Smart electronics systems play a role in our everyday life and is progressively growing in importance. In Smart Life: The Intelligence of Electronics Improving Our Lives, Part 1 and Smart Life: The Intelligence of Electronics Improving Our Lives, Part 2 of this blog series I described the first two sections of the list below:
- SMART SENSING
- SMART LIGHTING
- SMART MOTOR CONTROL
- SMART BRAIN
- SMART POWER
Let’s see in this part the new electronic products that have been presented at the i-Sedex 2014 edition in Seoul, Korea belonging to the interesting sector of the smart motor control application segment.
SMART MOTOR CONTROL
Smart motor control is an application that holds a lot of potential especially in the field of 3D Printing, an activity of the RepRap open source project, whose importance is quickly growing, because it might realize the 3D Printing in a very effective way (see Figure 1).
Following this trend, the STMicroelectronics Company introduced new MEMS accelerometers , to realize this innovative printing technique:
“Piezoelectric materials have resonant frequencies in the megahertz range and when integrated within MEMS have high the potential to produce high accuracy RF resonant structures, large amplitude actuators as well as accurate low-power sensors of various types. The typical piezoelectric material used to date is the ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate PZT. …The technology potential applications for actuators such as inkjet printheads in 2D and 3D printing and can be used for piezoelectric based sensors and in fields such as energy harvesting. ” (source EE Times Europe)
The smart motor control is the basic idea of a very interesting new smart navigation system presented at the Saie Smart City Exhibition 2014: the Arianna system. The camera of the user reveals the presence of special labels inserted into the path inside a particular environment to guarantee a navigation system easy to use and, moreover, which can be integrated in a smart object like a smartphone. The user is advised of the presence of a reference point of the path by means of a vibration of its smartphone (see Figure 2). This drive can be realized by using the integrated ICs inserted in common smartphones that are present in the electronics market; hence it represents a really easy to implement, low cost and effective navigation system.
As an important example, the Arianna system might be used to indicate the path inside the house of an impaired person (see Figure 3).
Have you experienced the smart motor control approach? Do you think that the integration of smart electronics ICs into a smart system will lead to solutions that effectively will make our lives easier, like the Arianna system? What other fields of application do you think are compatible with smart motor control strategy, apart from the 3D Printing?