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Archive for May, 2006

Open House: "Wireless Sensors: Inventing the Future"

On June 5 from 6-8 pm, Sun Labs is having an Open House at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View CA: Wireless Sensors: Inventing the Future with D. K. Arvind, Roger Meike, and Richard Newton.

The complete story here.

Summer University on Information Technology in Agriculture and Rural Development (Aug 19-22 2006)

This conference is organised by the University of Debrecen, Centre for Agricultural Science Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development and the Hungarian Association of Agricultural Informatics. It will provide a forum for agriculture related professionals, professors, lecturers and PhD. students to exchange information on education, research, applications and developments of Information Technologies in Agriculture and Rural Development.

Among the topics is Wireless Sensor Networks.

Paper: "Designing Wireless Sensor Networks as a Shared Resource "

A very interesting paper on “Designing Wireless Sensor Networks as a Shared Resource for Sustainable Development” is available here.

In the paper, the authors (from UCLA, Center for Embedded Network Sensing) highlight their experience in developing and deploying water quality monitoring wireless sensor networks in Bangladesh and California.

TinyOS: Operating System Design for Wireless Sensor Networks

TinyOS is the cover article of the May edition of Sensors. Great article!

The complete article is available here.

Welcome to My Sensory Day

An interesting article about how ubiquitous and pervasive sensors already are, is available here.

Wireless sensor startup debuts

A former Intel Corp. executive and a UC Davis computer science professor take the wraps off a startup company today that has landed $1.5 million in funding to explore the relatively new field of wireless sensor technology.

The Folsom-based company, SynapSense Corp., will attempt to gain a foothold in the nascent but fast-growing market for wireless sensors — tiny devices that measure such things as temperature, humidity, motion and atmospheric pressure and relay the information via radio signal to a computer or other controller.

The complete story here.


From Sun’s SPOT (Small Programmable Object Technology) webpage:

Based on a 32 bit ARM CPU and an 11 channel 2.4GHz radio, Sun SPOT radically simplifies the process of developing wireless sensor and transducer applications. The platform enables developers to build wireless transducer applications in Java using a sensor board for I/O, an 802.15.4 radio for wireless communication, and use familiar Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), such as NetBeans to write code.

This Summer, a development kit will be available that includes two complete Sun SPOT devices with demo sensor boards, a base station Sun SPOT to connect to your development machine, and all the software development tools and cables required to start developing applications for your Sun SPOT. The projected introductory price is $499.

Be sure to visit the forums to join other developers in the Sun SPOT community.

Sensor Networks for Dummies

A new Sun initiative aims to make the programming of sensor networks easy — ushering in an era of widespread adoption.

Sun Microsystems has announced a project that could put easy-to-manage sensor networks in the hands of average computer programmers worldwide — helping to make networked sensors more prevalent. A world full of sensors is a world in which, for instance, building climates are micro-controlled, rooms come alive with lights and music when people enter them, and the health of elderly family members is monitored from a distance.

The complete article is available here.

AeroComm Announces 'ZigBee Your Way'

AeroComm Inc., the most established global supplier of complete RF solutions for OEMs, presents a breakthrough for industrial wireless performance: the ZB2430 “ZigBee Your Way(TM)” Transceiver. Based on the Texas Instruments leading-edge 802.15.4 System-on-Chip and Z-Stack(TM) technology, ZB2430 provides OEMs with industry-defining wireless performance in the areas of power consumption, integration, range, features and functionality.

More info here.

Book review: Networking Wireless Sensors

Telecom Books Blog has an interesting review of “Networking Wireless Sensors”, by Bhaskar Krishnamachari.

The complete review can be found here.