Recently The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced its 2014 Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award Honorees.
“This year’s CES Best of Innovations Award Honorees run the gamut of next-generation technologies changing the way we live, work and play,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “The 2014 Innovations Award program saw a record number of entries. We continue to be awed by the creative thought and design behind these award-winning innovations, which reflect the true spirit of CES and the technology industry.”
An integrated accelerometer MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) by STMicroelectronics has been utilized as a part of the Mother and Motion Cookies system from Sen.se, a project constituted by a series of connected integrated smart sensors, which deserved a nomination in the “Technology for a better world” category.
STMicroelectronics Company announced that its “accelerometer is helping to track motion in the innovative Mother and Motion Cookies from Sen.se, a designer of smart connected devices for the Internet of Things. Sen.se’s Mother is a caring, adaptable, and programmable device that instantly turns objects into smart and understanding things. Sen.se Mother is the head of a family of as many as 24 small connected sensors — the Motion Cookies — that blend into your daily life to make it more serene, healthy, and pleasurable.”
The Mother board from Sen.se is a very innovative system that is interfaced with some sensors of motion; the “Cookies” can be applied on moving objects and can communicate with the Mother board, which can collect, elaborate, and correlate the data (see Figure 1).
This is a really smart way to map the objects in which the “Cookies” are inserted, and this application holds tremendous promises in the field of the IOT (Internet of Things). The scenario of possible applications is very wide, ranging from monitoring of an environment, which is not friendly to the human presence, by a remote control station, to the medical wireless monitoring of a patient, for example.
One of the strengths of this approach is the possibility to create a complete application by means of a set of sensors built by different makers. The communication protocols are standards provided by the company, which builds the cookies, and this feature allows the system engineer to utilize a lot of different sensors to realize a complete set of applications that is potentially limitless.
What do you think of the “Internet of Everything” approach of the Sen.se project? Do you think this solution will be adopted by all the companies producing integrated sensors?