Tag Archive: Sensor


Which Wear OS devices have a heart rate sensor?

There are plenty of Wear OS watches out there, but not all of them have one of the most important features you could ask for — a heart rate sensor. Not only are heart rate sensors great for accurately tracking how hard you’re going during a workout, they’re also helpful for keeping track of your ticker to make sure everything’s working like it should. If you want a Wear OS watch with a heart rate sensor, these are the ones  [Read More…]

Qualcomm debuts new ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor technology

We’re already moving on to the next generation of in-display fingerprint sensors.

Alongside the announcement of the new Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, Qualcomm is also debuting new in-display fingerprint technology that is already available to manufacturers and will be launched in commercial phones in 2019. Unlike the current crop of in-display fingerprint sensors, like those in the OnePlus 6T, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and countless others that use optical scanners, this new technology uses ultrasonic waves from  [Read More…]

Does your home really need a Nest Temperature Sensor?

Best answer: If you live in a multi-story home and own either a 3rd-gen Nest Learning Thermostat or a Thermostat E, the Nest Temperature Sensor is a good way to manage the comfort of your home.

Best Buy: Temperature Sensor ($ 40)

What does the Nest Temperature Sensor do?

The Nest Temperature Sensor is a small plastic puck that connects to your Nest thermostat over Bluetooth and, as the name implies, measures and reports the surrounding  [Read More…]

What can I do with the temperature sensor in the 2018 Amazon Echo Plus?

Best answer: As of November 2018, nothing more than tell the temperature of the room it’s in. But that means it can be included in routines, and Amazon has developer functionality in place, which should prove to be useful for smart thermostat manufacturers and more in the near future.

Amazon: Amazon Echo Plus (2018) ($ 150)

If you build it, they will come

The second-generation Echo Plus includes a temperature sensor that can collect the ambient  [Read More…]

The $5 Philips Dusk-to-Dawn LED bulbs have a sensor to detect sunlight

A dusk-to-dawn sensor sounds like a bright idea.

Three Philips Dusk-to-Dawn A19 frosted soft white light bulbs are down to $ 15.10 total on Amazon. This 3-pack normally sells for around $ 24 and often goes as high as $ 27. The drop to $ 15 is the lowest we have ever seen.

These energy efficient bulbs use less energy than their 60W incandescent equivalent and are Energy Star certified. They will also last 10 times longer  [Read More…]

Never be wrong about a color again — the Nix Mini Color Sensor is $30 off

Take a look at the various colors for some of your favorite phones. They’re no longer just black, or white. You can identify the Pixel 3‘s “Not Pink” but could you match it up to a paint? We bet you couldn’t.

Can you tell the difference between rust, cinnamon, pecan, peanut, and gingerbread when it comes to selecting the proper color? If you’re painting a room, and want to complement your couch, you need the be precise. The same goes  [Read More…]

Vivo V11 preview: In-display fingerprint sensor meets the ‘waterdrop’ notch

Vivo’s latest phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a less frustrating notch experience.

Vivo was the first to roll out a phone with an in-display fingerprint, and the Chinese manufacturer is now bringing the feature to its mid-range V series. The V11 is now official in Thailand and India, and will be heading to other Asian markets shortly. The phone offers considerable upgrades over the V9, which made its debut just six few months ago.  [Read More…]

OnePlus 6T retail box reveals in-display fingerprint sensor

The notch is also a lot smaller.

With the OnePlus 6 being one of the best phones the company’s ever released, there’s a lot of hype already starting to build up for the 6T. Most recently, a supposed retail box for the phone leaked and gives us a glimpse at a couple big features to look forward to.

The inside of the box shows an outline for the OnePlus 6T, and on this outline, there’s a fingerprint  [Read More…]

Skagen’s Falster 2 Wear OS watch has NFC and a heart-rate sensor

Pricing for the watch ranges from $ 275 – $ 295.

Back at CES in January, Skagen announced its first Wear OS smartwatch in the form of the Falster. The Falster was a fine watch, but shortcomings like poor battery life and missing features made it a tough recommendation. Just a few months later, Skagen’s already releasing a successor in the form of the Falster 2.

From a design point of view, the Falster 2 looks very  [Read More…]

Sony announces industry-first 48MP smartphone camera sensor

The sensor is also the world’s first to support a 0.8 μm pixel size.

Although their smartphones may not be well-known in the U.S., Sony’s the industry-leader when it comes to crafting mobile camera sensors for phones all around the world. On July 23, the company announced its all-new IMX586 sensor that features the highest megapixel count and smallest pixel size we’ve seen on a mobile sensor to-date.

More megapixels don’t always translate to great-looking photos, but  [Read More…]