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    The IoT library: To better living through biosensors

    By Richard Wallace | January 19, 2016

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    The future of healthcare may be glimpsed at the edges of wearable and sensor technology.

    New biosensors and bioelectronics systems, many designed to work with smartphones, span a range of advanced technologies: optics, surface plasmon resonance, electrochemistry, and near-field communication among them. While not exactly considered “wearables,” smartphones are portable, are always with us, and can serve as an ideal platform for the system integration of health sensors such as test strips, sensor chips, and hand-held detectors, all for biochemical detections purposes.

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      Catch the wind; but not without 3G, solar power and GPS

      By Richard Wallace | January 15, 2016

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      According to the founder of thewindop.com, the quest to build a ‘point of interest’ wind measurement network started with three kite-boarders desire to check current wind conditions at their local surf spots.

      Except for the wind, there wasn’t much for the windsurfers to work with at the beginning. For starters, the only available wind reading data available was from an inland station an hour away.

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        MIT’s ambient stress sensor powered by harvested motion

        By Richard Wallace | January 14, 2016

        POWER SOURCE -Two metal electrodes made of lithium-alloyed silicon form a sandwich around a layer of electrolyte, a polymer that ions can move across. When the sandwich is bent, unequal stresses cause lithium ions to migrate across the electrolyte, producing a compensating electron current.

        Researchers at MIT have developed an efficient approach to converting mechanical energy to electrical energy through a novel design that could provide an electrical power source from walking and other ambient motions.

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          The IoT library: Roadmap to Internet of Things connectivity

          By Richard Wallace | January 11, 2016

          IoT libraryWireless technologies are perfect for transferring urgent amounts of real-time data to and from sensors and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. But due to very severe application constraints, even the smartest wireless things have to be designed for ultra-low power operation – IoT nodes can be remote, or not easily serviceable. And they are going to be vanishingly small: Paul Saffo, director of Discern Analytics, predicts, “devices are going to disappear into what we wear and carry.