Sensor Sunday: Wearables for Baby, Underground/Undersea Sensors, and Sensors in the Environment

There’s a ton of sensor news this week covering all aspects of the technology. We’ll look at city sensors, pipeline sensors and a few different environmental sensors. But first, let’s talk about wearables for babies.

Taking Sensor to the Cribs

Wearables are growing in popularity, but there aren’t many for babies. TechBeach plan to set that straight by making a sensor embedded onesie that measures temperature, breathing, heart rate and movement. These sensors can signal when a baby might be getting sick or give information about their stress and comfort. Right now, the inventors estimate the price will be around $500, which is a little pricey for what is basically a baby monitor, however they hope to make the sensors removable so they can be put onto other clothes as the child grows.

(via Daily Telegraph)

Moving Sensors Into the Walls

Sensors move Underground

A wind turbine helping to power a tunnel sensor (photo credit: GENESI)

Researchers at the GENESI (Green sEnsor NEtworks for Structural monItoring) project are putting sensors into buildings, tunnels and bridges to monitor infrastructure. The sensors will use harvested energy from simple generators like small wind turbines. They monitor strain, displacement, pressure, temperature and moisture and relay the data to a server via a wireless setup. The system will allow city technicians to pinpoint the areas that need the most attention.

(via Popular Science)

Making Undersea Pipelines Safer with Sensors

Making Undersea Pipelines Safer with Sensors

SINTEF scientist Ole Øystein Knudsen with the SmartPipe (Photo credit: Thor Nielsen/SINTEF)

In Norway, engineers are designing oil pipelines that can send status updates to shore. Inspections happen once every five years, which leaves lots of time for the pipes to develop problems. With sensor-belts designed by a Norwegian research group called SINTEF, any problem areas can be caught and attended to before something catastrophic occurs. The project, dubbed SmartPipe, is now moving into pilot testing where it will be used as a real oil pipeline in limited areas.

(via GizMag)

Saving A Coast with Wave Pattern Sensors

Other underwater sensors have been installed in India to study wave patterns. The researchers from the University of Hyderabad who are working on this project hope to solve problems caused by beach erosion happening in Visakhapatnam, India. Several sensors have already been deployed and results are already coming in, but much more study needs to be done.

(via New Indian Express)

Sensor Drones Help Fire Fighters Keep the Forest Safe

Sensor Drones Help Fire Fighters Keep the Forest Safe

Cantebury University researchers show their sensor drone (photo credit: Dean Kozanic)

Over in New Zealand, researches from the Canterbury University engineering school have attached infra-red sensors to drones to help firefighters know when the radiant heat in the ground has died down.  The technology is fairly straightforward. The incredibly sensitive infra-red sensors simply map the areas where the radiant heat is at a safe level, or still threatening. This could free up firefighters to safely vacate an area and move to fight another fire.

(via Stuff)

Testing Ecosystems with an Enormous Web of Sensors

Testing Ecosystems with an Enormous Web of Sensors

A network tower that’s testing trace gases in Harvard’s forest (Photo credit: Bob O’Connor)

An enormous web of sensors has been installed in Harvard’s experimental forest. The Harvard scientists manipulate variables in the forest and analyze sensor data to see the effects on the ecosystem. The experiment can provide enormous insight into the complex ecology of forests across North America.

(via IEEE Spectrum)

That’s all for this week, but check back next Sunday for more sensor news about technology and its applications.

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