Electric-free, Self-Powered Smart Sensors
|Source: NEU's Smart Sensor Detecting Air Pollution thru Infrared Wavelengths|
Detecting What's Not Visible
The infrared light waves the sensor detects aren't visible to the human eye. And, they are abundant from, for example people, fires, emissions and cars. They're easily detected by the smart sensor from virtually any location. It's a first of its kind infrared digitizing sensor that consumes no power in standby and is activated and powered by the infrared wavelengths it's designed to detect and alert.
The breakthrough is that these next generation smart sensors don't need to be wired for electricity. They're zero-power needs makes it possible to place them virtually anywhere. For example, they can be placed deep down in a mining project or nuclear plant to detect the start of a fire or dangerous leaks.
Other uses of the nanotechnology could include embedding the sensors in the environment for real-time information on environmental stressors, monitoring air quality indoors, monitoring air pollution patterns, spotting security breaches or traffic problems and identifying wildfires before they burn out of control.