Tagged: sensors

The NZ Aerospace Challenge - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Mar 31, 2019

An open competition soon to start will provide a wonderful opportunity for smart people of any age in New Zealand to take on the challenge of how we might assess water and soil pollution using satellite and drone data. What they might choose to do in attacking such environmental problems is limited only by their imaginations, and technical capabilities. All … Read More

Want a better camera? Just copy bees and their extra light-sensing eyes - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 04, 2017

Adrian Dyer, Associate Professor , RMIT University; Andrew Greentree, Professor of Quantum Physics and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, RMIT University, and Jair Garcia, Research Officer , RMIT University When you step outside your house, light from the sun means that the colour of everything changes. You probably haven’t even noticed it, because your … Read More

Big data do do - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Nov 20, 2014

“Smart” toilets aren’t new. But there are smart toilets and smarter toilets. Several Japanese companies are selling models that will lift the lid, have anti-bacterial nanoparticles, give you a wash and do the flushing for you. But that’s more politeness than smartness. Another Japanese company, Toto, sells models that can do a simple urine analysis, as … Read More

A nose for the future - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 23, 2014

It’s been a big time for noses recently. Who would have picked that? First up, a paper in PLOS ONE  indicated that losing one’s sense of smell may be a predictor (statistically speaking) of your demise (at least if you are older than 57). The authors speculate Olfactory function is thus one of the strongest predictors of 5-year … Read More

Intelligent Buildings? - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Jul 12, 2010

Modern buildings have a lot of technology that goes into them. From the development of the products they are built from, to the systems that allow us to live, work, and play in them. The rate of technology uptake into our new buildings is surging up every year, especially when it comes to entertainment systems and power control. However one … Read More