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Archive for January, 2009

IPSN 2009: Call for Posters and Demos

The call for posters and demos for IPSN 2009 is out. Submission deadline is Jan 30th. Continue reading the post for details.

Top Technology Breakthroughs of 2008

Wired Magazine brought their countdown of what rocked our world in 2008. Edible Chips featured 9 in the list.

Proteus, a Redwood City, California, company, has created tiny chips out of silicon grains that, once swallowed, activate in the stomach. The chips send a signal to an external patch that monitors vital parameters such as heart rate, temperature, state of wakefulness or body angle.

The data is then sent to an online repository or a cellphone for the physician and the patient to track. Proteus says its chips can keep score of how patients are responding to the medication. If proven in clinical trials, edible chips could let physicians look into a patient’s system in a way that could change how medicine is prescribed and how we take the drugs.

More info here. There is also a thread in SlashDot

Get Ready for Growth of the Smart Building Chips

Making buildings more energy-efficient has started to move into the national spotlight with President Obama’s green portion of the stimulus package. And it might be geeky, but wireless networks that will monitor energy consumption will play a significant role in efficient buildings. How significant? According to research from Instat chips and nodes used to build wireless networks based on the leading standard, 802.15.4, (the one the ZigBee specification is based on) will grow from 7 million in 2007 to 292 million in 2012 — that’s nearly 4,000 percent growth over the next five year period.

Smart energy will be the most common application for these 802.15.4-based wireless sensor networks, Instat notes. Those smart energy applications include embedding chips in meters to enable utilities to track customer’s energy consumption remotely, as well as chips for wireless sensor networks that monitor energy consumption in buildings.


More info here.


The International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP) is an annual international forum on recent advances in both theory and applications of intelligent sensors and smart systems in diverse areas ranging from manufacturing and defense to medical science and environmental monitoring.

The ISSNIP2009 conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia on 7-10 December 2009. The conference is running under the umbrella of the ARC Research Network on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing.

Important Dates

Conference dates: December 7-10, 2009
Submissions Open: June 15, 2009
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2009
Notification of acceptance: August 15 , 2009
Camera ready manuscript: August 31 , 2009

The call for papers is here

The MICS January newsletter

The MICS January newsletter is available for download here. In this issue: The challenge of Wireless Security.

Kit Enables Permanently-Powered Wireless Sensor Networks

TI’s eZ430-RF2500-SEH solar energy harvesting kit combines Cymbet’s EnerChip thin-film battery solution with TI’s ultra-low power MSP430 MCU and RF technology.

As wireless network systems designers look to alternative energy sources, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced a solar energy harvesting (SEH) development kit that converts ambient light into power for industrial, transportation, agricultural and commercial applications. The credit card-sized eZ430-RF2500-SEH kit combines Cymbet Corporation‘s EnerChip thin-film battery technology with TI’s MSP430 microcontrollers (MCU), CC2500 radio frequency (RF) transceivers and the eZ430-RF2500 development tool. Developers can now build self powered solar-based wireless sensor networks, eliminating system batteries, which cost time and money to periodically replace, especially in remote locations. The $149 eZ430-RF2500-SEH kit is sampling now and is available via the TI e-store or authorized distributors.

The Thrills and Spills of Sensornet

An interesting presentation on “The Thrills and Spills of Sensornet” by Phillip Gibbons is available for download here. It has been presented at SenSys 2008.