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Tom Kevan is a freelance writer/editor specializing in engineering and communications technology. Contact him via de-editors@digitaleng.news.

The Rise of Human-Interfacing Medical Sensors

Flexible hybrid electronics based medical sensors boast numerous selling points, most of which can be summed up as enabling better data collection.

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Hybrid System Builds Sensors into Metal

Creating the sensor represents a step in the instrumentation of the “things” populating the internet of things (IoT). Embedded sensors promise to provide the means to effectively capture in-situ data from industrial equipment, opening the door for advanced setup, maintenance and diagnostics.

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Embedded Software: The Heart of the IIoT

Embedded software has played a role in opening the door for the next industrial revolution—the industrial internet of things. Specialized programming enables intelligent, connected machines to capture, aggregate and analyze data.

The increasing momentum of the IIoT and the growing footprint of open-source software promise to foster the proliferation of embedded software-empowered intelligent devices and smart sensors.

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What AI Can Do for Electronic Design Automation

AI has begun to come into its own, making tremendous strides over the past few years. But for all its successes, applications of AI-like machine learning, neural networks and deep learning have been slow to find a place in electronic design automation.

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A New Age of Industrial Analytics

Modern analytics packages allow users to identify and investigate a variety of data types through visual interfaces ranging from dashboards to interactive graphics. Some tools also provide predictive analytics, looking at past events and forecasting future trends. Image courtesy of Seeq.

The emergence of the industrial internet of things and a growing appreciation of the impact of big data in this arena have sparked a revitalization of industrial analytics.

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Sensors Empower Voice Interfaces

Smart microphones have made it possible to incorporate voice interfaces in mobile and wearable devices, dramatically changing the way users interact with computing systems. Image courtesy of Vesper Technologies.

The convergence of smart microphones, new digital signal processing technology, voice recognition and natural language processing has opened the door for voice interfaces.

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A Power Source for Next-Generation Sensors

The rise of energy harvesting is driven by advances that make the technology more practical and desirable for mobile and IoT applications.

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