AR/VR and Motion Recognition: The Microsoft Hololens

With all the hype in the AR and VR world, many people are asking: what type of practical applications are there that can help industry, cities, or people to live better lives. It's fun to use and AR/VR headset for a video game, however it's not the groundbreaking use case many people were hoping for.   Some examples of practical applications include: measurements, data overlay (e.g. pricing info, image analysis, etc.), and team dynamics.  Our team got a hold of a Microsoft Hololens to explore other useful applications, here are our results:   Here is first use of hololens with our... read more »

Signal Processing & Machine Learning

Each signal attached to a specific motion, and each type of motion in general, is unique in nature. One question sensor companies are asking is how do you account for standardizing and finding similarities in what is defined as a signal?   In some instances, filters can be used to remove unwanted bits of information, similar to how a water filter removes unwanted particles from tap water. In the context of a motion sensor, this might be unexpected jitters of vibrations of the sensor which do not follow previously collected data. This is called signal processing.   On the other hand, you may want to categorize... read more »

Tap to Pay: How Sensors Fuel Your Morning

Tap to pay is probably the most notable feature of your Starbucks app. It makes things a little quicker - you order, go in, scan your phone, get your coffee, on with your day.   What if there were ways to make this even more efficient so your morning fuel-up is a little more bearable?   My Starbucks Rewards Starbucks recently revamped their loyalty program, and although the coffee chain is incredibly successful, public sentiment on the changes have been largely negative. Strengthening brand loyalty by attaining Starbucks Stars and the prestigious Gold Status had people buzzing when this fuel house launched their... read more »

Sensor Trends: A Downward Trend on Price

Being a part of the IoT community, we are always keeping an eye on the trends in sensor technology. The graph from Business Insider below highlights interesting trends within the industry. Specifically, with the exception of cable, satellite television, and radio services, as time progresses the price of consumer technology declines.   Each new piece of technology follows that rule almost to a tee. As more people start to use these products, and our understanding behind how to effectively produce these technologies increases, the price of production decreases and more people are then able to use them.   Simply put: as time progresses, the... read more »

Sensors: Like Your Car's GPS

When it comes to brass tacks, the point of a sensor is to get information about a point in space from either a third-person or embedded view. Third-person sensors are essentially ones that you set up independently of the thing you are trying to capture, whereas an embedded sensor is just that: embedded directly in the device.   Third-person, for example. A good example of this is a camera. It’s able to grab information from an environment and, depending on the camera, with high amounts of resolution and consistency. But with a camera, if you’re trying to identify individual patterns, it’s hard... read more »