Innovations in MEMS Microphones, Flood sensors, Flexible Fingerprint Sensors, LiDAR Sensors, and Printed Sensors

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Published: 25 May 2018

This issue of Sensor TechVision TOE profiles innovations and developments in MEMS microphones for improved voice or audio user interfaces, flood and water leak sensors for home automation, flexible thermal fingerprint sensors, LiDAR sensors with improved range and resolution, and printed sensors using ferroelectric polymers. Sensor TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) captures global sensor-related innovations and developments on a weekly basis. Innovations are directed toward developing smart and intelligent sensors with functionalities beyond sensing. Research focus areas include: low power sensors (energy harvesting), industrial automation sensors (M2M, vision sensor), ubiquitous sensor (WSN, sensor fusion), smart sensors (wearables, quantified self), high sensitivity and smaller size (MEMS, nanosensors), and improved security (CBRNE, terahertz). The need for low power, smaller, lighter sensors with enhanced performance attributes and minimal false alarms is driving innovations in the sensors space. The Sensors and Instrumentation cluster covers innovations pertaining to technologies such as wireless sensors and networks, energy harvesting, haptics and touch, MEMS and nanosensors, Terahertz, ubiquitous/smart sensors, CBRNE, quantified-self, sensor fusion, M2M communications, and drones. Keywords: MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems), microphones, flood sensors, water leak sensors, temperature sensors, Z-Wave, fingerprint sensors, smart homes, LiDAR sensors, ferroelectric sensors, printed sensors

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