradigm of automobile industries are not allowed to freely participate in this area due to certain risks and dangers. Based on this gap and needs ZMP Inc. in Japan developed a world’s first robotic vehicle platform “RoboCarTM”. The “RoboCarTM” is equipped with the most advance image recognition module using stereo camera capable of unprecedented super-high-speed processing plus it incorporates various sensors enabling “RoboCarTM” to contribute in research and development of robotic vehicles and eventual autonomous driving experience with advance safety and environmental measures in mind. Read more
Since Guglielmo Marconi conducted a transatlantic electromagnetic wave communication experiment in 1901, wireless communications were utilized as a means of long-distance information transmission. It was at the end of the 20th century that short-distance communication technologies for mobile phones and wireless LAN came to be widely used.
Human body communication is a new form of short-distance wireless communication between devices using the human body surface as a safe and high speed network transmission path. Use of human body in this form will result in reduced leakage of information and transmission loss in comparison to wireless spatial transmission making it as a lowest power consumed form of wireless communication. Read more