Sensor Expo 2019 | Day 1 Recap

Ivan Quiroz

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Day 1 at the Sensor Expo in San Jose, CA is complete! You still have one more day to visit KEMET at Booth 129 and check out all the amazing technology we and others at the expo have to offer.

Here’s a pro tip: the full hall space at the expo can be completed in about three hours (give or take) depending on how often you stop and chat. There are about 7,000 people in attendance with booths covering the following market trends:

  • Automotive
  • Energy Harvesting
  • IoT & Wireless
  • Medical Sensors
  • MEMS
  • Startups
  • University
  • New Product Showcase

Every year, the Sensor Expo displays its fair share of the latest technology in pressure sensors, encoders, meters, and industrial controllers. I took a walk around the expo myself and came across some specific markets that caught my eye. Although there were so many great technologies on display this year, here are some of the ones that stood out the most.

Quality of Air

There is a growing interest in the development of quality air devices. The requirements on some of these devices include the need to have low power consumption while being small to carry. There are other applications where inside home air quality sensor is the driving factor. Other modules are made to be part of sharing networks that document air quality, such as long-range networks.

Long-Range Network and Energy Harvesting

The long-range wireless area network is a conglomerate of interconnected cells used to cover long distances from low power sensing devices to data gathering servers. These types of devices include some which rely on energy harvesting to communicate their sensor status over the network.

LIDAR

With all the autonomous driving technology talk, it would be impossible to have a sensor expo without discussing LIDAR technologies. There are plenty of booths showing new technologies around laser. While not actually LIDAR, there are other approaches as well using ultrasound to map out the surrounding of the car. LIDAR technology is stepping up the game with on board processing and mapping capabilities.

System on Chip (SoC) sensor

Custom “System on Chip” assemblies seem like an interesting technology where companies are embedding off the shelf MEMs sensors and clustering together in a single chip. Some ICs you can include are processors, magnetometers, accelerometers, etc.

Industry 4.0

KEMET is providing sensors that play in the Industry 4.0 environment where the main characteristics are to make systems as smart as possible. For example, at the KEMET booth, we are talking about the ability of using our sensors to identify the current profile of a motor. Once you understand what motor under load characteristics are, you can check the temperature of such a motor to ensure the network can identify exposure to high temperatures and anticipate maintenance issues. The correlation of current and temperature can be further enhanced with our vibration sensor. Identify a vibration profile of a motor under load and changes to that signature could point to an issue, along with the current profile and thermal threshold triggering. Industry 4.0 enable can use all the sensors and define what your design needs to be more efficient and reduce line down scenarios.

Tactile Sensors

This is a sensor I only saw at KEMET and it has a great application in the AR/VR and mobile markets. It is a flexible vibration module, also known as haptic technology, that localizes the vibration of different frequencies to create different feelings of sense. It is not just the mobile phone vibration motor with a single vibration setting. Instead, imagine a VR experience where you walk on grass and then on snow. This thin film actuator could vibrate your shoes with different frequencies as you move from grass to snow. Now, you can feel the difference, you can feel a surface rather than just see it.

To get a glimpse of all these sensors and find out more about what KEMET has to offer, stop by Booth 129. You’ll get the info on all these interesting new technologies and how KEMET can help you play on all of them with our METCOM inductors, current sensors, IR sensors, thermal sensors, and of course all the capacitors needed to support these new exciting technologies. For more information click here.