Sensors Expo & Conference – Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL June 6-7, 2012
The Sensors Expo & Conference was sponsored by Sensors Magazine and the IEEE Chicago Section and opened with Keynote speaker, Assaf Biderman, Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT). He presented some interesting data from different collection projects. Some of the most noteable to me was the presentation on identification of transportation modes via sound bytes collected from phones. Another was a bicycle wheel that would take energy from the rotation and then power a device in the hub that could be used to communicate with a mobile device and give various sensor data. Lastly he showed a project whereby the lab team was looking to gather video from laptops deployed around an area. In this video gathering scenario, they had left one of the laptops, there was a subsequent break in where the laptop was stolen, the internal GPS tracked the criminal and he showed some video of the criminal looking into the laptop camera. I believe the culprit was easily caught. The remainder of the show had many other interesting sessions and the Expo floor with many showing their sensor wares and the methodology (many times wireless) by which the sensors could be polled. I especially enjoyed the CO2 sensor which showed how the levels escalated as the conference progressed throughout the day.
Ronald Kollman – Haynes-Bent, Inc. – Specializing in wireless hardware design